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Old 10-26-2010, 04:06 AM
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I'll be towing my 21' boat from RI to sw florida for the winter. what would be the best route to take? I went to AAA and they have me going down 95. I thought there is a better way to avoid traffic and tolls. anybody got a better route?
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I have towed a heavy 24ft CC to NC twice using I95. No problem if you plan your times to miss rush hours thru CT, NYC and DC/north VA. After that no problem. You can use EZ Pass and add the trailer to it to make the toll passage very easy. If you have a proper tow vehicle and trailer is in good shape a 21ft boat should be no problem.
But,, many people say the inland routes are better especially to SW FLA. A little longer, more hills and higher chance of bad winter weather but less traffic. Someone will come through with good routes that way. If you stay at hotels protect your stuff from theft and pick hotels with safe parking. Properly planned your trip will be easy.
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For my last trip to Savannah from Mass we worked our way over to 81 via 84 then 77. It was a very pleasant drive without the 95 BS.

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I am headed down for my gazzilionth trip in a couple of weeks and have always taken 95 the timing of your departure, both day and timewise makes the most difference.

I try to leave in the middle of the week and early in the AM to get through NYC

Not sure if you will go via the Florida Turnpike but if you do get a Sunpass as well
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95 is the way to go if you are looking to make time. I have trailered my boat from RI to MD many times. You just have to avoid rush hour at NYC.

One thing you might consider is going down the eastern shore of Delaware-Maryland-Virginia on route 13. It would help you avoid the Washington DC metro area traffic and is scenic. It puts you at the Hampton Roads area on the southern end, where you can rejoin 95. Note that you can only go over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel if your boat is 8'6" or less.

Just be aware that route 13 (mostly on southern end) has some traffic lights where it passes through small towns. It slows you down some, but not like the traffic of the DC metro area!
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I use the route13 way on the eastern shore one way on my numerous trip from NC to MA without a trailer. I don't think it would be a good route with a trailer. A lot of stop and go plus longer to get to 95 in VA or NC. Leave at 2am from RI an you'll be thru NYC before 6am. Stop for gas and breakfast on the NJ Tpk and you'll be past DC by early afternoon. 95 has excellent rest areas thru Maryland and the rest of the way most exits have gas and food at the exit plus many big truck stops. If you're accustomed to driving in NE traffic it's normally no a big deal on 95 at the right times.
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I did Delaware to Key West, and back, on 95 with no problems. Easy, cruise control and go. I do hop off 95 before DC though.
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Time it so you hit NYC at 4 or 4:30 AM. Then once south of NYC take your time and try hit DC after 9 AM. Once south of Richmond traffic becomes much less of an issue. Good Luck you trying to do it in one or 2 days?
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Having traveled a great deal up and down the east coast and using I-95 and 13, I would suggest staying off 13 due to the number of small towns, traffice lights and speed traps. As one suggested time your trip to miss the Baltimore and DC nightmare. Once you cleared that area the rest is smooth sailing down the 95 corridor. The only area to watch is around Emporia, Va. Apparently the cops there work on a commission bases. They just love the out of state vehicles.
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Going south, in Delaware, I would get off of I-95 at Route 896 (just before the Delaware Turnpike tollbooth). That that south to US Route 301. Stay on US 301 until you are in Virginia, then take Virginia Route 207 to I-95 just North of Richmond. Going this route, you avoid Washington and Baltimore traffic, and avoid the Delaware Turnpike Toll booth Southbound ($7.00), as well as the Tunnels in Baltimore ($9.00 with a 2-axle trailer). The Chesapeake Bay Bridge does not charge a toll southbound, and the only other toll would be the Harry W. Nice Bridge on US 301 between Maryland and Virginia ($12.00). Where this route really saves is Northbound, especially when Maryland charges $23.00 for a 4 axle vehicle on I-95 north of Baltimore.
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Hey, Bud. Here's the route you definitely want to take.
I-95 S. to 287 (NY Thruway to Tappan Zee Br.) - 87SW to 78SW to 81S to 83S to 695S. This little detour through rural PA is nice driving, no major city traffic and eliminates the following tolls: GWB, NJTP, Del Mem Br., Chesapeake toll and Ft. Mchenry Tunnel (about $125 total), and with the traffic eliminated you won't see a time difference unless it's in your favor. Once you're back on 95 from 695, you're South of Baltimore, and the only possible traffic you'd hit would be DC, but if you time it right, they just redid the highways there, and it's not a big deal. Definitely take 295 around Richmond (less cops and speed limit remains 65 vs. 55 in Richmond). After that, cut across I-10 to I-75 and the rest is history. Believe me...I do this trip about 20 times per year, and it's the best!! Hope this helps.

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13 is only good if you're already South of GWB...very slow driving and still lots of tolls...take my route...you'll thank me, promise.
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Hey, Bud. Here's the route you definitely want to take.
I-95 S. to 287 (NY Thruway to Tappan Zee Br.) - 87SW to 78SW to 81S to 83S to 695S. This little detour through rural PA is nice driving, no major city traffic and eliminates the following tolls: GWB, NJTP, Del Mem Br., Chesapeake toll and Ft. Mchenry Tunnel (about $125 total), and with the traffic eliminated you won't see a time difference unless it's in your favor. Once you're back on 95 from 695, you're South of Baltimore, and the only possible traffic you'd hit would be DC, but if you time it right, they just redid the highways there, and it's not a big deal. Definitely take 295 around Richmond (less cops and speed limit remains 65 vs. 55 in Richmond). After that, cut across I-10 to I-75 and the rest is history. Believe me...I do this trip about 20 times per year, and it's the best!! Hope this helps.


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What he said...except I would take 95 to 4 and go through Orlando...the additional time it may take with Orlando traffic will still be less than going 10 to 75...its 60 miles further that way.
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I would avoid 95 and the GW Bridge at all times. 95 CT turnpike to to 287, over the Tappan Zee Bridge to the Garden State Parkway South, and the parkway to the NJ Turnpike.

Definitely make sure you have EZPass, set up for a trailer. If you are a senior, you can get a NJ senior discount Turnpike and Parkway EZPass (rush hours and weekends excluded from the discount). You don't have to live in NJ to get a NJ EZPass.
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Going south, in Delaware, I would get off of I-95 at Route 896 (just before the Delaware Turnpike tollbooth). That that south to US Route 301. Stay on US 301 until you are in Virginia, then take Virginia Route 207 to I-95 just North of Richmond. Going this route, you avoid Washington and Baltimore traffic, and avoid the Delaware Turnpike Toll booth Southbound ($7.00), as well as the Tunnels in Baltimore ($9.00 with a 2-axle trailer). The Chesapeake Bay Bridge does not charge a toll southbound, and the only other toll would be the Harry W. Nice Bridge on US 301 between Maryland and Virginia ($12.00). Where this route really saves is Northbound, especially when Maryland charges $23.00 for a 4 axle vehicle on I-95 north of Baltimore.
Over the Del Mem Br, merge to the right after you pass the new center service area, and then it's the second 896 exit (1A) to 896/301 South. 301 S takes you to the Chesapeake Bay bridge, where it merges into 50. After you cross the bridge, remember that 301 is an exit off 50, not a straight through. I take this route when I travel South from Rock Hall. Once you're in VA, it's a lovely, easy ride once you get past the strip malls. In Maryland, watch your speeds on 301. Eastern Shore speed limits are enforced!
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Many of the alternate are good to beat some traffic (unless you time it right) and pay less in tolls. But if you use EZ Pass with the trailer on 95 I would expect you would spent less then alternate routes because you would use alot less gas. Very few hills and no stop lights on 95.
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I'd do I95 all the way, so long as you can schedule your way around the NYC and WDC rush hours.

I agree with previous posters about I95 sometimes making you crazy, but I prefer it over starting and stopping and the increased risk of traffic pulling out in front of you on secondary roads.

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I'd do I95 all the way, so long as you can schedule your way around the NYC and WDC rush hours.
You've never been stopped under the apartments, I guess. Bring a sandwich and something to read if you go that way. YMMV, but I've been driving around here for 55 years, and there's no way I'd take the GW.
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Take the western route. I did it in Nov last year and it added a small amount of miles to the trip, but took away a lot of the stress. I84 west to Scranton, then I81 south, I74 south, I40 south, I77 south, I26 south to I95 to the FL Tpke...

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Take the western route. I did it in Nov last year and it added a small amount of miles to the trip, but took away a lot of the stress. I84 west to Scranton, then I81 south, I74 south, I40 south, I77 south, I26 south to I95 to the FL Tpke...

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CMP, any issues with the mountains and your MPG while towing? From Stanton (maybe further north even) through Charlotte, there are a lot of hills. The run up from Roanoke to Virginia Tech would burn half a tank for me.
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