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Old 11-13-2014, 06:39 PM   #11
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Thank you all for taking the time to respond to my query. Wally, would love to see your plan. My email is juudede@gmail.com. Spouse handles the trailer details (tires and lugs and hitch). I'm the navigator!!
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:28 AM   #12
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Please, just stay away from I-95 from Conn. To Richmond, Va. Safe travels and let us know which route you plan to take or took.
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Old 11-14-2014, 03:43 PM   #13
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We actually bought the TT at the Hershey Show in September. Drove it home, 81 to 78 to 287 to 684 to 84 to Mass Pike etc. Was wondering if 78 and 81 are good roads in the winter. Are they well treated and cleared, how about rest areas. We liked the ride home in October. Will probably stay in hotel at least the first night or two.
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:35 AM   #14
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Kind of in the same dilemna route wise........cape cod to sarasota leaving day after christmas.........only a 3000lb trailer with a new Tundra deciding 95 / tappen zee vs 495-90-84-81-etc......... I know new haven to richmond sucks towing, but, less likelyhood of bad roads in winter and shorter than the inland route. Will probably check the three day forecast and decide then.
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:01 PM   #15
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Hi halliday, two weeks to tentative departure - was wondering where you spend those first two nights? We won't be traveling hard, expecting to limit first day to 350 miles. Our trip begins at 290 to 90 to 84 to 81. Will need pet friendly hotel. Thanks.
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Hi halliday, two weeks to tentative departure - was wondering where you spend those first two nights? We won't be traveling hard, expecting to limit first day to 350 miles. Our trip begins at 290 to 90 to 84 to 81. Will need pet friendly hotel. Thanks.

just took the 90 to 84 to 81 route..........for the second time............my first nite is the super Walmart in Pittston, Pa, right off the highway. There is a great asian buffet a hundred years from the parking lot, and a Pilot gas station.
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:29 AM   #17
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We actually bought the TT at the Hershey Show in September. Drove it home, 81 to 78 to 287 to 684 to 84 to Mass Pike etc. Was wondering if 78 and 81 are good roads in the winter. Are they well treated and cleared, how about rest areas. We liked the ride home in October. Will probably stay in hotel at least the first night or two.

This is the route I use going to/from Maine every summer. Watch the weather forecasts before leaving. I hate 95 in the Northeast but in winter it may only be raining along the coast but ice and snow on 84 and 81. The passes thru the Blue Ridge area can be very dicey with winter conditions too. Driving at or slightly below the speed limits I plan an average of 50mph on our trips. This includes stops for fuel, food, rest room. etc. Daylight hours are much shorter in winter and I hate to set up after dark, so this time of year I would want to arrive by 5pm. Assuming you are on the road by 9am you should be able to travel about 400 miles per day if road conditions are good. Western Village near Carlisle, Pa is open year round and might be a good first day for you. The next day I shoot for Fayetteville, NC. The KOA near there is very nice. My next stop would be Brunswick, Ga. Coastal Ga Rv. Brand new park with all concrete pull thrus. All three of these parks will be in the 300 to 400 mile per day range and there are many other choices all along I95 once you are south of Richmond.
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:04 AM   #18
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Leominster, what a small world. I grew up in Baldwinville, have made the trip from MA to NC many times and we will only take 2-91-84-81-77 easy "country" driving a lot of easy places to stop. 81 can get a little bad weather towards the southern tip of VA but we have never had a problem, the rough roads in Statesville, as someone mentioned is fixed, the Charlotte commute is rough, don't go it at rush hour. From here 77-26-95 is a breeze. We tried the 95 thing ONE time, NEVER again. Good luck!
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Old 01-03-2015, 04:59 PM   #19
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Thank you all again so much. 84 and 81 in winter makes me nervous. As you all said I think our route will defiantly depend on weather conditions. I'll let you all know what we decide and will check in along the way. Thanks for the Walmart tip but I think we'll use a hotel the first night or two. Trailer is winterized and I think I'll wait for the warmer nights to begin camping.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:09 AM   #20
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How come no one using 81 south doesn't use 66 in Strasburg WV to 17 to 95 and miss the hills in NC? 66 and 17 are both great roads maybe a little slower but nice ride.
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