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Old 12-01-2014, 09:18 AM   #1
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On Dec 21 we're heading to Port Charlotte for 14 days of fun and warmth (I hope!). Will be taking 81 South to 17 near Winchester, VA then on to 95 South. Our first stop should be around Wade, NC. I haven't decided on the second night yet. Possibly on route 301 on my way over to Interstate 75. All advice considered!
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:31 PM   #2
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I think I'd do anything to avoid 95 but that's just me. Of course if time is an issue then 95 is probably your best bet. Sounds like a great trip. And a good time to go as the weather is usually pretty nice in December.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:11 PM   #3
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We just got back from Florida and took 95-64-81 and loved it. Still a lot of tractor trailers but they don't bother me. 64 was about empty. We leave after Christmas from NH to Fl for the winter and think we'll go this way back down. Enjoy your vacation.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:53 PM   #4
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Could try I-81 to I-77 to I-26 to I-95 (Outside Charleston) to I-10 to 301. Nice KOA in Starke, FL. Stay on 301 to Ocala then on to I-75 down to Port Charlotte. The ride around Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC are not bad. From Tampa north for 36 miles major construction on I-75 both NB and SB, estimated time of completion in Fall 2016.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:43 PM   #5
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I too was going to suggest I-81 to I-77 to I-26 to I-95 then south from there. Pretty country throughout until you hit I95. 301 in Florida is prettier than the rest of I95 to I4, so I think your are doing the right thing on 301 but watch your speed, some radar traps on that road.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:25 PM   #6
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Jeff1508: I have gone to Florida many time from upstate NY via 81. I tow a 34ftTT just for comparison sake, I see you have a long unit also. I go down to 66 East to exit 28S 17. The stretch from 81 on 17 to 66 is not the best in my opinion.

NOTE, I am sure you have been warned about the speed limits on 301 through Lawtey, Starke and Waldo. AAA warns about that area for speeding. It was also mentioned on TV about speed trap areas.

The best way I have found to 75 from 301 is to take CR 200A to SR 326. This keeps me away from Ocala. Then right on 326, cross CR 25a and the railroad tracks to 75 (2.46 miles from 301). There is a Pilot Travel center just before 75 (a good place to fuel up before 75) go under 75 then right to head south. there is a Dairy Queen there on the left.
Wish I was going with you!!. Be safe; Frank
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How many folks here use Pilot/Flying J facilities for overnight stops? We will be travelling from Southern Ontario to Florida in March and are considering using them. Any feed back would be appreciated.
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chaslorr: They are a great place to stop but get in early they fill up fast. They offer a RV discount card for fuel. You can sign up on line. Lott's of goodies for the wife to browse, descent food and plenty of supplies. Check out the truck parts section. They also have ATM, Fax, laundry, showers, propane and WiFi. I always look for FJs. Also FJ and Pilot are the same companies. I believe Pilot purchased FJ. The FJs have always catered to RVrs

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FJ are a bit noisy because of truck traffic. If you need to park in the truck area, stay away from refrigerated trailers. They cycle on and off all night. Enjoy your trip; Frank
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How many folks here use Pilot/Flying J facilities for overnight stops? We will be travelling from Southern Ontario to Florida in March and are considering using them. Any feed back would be appreciated.
Another free overnight option are often times Camping Worlds. Generally they have spots for service drop offs that if they're open, people are usually welcome to stay overnight on them. The nice part is that they offer electrical hookups (which is required for me for summer for A/C and winter for heaters). We stayed at one in Tallahassee, FL and I'm hoping to stay at another in NC or SC coming up.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:51 AM   #10
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Last year, coming from NEPA, we took 80/81/66/us17 to 95 to get south (east of the blue rIdge) a sap. Our first stop was the koa in Fredericksburg, then south of the border, then kingsland, ga, and finally Ocala. I also hate 95 but this was the least painful and avoided snow.
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