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Old 03-17-2016, 06:22 PM   #1
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Headed for Charleston SC late April. Directions have me getting on I95 at Emporia Va going south to Charleston SC. Not crazy about I95 , I guess just stay in the right lane. Should be plenty of truck stops for diesel. How is I95 in that area ? Am I just overly concerned about that stretch of highway. Thanks for any advice..
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It not bad, except that SC roads don't seem well maintained, low gas taxes, I guess. Plenty of diesel stops throughout 95.
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:12 PM   #3
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I guess you could get on Rt 17 and head that way, but it goes through lots and lots of small towns, so 35 mph speed limits in many places. It is scenic, though.

I-95 is fine, just like any other interstate, but if there is an accident or broke-down vehicle along the way, the traffic can and does come to a complete stop. That's when we will head east and hit Rt 17 or Rt 13, whichever is closes. Go along for a few miles and then get back on I-95 after you have passed the "stop" spot.

Right before and after holidays, traffic can be really heavy. That time of year, it should be fine.
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Just this past Nov we ran I-64 east From Waynesboro, Va. to I-95 south down to Savanna, Ga. Haden't been on I-95 in many years and was not looking forward to it.
Suprise. Was not bad at all. Did not run into any back-ups due to construction, and roads were all in all, pretty good.
You shouldn't have any problems.
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No issues thru there at all. Slow and steady keeps you safer. I drive 62-64 everywhere- there included.
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:52 PM   #6
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Heading North to Richmond last May,going through N. Carolina and S of Richmond convinced me to have 4 Koni Fsd shocks installed need I say more? We were in Charleston last month and stayed 4 nights at Oak Plantation RV park. First class park and closest to downtown Charleston
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It not bad, except that SC roads don't seem well maintained, low gas taxes, I guess. Plenty of diesel stops throughout 95.
Agreed! Might want to use left lane though SC as much as possible. Right lane is wore out.
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Headed for Charleston SC late April. Directions have me getting on I95 at Emporia Va going south to Charleston SC. Not crazy about I95 , I guess just stay in the right lane. Should be plenty of truck stops for diesel. How is I95 in that area ? Am I just overly concerned about that stretch of highway. Thanks for any advice..

No problem, you'll have no major cities to cross and it's wide open North Carolina and most of South Carolina to cover. Avoid April 1st, a major "snowbird" trek underway.
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Agreed! Might want to use left lane though SC as much as possible. Right lane is wore out.
I agree, from I26 to just south of Savannah is not very smooth in the rh lane going south. Northbound is borderline from bad to good.
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Just did most of this yesterday and the day before. It is a helluva lot better than I-95 north of Richmond. Roads are mostly good with a few sections a bit rougher but not too bad. We traveled at 68-70mph the whole way without delays. There WERE extensive backup in a few spots heading south due to construction and one accident. This is where knowing about the alternative small road routes merrykalia wrote about can help a bunch...but I would ONLY use them to go around stuff unless you want the trip to take a LOT longer. Good luck!
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