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Old 02-13-2015, 07:36 AM   #1
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Preparing for a Road Trip

Massachusetts to Florida. Yesterday afternoon I started to prepare my 5th wheel to head south. Step one was to start the snow blower and clear the 2 plus feet from around the camper. Today fire up the heat and start stocking up. My new TV is just about all set with hitch, airbags, brake control and new Garmin 760 GPS. Our youngest daughter is in Collage and has a week long softball tournament in Clermont FLA. Our route is 495,90,84,87,278,78,81,77,26,95. We will be stopping at Creekside Campground in Edinburg VA, Blythe State Park Brunswick GA, Tomoka State Park Datona FLA and end up at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont FLA. We have anothe 12 to 15 inches of snow this weekend so I will need to keep the snow blower handy.
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:07 AM   #2
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Cold front is coming through today. Gonna get down to 40 here.

Seriously, give yourself extra time as roads are not gonna be good until you get down around the Carolinas. Looks like you are taking the side highways. Just be careful and take your time. Me, I would be pretty much sticking to I95 just for ease of driving.
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:14 AM   #3
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I am not departing till Feb 25th. I need to dig out first. But good advice. I do have the 95 rt as my option if weather comes in. We are getting down to the negative numbers this weekend and a large coastal storm knocking on our door.
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Old 02-13-2015, 01:57 PM   #4
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Safe Travels, hoping the weather holds out for your 2/25 departure date. Would love to be packing up our rig to head out of snow bound Lancaster, NY, home of the 7 feet of snow in one swoop back in November. Enjoy your planned stops along the way.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:50 PM   #5
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Time to get the snow blower out again. Another 16 inches of snow today. This camping trip is hard work!!

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Old 02-15-2015, 10:48 PM   #6
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I hear ya, bro...leaving PA for FL on 3/6. Had to do the snowblower routine here as well.

On your route: might I suggest that, once you hit I-84, you stick with it all the way to Scranton and pick up I-81 there. Going 87-278(you mean 287, btw)-78-81 may be a bit shorter, but there's way less traffic going 84-81. The less I have to drive in NJ, especially with a trailer, the better! And if you can avoid I-95 through NYC, Philly, Wilmington, Newark, Baltimore, DC, and Richmond, you'll be a way happier camper...

Have a good trip.
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Careful in the Carolinas, we are getting snow this week and they are clueless on what to do with it. Current forecast is calling for 4-5 inches tomorrow. Up north that's a dusting, down here it's utter paralysis. Around here (central NC) that can take several days to a week to clean up. Travel safe.
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Thanks for the heads up on the 84 to 81. It adds 5 min to the trip and 7 more miles. Seems like a smart move.
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Also be aware that I-95 in South Carolina is pretty rough.
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Thanks for the heads up on the 84 to 81. It adds 5 min to the trip and 7 more miles. Seems like a smart move.
Much of 81 is a beautiful drive through the Shenandoah Valley.
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