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Old 04-21-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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We are going to drive to disney from n.j. next month without the trailer and friends have suggested a alternate route because we will be leaving new jersey on a friday in the a.m. and to avoid rt. 95. While we have almost always lucked out pulling the camper thru d.c. richmond, etc. with few or no problems,we are actually considering this route. Rt.78 to Rt. 81 to Rt. 77 to Rt.26 back onto 95. Any pros or cons, traffic probs. or not, scenic or not? After all these years of Rt.95, change of pace would be welcome?
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Having done the NJ (Cranford) to south Florida for more then 20 years, IMHO, it is best to just go down IH 95. The way you are thinking about is out of the way and a good bit longer. Just be careful of your travel times because I just read that the DC area is the worst place for traffic in the whole country. Good Luck and have a great trip.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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IMO, unless you want to do some sightseeing along the way I-95 is the most direct and shortest route. Towed our trailer around DC and Baltimore last summer and it was not as bad as I had expected, but then we drove Houston traffic every day for 20+ years......
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:57 PM   #4
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Took 95 down to Disney last year. Got lucky by leaving Philly @ 3am, and missed most of the DC traffic. Decided to come home the Charlotte to 81 route to PA Turnpk, and it wasn't all that bad. I believe it only added another hour to our trip. IMHO well worth it for not having to deal with the possible DC mess. 81 has more hills, and doesn't have as many lanes though. Not bad if your traveling the weekend - less truck traffic. Travel safe.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:57 PM   #5
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Hi All,
We are going to drive to disney from n.j. next month without the trailer and friends have suggested a alternate route because we will be leaving new jersey on a friday in the a.m. and to avoid rt. 95. While we have almost always lucked out pulling the camper thru d.c. richmond, etc. with few or no problems,we are actually considering this route. Rt.78 to Rt. 81 to Rt. 77 to Rt.26 back onto 95. Any pros or cons, traffic probs. or not, scenic or not? After all these years of Rt.95, change of pace would be welcome?
Thanks,
Dave and Rainy
I am planning a trip to Maine in June and plan to stay in the Liberty RV Park parking lot for a couple of nights located in Jersey City. I have decided to take the route you are considering. I decided I am not in a big hurry and just want to bypass the megalopolis of DC, Baltimore, Philly. I also mapped it out using Streets and Trips and the time was within an hour of each other. I've never been on I-81 but the scenery has to be much better than the mess you will encounter on I-95.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:03 AM   #6
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If you go 'left' around DC beltway you'll do better than gonig 'right'. I"m not sure where 95 runs.
Been to baltimore many times on 95 and to dc from 70/270 direction (coming from western pa).

Did 79-77-26-95 a couple of times and it's not bad. All 4 lane.

Came up 81 from NC about 5 years ago pulling a camper - lots of traffic and lots of cops - everyone was going the speedlimit or below - compared to 95 where well, 95 is the speed everyone seems to want to travel.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:00 AM   #7
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Thanks all, will most likely leave real real early in the am , get thru dc before 6:30...
Return trip a bit more relaxed, may take the 17 to 81 route
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:23 AM   #8
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My tips.

NOW, I use the NJ turnpike to RT 13 through Delaware and take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel into Norfolk; then RT 58 to I 95 and straight down to FL.

It is a bit longer but avoids the traffic of all the major cities (except Norfolk which is not too bad in the afternoon). Pleasant drive all the way. The Bay Bridge is FUN to drive and worth doing just to say you did it. Just remember there is a limit on how many propane cylinders you can have (3) and they MUST be turned off.

As to I 95 (which was my previous route), BEWARE of Baltimore. You MUST use the Key Bridge route east of Baltimore as the tunnels BAN all propane carrying vehicles. Not just OFF; BANNED. Don't ask how I know (expensive ticket - I thought they were talking about tank trucks - they were not - any size means just that).

Also there is heavy construction on the Washington beltway; MUCH worse to the west; so stay to the east.

Your GPS will want you to take the Baltimore parkway. DO NOT go that route. Trucks are prohibited for a reason. VERY low overpasses. STAY on I 95 with the trucks. Follow ALL the truck routing on I 95.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #9
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Just did the I84 ti 81 to 77 etc to South FL. I81 sustained a lot of road damage last winter. Back still hurts If I had to do it again I would have gone on 95. Also using Route 13 is a good alternative around DC, just watch for speed traps
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:05 PM   #10
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Herk, I looked at this route and notice US1 qnd 13 co-mingle in Delaware. Do you stay on 13 or do you use US1. Streets and Trips has me using US1
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