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Old 08-06-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Towing across the bay bridge tunnel

I'm heading to the KOA in VA beach in 2 weeks and I mapped it out and it takes me over the Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel. Has anyone crossed that while towing? Does anyone have any recommendations or should I find another route? I'm heading down from CT.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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Yes, I crossed it in July. 30' Rockwood travel trailer. Had to turn off propane. No problems, just make sure you have your sunglasses off when you enter the tunnels.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:52 PM   #3
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We just came across on Sunday heading down to Myrtle Beach, its not bad at all. I have EZPass but still had to stop at a booth and I believe its $20 (with EZPass). They will ask you to make sure your propane is turned off before you proceed. I'm not sure why since the tunnels aren't that long. The other way of going is straight down I95 which takes you toward DC and is not fun at all with a camper. Good luck and have fun!
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:53 PM   #4
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We're not towing yet...but we used to live in Va Beach and crossed that bridge many times. If there are high winds, they close it down! There is another route, 301 from Maryland which takes you to Fredericksburg, VA. Then take I-95 to I-64 (follow signs-they've added some new roads since we lived there- to Va Beach for highway travel. There are also great back roads, but that will be the very long slow way...but all in all, best to take the bridge! If its not safe, you can't cross!
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I was wondering the same thing, we are thinking of doing Williamsburg, VA next year and was gonna take that route from NY. Let us know how your experinece is....
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We're not towing yet...but we used to live in Va Beach and crossed that bridge many times. If there are high winds, they close it down! There is another route, 301 from Maryland which takes you to Fredericksburg, VA. Then take I-95 to I-64 (follow signs-they've added some new roads since we lived there- to Va Beach for highway travel. There are also great back roads, but that will be the very long slow way...but all in all, best to take the bridge! If its not safe, you can't cross!
Wouldn't that route take you over the Harry P. Nice bridge across the Potomac from MD into VA? I have more issues with that bridge than I do the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in MD.
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Wouldn't that route take you over the Harry P. Nice bridge across the Potomac from MD into VA? I have more issues with that bridge than I do the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in MD.
YES, but is is shorter!
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:11 AM   #8
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We just came across on Sunday heading down to Myrtle Beach, its not bad at all. I have EZPass but still had to stop at a booth and I believe its $20 (with EZPass). They will ask you to make sure your propane is turned off before you proceed. I'm not sure why since the tunnels aren't that long. The other way of going is straight down I95 which takes you toward DC and is not fun at all with a camper. Good luck and have fun!
They make you turn your propane off as a safety factor..... They did have a RV completely burn up in a short tunnel a few years ago on I77 in SW Virginia....Closed the tunnel for a few months for repair........

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Old 08-07-2013, 07:38 AM   #9
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it's fine.. been there, done that. unless it's windy and they shut it down... We come from Richmond and do the other tunnel and they have a turn off right before the entrance to check/turn off propane..
When are you going to be there? We will be there August 25-29!!
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:48 AM   #10
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How often does the bridge/tunnel close due to high winds? It would not be good to drive the whole way down 13 only to have to turn around, come back across the the other Bay bridge and down 95.

That being said. I've driven across the bridge-tunnel a few times(no camper) going between Va Beach and Chincoteague. Never had a problem. It is really cool and a landmark worth seeing on it's own.
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