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Old 12-08-2023, 09:25 AM   #1
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Florida to New York in a Uhaul truck

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I'm going to be flying down to Florida, packing up my father-in-law's house, and bringing it all back to NY in a Uhaul truck. Normally when we drive down to FL in the car we take 81 down to 77 then 26 to 95 in Georgia for the rest of the way. It's a great trip in the car through the mountains in PA and WV.

However I'm not sure how the Uhaul will do in the mountains (it's the 20' model, gas engine) so I'm a little concerned about it and wondering if I'd be better going 95 all the way up to Washington and then cutting over to 81 (need to head to Syracuse). The only thing is I really don't want to drive the Uhaul through Washington.

If I was in my truck/trailer I wouldn't think twice about it because I know what I can do but I don't know how the Uhaul will handle it all. Anyone do something similiar or have any experience with a Uhaul in the mountains on 81 and 77?

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Old 12-08-2023, 10:58 AM   #2
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A 20 ft Uhaul will be no different then my 25 or 30 ft motorhomes. Uhaul uses E450s or F59s almost the same as RV chassis.

The only grade that I need to make any real HP is on I-77 and I keep it at about 50 MPH. It's only a few miles.
The rest of the grades are easy to do at 65 MPH.
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Old 12-08-2023, 11:50 AM   #3
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We just took that route a couple of weeks ago in a 30' Class C. Traveling from Georgia to WNY . . . just south of Buffalo. The roads were no problem at all . . . just watch for white tailed deer.
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Old 12-08-2023, 12:12 PM   #4
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Be sure to give the haul a good once over. When I did FL to NJ the truck they gave me was 2 qts low on oil, no washer fluid and had 2 under inflated tires
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Old 12-08-2023, 12:27 PM   #5
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You'll be fine. That unit is designed to haul at capacity, so fill it full of belongings and head out. Really the only "mountains" you'll encounter is going north around Fancy Gap before coming to I-81 on I-77. Stay in the right lane and keep on keepin' on.
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We did that route tons of times with our V10 Triton engine 5 speed, powering our 35’ Georgetown towing our Terrain.

Don’t try to break any records, but stay constant speed in the right hand lane.
The steepest parts, I dropped to 50mph but that Ford engine soldiered right up that climb. Occasionally I had to go out a lane to pass a slower big rig, but it was never an issue.

Like mentioned……give the truck a good once over, because that dealer in Florida knows he won’t see it again.
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You're not going to go THROUGH D.C., you're going to take the beltway AROUND it.
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You'll be fine. That unit is designed to haul at capacity, so fill it full of belongings and head out. Really the only "mountains" you'll encounter is going north around Fancy Gap before coming to I-81 on I-77. Stay in the right lane and keep on keepin' on.
Just keep in mind the Fancy Gap area is known for fog but it is normally fine. MM1 to about MM10.

A 20' Uhaul should be fine (Costly yes).

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I'm no fan of anything I95 especially in and around the DC area. That being said, no fan of I81. That highway has to be one of the heaviest truck-trafficked routes one can take and there is nothing worse than one semi-passing another while still on cruise, taking miles and miles to complete the pass. Meanwhile, you have a five-mile back-up now because of the A-H semi-driver.
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Old 12-09-2023, 06:13 PM   #10
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I would just stay on 81 all the way to Syracuse. We get 15 North in Harrisburg, but that's because we are about 1 hour east of Syracuse. When we visit my daughter in DC, we try to travel very early like 4-6 AM. That's in a car. When I do drive through major cities with the MH, I just pick a center lane and go my own speed. I don't change lanes unless I have to, or maybe of someone is going 45 or slower on front of me.
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15 North is a really nice ride. Agree with the center lane philosophy, pretty much my S.O.P. too. Many RV'ers like riding the far right lane but for me too many on and off ramps and the criss-crossing traffic to contend with.
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I'm no fan of anything I95 especially in and around the DC area. That being said, no fan of I81. That highway has to be one of the heaviest truck-trafficked routes one can take and there is nothing worse than one semi-passing another while still on cruise, taking miles and miles to complete the pass. Meanwhile, you have a five-mile back-up now because of the A-H semi-driver.
I-81 @Harrisburg is probably the biggest trucking hub in the country. I agree it's a nightmare.
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We have used 15 on the west side of the river instead of RT 22 out and around. Two lane road and a couple of minutes longer, but way less stress.
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Have you considered renting one of the larger enclosed cargo trailers instead of the haul truck? The usual will charge mileage on top of cost which can get costly. Many of the cargo trailer dealers also rent various sizes cargo trailers as well. One of the larger ones would probably equal the storage capacity that the 20' uhaul will give you and no mileage cost.
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I'd take the familiar route but see the alternative below. Follow all the recommendation regarding the truck's condition including tires and motor oil.

Consider this alternative: To avoid the mountains you can run I95 all the way north to Richmond and switch from I95 to I81 via I64. Beautiful road. Google maps shows this as 20 minutes (minutes!) longer than picking up I77 in South Carolina.

There's a good reason all the trucks are in I81. That reason is "it ain't I95." And you'll end up on I81 anyway.

DC traffic -- meaning stopped in all lanes and massive tolls 24/7 -- starts right around Fredericksburg. Another reason to run I81.


"Love" those RVs puttering along in the middle lane holding up traffic.

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Cruise set at 66 if the traffic is willing to move that fast, otherwise I'm right there with the moving traffic.
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just watch the weather forcast for fancy gap VA this time of year, that is where 77 drops out of the mountains south bound.


not sure what part of Florida, but if its central or west FL you can jump on 301 in GA around Savannah and avoid Jacksonville. than jump off 301 to 75 where they are parallel around Ocala in FL. 301 is not bad accept the speed limit changes with speed traps.
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I understand your concerns about a few areas. To avoid Mountain roads there is a website called "flattestroute." Now to avoid Washington D.C. drive through Delaware routing into Norfork, VA, and back onto I-95 up to NY.

Other than what roads you may want to keep an eye on the Weather. Good Luck and as for Flattestroute the wife and I drove from Florida to Salt Lake City, Utah, and no change in miles. Enjoy looks like a nice drive back to NY have a fun road trip, be safe.
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Flattest Route from Florida to Syracuse runs straight thru Washington DC. Delaware route, Virginia Beach to Syracuse, does avoid DC but runs thru Philadelphia. These can both be avoided via I95-I64-I81. And also avoid non-Interstates.

Not a drive I'd be looking forward to by any route. That's why the Auto Train exists although I don't know if they can take a large box van.

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