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Old 06-21-2008, 03:56 PM
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55 ft. of camper & tow vehicle. 13 ft 6 in. to top A/c unit on roof and 2 propane tanks. Our Trip-routing print-out takes us off I-95, near Washington, DC onto Rt. 401/Van Dorn St then Eisenhower - why would it do this? Avoid tunnel or low-clearance ?

Also, routing takes us I-95 from N.J. T-pike THROUGH New York City, into CT. I remember a tunnel or 2, from prior car trips; correct? I clicked on, "avoid tunnels and low-clearance". But, routing still sent us I-95. And, I also clicked "avoid Parkways" as a different trip-routing service sent us to the Taconac (spelling ?, sorry) Pkwy., with our first camper and big sign at entrance, "No RV's or Campers allowed on NY State Parkways". Yet both of these routing services no nothing of this law.

Someone I spoke to suggested Rt. 18 to I-287, to Tappan Zee Bridge, to I-87 but I can't seem to "suggest" this route to the routing service and so, I know nothing about this route.

I would really appreciate some imput on this - Thanks

Last edited by Crew Chief; 06-22-2008 at 01:46 PM.. Reason: T/Z = "Tappan Zee"
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Old 06-21-2008, 11:49 PM
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Hi Rita203041!

13' 6" is the height of a big truck pulling a standard van trailer. You won't have any problems on an interstate highway being that tall. Off the highway is a different matter. I-95 passes through a tunnel (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel) in Baltimore, MD so you probably will have to take I-695 around the city. I know HAZMAT isn't allowed in the tunnel, but I haven't paid much attention to RV/propane requirements. One of the best references you can buy for an RV is one of those spiral-bound Rand-McNally Trucker's Atlas. The pages are laminated and darn near bullet-proof. But in the front is a state-by-state "Low Clearance Location" listing for every state. They run about $30 and are available at most any truck stop.

Not sure why they route you off I-95 near Washington D.C. I haven't been in the D.C. area for several years but I know there is some major construction going on around the I-495 loop. Maybe someone else can advise or ask on the D.C./MD/VA forums. (BTW, taking the I-295 around Richmond, VA is worth the few extra miles.)

You will be fine using the NJ Turnpike and over the George Washington Bridge on I-95. No tunnels or low clearances. The parkways in NJ & NY both have low clearances so that's why trucks and RVs are prohibited.

Today's GPS and other direction finding services work reasonably well. But they can have glitches that will become REAL problems when you are in an RV or big truck.

Best of luck on your trip!
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:30 AM
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Default Re: Driving Camper from Fl to CT - need info

Thanks Crew Chief for the information - I'll pick up a Trucker's Atlas.
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