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First Trip from FL to NH 5 years 5 months ago #14158

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Bought a travel trailer to get out of the FL heat of the summer. Looking to travel back up the east coast to NH. Looking for input on best routes and places to stop overnight on Military Bases. Any other suggestions would be great.
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First Trip from FL to NH 5 years 5 months ago #14159

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Go north. Just kidding, sort of. When we head to that neck of the woods, we normally spend some time in Williamsburg, Va., then over to Gettysburg, Pa., then up to the Pocono's, then Cape Cod and on to Maine. Lot's of other places between Florida and New Hampshire. Lots of military campgrounds in Virginia. Richmond DLA just off I-95 is a good over night. Earle, Naval Weapon Station in New Jersey is a good stop. There is a military campground in the Cape Cod area. Welcome and enjoy your travels.

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First Trip from FL to NH 5 years 4 months ago #14170

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Hopefully you are not traveling anytime soon, as the coast is being pounded by the Winter Storms.

Depending on how far you are willing to venture off I-95. I also recommend the Poconos (awesome view, scenery, and area). Poconos has whitewater rafting, tubing, horseback riding, guided ATV trails, and more.

Also I recommend Old Mills Stream Campground in Lancaster, PA. Lancaster drops you right in the heart of Amish Country. This place has old historic museums and actual Amish country restaurants, stores, and venues. Plenty of places to see and things to do. Just remember speed limit to pass an Amish horse and buggy is 25mph.

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Mike - lots of Military campgrounds heading up the east coast, but you have to deal with the craziness of I-95, which seems perpetually under construction. AND, you really don't get much 'coast travel' unless you spend lots of time driving back and forth off and on the side roads getting to the seashore and back.

Unless you really, really want to see the coast and ocean, I'd suggest another route. Head out of Florida and up into Georgia via I-75, and pick up either I-81 north into Penn, then east into Mass, or hit the Great Smoky Mtns and travel the Blue Ridge parkway, then east into Mass and north - that is one phenomenal drive, and you can camp along the way.

We've done this drive numerous times and gave up on the coast route a long time ago. Altho', if you've never done it, then it might be worth the hassles and detours to see it once at least.

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Our usual trip has been 77 through NC and then 81. Nice ride if you're not towing a trailer. I figured 95 would be flatter and easier than towing through the mountains.

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Our usual trip has been 77 through NC and then 81. Nice ride if you're not towing a trailer. I figured 95 would be flatter and easier than towing through the mountains.


Towing a trailer thru miserable traffic and construction is worse than climbing a few hills. Blue Ridge is really not much of a mountain ... not compared to the Rockies or the Sierras. I know, you said you've done it, but I-95 is one nasty drive, especially after you hit Virginia. It's only about 100 or so miles different in driving miles, depending on where you begin.

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I agree with monkey with the exception of the route thru GA. I have lived, and RVed, in GA, SC, VA, and PA.

I would head up to Charlotte, get on I-77, then I-81 and follow it all the way to Harrisburg, PA. From there pick whatever suits your fancy. Using I-95 to be nearer FamCamps is sort of like slamming your hand in a car door just to save a couple of quarters.

The Fancy Gap portion of I-77 north of Charlotte into VA is not a big deal. 18 wheelers do it regularly. Three lanes near the top. Going down the other side is a bit curvy, but it's interstate curves. If you have a pac brake or trailer brake you will be fine. From about Roanoke, VA northbound the I-81 stretch thru VA is a little "hilly". VA hasn't come into the modern era of interstate travel so their speed limits are only 55 and 65.

If the schedule works out, there are a couple of nice CGs at the top of Fancy Gap and several more in Wytheville, VA. I have found that the selections of nice CGs from Roanoke northbound are limited. You can research CGs here: rvparkreviews.com

I would also suggest you visit the Amish area around Lancaster, PA.
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Well, that's correct, I-77 instead of I-75 if that suits the route better ... but the best thing you can do is stay away from I-95 ... traffic, crowds, construction, diversions - makes for a terrible trip. And you also have tolls.
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