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Old 02-06-2016, 07:18 AM   #1
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Towing through DC or Delaware help

Hi guys, planning a trip from NH to the Outer banks. MapQuest has me leaving 95 at Newark and heading down through Dover Delaware. It brings me down Rt 13. I've never driven that way on any trip south. Looks like long bridges. Pulling a 5th wheel and would need to find a stop along Route 13. Anyone ever done that trip? Or should I stay on 95 (longer drive by MapQuest) and stay in DC? I am retired Military so we can get a spot at Fort Meade.

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Old 02-06-2016, 09:30 AM   #2
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I take a part of that route every year...From Newark I take Rt. 1 / Rt 13 (they share the same road surface) to Dover...At Dover I take Rt. 1 to Milford...At Milford I take Rt. 113 to Rt 50 which brings me to Ocean City which is my destination...All those routes are good traveling...Mostly farm land some small towns...All in all a pretty good ride...

If you look at your map Rt. 113 will bring you back to Rt. 13 at Pocomoke City and Rt. 13 will bring you to the bay....

The long bridge you are seeing is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel...I have never traveled the bridge so if I were you I would research the bridge to see if there are ANY restrictions that would impact you as an RV'er...Map Quest may not do that...Good Sam "Trip Planner" should help you in that respect...

PS...Thank you for your service...
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Old 02-06-2016, 10:38 AM   #3
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One very important thing to understand is you can't follow 95 or 895 through Baltimore or you will get very big ticket due to propane restrictions. If you chose to follow 95 to DC you will have to go around Baltimore on the 695 beltway and then go through DC. Both Baltimore and DC can have very heavy traffic depending on when you hit them.
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:06 AM   #4
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Thanks Sleepy. Anaro, thanks also. We went through DC last year and took the beltway. We were lucky with traffic last year, even getting through the George Washington Bridge pretty easily. Probably get slammed this year, lol.
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Old 02-06-2016, 12:55 PM   #5
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Restriction on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is you have to turn your gas off before crossing the bridge. Then turn it back on when you get to the other side. Traveled 13 quite often with the rv. Nice road, Bay Tunnel Bridge is nice to see. Hated traveling around Baltimore and around DC.
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x2, sleepyT & Mark5w.
you do NOT want to travel thru Wash. DC.
retired military, also.
there are military campgrounds in Norfolk area.
Have stayed at Sea Mist RV campground in Virginia Beach, VA.
your GPS should take you to RTE 168 south towards OBX.
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How about going down 301 from De. past AP Hill then back on 95 at exit 104 in Va. bypass the Baltimore tunnels and the DC mess, that is the way we use but we live near 301. Some slowing in Md. due to shopping centers and traffic lights but not that bad.
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that works , also.
I have camped at A.P. Hill Army base.
small campground, full hookups and quiet and very clean rest room, showers.
Rte. 64 from I95 can be a "bear".
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I agree with the others that it isn't advisable to travel near D.C. or Baltimore. I've pulled my 5er across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel a couple of times with no issues. As Mark said, you just have to turn off your propane before you cross. The only other thing about CBBT, however, is that they close it to campers when the wind reaches 40 MPH.
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:17 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the good info!
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Old 02-19-2016, 05:27 PM   #11
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Be interested to know how the trip goes as we're toying with the idea of a trip this year from the Virginia Peninsula up to Maine. Been on Rt 13 many times to hit OC and Dover NASCAR track, but never with the camper.
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As stated earlier, you have to go around on 695 in Baltimore as they do not allow propane through the 95 and 895 tunnels. While 13 is a nice route there are many stop and goes. The cost to cross the CBT is expensive when towing and should be considered. Another nice route is taking 81 and then cutting back in on RT 17 into Hampton Roads or pick up 95-295-64-664. You can then pick up 664 which will take you into the Outer Banks. You will have to stop and shut off your gas at the Hampton Roads and Monitor Merrimack Tunnels. Also when coming back heading back west on 64, the Hampton Roads tunnel has height restrictions of 13.2ft. Your best bet is take the Monitor Merrimack tunnel (664) It is not the quickest trip but you do avoid the tolls on 95 through Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Because it is a truck route, access to gas stations are easier, particular if you have a long trailer.
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Why can't I take my RV or camper through either the Baltimore Harbor or the Fort McHenry Tunnels?

Regulations govern the transportation of certain hazardous materials across our toll facilities. Under these regulations, vehicles carrying bottled propane gas in excess of 10 pounds per container (maximum of 10 containers), bulk gasoline, explosives, significant amounts of radioactive materials, and other hazardous materials are prohibited from using the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895). The Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) is a convenient alternative route for crossing Baltimore's harbor.
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