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#1 clover3600

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:25 AM

I know traveling north/east it is harder to find good rv parks for 40'-42' motorhomes.I am leaving from fl and going to maine.Any suggested stops or routes? I have family in Simsbury Conn,Boston and mom in Cape Cod.Would love to make those stops to see them then on to Acadia national park if we find good places.New to Escapees so be patient with me.Thank you Already BoooneDocks for your help.
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:56 AM

Clover, glad to see you got your question reposted! Welcome to the forums.

We wintered on the Space Coast and worked our way south down to there along the Atlantict starting at Myrtle Beach and are now on our way north to Maine. We are presently north of New York City.

Here are the big rig campgrounds that we have used in the I95 corridor.

Titusville -- Willow Lakes -- not sure they do overnights.

Jacksonville -- Pecan Park (Passport America)

Savannah -- Hardeeville (Passport America)

Charleston -- Lake Aire (Passport America)

Myrtle Beach -- Lakewood

Raleigh -- NC State Fairgrounds

Dumfries, VA, south of DC -- Prince William RV Campground -- not really a big rig park -- had to park diagonally on the pad, but far cheaper than anything else. Cherry Hill in College Park Maryland was our second choice and is very big rig friendly but pricey.

Lancaster,PA -- Flory's

Croton on Hudson, NY -- Croton Point Park (a Westchester County Park) -- this is our current location. Station for train going to Grand Central right at the entrance to park. Very reasonable for the area. Watch out for tolls on turnpikes and bridges starting north of Philly.

From here we are going to:

Uncasville, CT -- will boondock a couple nights at Mohegan Sun Casino

Foxboro, MA -- Normandy Farms -- everything in the Boston area seems so expensive or not big rig friendly. At least this one will still be pre-season rates for us and will provide access to Boston, Cape Cod and Providence/Newport

NH -- TBD

Southern Maine -- TBD

Acadia area, ME -- Timberland in Trenton, ME based on a recommendation of friends who workkamp at Accadia.

Canadian Maritimes -- TBD.

I also welcome suggestions for the ones I still need to confirm.
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 12:58 PM

Clover3600,

Welcome to the Escapees Forum!

It might help if you provided a little more detail on whether you have time to stop and see things along the way or whether you are just looking for the fastest route to get to New England.

If you do have time and have not been there, St. Augustine is definitely worth a stop. Both Stagecoach and Indian Forest can handle big rigs and there are probably others.

Pecan Park while right off I-95 is at the end of the Jacksonville Airport runway. It is very noisy. This time of year, I believe that the PPA rate requires a 3 night stay. Unless you are there for the Flea Market on Saturday & Sunday, in my opinion there are several nicer parks just a little further North near the GA/FL border. There is also the Hana City Park campground but we have never stayed there so don't know how it is for big rigs.

If you have the time to take your time and do not want to visit Washington DC, I would take US-17 and the associated bypasses North from I-95 Exit 33 in South Carolina. Wilmington NC has several historical sites and the Battleship NC to visit. There are several small towns like Chocowinity and Washington worth visiting along the way. US-17 joins with US-13 which you can take across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and up the Eastern Shore to rejoin I-95 just South of Wilminton, DE.

Many who want to bypass Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York take a more inland route heading West from I-95 South of Washington to use I-81 along with other interstates to get to New England.

You should be able to edit your original post in the Travel Log section so that folks do not waste their time opening it only to find out they can not respond to your questions.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:26 PM

Best place we found for downtown Boston is Winter Island in Salem. A PIA to get to (watch the weight signs, their driving instructions take you over a weight limited route - follow the truck route) and the streets in Salem are the worst we've seen anywhere.

You will want waterfront sites 12 to 15, we are 60' and fit into 12. Nice staff and very helpful. Be sure to get a gate key is you are out in the evening.

There is a train into the city from Salem, but for two people it costs as much as parking in the city.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 10:32 AM

Thank you so much I am now on your blog.Next winter come visit us at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Jupiter Fl we are the camp host there for 4 months down at the river sights.Beautiful area near EVERYTHING.

Clover, glad to see you got your question reposted! Welcome to the forums.

We wintered on the Space Coast and worked our way south down to there along the Atlantict starting at Myrtle Beach and are now on our way north to Maine. We are presently north of New York City.

Here are the big rig campgrounds that we have used in the I95 corridor.

Titusville -- Willow Lakes -- not sure they do overnights.

Jacksonville -- Pecan Park (Passport America)

Savannah -- Hardeeville (Passport America)

Charleston -- Lake Aire (Passport America)

Myrtle Beach -- Lakewood

Raleigh -- NC State Fairgrounds

Dumfries, VA, south of DC -- Prince William RV Campground -- not really a big rig park -- had to park diagonally on the pad, but far cheaper than anything else. Cherry Hill in College Park Maryland was our second choice and is very big rig friendly but pricey.

Lancaster,PA -- Flory's

Croton on Hudson, NY -- Croton Point Park (a Westchester County Park) -- this is our current location. Station for train going to Grand Central right at the entrance to park. Very reasonable for the area. Watch out for tolls on turnpikes and bridges starting north of Philly.

From here we are going to:

Uncasville, CT -- will boondock a couple nights at Mohegan Sun Casino

Foxboro, MA -- Normandy Farms -- everything in the Boston area seems so expensive or not big rig friendly. At least this one will still be pre-season rates for us and will provide access to Boston, Cape Cod and Providence/Newport

NH -- TBD

Southern Maine -- TBD

Acadia area, ME -- Timberland in Trenton, ME based on a recommendation of friends who workkamp at Accadia.

Canadian Maritimes -- TBD.

I also welcome suggestions for the ones I still need to confirm.


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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:20 PM

I travel the I 95 corridor quite often, don't like it - a necessary evil. That said, are you aware that you can't go through the tunnel in Baltimore - you must go around - I usually take the Key Bridge. Another option to avoid the DC/Balt area is to pick up US 301 just north of Richmond. This will get you to the Delaware Memorial Bridge and I 95. I will go out of my way to avoid NY and the George Washington Bridge - not fun. I pick up I 287 in NJ - take it into NY - Thruway - to I 84, around Boston and pick up I 95 north of the city and on to Maine.

Some campgrounds I have used along the way: Brunswick, GA - Blythe Island and Golden Isles (Passport America)
Walterboro, SC - New Green Acres
Dillon, SC - Bass Lake (Passport America)
Roanoke Rapids, NC - Carolina Crossroads (Passport America)
Ashland, VA - americamps
Clarksboro, NJ - Timberlane

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:37 PM

We have also used US-301 around Washington DC and Baltimore. It is a good road with a lot of 4 lane, but also some stop and go through some towns. In addition to avoiding the city beltways, it also avoids some pretty hefty tolls on I-95 near the Delaware/Maryland Border although there is a toll on the Bay Bridge at Annapolis that is collected in the East/Northbound direction. I would recommend taking I-295 across the Delaware Memorial Bridge rather than staying on I-95. There is no toll collected Northbound into NJ. I-295 runs parallel to the NJ Turnpike which becomes I-95 in North Jersey. You can switch over at about exit 5 or at I-195 to save some tolls rather than getting on the turnpike right after crossing the bridge.

We also have stayed at Blythe Island in Brunswick, GA. Very nice county park. Coming North it is at I-95 exit 29. Same one as the Flying J if you need Fuel. If you want to take a break and feel lucky you can take an evening cruise on the Emerald Princess.

If you are considering visiting Philadelphia, Timberlane that Kath31 mentions is the closest and most convenient.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:08 PM

If you haven't made it to Southern Maine stop yet. Bayley's in Scarborough. On site restaurant w/Lobstah , Live entertainment on Sat night , A free trolley ride into Old Orchard Beach if you like crowds or Pine Point Beach if you don't. HUGE level sites around a man made lake.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:26 AM

Wild Duck in Scarborough is an adult rv park, much quieter than Bailey's - if you prefer quiet. We used WD as a home base while exploring Portland and the surrounding southern coast of Maine. We also enjoyed The Moorings, in Belfast - right on the water. In Boothbay Harbor, we camped at Shore Hills. Bar Harbor Campground, most reasonable in that pricey area. They do not take reservations or credit cards. They offer stay 6 nights, 1 free - cash or check. They are on the free shuttle route. A Passport America cg in Bangor is Pumpkin Patch - great cg.

More route info; if you are not planning any DC touring, take 301 to I 95 and Delaware Memorial Bridge. Once you cross into NJ take I 295 N, as opposed to NJTP. An overnight at Timberlane in Clarksboro (exit 18), continue N on I 295. We do hop on the NJTP at exit #56 (Ft Dix) - get off NJTP at exit 10 to I 287. That avoids several tolls. Do you have an EZ Pass? I use the I Pass issued by Illinois - you might want to consider getting a pass - makes the toll booths easier to navigate and less scrambling for toll money.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:16 AM

Wow new to Escapees and loving it with my first question!!!!! Thank you to ALL of you.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:11 PM

Hey Colleen, as I write this we are sitting in the Wompatuck State Park Campground in Hingham, MA. We have been here once before and liked the location to Boston and it's a nice state park (20 amp electric and a dump station). Today we took the ferry from Rowes Seaport (about 20 mins. from campground) to Boston and it is a great ferry ride, about 30 mins. We were even allowed to take our Yellow Lab, Max. Since we have been to the historical sites before, we just walked to the North End and had a nice Italian lunch and stopped at Quincy Market and Fenueil (sp?) Market. It was a pleasant day and it was nice to come back to this state park. The online site will say that they only accommodate up to 35', but that is not so; they have quite a few large sites. Before MA we stopped in Westerley, Rhode Island to play golf and stayed right in the golf course parking lot for two days. From there we went to Mystic Seaport and Town. Had dinners at two nice restaurants in that town. Leaving here for Maine on Sunday; will keep you posted on where we land. We are just going along without too many plans.

Popeye, I picked up your info on Scarborough, ME; appreciate that and any suggestions before and after. Heading up to Montreal. lorraine

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:43 PM

Add to your campground list: Crooked River State Park in St Mary's GA, a PA park in St George SC,
Fuel: Cheapest is almost always Latta SC Flying J, followed by Carney's Point in NJ at Exit 2C on I295. Fuel before NY, CT or MA as the price difference needs to be seen to make it believable.
I wouldn't attempt the Eastern Shore for camping now wait for your return trip after Labor Day.

Basically you have two routing choices for the Florida to Maine drive. North of I95, around DC, Baltimore via 301, 295 to 287(I use NJ32 to US202 to I287) then I87 to I84. Second choice is 95 to 26 to 77 to 81 to 84. The reason for the first is tolls. NJP will run you $15-30. Tappan Zee Bridge $20-30. George Washington Bridge add another $15-20. And then there is the traffic.

From CT to Maine there is really only one routing 84 to 90 MA pike (toll), Exit I NH is Seabrook fuel along US1 is about $0.12-15 less than the least expensive in Maine.Stay off US1 in Maine as a through route until north of Rockland.

Arcadia NP well worth the visit along with Bar Harbor area. Going north along US 1 stop in Pembroke to catch the reversing falls for Penobscot Bay. In Canada St John NB has an impressive reverse flow in the St John River with the tide change.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 11:56 AM

Did you get my message about Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, MA, near Boston? I don't see it. lorraine

I know traveling north/east it is harder to find good rv parks for 40'-42' motorhomes.I am leaving from fl and going to maine.Any suggested stops or routes? I have family in Simsbury Conn,Boston and mom in Cape Cod.Would love to make those stops to see them then on to Acadia national park if we find good places.New to Escapees so be patient with me.Thank you Already BoooneDocks for your help.





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Posted 16 June 2012 - 12:55 PM

Unless you want to see the "sights" along the eastern seaboard, we suggest the I-95, I-26, I-77, I-81 (through Virginia is beautiful), I-84 route. You stay away from the cost and the traffic of the eastern seaboard. There are many CGs along the way at reasonable costs. Look at Passport America, Trailer Life, etc.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:14 PM

At present we are in a very nice campground called Pumpkin Patch RV Park in Hermon, ME. It is a Passport America campground. Today we took a day trip to Bar Harbor and it was about an hour from the campground. Unless you need to go further up north (maybe to Boothbay Harbor), I would suggest that you leave your RV at this campground and the price is right. There is not much else around here, except Bangor and golf, but it is a nice place to just relax a bit and they have full hook up. I am glad we didn't bother to take our motor home to Bar Harbor.

We are leaving in a couple of days for Montreal. Any suggestions are where to stop or where to stay would be greatly appreciated. Lorraine