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Tbear1

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Posted: 09/23/21 03:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My first post here - hope I’m in the right forum…

Have a 22 ft Micro Mini and plan to drive from Massachusetts to Manhasset, Long Island, NY to visit my sister for one night then head to Baltimore.

Considering all the parkways and restrictions, what is the best way into Long Island and out of it the next day towards Baltimore.

First time I’ve done this route with a travel trailer behind me.

Thanks…

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The best way in is either by the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson ferry or the New London-Orient Point ferry. Leaving and heading south is not pretty no matter how you go. My favorite before I moved to a civilized area was 495 (Long Island Expressway) to he Throgs Neck Bridge to the Cross Bronx Expressway to the New Jersey Turnpike southbound and then on to your destination. Do not take the New London ferry on a weekend as you will be in winery traffic for many miles when heading west. I took the above route south many times with a travel trailer and it is not pleasant but it is the least unpleasant of all the choices.


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FROM MA TO Long Island.... I agree with the Bridgeport/Port Jefferson Ferry BUT that can get expensive,,, It's about $85 for a F150.... taking 95 south and work over to the throgs Neck is the ONLY alternative..

As far as leaving Long Island, 495 West to Throgs Neck to Cross Bronx to NJTPK....

Take the turnpike south to the Delaware Memorial bridge, cross into DE and hop onto 95 south towards Baltimore... Like stated, thats the lesser of evils


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Posted: 09/23/21 06:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The day of the week and time of day is important. Inbound to Manhasset you want to be crossing the Throgs Neck NLT 2pm on a weekday. Weekend mornings especially Sunday are the best of the daylight hours to travel on LI.

Outbound to the George Washington Bridge is best before 2pm on weekdays. I think trucks/trailers are upper level only on the bridge. There is no toll on the GWB westbound. On Sundays one must be careful of the Jets/Giants game time if at home in the Meadowlands south of the GWB. That must be avoided completely.

Have your EZ Pass loaded up w $$$. If it's raining go earlier. If you miss the the TNB continue on to the Whitestone Bridge which is a couple miles west of the TNB. DO NOT GET ON ANY HIGHWAY THAT IS NAMED A PARKWAY. They run parallel to both 95 and 495. Take your time, remain calm, and look over the map in detail beforehand.

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Thanks to all of you. I hate this drive and have done it many times without a trailer. I’ve taken the belt parkway around to the Verrazano Bridge out Staten Island.

Fortunately, we will be leaving Long Island on a Sunday morning. Unfortunately there is a home Jets game. Looks like I might have to go out the Long Island expressway to 278 and over the Verrazano after all. It’s an awful drive. I just wish there was a better solution.

Again, thanks for your advice!

Do you think despite the football game that would still be preferable? I just don’t know.

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Leaving on Sunday morning the GWB will be fine, (hopefully it's a 4pm game.) iirc the toll is westbound on the Verrazano. Arrivals at the game are spread out, it's the end of the 3rd qtr when the Jets fans have had enough so they will leave en masse.

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Just my luck - Game time is 1pm!

* This post was edited 09/23/21 09:11pm by Tbear1 *

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