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« on: December 19, 2011, 05:33:04 AM »

We are going to Brigantine/Atlantic City NJ to pick up a coach and were thinking about coming home through Delaware on highway 13 and then cross the Chesapeke Bay bridge tunnel. We are taking a couple of days to get home and trying to stay of the interstate a little. Is this a good route? Anything I need to know about the tunnel. There is no propane on the coach.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2011, 07:41:46 AM »

Tom,

No problems with the CBBT, but there is a toll.  It's a pretty drive.

You might also consider taking the Cape May -- Lewes ferry instead of the more boring route through Carney's Point.  The ferry is spendy, but it's a beautiful ride and you'll see more interesting countryside on the way to and from.  Plus you could stop by and see Nick Smiley

If you go back to my blog from the beginning, around November 2004, there's lots of posts on this part of the route, starting from AC and following along the barrier islands of NJ, across the ferry, down the coast of the DelMarVa peninsula, and across the CBBT and then down to Virginia Beach.

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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 09:09:12 AM »

Hi Tom,

Sean is spot on about the countryside. [although no hills unless you are counting overpasses] Cheesy

If your up to it, I'm just off exit 13 of the Garden State Parkway. 12 miles north from the Cape May Lewes Ferry.

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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2011, 09:25:28 AM »

Thanks guys for the reply. I look forward to the journey.

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2011, 09:42:28 AM »

Tom, What have you gone and done !!  Hope it is of the same breed to add to your collection.
Have a safe trip
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2011, 09:48:27 AM »

Ed, I am sad to say it but Tommy's avatar will be changing soon. I am going to let him take it from there!!!LOL
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2011, 11:56:15 AM »

Have used the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel for years enroute from Atlanta to Rehoboth Beach, DE.  As mentioned, there is a toll, but it's a memorable ride. Take it one way, perhaps northward, then you can decide if the views and tolls are worth a return trip. If not, you could always come down I-95, cross the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and down to Petersburg VA where you pick up I-85.
    One caveat about the CBBT:  in a rig your size, don't attempt to pull into the tourist stop halfway across.  It's too tight for a bus.
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2011, 01:45:42 PM »

    One caveat about the CBBT:  in a rig your size, don't attempt to pull into the tourist stop halfway across.  It's too tight for a bus.

Glad I didn't know that when we did it -- we had no trouble at all and it was a nice stop Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2011, 03:12:48 PM »

    One caveat about the CBBT:  in a rig your size, don't attempt to pull into the tourist stop halfway across.  It's too tight for a bus.

Glad I didn't know that when we did it -- we had no trouble at all and it was a nice stop Smiley

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Well, just don't pull in the tourist area with a toad cause there is no place to turn around.

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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2011, 03:13:12 PM »

Remember... You can't get there from here! Lol!  Wink Grin
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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2011, 03:19:10 PM »

We got trapped there with a tow lol in 2005 had to unhook the hook up again

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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2011, 04:12:44 PM »

Tolls are a little less using I95 than the ferry and the CBBT but the countryside and the views a worth the difference. Did I mention very little traffic on this routing?

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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2011, 04:13:35 PM »

Tom,

Enjoy the ride down Rt13 or take the route by Ocean City MD. to get to the Bay Bridge.

If you need a place to do maint on the coach while in NJ, call and I can get you inside a heated building.

Stop by and stay next to the beach at my place. Love to meet you !

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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2011, 03:12:12 AM »

Thanks guys for all the info. I wish that I had time to stop in and visit some of you but we have to get back. I am told the bus is 13'3" at the tallest point. I see that 13'6" is the most for CBBT. Is it that close or is that just their limit?
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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2011, 05:19:50 AM »

13'-6" is the tunnel limit.  If all you have to go on is what you were told about the height of your bus, I would take very careful measurements, watch your speed in the tunnels so the bus doesn't "porpoise" and hug the centerline as much as possible.
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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2011, 05:50:18 AM »

Tom, the bus you bought should have a system to lower the bus for close clearances 

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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2011, 07:35:30 AM »

Tom, the bus you bought should have a system to lower the bus for close clearances 

good luck

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« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2011, 07:38:37 AM »

He may have a air ride bus now lol

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« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2011, 08:02:28 AM »

Tom,
 if you are under 13'6"  you are ok , If you are close to 13'6" drive slow when pulling up to toll plaza or they will measure your height.( electronic height sensor about 50 feet from toll booth) I live here on the shore and  it was worse  back when the lights were  across the lane instead of running with the lane as it does now, you can still see where they used to mounted. Ive had to cut down more than a few few Firestick  CB antennas over the years.... Enjoy your trip and be safe!
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« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2011, 09:52:23 AM »

I am going to measure before I start out just to be sure I don't get turned around at the booth. I will have to learn about the dropping of the air trick as well.
Thanks for the help!
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« Reply #20 on: December 20, 2011, 10:41:07 AM »

      Sounds like a nice ride -- but personally I HATE toll roads.  I would head back across NJ to near Philadephia, west on local roads to Harrisburg and I-83 to Bawlmer beltway, then I-70 past Frederick MD then to I-81 to southern VA.  Then, I-77 to I-40, across to Hickory then your favorite way home from Hickory.   But that's not nearly as nice a ride, I-81 is terrible for truck traffic, there are hills, etc.   But then, getting from Norfolk to about Henderson, NC so you can pick up I-85 isn't great either.
      So, just my preference, for what it's worth.  BH  NC
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« Reply #21 on: December 20, 2011, 01:16:37 PM »

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      Sounds like a nice ride -- but personally I HATE toll roads.  I would head back across NJ to near Philadephia, west on local roads to Harrisburg and I-83 to Bawlmer beltway, then I-70 past Frederick MD then to I-81 to southern VA.  Then, I-77 to I-40, across to Hickory then your favorite way home from Hickory.   But that's not nearly as nice a ride, I-81 is terrible for truck traffic, there are hills, etc.   But then, getting from Norfolk to about Henderson, NC so you can pick up I-85 isn't great either.
      So, just my preference, for what it's worth.  BH  NC

BH,
Uh if you hate tolls it's not a good idea to go back into Jersey.
Ever notice almost ALL roads into NJ are free, but ALL roads out of there have a toll booth?
No why? Because nobody in their right mind will pay to get into NJ. But everybody will pay to get the HECK OUT!
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« Reply #22 on: December 20, 2011, 03:24:11 PM »

   BH,  Uh if you hate tolls it's not a good idea to go back into Jersey. 

     I heard that!  If I'm going to New England, I go Baltimore, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, I-84.  It's 30 miles longer, much less traffic and easier driving, and only toll is one-way across the Hudson.  I have a number of friends who I'm very fond of in NJ, but I avoid the place like the plague (or like, there some some Northerner there sticking out their hand to be filled with my money).
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« Reply #23 on: December 20, 2011, 04:19:40 PM »

Unless you are coming from Baltimore, that's not the best way. If coming from Richmond  or south then US 17 at Fredricksburg to I66 to I81 and then to I84. My preference is I81 to I78 to PA33 to US209 then I84. Avoids the hills in and out of Scranton and regardless of time of day there is "always" a traffic snarl in the Scranton area.

Re: getting out of New Jersey, you are better off to cross the Delaware River to the PA side for toll purposes than the Memorial Bridge to Wilmington, DE, last time through, maybe four years ago, it was $18 with three axles and two axle toad. One good thing about NJ is least cost fuel in the area.

BTW it is possible to go from NY through NJ and PA to Va without a single toll.

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« Reply #24 on: December 20, 2011, 06:26:04 PM »

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BTW it is possible to go from NY through NJ and PA to Va without a single toll.

Bill

Bull I won't argue that there isn't a way. But I will say that I never found A GOOD WAY out of Jersey for free when I was trucking!
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« Reply #25 on: December 20, 2011, 09:18:29 PM »

New Jersey and You.... Perfect together! Grin Grin
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« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2011, 03:01:08 AM »

Hi Tom,

I cruised through the CBBT with an 03' H3-45 raised roof star coach 2 years ago.

It was also 13-3". I did drag the CB antenna the whole length of the tunnels but nothing else.

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« Reply #27 on: December 21, 2011, 04:54:47 AM »

Thanks Nick. That is good to know.
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« Reply #28 on: December 21, 2011, 05:24:17 AM »

I said I wouldn't let the cat out of the bag about tommy's new avatar that he is going to NJ after.. I talked to him this morning and he said it would be ok to reveal it. SO HERE IT IS!!!!

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« Reply #29 on: December 21, 2011, 05:26:44 AM »

Eric you 2 guys are having fun lol the 27th all will know huh

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« Reply #30 on: December 21, 2011, 08:02:14 PM »


Bill has the route we take dead on! It is well worth the small extra milage and alot less stress. The only way i would run 95 would be snow/sleet inland and i was in a big hurry. It is usually warmer roads hugging the coast.
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