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Old 06-03-2016, 07:52 AM   #1
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Where Can We NOT Go?

I gather there are highways, bridges, and tunnels where we cannot take some camping trailers.

Do any of you know of a good site listing such restrictions, and the reasons for them?

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Old 06-03-2016, 07:58 AM   #2
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Only places I know off-hand are the I-95/895 tunnels under the Baltimore harbor and the reason is propane. Many signs redirect you onto I-695 over the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which is only slightly longer, so the inconvenience is minimal. When I was little the bridge didn't exist, so we'd get up really early and pull our tent trailer right through downtown Baltimore when the streets were empty. Pretty gritty back in the 70's, too. That was pre-gentrification!

This thread has some additional information. I don't recall anyone came up with a comprehensive source for such information, though.
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Old 06-03-2016, 08:09 AM   #3
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To avoid the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, you can go around north of Baltimore on the I-695 beltway, too.

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Going to the Sun road in Glacier NP only allows a total length of 21'.
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The Mackinaw bridge to the UP of Michigan has restrictions when the winds are too high .
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I only know of some underwater tunnels that have propane restrictions and thus trailer restrictions. I don't know of a website that lists them.
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To avoid the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, you can go around north of Baltimore on the I-695 beltway, too.

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You can, but it's wa-a-a-a-y long!!!

No reason to now, of course. The bridge is much shorter and offers great views of the harbor.
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The campgrounds between Hope Valley and Silver Lake on the 88 in California are all no trailers. At silver lake one side is trailers and the other is no trailers. Unfortunately, they put the signs off the road, so in some cases you have to back on to the highway to get out.
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In NY near New York City there a number of roads labeled "Parkways" that don't allow trailers. On the other hand, the Robert Moses Parkway near Niagara Falls does allow them, although larger trailers would have a problem with some of the bridges.
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This is good information. Maybe it can be made into a sticky and then we'll have our own Where-Can-We-NOT-Go? database.
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Old 06-03-2016, 03:39 PM   #11
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There are many navigation systems for sale that are programed for commercial truck drivers that show height, length, hazardous material etc. restrictions. I believe there is also one for RV's. I'll look for info on the RV one and post it if I find it.
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Amazon lists many "navigation systems for RV's" . You program width length and height among other things and inform you on limitations.
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The highway that connects the west side of Zion National Park (Utah) with the east side has some trailer restrictions. If you're over a certain width you need a park escort and have to pay a fee. Shouldn't be a problem for a lot of eggs but we were told our Bigfoot would need one. The restrictions are due to the fact that the road goes through a tunnel that's very narrow. A spectacular drive though!


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In NY near New York City there a number of roads labeled "Parkways" that don't allow trailers. On the other hand, the Robert Moses Parkway near Niagara Falls does allow them, although larger trailers would have a problem with some of the bridges.
The Taconic State Parkway in New York and the Palisade Interstate Parkway in New York/New Jersey and the Merrit Parkway in Connecticut come to mind.

It's been a while but the last time I was there the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey allowed trailers. Be aware that if you continue north onto the NY Thruway there is a rather expensive ($10?) toll if you are towing not long after you get on. I used to take route 17 to avoid it.
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The highway that connects the west side of Zion National Park (Utah) with the east side has some trailer restrictions. If you're over a certain width you need a park escort and have to pay a fee. Shouldn't be a problem for a lot of eggs but we were told our Bigfoot would need one. The restrictions are due to the fact that the road goes through a tunnel that's very narrow. A spectacular drive though!


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The Zion Mt Carmel tunnel has some restrictions and permit requirements but large tractor trailer rigs use it all the time. It's safe to say that any travel trailer owned by anyone on this forum can easily transit the tunnel. The tunnel was built when cars were much narrower and its very dark inside so two way traffic is impossible. It's always one way only.

When we went through a few years ago, we had to buy a permit. $15 or $20, I can't remember. I was the lead vehicle. There was no escort ! I had to have the permit because of the width of the Bigfoot. I don't think a Scamp, Castia, Escape, or similar trailer would have to pay any extra. The trip was interesting and exciting but never scary or challenging. The tunnel has several surprises in it but I'm not telling what they are . The element of surprise the first trip adds a lot. Don't be afraid, go for it.
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Chuckanut Drive going to Fairhaven campground along the north Washington Puget Sound coast only allows a 15' trailer, if I remember
correctly...the road has cliffs practically right along the road edge; we barely made it with our van! I would never tow a trailer along it.

Not that there are any Chuckanut Cops...but when you leave half your trailer on the cliff rocks, you'll wish you'd gone all the way around North on I-5 and come back down to the campground the easy way.
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[QUOTE=Raz;590912]The Taconic State Parkway in New York

We live right by one of the exits. Many times I've seen someone pulling a trailer get on. I've heard it is an expensive fine, $250 maybe. This is one road that could be an issue for the OP, Mr Lynn, as he is in MA. We have been on the Garden State Pky. with a camper but it's been a few years. NY Thruway toll is high, and they charge extra for the trailer, based on number of axles. Also if you have EZ Pass, the NY system does not recognize the trailer, so you have to go through a manned toll booth and stop, both on and off. We have run the Chesapeake Bay Bridge / Tunnel a few times with a camper. Again have to go through a manned booth so they can ask if your propane is off
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We were in the Norfolk VA area recently and most tunnels have check stations for RV'S and hazardous materials. Apparently they just want to check that propane tanks are off but the check station was closed when I went through.

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The Taconic State Parkway in New York

We live right by one of the exits. Many times I've seen someone pulling a trailer get on. I've heard it is an expensive fine, $250 maybe. This is one road that could be an issue for the OP, Mr Lynn, as he is in MA. We have been on the Garden State Pky. with a camper but it's been a few years. NY Thruway toll is high, and they charge extra for the trailer, based on number of axles. Also if you have EZ Pass, the NY system does not recognize the trailer, so you have to go through a manned toll booth and stop, both on and off. We have run the Chesapeake Bay Bridge / Tunnel a few times with a camper. Again have to go through a manned booth so they can ask if your propane is off
We drive the Garden State in NJ every year and always use the express lane towing our trailer. It is not our job to announce our trailer. There is no sign prohibiting trailers. I've never looked to see if they count axles in the express lane on my bill.

On the Chesapeake Bay bridge trailers are directed to manned booths so they can ask you if your propane is off.
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The Taconic State Parkway in New York

We live right by one of the exits. Many times I've seen someone pulling a trailer get on. I've heard it is an expensive fine, $250 maybe. This is one road that could be an issue for the OP, Mr Lynn, as he is in MA. We have been on the Garden State Pky. with a camper but it's been a few years. NY Thruway toll is high, and they charge extra for the trailer, based on number of axles. Also if you have EZ Pass, the NY system does not recognize the trailer, so you have to go through a manned toll booth and stop, both on and off. We have run the Chesapeake Bay Bridge / Tunnel a few times with a camper. Again have to go through a manned booth so they can ask if your propane is off
While I don't use the NY Thruway (or, for that matter, any toll roads) often enough to purchase an easy pass, some friends with a Scamp do & they have an extra transponder for their trailer. The keep it in the radio wave proof packet when traveling without the trailer...
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