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Old 11-05-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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In CT you cannot take a trailer on the Merritt Parkway (CT-15). During times of traffic, not having access to this road would be a real PIA to be stuck with just I-95 to get through CT. Do you find trailers restricted where you roam? Curious as I compare Class B to FGRVs. Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:46 PM   #2
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You may want to do a little more checking on that. I've seen many signs restricting commercial trucks and trailers from some roads at certain times. I wouldn't think that TT's would fall under those rules.
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ConnDOT: What is allowed to travel on the Merritt Parkway?

But maybe this is only a CT-15 thing? Not prevalent anywhere else?

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You may want to do a little more checking on that. I've seen many signs restricting commercial trucks and trailers from some roads at certain times. I wouldn't think that TT's would fall under those rules.
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Well Bryce, after reading the history on the Merritt, it is off limits to many types and sizes of vehicles. Interesting read, Google it.
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:03 AM   #5
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The Taconic State Parkway in NY is similar. Raz
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Bryce,
We lived in CT for most of our lives and this situation is basically a vestige of old roads. We've only come across it twice, on the Merritt and Taconic State Parkways. Both roadways have a number of very low bridges and the like. Even if we were not restricted from them we avoid them.

As to class B's, particularly the nicer ones many would not meet the length rules of the Merritt.

Personally I dislike driving thru CT, tremendously crowded busy state with a rather poor road system. Ct has interstates that intentionally go through cities and are continuously under construction, see Waterbury and Hartford. If our travels were restricted to CT, we would soon give it up. We try to get through CT as soon as possible.

CT is an anomaly on many levels. I remember our first trip west, returning to the Northeast from Colorado and saying to Ginny, "Why did we return?" So much of why we live somewhere is the same reason, we like Chevy over Ford or are Catholic and not Jewish, we were born into it.

One of the great benefits of RV travel, but also all kinds of travel, is the recognition that life can be different. Some people miss out on the opportunity of 'different'. We have RV friends who's partners can't leave there known every day life, friends, local, home to share something new. Of course the same can apply to the RVer, not willing to put down his fishing pole or beer, to share or further develop a long standing relationship.

Forget the road issue. If you like your RV and Travel, there are not many places in CT you'll want to camp, or better yet there are better places to camp than CT. Drive west camp in the Chiricahua Mts, step outside and see the night sky, and wonder why people live in CT.

I would not base any decision based upon CT roads (or the Taconic state parkway), alternatives are available.
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Bryce,

I don't mean to hype the Chiricahua Mts, there are all to numerous wonderful places to see, they are everywhere, places I could not imagine existed. Ginny and I were talking about rewinding our travels next year, just drifting through our past.

I would repeat, don't make decisions based upon CT, it's really a small part of a marvelous continent.
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Ok well living in Connecticut near the Merritt Parkway, and often traveling up the Taconic Parkway to Albany to see my family, you can see why I have these concerns. Haha. Thx!
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I believe in NY trailers are not allowed on any road designated as "Parkway" The Taconic is extra inconvenient for us as we live right by it and it connects to I 90 so rather than a direct route to 90 we have to take a roundabout route
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The Baltimore-Washington Parkway used to have a similar restriction, no idea if it still does. I moved out of the area over 30 years ago. There are also a few (very few) really twisty secondary roads in the mountains that have length restrictions that may or may not apply to a small fiberglass trailer.

But I'll have to agree with Norm. Places you can go with a Class B that you can't go with a small trailer are so few that it's certainly not a reason to choose one over the other.

And there are plenty of places that aren't easily accessible with either, but with a trailer you can park it at a campground and go exploring in your tow vehicle.
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In CT you cannot take a trailer on the Merritt Parkway (CT-15). During times of traffic, not having access to this road would be a real PIA to be stuck with just I-95 to get through CT. Do you find trailers restricted where you roam? Curious as I compare Class B to FGRVs. Thanks!
Looks like you need to be in the Golden State, where they know how to build real highways and interchanges. Here's a typical example of how two highways and the rail system co-exist: Click to enlarge the pic (if you dare!)



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Looks like you need to be in the Golden State, where they know how to build real highways and interchanges. Here's a typical example of how two highways and the rail system co-exist: Click to enlarge the pic (if you dare!)
I count 4 levels? Connecticut has one of those too. On I84 near Waterbury I think. Raz
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I think that there are at least 5 and that doesn't count the still unfinished "Criss-Cross" right in the middle of the pic on the bottom level.It's not for the faint of heart. California is replacing/updating the "Cloverleaf" interchanges of the 50's with what are called "Flyovers".


I think that this is the I-105/I-110 interchange near LAX.



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Believe it or not, I'm trying to avoid getting into a "my dad's bigger than your dad" bragging competition, but you might like Britain's Gravelly Hill Interchange, known to everyone as 'Spaghetti Junction', which may have only 4 layers, but it does also have a rail line and a canal underneath, showing that every long distance transport medium for 300 years passes through the same spot:

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That's especially neat because everyone has to drive through it on the wrong side of the road.... LOL


Been there and done that.....



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I found out very quickly this past summer that trailers are not allowed on the Taconic State Pkwy....Pulling my 13' Scamp, I had the honor of a trooper pulling me over to inform me of NY State parkway rules... I must say, though, he was a sweetheart, as he gave me a verbal warning, told me the route I would need to take to get where I was going and then escorted me off the parkway and on my way.
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Four levels? Five levels? Do you need oxygen? No thank you. I live on a dirt road. This year the town replaced the culvert. That's about as "life in the fast lane" as I want to get. Raz
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What about tunnels? Someone told me we shouldn't go through the I-93 tunnel in Boston because of the propane.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:22 AM   #19
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California a 55mph restriction on trailers. Barney Fife in Baker, California along the 15 loves this ticket.
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Coming from Maine we stop at the Cracker Barrel in Milford Conn. off 95 ex 40. Have dinner (late) stay in the camper and go in and have breakfast in the morning. Then back on 95 to 287 to the Tappan Zee Bridge avoiding the G W. My dream is to walk across the Tapp an watch the construction of the new bridge. Love looking at that stuff.
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