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Old 04-20-2024, 12:30 PM   #1
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Was wondering if anyone with a Scamp 13 or 16 traveling north on I95 has a solution for getting around the Key Bridge being down? I am still in the dark about traveling with the single 20lb propane container thru either of the Baltimore or Mc Henry tunnels?

Not sure if its allowed or not. Might have to call the Tunnel Authority to be sure.



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Old 04-20-2024, 02:15 PM   #2
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Nope, no tunnels if you’re carrying LP tanks. It’s either surface streets through the city or the 695 beltway all around the north and west.

The Key bridge collapse is a big hassle for RV traffic.

I’m a native of the region. Our family used to leave before dawn and drive through the Inner Harbor when pulling our tent trailer before they built the bridge.
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Old 04-20-2024, 05:57 PM   #3
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You don't say where you are starting from or where in MA is your destination. We are 20 miles west of Pittsfield MA in Upstate NY. When we traveled with our camper to southern Georgia or to the east coast of Florida we would take I84 to I81, then I77, I26, and out to I95. We have gone across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel a couple times. Before crossing we were asked if our propane tanks were off, they were, so no problem. We like to stay off I95 as much as possible.
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You don't say where you are starting from or where in MA is your destination. We are 20 miles west of Pittsfield MA in Upstate NY. When we traveled with our camper to southern Georgia or to the east coast of Florida we would take I84 to I81, then I77, I26, and out to I95. We have gone across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel a couple times. Before crossing we were asked if our propane tanks were off, they were, so no problem. We like to stay off I95 as much as possible.
Agree. That's what I would do if I were just passing through from north to south or vice versa. Bypass the whole DC-to-NYC mess. Not that there aren't cool places to visit there, but if you're just in transit, I-95 is boring.

Just to be clear, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel allows LP. Both Baltimore harbor tunnels do not.
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Never knew or considered traveling thru tunnels with a propane tank to be at issue. Living just 30 miles from Pittsburgh I often drive thru the city of bridges and tunnels.
Never even given a thought to doing this with propane and as of now never been stopped by authorities.
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Turn off your propane before the tunnel, good practice in general. I am lucky to have enough battery power to run my fridge on an inverter all day. So I don’t travel with propane on.
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I feel compelled to reiterate that what’s true for other tunnels is NOT true for the I-95 harbor tunnels in Baltimore. On or off, propane tanks over 10# each are prohibited. Common RV sizes are 20# and 30#.

Fines are steep. Gotta find another route.
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Old 04-25-2024, 09:47 AM   #8
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Thanks for all your replys

Looks like it will be I 695 West.
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Old 04-27-2024, 10:15 AM   #9
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Was wondering if anyone with a Scamp 13 or 16 traveling north on I95 has a solution for getting around the Key Bridge being down? I am still in the dark about traveling with the single 20lb propane container thru either of the Baltimore or Mc Henry tunnels?

Not sure if its allowed or not. Might have to call the Tunnel Authority to be sure.



Thanks, Jack

You really did not say from where to where. If possible I would avoid the whole area.



Yeah tanks in tunnels is basically a no no regardless of if they are turned off or on.


Of course for the summer you might just get one of the small ones that are allowed, but they do have to be really pretty small.
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Bypassing Baltimore

You can bypass Baltimore by taking I95 exit 4a south to DEL-1/US-13. From there you can travel on US-301 to Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Annapolis, or US-13 south to the Chesapeake Bay bridge/tunnel and Norfolk, VA.
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You can bypass Baltimore by taking I95 exit 4a south to DEL-1/US-13. From there you can travel on US-301 to Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Annapolis, or US-13 south to the Chesapeake Bay bridge/tunnel and Norfolk, VA.
You won't save any time with either of those routes over I-695W, but you'll see some scenic and less-traveled parts of the Mid-Atlantic region. We took that route every year to spend a week at Shad Landing State Park with bikes on our tent trailer and a large canoe on top of the station wagon.

Grew up in Harford County near Aberdeen Proving Ground where my dad worked.
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Old 05-08-2024, 12:52 PM   #12
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Getting around Key Bridge in MD.

Took I 695 west to get around the bridge problem. It did add a good additional hour to my travels. Probably due to increase traffic.
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