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budkatsav

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we are traveling to Florida from Massachusetts in February. is route 301 the best way to get around the tunnels and DC when traveling in a pickup truck towing a travel trailer? yes we will have propane on board.

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budkatsav wrote:

we are traveling to Florida from Massachusetts in February. is route 301 the best way to get around the tunnels and DC when traveling in a pickup truck towing a travel trailer? yes we will have propane on board.


Depending on the time of day, I will either:
1- stay on 95 to 695 East over the Key Bridge, back to 95
2- exit to rt 1 in DE, to 301/50, cross the Bay Bridge and either stay on 301 down to 95 just north of Richmond... or hop on 50 back to 95 which you will be 17 miles north of the draw bridge in DC

I will say that a lot will depend on the weather...


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We made the 301 south trip every Dec 25 for the past 10 years. Again this year.

Over night in a Cracker Barrel closed for Christmas, with coffee and breakfast when they open the next morning. We stop at one or the other Flying J's at the 95 entrance #104. The older of the two on the southbound side is friendlier for big rig rvs.

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Propane is not a problem as long as you turn the tanks off before you get to the tunnels and some of the bridges. We traveled up the entire east coast and went through every tunnel imaginable and they just stopped you to ask if the tanks are turned off. None of them even checked. Some people claim that you can't have propane with you but I found out differently.


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BarabooBob wrote:

Propane is not a problem as long as you turn the tanks off before you get to the tunnels and some of the bridges. We traveled up the entire east coast and went through every tunnel imaginable and they just stopped you to ask if the tanks are turned off. None of them even checked. Some people claim that you can't have propane with you but I found out differently.


HEY BOB,

Not for nothing but.... You may want to read up on the tunnel restrictions. They ( Baltimore ) Clearly state PROHIBITED.... The last I knew, that meant NO WAY JOSE... Just because they don't physically check, don't make it right..

Below is a blurb from the MDT site - MDTA

"Why can't I take my RV or camper through either the Baltimore Harbor or the Fort McHenry Tunnels?
Regulations govern the transportation of certain hazardous materials across our toll facilities. Under these regulations, vehicles carrying bottled propane gas in excess of 10 pounds per container (maximum of 10 containers), bulk gasoline, explosives, significant amounts of radioactive materials, and other hazardous materials are prohibited from using the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895). The Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) is a convenient alternative route for crossing Baltimore's harbor."

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BarabooBob wrote:

Propane is not a problem as long as you turn the tanks off before you get to the tunnels and some of the bridges. We traveled up the entire east coast and went through every tunnel imaginable and they just stopped you to ask if the tanks are turned off. None of them even checked. Some people claim that you can't have propane with you but I found out differently.


Be forewarned if you elect to follow BarabooBob's advice. You may find a toll booth attendant that know and follows the rules who will deny you access to the tunnel. Then you will have the option of exiting to the surface streets or turning back the way you came. Just because one toll booth attendant let one guy through, doesn't mean they all will.


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Check the fines. Believe Boston is like $10,000.00

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This may be a silly question but does the use of “bottled” limit the ban to portable propane bottles as used by truck campers, travel trailers, and fifth wheels and of course portable gas grills? Seems that permanently mounted propane tanks as used in mh’s or propane powered vehicles would be excepted.


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wildtoad wrote:

This may be a silly question but does the use of “bottled” limit the ban to portable propane bottles as used by truck campers, travel trailers, and fifth wheels and of course portable gas grills? Seems that permanently mounted propane tanks as used in mh’s or propane powered vehicles would be excepted.


I think that's a question for MDTA, but they specifically say "RVs or campers" on this page:
https://mdta.maryland.gov/Toll_Facilities/qanda.html#rv


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Posted: 12/16/19 03:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why chance it? We've gone over the Key Bridge a number of times with no issue. There was a member on here a while back who did get stopped and it wasn't pleasant. There's a huge safety risk not only for yourself but for everyone around you should something go wrong. I also don't understand why some people think they don't have to abide by the rules. They are there for a reason.


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