Originally Posted by Doodlebug
Boubou....I agree with what the others have recommended.......No way should you go around Washington....it can be a scary experience in a car let alone towing a camper.... Once you are South of Northern Del the scenery turns rural.(Take Del Rte 1 to Rte 13 is the easiest route) If you do go Rte 13 through Southern DE watch your speed in the little towns...they are legendary speed traps. It's a very nice ride. Crabman country is really neat.... The CBBT is a beautiful piece of engineering...in April you should see tons of boats real close to the bridge fishing. You can stop 1/2 way at the rest stop. (Sometimes they give coupons for a free ice cream cone).... Not sure where you're going on the OBX...Ocracoke Island is a great place to visit.....the commercial campgrounds look a little rough. It's a neat place to visit.... If I can help you in any way let me know...
I use this route about 2-3x a year and have always used the 113 rte in place of the 13 route just due to the more open road with less lights. You do head out east more and towards OC but I have found I like moving more this way. I have not been on 13 in over 10 years south of Dover so I am curious if there has been any improvements to town bypasses in the last 5-6 years like the many that have been added on 17 south?
I am heading down this route in a few weeks again. As for speed traps I did get caught on one but is was in NC on 17 which let me off with a warning last trip. I do slow down for the towns in most cases this just happened to be a wide open area that was reducing from 65.
One thing of note. When you get off the CBBT in VA the traffic can be brutal depending on the time of day you hit it. Also remember the bridge is 23 miles long so check your fuel before heading out on it. And there are drawbridges in various paths in Virginia beach that can cripple you especially if your towing. I have heard of people being stuck for 1.5 hrs under the right conditions. Once your stopped for it there is no way out and you have to wait until it closes so pay attention to the signs warning you of an opening time if on your route.
There are several lights you hit right after the bridge and there are also propane restrictions with certain tunnels throughout VA so be mindful of them if you take a different route home. The Washington corridor I have lost more than I have won trying to go that way so I am resolved to this being the best route.