Originally Posted by 3'senough
Fuel is cheaper in NJ, so if you have a place to get it I would. Avg Diesel is $2.45/pg right now. Based on your range I would also consider a stop prior to Albany since it's about 240 miles from exit 10 (287) to LGRVP. Those mountains can burn a little more than normal.
There is a truck stop with a Cat scale at exit 16 on the Northway. It's on the south side of the road so you need to make a left once your exit. Google CAT scales and you will see the truck stop in that region. After that it gets tight maneuvering on the exits.
As someone who lives in the area of Exit 16 of the NY Thruway, that portion is NOT "The Northway" The Northway is the portion of the NY Thruway system that continues north of Albany (I87), while The Thruway 'hangs a left' and heads off to Buffalo (I90).
I use exit 16 practically 5 day a week. And I would NOT recommend its casual use! The main portion of the exit links directly to NY17 "The Quickway" (4 to 6 lanes that meanders through the Catskills and eventually finds its way to Lake Eire at the PA border). If you are sharp enough to get off the highways (KEEP RIGHT) and onto NY 32 ramp, you have to get into the CENTER lane and turn left to get into the right lane of NY 32 (the Cat Scales are only a few blocks down on the right). Also be forewarned that Woodbury Commons (an absolute madhouse of shopping) is also at that exit; Just north (right turn) of the ramp.
And fuel is a whole lot cheaper in NJ than on The Thruway. Usually over $0.50/gal. My favorite fuel stop in Mahwah, NJ ULS just went up to 2.249. Near my office in White Plains, NY ULS is 2.899 to 3.299. On The Thruway its around $3.00, if I'm not mistaken.
But you cannot beat the convenience of the rest stops! Getting on and off at any of the exits (bypass Kingston (exit 19) at ALL COSTS!!!!!) can be quite confusing.
Swinging off and back on with the rest stops is a no-brainer. Although, the linkage from the truck & trailer parking areas to the fuel pumps can be awkward at some of them.
After parking with the OTR trucks, get out and plan your approach to the pumps. If you have to loop around the lot, in order to be in a position to maneuver through a 10' gap in the median, no one will stop you.
Good luck. Happy and Safe Driving. And welcome to NY!