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Old 04-24-2019, 06:17 PM   #1
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1st Florida trip

Will be taking our first trip to Disney in Florida in a week. Have trip planned out, loaded to GPS. Will also be using Rand McNally Motor Carriers Atlas. But there is no better info. than from the Rvr's who have done it. Is there anything I should be worrried about? Low Bridges, certain Cities to avoid along the way?
I will be coming in from Az. and have picked out a couple of places to stay along the way. One in particular is the KOA in San Antonio. Has anyone stayed there? Is it easy to get in and out of? We will be spending a few nights there. Any input would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks,
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:08 PM   #2
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Can you program your RV profile into your GPS to avoid any issues with bridges or other places you don't want to be in? It gives me a good deal peace of mind. We primarily rely on our Garmin for directions but occasionally in the morning I'll put my day into Google Maps just to get another view.

We are just now heading home to Vermont from Florida where we wintered for five months. Hope your time is enjoyable as was ours!
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:55 PM   #3
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Sperman3 Thanks for your reply. I do have my RV profile loaded in my GPS. I was looking for some input on I-75 and I-4 in Florida and the San Antonio area as to how RV friendly they are. We are meeting 3 of our G’kids At Disney. So yes it will be enjoyable. Safe travels back to Vermont. I am originally from Springfield,Mass have been to Vt. Countless times.
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Old 04-25-2019, 03:55 AM   #4
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KOA in San Antonio is a great place to camp in the city. Easy access getting in and out, your only hurdle will be construction and traffic.

I-10 junction to I-35, just plan ahead well in advance for your exits, I recommend you do not travel in the right lane as it commonly becomes a “Right lane must exit”. Also, the majority of the exits in San Antonio will put you onto one way frontage roads, so you will be merging into traffic at 45-50 mph.

I lived there for 2 years and stayed at the KOA for a couple of weeks while getting settled in, the park is nice, gated entrance, very secure. Nice pool and facilities.

Close to downtown for the river walk and the Alamo, less than a mile from AT&T Stadium where the San Antonio Spurs play, and close to Fort Sam Houston.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is great if you’re into big roller coasters, it was a favorite place of ours.

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Old 04-25-2019, 06:52 AM   #5
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I4 and I75 are major highways. Unless you have a massively oversized trailer, you'll be fine.
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:22 AM   #6
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Agreed on 75 and 4 being plenty big and able to handle the rig. I assume once you come down 75, you're going to take off in Wildwood on the turnpike to go from 75 to 4 in orlando? If so just remember that is a toll road.


In Mobile, stay on I-10 and go through that tunnel. Do not allow the GPS to route you off I-10 to a different tunnel. That other tunnel is only 12' tall, but the one on I-10 is plenty big. It has no Propane restrictions, so you're good there.


Lastly, if you're looking for any overnight spots or places to stay on the way back, i'm in Fort White, FL on a couple of waterfront acres with a single-site campsite on it for friends and family. Here's the link so you can see location and pictures. https://www.hipcamp.com/florida/4a-r...ature-paradise


If you're interested, PM me so I can block the dates so noone books it. I'll make you a deal you can't refuse.
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:58 AM   #7
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Thanks for all of the info. Notes will be made for sure. foretm your offer sounds good. We will be heading to Charleston SC after Disney. Have not looked at our return trip options yet. Winging it at this point.
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Sounds like your on Interstate mostly check out the iEXIT app it’s a live following app with map that gives you info about all services available at all exits on the interstate system. I drive MO to FL through Orlando -I75, I4 - FL turnpike ,to the space coast several times a year , no issues other then traffic .Check out getting an EPASS for all those toll roads in Fl.
IEXIT is a good app imo ..... ymmv....
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I was looking for some input on I-75 and I-4 in Florida.

We have stayed at the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds several times and travel the I-10/I-75/Florida Turnpike to Disney with our Fifth Wheel. Your path is clear all the way to Disney via your route in Florida.


I would suggest rather than using I-4 to Disney that you take exit 267A off of the Turnpike onto the 429 (Toll Road). It will by-pass I-4 which can be a traffic nightmare. BTW, stay on 429 until the Western Way exit to Disneyworld.
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We have stayed at the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds several times and travel the I-10/I-75/Florida Turnpike to Disney with our Fifth Wheel. Your path is clear all the way to Disney via your route in Florida.


I would suggest rather than using I-4 to Disney that you take exit 267A off of the Turnpike onto the 429 (Toll Road). It will by-pass I-4 which can be a traffic nightmare. BTW, stay on 429 until the Western Way exit to Disneyworld.
Second that.. I 4 is a nightmare even with a small TT like ours. The tolls are worth it. Going to Charleston is fine..95 and 26 is popular with RV ers.
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