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Old 03-21-2014, 02:43 PM   #1
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Rt 17 Chesapeake to Myrtle

I am also heading to Myrtle in April. I see in the other thread that 3'senough says that 17 is not good for towing.
If you are here could you elaborate some please? Is it the size of your rig? Bad road?
I realize that it passes thru a lot of small town, but lower speed travel does not bother me.
I am towing a 23b with a 1500.

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Old 03-21-2014, 03:12 PM   #2
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I can elaborate. I am planning on taking 17/13/113/1 North from NC to Del MMBB with a planned stop in Ocean City this summer. It has several lights in the southern portion of 13 heading north after the CBBT. There are drawbridges in Norfolk that can kill an hour or 2 if you hit it wrong and I have hit it wrong once!

The upside is that stops are a breeze with multiple towns/gas stops and scenery. Traffic is minimal with the exception of Norfolk. You can set your watch to the time it takes from Dover to Norfolk without much of a variation with the exception of the stop lights in the southern portion. There are several new bypasses in place around many towns and I strongly recommend 113 over 13 any day. Watch for speed traps!!! It can go from 60 to 30 in a heartbeat.

I have not taken it out to the OBX area as I continue southwest into NC on all my trips. I am going again in 2 weeks without the rig and will double check for any issues for my summer camping route.

Right before the CBBT there are multiple CG's on the Chesapeake and it is a highly traveled camper route in the summer.

My point was that the 95 way can be easier on you and your TV if you hit the timing right, if there is such a possibility anymore. If you are subject to bad timing and you don't feel like rolling the dice through Baltimore and DC then this route is for you!


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Old 03-21-2014, 03:24 PM   #3
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Thank you, I am coming down 81 and cutting south east south of Richmond. I won't be hitting the tidewater area at all.
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:38 AM   #4
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We usually come down 301 295 around Richmond and on down into NC on 95. Then head east either at Rocky Mount NC or WILSON NC over to US17 and then follow it on down to Myrtle beach.

You won't get to see much of the Ocean on any of these roads heading down 17 until you get to Myrtle Beach it seems..

We are usually pulling our OFF-ROAD POPUP.

The absolute best route to get into Myrtle Beach with a big rig is go down 95 to past South of the Border in SC and pick up 501 to 544 and follow straight into Myrtle Beach and follow the large signs for LAKEWOOD CAMPING RESORT. This puts you into the south side of Myrtle beach (US17) and is very big rig friendly.

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Old 03-30-2014, 07:07 PM   #5
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X2 Roy. Don't take 17 business or bypass once close to MB. If keeping close to the beach get on 31 to 544 if your heading the south end of MB (where most of the CGs are) to avoid heavy traffic. If your coming in very late or early traffic isn't that bad, I just prefer 31 to scoot around traffic. 95 to 501/544 is where most funnel in due to the interstate though. Safe travels!
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