We have had a good time visiting New England and seen some awesome places while we’ve been here. But our time is about up for this visit and I thought I would share my perspective on this part of the county from an RVer’s point of view.
First of all, if you come to this area be prepared to deal with some of the most aggressive drivers you’ll find anywhere, and a lot of traffic any place you go. I’ve driven in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, even New York City, and the drivers we’ve encountered in Massachusetts and Connecticut rank up there with the worst of them. If you drive an RV through here, you need to pay attention every minute, and having an alert copilot is a big plus. More than once Terry has warned me of another driver who was changing lanes without signaling, failing to yield when coming onto the highway from an onramp, and pulling other kamikaze stunts.
Something we have found frustrating is that the mile markers and the exit numbers on the interstate highways are not keyed together like they are in most states. So while you may be at mile marker 35 (if you can find a mile marker), you may only be at exit 4 or 5. It makes it a little difficult to quickly figure out how far you have to go to your next turn.
While fuel is never cheap anywhere, when we went to Connecticut to visit Mystic Seaport, gasoline was 35 cents a gallon more as soon as we crossed the state line from Massachusetts.
Before we set out on our trip, several people told us that the highway tolls in this area would kill us. Actually, we spent more in tolls driving through Indiana and Ohio on our way here than we have while in New England.
Many of the RV parks around here are not built for large motorhomes or fifth wheel trailers, so if you plan to visit, be sure that the campground you are headed for can accommodate a rig your size. Also, a lot of the RV sites are not full hookup. Many of them are just water and 30 amp electric, with a dump station.
Most of the people we have met in the campgrounds are weekend campers or folks who have a seasonal site and leave their RV parked in the same place all summer long, or even year round.. We’ve only run into a couple of other fulltimers since we’ve been here. Expect every campground to have a lot of kids, a lot of smoky fires, and don’t be offended if people don’t seem quite as outgoing as those you meet in the Midwest or down South. It’s not that they’re unfriendly, they just don’t seem as open as RVers we have met in other places.
And as can be expected anywhere with a relatively short season, the RV parks have to make money while they can. $40 and up per night is not unheard of. In fact, it seems to be the norm for the places we have visited to drop off sample bundles of the Gypsy Journal. If we didn’t have membership campgrounds to stay in while we were in this area, the trip would have been too expensive for us for the three weeks we have been in Massachusetts.
If you’re like many RVers and have a firearm in your home on wheels, be aware that once you leave Pennsylvania it is unlawful to have a gun in most states in this part of the country. Penalties can be very harsh, and can include both steep fines and jail time.
So would we come back again? Yes. There is so much to see and do that we could spend years exploring. But I think we enjoyed Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, which we visited on our last trip to New England, more than we have this part of Massachusetts.
If the weather cooperates, we plan to leave Sturbridge Outdoor World today and drive 135 miles to Beacon, New York, where we will spend a couple of nights while we play tourist in that area. When I was in the Army I was stationed at the Military Academy at West Point for a couple of years, and I want to go back and visit. We’re also talking about taking the train from Beacon to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where so many of our ancestors passed through when they arrived in America.
Thought For The Day – All these young girls getting tattoos need to remember that a butterfly on the back becomes a buzzard in the crack when they get older!