What would you do? Routing help because of under powered truck.

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  1. jme2788

    jme2788 Bobtail Member

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    My box truck is a little slow going up hills. I’m traveling to Boston and I’m wondering if I should take 76 east or 80 east through Pennsylvania.

    76 turns to 78 which goes through NYC. But if I take 80 I’ll be going across the Northern part of the state and I’m wondering if it will be more mountainous

    sorry if this post is a lot of rambling
     
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  3. jme2788

    jme2788 Bobtail Member

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    the state in question is Pennsylvania, if not already obvious
     
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    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    I prefer the mountains over those tolls. I 80 unless there is a lot of snow is OK. Even with a box truck going from the Ohio line to Carlisle is going to be VERY expensive. My best guess is $80+.
     
  6. tallguy66

    tallguy66 Light Load Member

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    80 isn’t much worse then 76 in terms of hills
     
  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    From Youngstown, really no way around 80, 78s just going to be longer, and cost a fortune. Shortest route, 80-81-84-90. Or 11 miles further 80-287-95-91-90, Or 24 miles further 80-287-95. I think the last route might be best, one toll going into White Plains NY. Best going through at night. Less hills after that. I definitely wouldn’t take the GW bridge. I’ve only taken the first route once, headed west, years ago. As I recall it had a lot of hills. Maybe someone else knows how much the tolls are, or knows a better route.
     
  8. slow.rider

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    80-287-684-84-90

    Not the least hilly but there's almost no tolls and the hills are mostly manageable. The least hilly of all would be 80-95 thru NYC and pay the tolls.

    80 thru PA is less hilly than 76. I mean, thru PA they're both 100% hilly, but the hills on 76 are taller. On 80 I can usually get to the top before needing to downshift. And as an added bonus, 76 is the most expensive tollway in the world, whereas 80 is free.

    Just my $0.02.
     
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  9. Espressolane

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    Does not really matter what route you choose. If you are traveling at a slow speed, please stay in the right lane as much as possible. You will much more appreciated.
     
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    That's prob how'd I'd go too. No getting round them hills. I've only ever been on 76 across pa once. The hills on 80 are a little less and you don't have all those skinny sections like on the pike
     
  11. Brettj3876

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    Or you could always run the high road 86/90 across ny might be a better option. Where are you starting from?

    A lot flatter that way. Few small hills in western NY
     
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