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Best routes for trailering from MA to West Chester PA?

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  • Best routes for trailering from MA to West Chester PA?

    Hi, if some stars align I will have to haul a trailer down to PA (West Chester & Reading area) and back. Does anyone have any advice for better routes hauling a horse trailer? When I drive my car I go over the GW bridge but I can't imagine doing that with a horse, plus there are all those awful parkways which I can't bring a trailer on anyway.

    What routes do people recommend to make this process as painless as possible for horse and driver?

  • #2
    Where in MA? It is a long state.

    My preference is to stay away from NYC using I-78/80, I-287, I-87, I-84/90 depending on where you are going.

    Chester Count/Philly to Suffolk Downs near Boston, leaving early to avoid traffic, was 5 hrs by car (no horse trailer).
    Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
    Alfred A. Montapert


    • Original Poster

      Sorry, if we start the route from the Sturbridge (MA Pike/ 84 exit) that would be the best. I'm near route 128/95 but that makes no sense.

      I do this drive regularly in a car. I'm not asking about car routes, but horse trailer routes. Big difference. With a car, I go over the GW Bridge and over parkways, which is not doable with a horse trailer. And ALWAYS get stuck in Waterbury in stop and go traffic for 30 minutes.


      • #4
        Well, it would be two choices with a little variation - I never go over the GW in car or truck.
        Option 1 would be to go over the Tappan Zee to the highway that is beyond the exit to the garden state pkway - is it the PA turnpike? sorry, cant remember - rt 287
        Or continue on 84 as you exit CT and not go south to the Tappan Zee and instead go through Newburgh and hit 87 to 287, but tht is much longer


        • #5
          What dotneko said. Most people I know who are hauling that route will take the TZB. And the new bridge is quite pretty!



          • Original Poster

            Great to know. Google suggests 287 as well but it is assuming I'm driving a car so your feedback is very helpful.


            • #7
              THe mid Hudson bridge is great. TAppanzee has delays/backups on the roads leading to it.


              • #8
                No helpful suggestions for the drive but wishing you all the best!


                • #9
                  I went over the TZB last Wednesday at about 2 pm. Going east, there was no traffic and it looked pretty good going west toward me. The TZB traffic is bad during rush hour, especially going east in the morning and west in the afternoon. The more northerly crossings are narrower bridges and you will hit more hills, if I remember correctly. So it all depends on many factors including your truck. Oh - I think that the TZB is much more expensive than the other crossings. IF that matters (after hopefully buying a horse, those pennies just vanish into the total).


                  • #10
                    Yes, I have driven the route I described at least a dozen times in the past two years. I have never hit traffic on the approaches to the TZB in either direction. 84 in CT is usually the problem - we always stop at the Blue Colony at exit 10 for a 'just in case' pit stop (and perhaps some Challah bread)


                    • #11
                      No comments on the specific route, but fingers crossed on the stars aligning. Do you have someone willing to tag along if it's a long haul for you?


                      • Original Poster

                        Update: if all goes well I'm going to pay the $$ to ship him up. It will save my sanity and be more comfortable for the horse. Thanks.


                        • #13
                          Dot - how about Rein's NY Style Deli in Vernon, CT, Exit 65 on 84? IMHO the BEST rugalah, and a great pastrami Reuben (yeah, not kosher, but still!).


                          • #14
                            And scruffy - I think that is the BEST idea!