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Rene T

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trip to FL
« on: July 26, 2020, 10:41:02 AM »
Just doing a little pre-planning for our trip to FL. The only difference this year is that we won't be towing our trailer. Taking the car. I just got my TripTik from AAA and I noticed that there is a beltway/loop around Jacksonville. I-295. When towing, we would always stay right on I-95 because it would be on a Sunday morning around 7:00 AM so there was very little traffic. So now I'm not sure what time we'll be going though or even what day of the week.  What's peoples thoughts about taking I-285 on the East side of the city?  Will I save time?
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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2020, 10:58:29 AM »
You won't save time on the 295 loop but it's less nerve-wracking than the straight-thru route in any sort of traffic.  The east (beach) side loop has has less traffic than the west side. I'd only choose the west side if going onto I10 or one of the southwest side suburbs.
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2020, 12:02:40 PM »
Lots of construction on 295 east which causes backups and accidents. Been under construction for years. Stick to 295 west or go straight thru town on 95.

But maybe you shouldn't come. According to the press, we all have ( and spread) cov so it could be dangerous.  ;) ;D
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2020, 01:15:33 PM »
    Rene, I would go the way you have gone with the trailer.  Yulee, to the 301, on down. That way you avoid I 4, rated the worst/most dangerous interstate in the US.

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Rene T

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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2020, 01:40:21 PM »
    Rene, I would go the way you have gone with the trailer.  Yulee, to the 301, on down. That way you avoid I 4, rated the worst/most dangerous interstate in the US.

Ed
Thanks Ed. The last couple of years weíve taken I-4. It that was on Sunday mornings around 9:AM so it wasnít too bad. It will be easier this year with the car and it will most likely be real early on a Sunday.
Thank you Gary and Bruce. I guess Iíll just stay on 95 straight thru.
Iím hoping weíll still be able to go. I called the campground the other day and asked them what will happen if the cg goes into lock down. We have a permanent seasonal site and would a lockdown affect us. They had no answer and I was the 1st to ask that question.
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2020, 01:50:23 PM »
    Rene, I would go the way you have gone with the trailer.  Yulee, to the 301, on down. That way you avoid I 4, rated the worst/most dangerous interstate in the US.

Ed


Ed whatís going to happen to you guys? I heard through the grapevine that if thereís no vaccine your insurance wonít cover you guys. Is that true? Then again, the borders still have to open and I havenít heard anything about that.
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2020, 06:53:11 PM »
     The quick answer is we don't know.  I am going on the assumption that we won't be able to get to our Florida home next winter.  Although there have been a couple of news articles saying that once the covid 19 travel ban is over, then insurance companies will start covering travel.  However, I have no idea exactly what that means.

Ed
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2020, 11:08:34 AM »
There is no guessing what form a future lockdown might take, or how it might affect those already in place vs those wishing to reach their site.  Florida is sensitive to its large numbers of seasonal residents and so far has neither evicted people nor prohibited travel from out-of-state, but who knows what the future may bring?
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2020, 01:09:48 PM »
Ed, I suggest checking your policy online or provider info.

Covid19 whilst a terrible disease is still in reality a low risk, therefore you may be surprised to find you are covered medically albeit maybe not for cancellation or curtailment.

Our friends policy just reinstated the cancellation or curtailment due to covid19 but never discontinued medical cover.

Our policy has never stopped medical cover for covid19 as long as the country you are travelling to is approved for travel.

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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2020, 01:10:12 PM »
Gary. Miami-Dade County did evict us and a whole lot of tourist back in March. We were staying in a county park and intended to stay until the end of April. On March 19th we were told to be gone by close of business on the 23rd.
The mayor also told the hotels to close down.
The concern was that the healthcare facilities would be overwhelmed if visitors stayed.
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2020, 01:19:52 PM »
Ed, I suggest checking your policy online or provider info.

Covid19 whilst a terrible disease is still in reality a low risk, therefore you may be surprised to find you are covered medically albeit maybe not for cancellation or curtailment.

Our friends policy just reinstated the cancellation or curtailment due to covid19 but never discontinued medical cover.

Our policy has never stopped medical cover for covid19 as long as the country you are travelling to is approved for travel.

Jackie as you probably know, Ed is from Canada and because itís socialized medicine they do some weard things At times. This spring when the COVID was at full swing, the Canadian insurance companies told their people that they had to come back by a certain date to be covered. The major highway in FL was overwhelmed with people going back to Ontario in order to meet the deadline. The campground I was in went from nearly 100 percent capacity to probably 10 percent overnight.  The cg was like a ghost town. I think that 75 percent are Canadians.
Rene, Lucille & co-pilot Buddy
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2011 Montana High Country 343RL
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jackiemac

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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2020, 01:23:04 PM »
Jackie as you probably know, Ed is from Canada and because itís socialized medicine they do some weard things At times. This spring when the COVID was at full swing, the Canadian insurance companies told their people that they had to come back by a certain date to be covered. The major highway in FL was overwhelmed with people going back to Ontario in order to meet the deadline. The campground I was in went from nearly 100 percent capacity to probably 10 percent overnight.  The cg was like a ghost town. I think that 75 percent are Canadians.
Yes Rene, I knew he was "one of them" 😄

I thought it was a different form of travel insurance, I'm forgetting about the health care scenario. You'd think the same logic would apply though regarding risk analysis.
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2020, 01:32:49 PM »
Yes Rene, I knew he was "one of them" 😄

I thought it was a different form of travel insurance, I'm forgetting about the health care scenario. You'd think the same logic would apply though regarding risk analysis.

Itís almost time Jackie. Good night.
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2020, 02:41:05 PM »
Night Rene.
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2020, 03:11:43 PM »
    Rene, it has nothing to do with our Provincial Insurance which covers us while in Canada, it is the PRIVATE Insurance we all have to buy when we head to the US because of the exorbitant fee charged by your medical system if we get sick or hurt.  We know people who lost their houses after having a car accident in the US..  Although Americans call our system socialist, it is not, it is actually less socialist than your medicare or VA coverage.  Here is an article that explains it better than I can: https://riskandinsurance.com/opinion-canadian-health-insurance-is-not-socialism/
    However, it was the Canadian government that told Canadians that the situation was getting worse and we should return to Canada while we still could as they didn't know if airplanes were going to continue to fly, or if the land borders were going to closed, and that was a distinct possibility given the highly political decisions that were going on.  We were not under any pressure from our insurer, and neither were the vast majority of Canadians, but there were a few insurance companies that did tell their customers that coverage would cease if they didn't return by a certain date.  It turns out there were no claims denied and the Snowbird associations were quite vocal that legally the insurance companies had to provide the coverage until the term expired.  It sure was a stressful confusing time, we were being told to quarantine, and you were being told the virus would be gone in a month, Nova Scotia now has no active cases, and Florida has over 425,000.  It was wise to head home early
    Our problem now is that with your high number of cases, the Canadian government has a travel advisory which means that until that is lifted, we have no coverage.  In chat, if I understood her correctly, they have the same situation.

Ed
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2020, 05:46:05 AM »
We do Ed,
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2020, 01:40:42 PM »
    Rene, I would go the way you have gone with the trailer.  Yulee, to the 301, on down. That way you avoid I 4, rated the worst/most dangerous interstate in the US.

Ed

  Agree but if you do decide to take I-4 then take the 417 around downtown Orlando. They have it so messed up the squirrels dont even know which way to run.
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Re: trip to FL
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2020, 04:14:34 PM »
  Agree but if you do decide to take I-4 then take the 417 around downtown Orlando. They have it so messed up the squirrels dont even know which way to run.
Maths is Will for the top.
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