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Harrisburg or Allentown PA?

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by Vad42, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. Vad42

    Vad42 Member

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    I'm driving tomorrow from North Jersey to Gettysburg PA. Trying to figure out if it's best to supercharge in Allentown or Harrisburg. Which one is better for a bathroom break and a snack/coffee? Especially if it's going to be late in the day. Around 10PM or so.

    evtripplanner is telling me to stop at Allentown (I have 60D), but I think I could stretch it to Harrisburg starting with 100% if needed. I'm just thinking that would give me more allowance for driving around a few days at destination before heading back on Sunday.

    Any pointers?
    Thanks
     
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  2. PatD

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    Allentown is in a nice shopping center and basically in the parking lot of a Red Robin (Yum!) Should be able to find plenty of places to grab a bite there.

    Harrisburg is about the same, but the food selections (To me) are just eh. Wendy's, which I'm not a fan of, and Outback and Texas Roadhouse, if you're looking for a longer meal.
     
  3. PatD

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    Not sure how North in NJ you are, but I picked Morristown. Looking at EVtripplanner, you could make it the entire way without charging (174 rated miles) so I think you'd be fine to charge at either spot to give you some driving around miles.
     
  4. CHRGIT

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    There is a destination charger in Gettysburg, according to plugshare, that allows outside usage while at their restaurant or staying at the Inn.
     
  5. SabrToothSqrl

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    TX Rd House in HBG might be closed by 10 PM? It's also quite a hike to walk to either that or Outback, from the Charger. Wendy's should be open I'm guessing.
     
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    There is also a jamba juice across the parking lot in allentown! Probably closed at 10pm though.
     
  7. Vad42

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    Thank you all for suggestions. I'm more north than Morristown, effectively almost next to Paramus SpC. Looks like 95 miles to Allentown and around 170 to Harrisburg. It does sound though that Allentown is more appealing and my daughter will porobably need a break by then anyway. I just need to deside if I need a quick boost at Harrisburg as well to give me a buffer for return. Sounds like by mileage I'll have to stop by Harrisburg on way back anyway.

    P.S. this will be my first road trip and first supercharger use.
     
  8. boofagle

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    right up the hill at Harrisburg is a Sheetz which generally has cleaner bathrooms than most gas stations around here and it's 24/7 with food and drinks. There's also a Starbucks but I don't think they're open late. I believe it also has some spots to sit and relax.
     
  9. Electric1

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    I use both often. For late night i would take HBG because there is a 24 hr Sheetz and Waffle house. 2r hr. Duncan and Diner in Allentown are afarther walk. Otherwise pretty equal. HBG sometimes charges a bit faster and your battery will be lower SOC and therefore will charge faster.
     
  10. RedFiveZero

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    I live in York, PA. I've used both SCs. Both are decent choices. Your available range may well determine which one you need to use. If range isn't an issue I would use Harrisburg for the reasons already stated by others.

    Not too far from Gettysburg is a Tesla destination charger in New Oxford. There is nice, small town shopping nearby and a great coffee shop. PlugShare link: Redbud House Redbud House | New Oxford, PA | Electric Car Charging Station | PlugShare

    I live in York and have a NEMA 14-50 in our garage. We will be in and out over the weekend, but you're welcome to reach out to me if you would like to use our charger.

    Have a great weekend!
     
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  11. Vad42

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    This. Right here. Is the prime example of what makes Tesla community different and stand out. Love being part of it. I think we should be fine but thank you for the kind offer. I'll keep it mind just in case of emergency.
     
  12. Half Dollar Bill

    Half Dollar Bill Traveller, teacher, poet, accountant

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    Gettysburg Trip - October, 2016

    Some sites to visit in Gettysburg.
    The group ate at the Inn at Herr Ridge and used their destination charger.
    You'll get to Allentown before Harrisburg, so if your 10PM was Allentown time then your only real option in HBG will be the Pancake House or Wendy's since you're going to need to charge a while.
    Enjoy the trip!
     
  13. Jashev

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    I am also in York County near Wrightsville along the Susquehanna River. I have a HPWC and a NEMA 14-50 which you are welcome to use if you have a problem. My house is listed on Plugshare.
     
  14. Walker34

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    I live about 1 mile from the New Oxford charger, if you would have an issue charging there, you can reach out to me as well if you would like to use my charger.
     
  15. Xenius

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    I'd throw my vote in for the allentown charger. I don't remember the restaurants but it's in a shopping center so plenty around. All we did when we were there was go to a Petsmart/Petco with our dog.
     
  16. Vad42

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    I wound up stopping at both. Allentown for bathroom break, and Harrisburg for coffee ( got free!? cup at Sheetz - not sure why ;)) and to have enough buffer for 3 days. Considering that just roundrip from Harrisburg to my destination is 100 miles, seemed quite necessary if I don't manage to charge anywhere else.
     
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