Planning a trip through Virginia

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I am planning a road trip between New Jersey and South Carolina.

The most direct route would take me via 95 near Washington DC and then continuing on 95 through Fredericksburg and Richmond, then west on 15 crossing into NC near Danville VA.

An alternate route (slightly longer/slower) would be to head West on 70 directly after Baltimore (attempting to avoid Washington altogether), then hugging the western border of Virginia southbound on 81 through Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Blacksburg, etc. ... crossing into NC just north of Ashville NC.

Since radar detection and lidar shifting is banned in Washington DC and Virginia; any advantage to either of these aforementioned routes assuming radar/lidar detection/shifting OFF?

Any experience with the western option (81) with radar detection ON (assuming no RDD immunity)?

I've reviewed RDF Geographical Survey for each state and plan on running Wave & Escort Live simultaneously. Hardware is a iX Ci platform with ShifterMax (front only).
 

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I think you would get a pass if you got pulled over because your license is in a different state. I would plead ignorance
 

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From reading your intro, you are running Escort iX Ci package and shifters. The concern would be the the iX as it could be picked off by Spectre units. Heard the more Western journey could lead you to those devices, as just shooting South on 95 may have little or no devices if you are looking to run your setup. I have not directly used your RD, but I would definitely run Waves, not sure Escort Live will be best in VA/DC with limited participates, and keep that rabbit near by. Va State and Local LEOs can be sneaky on the outside areas an limit traveling above a select speed above. Just remember, anything over 80 is reckless. Off the I-95-> I-85 (Petersburg breakoff), wish I could add.
 

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Just a few things I have run into:
The traffic on 70/81 is usually much less than 95.
The weather on 81 usually a bit more adverse than on 95 if rain/snow/ice.
I have run into some construction speed signs on I-81 that were Ka.
 

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I travel I-85 and I-95 In VA fairly often and I see way more police activity on I-85. I’d stay away from I-81 as well, too much tractor trailer traffic for my liking and it’s easy to get stuck behind them when they start passing each other on long inclines.
 

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I think you would get a pass if you got pulled over because your license is in a different state. I would plead ignorance
You would still get a ticket, because VA. VSP won't give you an inch of slack. Fortunately, it's just a ~$100 fine but still a hassle. Keep in mind that 81 is a major truck route so expect to see some Spectres. As for lidar, as long as you JTK in <3 seconds you shouldn't have any issues.
 
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I drive through VA all the time, and run my Redline-O. Never have problems. It's hardwired behind a vinyl sunstrip though, so you can't see it unless you're in the car. My ALP heads blend in well with my grill too, so never have issues.

I'll be driving through VA on Sunday, so we'll see how this trip goes!

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I think you would get a pass if you got pulled over because your license is in a different state. I would plead ignorance
81 is HEAVILY patrolled and VSP WILL pull you over for an RD!! BIG TIME!!!! There is not such thing as pleading ignorance with an RD. They will pull on 95 although it's not as bad. VSP does NOT fool around. And whatever you do, KEEP IT UNDER 80!!
 

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I visit family in Virginia and drive that 95 route through Baltimore, DC and down to Richmond often. I honestly wouldn't worry about turning off your iX Ci, most cops I've encountered only look around on your windshield and don't know what to look for in a remote install. Even if you do run into a more knowledgeable VSP (there are a few) the ticket carries no points and doesn't affect insurance.

That said, since you don't know the roads and typical enforcement techniques, I would recommend just setting your cruise control to 80mph and not going any higher. Despite the speed limit being 70mph on most of 95, if you get cited for going over 80mph its a reckless driving ticket in VA that carries a criminal charge with a mandatory court appearance.
 

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Thanks all.
 

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Trust me when I tell they look. I've lived in VA over 20 years..... And I've driven both routes more times then I can think. But the best advice is to set it to 78. The phrase in VA by the VSP is:

78 you're great.... 79 your mine. LOL

LOL. Just set the cruise to 79, and have the plug of your RD ready to be pulled the second you get a true hit. You'll be fine.

The drive on 81 S U C K S ! ! ! I hate that F'ing drive..... yeah, I'd use 95.
 

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Jane and I just drove through Va. a couple of weeks ago on our way to Pa. and back. Traffic on 95 SUCKS! I ran my R1/ Redline-O ghetto arrows setup non stop all the way! They are both hidden very well however behind both tint and frits. We were hit with 34.7 and 35.5 more times than we could count and my R1/Redline combo shot them down in flames everytime! On the way home we got a bonus, I got my first laser save with my TMG duals! It was one hell of a war zone both coming and going, but all of my CM's kicked @ss and took names! @Hacker , the Redline in the back of the Boss 302 is the one I picked up from you, it's still an animal against ANYTHING Ka! I damn sure ain't worried about getting snuck up on from behind, I can promise you that! My rear TMG heads are next. Make sure if you're segged to run 2-4-5-6-8. I saw more Stalkers in the 34.830+ range than you can believe, mostly in northern Va.! I got a visual confirmation on several of them!
 
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81 can be a nightmare if its snowing or raining. Like others have stated add in the trucks = no fun. VSP can and does run RDD's on that route I am guessing mostly because of the truck traffic but you can get caught. I guess it depends on where you are going in SC that would dictate using that route.

Going around metro DC on 95/495 (you don't actually go thru DC at all) why use a detector? Depending on the time of day you hit the area chances are good you will be in bumper to bumper traffic anyway. Daze is better at getting you around 2 mph traffic than avoiding the police in that situation. In MD along 95 you need to be mindful of photo radar, MDSP and speeding thru construction zones. They love their revenue from those tickets in the Peoples Republic of MD.

From DC to Richmond on 95 the traffic is such that a detector doesn't really add that much value as long as you are not in the left lane blasting by everyone at 20+psl. Which, depending on what time of day you are traveling that would be impossible anyway. South of Richmond there are some stretches where a RD can come in handy.

Like anywhere, what time you are driving can play a part. If you are the only car on the road at midnight on 95 or 81with your RD on you might get pulled. It all depends on IF the VSP officer has his RDD on.
 

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Can you expand on that? A window mounted unit facing backwards?
Yes! I run 4 cars set up like this and they are all killers! You have to run the right detectors, and know how to set them up, which takes time. There are several Advanced members on here doing it. A lot of members will warn against it, but I've been running "Ghetto Arrows" on and off for years and loving it! Think of it as a R7 on steroids! The Redline in the back is only looking for certain segments of Ka band, so there is no rear K band falsing! The front mounted detector [R1] takes care of K band and is filtered with TFS, K filter and K- block and is also a monster on Ka band! This setup kicks supreme @ss and gives me everything I could ever want or need!
 
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Make sure if you're segged to run 2-4-5-6-8.
I am confused on this subject.

I started in August segmenting based on a Vortex video recommendations (KaN 1, 3, 4 on, KaN2 off), however after checking the RGFGS' site it appears 34.7 is most prevalent (KaN8), followed by 34.84-34.88 (KaN6), 33.8 (KaN2) and 35.5 (KaN8).

Am I thinking this through to much?

Seems now to me based on my geographic areas KN1-4 should be on; KaN2, 4, 5, 6, 8 should all be on, & KaN1, 3, 7, 9, 10 should be off.

Help?
 

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I am confused on this subject.

I started in August segmenting based on a Vortex video recommendations (KaN 1, 3, 4 on, KaN2 off), however after checking the RGFGS' site it appears 34.7 is most prevalent (KaN8), followed by 34.84-34.88 (KaN6), 33.8 (KaN2) and 35.5 (KaN8).

Am I thinking this through to much?

Seems now to me based on my geographic areas KN1-4 should be on; KaN2, 4, 5, 6, 8 should all be on, & KaN1, 3, 7, 9, 10 should be off.

Help?
I've always just run 2-5-8 for years in NC because all of the guns I face are spot on. I've been hearing from other members from NY and other states how they keep running into Stalkers that are running way below 34.7 and way above. On our last trip to Pa. I added seg 4 and 6 just for the hell of it. I didn't see any low running Stalkers but saw a lot of them at 34.850 or even higher! Seg 5 won't cover this. That's where seg 6 comes in. @Freebird is a trusted Advanced member and a good friend of mine. He drives a truck for a living all over the country and runs 2-4-5-6-8, so that's good enough for me!
 

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I am confused on this subject.

I started in August segmenting based on a Vortex video recommendations (KaN 1, 3, 4 on, KaN2 off), however after checking the RGFGS' site it appears 34.7 is most prevalent (KaN8), followed by 34.84-34.88 (KaN6), 33.8 (KaN2) and 35.5 (KaN8).

Am I thinking this through to much?

Seems now to me based on my geographic areas KN1-4 should be on; KaN2, 4, 5, 6, 8 should all be on, & KaN1, 3, 7, 9, 10 should be off.

Help?
If I read the correct settings for the Escort iX... you have :
  • Ka Band Narrow 4: 35.400 – 35.600 GHz.
  • Ka Band Narrow 3: 34.600 – 34.800 GHz.
  • Ka Band Narrow 2: 34.200 – 34.400 GHz.
  • Ka Band Narrow 1: 33.660 – 33.900 GHz.
I would run 1,3,4.... No sure if anyone has seen in their travels segment 2 for where you are going. Safe bet, run all 4.

Depending on when you get back into Va, Southern region, maybe hookup and test them LJs you have.
 

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I've always just run 2-5-8 for years in NC because all of the guns I face are spot on. I've been hearing from other members from NY and other states how they keep running into Stalkers that are running way below 34.7 and way above. On our last trip to Pa. I added seg 4 and 6 just for the hell of it. I didn't see any low running Stalkers but saw a lot of them at 34.850 or even higher! Seg 5 won't cover this. That's where seg 6 comes in. @Freebird is a trusted Advanced member and a good friend of mine. He drives a truck for a living all over the country and runs 2-4-5-6-8, so that's good enough for me!
Funny how you just posted this. Just this morning I had a encounter with a LEO local running 34.945. Not sure the town name but easy to look it up. It was in Missouri on I-70 mm 179.
 
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Funny how you just posted this. Just this morning I had a encounter with a LEO local running 34.945. Not sure the town name but easy to look it up. It was in Missouri on I-70 mm 179.
I must have read your mind buddy! I still don't have the nerve to totally kill K band yet however! I'm still getting hit with just enough of it to keep me from killing it!
 

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