Lately we've been taking a lot of risks - 'feel the fear and do it anyways' is our motto. We've driven dirt roads, mountain passes, deserts, pot-hole freeways, beaches - so why not onto ferry? The ole RV on a ferry was definitely one of the biggest risks to date.
At first we thought, “there is no way our big RV is going to fit on the ferry!” Then while waiting to board, we saw all kinds of vehicles de-boarding the vessel, RVs, 5th wheels, Semi trucks even!
Why Ferry when you have an RV? We'll, after an extended time on the road, the ferry is a great way to unwind, relax and leave the navigation to another captain! You get a chance to stretch your legs, breathe in the fresh breeze, and see some wildlife as you cross the Puget Sound.
All of the WA state ferries are double-ended, you drive on at one end and drive straight off at the other. You can stay in your motorhome or go up to the passenger deck if you want, most ferries have a snack bar along with seating areas.
How does it all work? We reserved our ticket online and paid for it at the tollbooth as we entered the holding area. Fares are based on overall length and it goes up as the length increases. You can save some money if you unhitch your towed car before you reach the tollbooth and purchase a separate ticket for it. Fares range from $15 for a car, $60 for a 40 ft. motorhome or $100 for a 60 ft. combination.
Ferrying from Port Townsend to Coupeville was a thrilling experience! We definitely recommend RV-Ferrying to others, it's very easy, relaxing and you get to where you're going much quicker!