While most motorhome trips focus on the outdoors, you might want some bright lights and city fun every now and then. When you think of a big city, there should be one that comes to mind: The Big Apple. New York City is famous for its traffic and bustling streets, so where does an RV have on its streets? But is RV possible in and around the city? ZeRvs give us tips on how to drive and park your RV in New York City.
New York is full of people and vehicles at every hour of the day. While driving an RV on those streets can be challenging, it is not impossible. City buses, cargo trucks, and other larger vehicles drive them every day, so there’s no reason why you can’t. The main difference is that they do it every day and you don’t.
Pro tip: don’t try navigating the streets of New York if you’re an RVer newbie. You need to have experience and know your team from head to toe. If you are renting an RV, stay out of New York City too.
The standard of driving in New York is to be in the know. Be aware of what is happening in front of you and to the sides. Use any passenger as the second set of eyes and ears to help observe your surroundings. Take your time, don’t accelerate, be prepared to break, and do your best to stay focused every hour of the day. If you think New York drivers are bad, pedestrians are even worse. They will cut in front of you, walk around your RV, and most of the time you won’t see them until it’s too late. That’s why mindfulness is the number one driving skill, whether you’re traveling by car or motorhome.
One thing to keep in mind when traveling by motorhome around the city is that if you carry more than ten pounds of propane, you will not be able to go through any tunnel without prior authorization from the Department of Transportation. Your RV carries hazardous waste if it is traveling on propane.
Therefore, it has the same standards as trucks and commercial vehicles when traveling around the city. If you are going to cross bridges with propane, you must ride on the upper level each time.
Recreational vehicles are also not allowed on any New York State Parkways if your equipment meets the following criteria:
- Over 5,500 pounds
- Use combo dishes
- Rooftop cargo transportation
- It is classified as a trailer or mobile truck
- You can travel on any highway in New York State in any type of recreational vehicle.
While the above resource is related to trucks and commercial vehicles, your RV will generally fall under the commercial vehicle classification in New York.
Are there parking in New York for RVs
Parking your RV in New York is more complicated than driving it there. We do not recommend attempting to park your RV on the streets of New York City, especially for an extended stay, most likely the people around you will not have the patience to wait for you to park. Honestly, there aren’t many places in NYC where you have room to park your rig anyway.
The busy Big Apple may not occur to you when you envision a motorhome vacation, but it can be done! Avoid expensive New York hotels by leaving your RV in a park on the outskirts of town and taking a shuttle to Manhattan.
Two large parks are:
- Liberty harbor
- Cheesequake State Park
The first option is to go to the RV or trailer park. The closest is Liberty Harbor in New Jersey, but the price seems too high for us. If you have no cash flow problems, this is your place, but if you want to save some money like us, there are many cheap options.
The closest low-cost RV park near New York City is Camp Floyd Bennet near Brooklyn. The bus + subway is well connected 24 hours a day, and the price is affordable. If you don’t want to waste money or pay fines, but want to go to the city, we also know what to do. You should note that parking in front of the northern fire station is prohibited. This is nowhere to be found, but we have confirmed it based on our own experience. Most likely, you will wake up with a ticket on the windshield. You also need to remember that most streets you can park on have signs indicating which day of the week the cleaning service takes place, so there should be no cars on that street.
For example, when you park your vehicle, you can indicate that you cannot park from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you want to leave the vehicle for a long time, you must remove it as soon as possible, otherwise, you will be fined. We were able to inspect passing cars to make sure that the street was empty on a clean day and to impose penalties on cars that were still parked.
Pro Tip: Even if you find a place to park your RV in New York, we don’t recommend trying to park. The time it will take you to get to your location will cause a commotion from other drivers and pedestrians, making you nervous.
New York City law does not allow RVs to park in city spaces for more than 24 hours. While this law seems relaxed, we do not recommend it. The residents of the area do not appreciate it and you run the risk of committing a crime. You don’t want to be towed in New York, it’s expensive, complicated, and downright frustrating to deal with in such a big city.
New York City is a big urban city but if you follow our above suggestions, you will not have any problem looking for RV parking.