Taking a trip in an RV is one of the least stressful ways to travel. New York City is a popular destination to visit, with 66.6 million visitors reported annually. Heading to NYC in your RV is a good way to avoid the hustle and bustle of airports and gives you the flexibility to enjoy the sights in your own time. But before you hit New York City, make sure you follow these tips so that you’re fully prepared for your trip.
Understand Road & Parking Laws
It’s important to note that New York City isn’t always easy for RVs. That’s not to say that it isn’t possible to navigate its roads and parking spots. The good news is you are legally allowed to park on city streets in NYC for up to 24 hours. When it comes to driving through the streets, it’s easy enough as similar-sized vehicles to yours, such as trucks and buses travel through NYC every day. The only law you need to be aware of relates to propane. You’ll need to travel on the upper level on bridges when you have propane on board and you must get approval from the Department of Transportation before traveling through a tunnel with more than 10 pounds of propane.
Camp Out of The City
It can be tricky to find a parking spot in NYC that’s big enough for your RV. You also need to be safety conscious as vehicle thefts have gone up by 93% in recent months. Parking your RV in a dedicated RV park just outside the main city is your best option. These parks include Liberty Harbor RV Park, Camp Gateway, and Black Bear Campground. From there, you can use public transport to get to the heart of NYC, knowing that your RV is secure. There are obvious tourist attractions in the city to visit, such as The Empire State Building. But why not enjoy something a little different while you’re away? Exploring long-standing eateries in NYC is a great way to try great-tasting food, learn history and discover culture. Fraunces Tavern, Ear Inn, and Landmark Tavern are just a few restaurants that have been open for decades. And when you’re done, simply jump in a cab so you rest up in your RV for the night.
A recent study found that NYC is the most congested city in America. 2 million cars are registered in the city and drivers spend 102 hours stuck in traffic every year. The hectic roads mean people make dangerous maneuvers, pedestrians walk out into the road, and accidents happen frequently. It’s crucial you’re alert at all times when driving your RV through NYC. Make sure you have a passenger that you can use as a second pair of eyes. And, avoid traveling through the city at peak times which are between 8 and 9 am and 3 to 7 pm.
NYC is a great place to visit in your RV. There’s lots to see and do and RVs are common in the city. Follow these tips and your trip is sure to go smoothly.
Author: Alicia Rennoll
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Paul Goldberg said:
We have been to NYC many times, even lived there many years ago. I would NEVER consider taking my coach into Manhattan. Forget safety and narrow streets the bridge tolls will make fuel seem cheap. It is “exciting” enough getting to Liberty Harbor Marina and RV Park to satisfy my need for insane driving experience. We always stay there since it is under 30 minutes to Manhattan walking to the PATH station, the ferry is 7 minutes to lower Manhattan