Big Apple is known as the city that never sleeps, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t sleep comfortably in an RV in New York City. In this article we will cover everything you need to know when driving and parking your RV in New York City.
Driving around New York City
NYC is bustling with people and vehicles at every hour of the day. Be aware of what’s going on ahead of you and to the sides. Use any passengers as the second pair of eyes and ears to help watch your surroundings. Take your time, don’t speed, be ready to hit the brakes and do your best to stay focused at every hour of the day. Pay attention to the pedestrians! They’ll cut in front of you, walk around your RV, and most of the time you won’t see them until it’s too late.
Are there any restrictions?
Your RV is carrying hazardous waste if you’re traveling with propane. If you’re carrying more than ten pounds of propane, you will not be able to go through any tunnels without prior clearance from the Department of Transportation. If you are going over any bridges with propane, you are required to travel on the upper level every time.
RVs are also not allowed on any New York State Parkways if your rig meets the following criteria:
- Over 5,500 pounds
- Uses combined plates
- Carrying roof top cargo
- Is classified as a trailer or moving van
You can travel on any New York State Expressways in any type of RV.
Parking your RV in New York City
Don’t attempt to park your RV on New York City streets especially for an extended stay. Chances are the people around you won’t have the patience to wait for you to park. Honestly, there aren’t many places in NYC you’ll have the room to park your rig anyway.
New York City law doesn’t allow RVs to park in city spaces for more than 24 hours. Don’t even try! Area residents don’t appreciate it and you leave yourself at risk for crime. You don’t want to get towed in NYC, it’s expensive, complicated, and downright frustrating to deal with in a city that large.
Take a look at New York City parking regulations!
RV Parks in and Around New York City
We recommend choosing an RV park located right outside the heart of the city. That way you stay out of all the messy traffic, are in a more secure environment, don’t have to dry camp, and are still only a few minutes from most sightseeing destinations. There are many RV parks to choose from in the New York City area, most within an hour’s drive from the city. Because of the harsh winter weather in this area, many of New York’s nearby RV parks close down for the winter season. Several RV parks in the NYC area have less than 50 RV sites, so be sure to call ahead to check availability before making the trip.
Liberty Harbor RV Park
Liberty Harbor RV Park is closest RV Park to New York City and it’s open year round. The NY Waterway Ferry leaves from Liberty Harbor and runs Monday to Friday to Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street. You can also walk up Marin Blvd. 5 blocks to the Grove St. PATH subway station which can take you up to 33rd Street and 6th Avenue or to the World Trade Center Site. You can buy discounted Broadway tickets on select shows in park office. You can bring your dog!
- 50 sites (water* and electric)
- Dump station
- Full restrooms with hot showers accessible 24/7
- Laundry room accessible 24/7
- Bus Tour operated by NYC Sightseeing Tours runs daily to NYC (peak season)
- Complimentary WI-FI within the park
- 24/7 Security On Premises
- Restaurant/Bar on premises (Open May to October)
- Restaurants, Shopping & Pubs in close walking distance
- All handicapped accessible
- Friendly, helpful staff that can provide you with maps, directions and brochures to get you anywhere you want to visit and best times to go
- View of New York Skyline, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Liberty Science Center and Liberty State Park from the campsite
The Newburgh/New York City North KOA is located near the Catskill Mountains, in the Hudson River Valley. This RV park provides resort-style camping on 65 wooded acres, yet it is less than an hour from New York City. The park provides escorted sightseeing trips to the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and many other New York attractions. Full hookups including wireless Internet access and paved pull-through sites are available. You will also find a game room, two pools, a snack bar, a fishing pond, a mini-golf course and more.
- Cable TV
- Pool (5/25 – 9/3)
- Snack Bar
- Mini Golf
- Bike Rentals
- Tour Shuttle
- Dog Park
Black Bear Campground
Black Bear Campground in Orange County is a one-hour drive from the city of New York. This RV park offers a swimming pool, a mini-golf course, a playground, volleyball and basketball courts and more. Tours to New York are available. The park provides full hookups and offers both wireless Internet and cable TV access. Pets are welcome at this RV park as well, but no dangerous breeds.
- Extended Stays
- Large RVs Welcome
- Back-In & Pull-Thru Sites
- Free Wi-Fi & Cable
- Family Friendly
- Store with RV Parts
- Clean, Heated Restrooms & Showers
- 24-Hour Laundromat
- Heated Swimming Pool
- Family Picnic Areas
- Children’s Playground with NEW Equipment
- Arts & Crafts
- Nature Trails
- Pet Friendly
Interlake RV park
Interlake RV park is located in the Hudson River Area. The park offers free wireless Internet service, a laundry room, a playground, a recreational hall, a swimming pool and a kiddie pool. There is a 20-acre lake located on-site for fishing and boating excursions. Interlake RV park is big-rig friendly with paved pull-through sites and full hookups from 20 to 50 amps. Optional cable TV hookups also are offered at this park.
- Camp store
- Planned activities
- Clean rest rooms
- Free showers
- Dumping station
- Dump service
- Cable TV hookups
- Clean, pure well water
- Free Wireless Internet
- Modem available
Eastern Long Island Kampground
The Eastern Long Island Kampground is located in Green Port, New York. This RV park offers daily summer programs for children, and a swimming pool, a camp store, a laundry room and a playground are all provided. Water, electric and sewer hookups are available. Day passes are available for guests and visitors of campers. The park limits continuous stays to 30 days.
- Foxwood highstakes bingo & casino
- Canoe rental
- Boat rentals
- Charter fishing boats
- Wineries & vineyards
- Historic walking tour
- Maritime & railroad museums
- Orient point state park
- Local beaches & boat ramps
- Special events
- Campground activities
Find locations on map!