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DrewE

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Posted: 02/10/20 11:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've driven my motorhome through New York City (well, through a good portion of it) a couple times now. I wouldn't do it unless it was unavoidable, as indeed was the case for me as I was going to camp in Brooklyn at Floyd Bennett Field.

At least at the times I've been through, on the expressways I took, it was hard but not impossible driving. Changing lanes took a little patience and isn't a passive exercise, but people didn't seem to actively try to prevent me from getting where I needed to go. Things move fairly slowly. The pavement is on the rough side. I didn't get to admire the sights much.

I definitely would not recommend it for anyone who's not completely comfortable with driving their RV, who doesn't yet have a quite good intuitive feel for where the limits of the vehicle are both side to side and front to back. I'm sure that the difficulty varies with different days of the week and times of the day, as well. Surface streets are another matter entirely, of course, and many have vehicle or height limitations.

Anyway, if possible, I completely agree with everyone else that it's easiest and wisest to go around New York City rather than through it.





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Proof we wuz there........

The boss had some business appointments in Washington DC, Trenton, NJ, Farmingdale, NY (on Long Island), and finally NYC on Manhattan. I decided to chauffeur her into NYC in the TC rather than fly/hotel/cab/Uber etc. It was an adventure to say the least. Traffic, tolls, traffic, bridges, traffic, parkways (stayed off [emoticon] ). And then there was the traffic!

We got very lucky in Manhattan, and found a place to park for about 3 hours about a block away from her appointment, and it wasn’t even a metered spot! I stayed with the truck in case I needed to move.

Leaving NYC, we drove north the length of Manhattan on Madison Ave, and left by crossing the Madison bridge.

Anyways, here’s proof we wuz there with the TC. Didn’t do anything else in NYC but take care of business. BTDT, don’t need to do it again.

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KD4UPL wrote:

I'd drive a couple hundred miles out of the way before I towed a trailer thru NYC.

NYC and Chicago.
But, I don't have to be towing to give those cities a wide berth.

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I'd take Lumpty's route. Have done that many times and yes, some of the CT cities are a PITA but are preferable to NYC any day.

Ignore the people who think you are making too much of this. You aren't. I have the utmost respect for people who admit they are squeamish in certain driving situations. You aren't weak-you are pragmatic. I lived within 30 miles of Boston for the first 57 years of my life and learned to drive in and around the city. I'll tackle just about anywhere but unless I had no other choice I would avoid NYC.


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Several years ago, we did a NE 45-day trip. We were heading south from Maine and we were heading to Liberty Harbor RV Park. We left Foster, RI about 10 am, on what we thought would be a quick 3-hour trip. It took us over 10 hrs. We sat in basically stopped traffic almost all day and evening. It was HORRIBLE! We had 2 kids in the truck that got restless, angry, and full of pee! If you can find another way around, even if it's more miles, take it!


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I had a business trip to New York and took a self-driving car rental. I returned it the same morning as I'm scared I might die early or kill somebody if I proceed.

And I'm used to LA killer driving conditions.

Yeah, take an alternate route even if longer.

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We just drove down 91 to 95 and over the GW today and paid 30 something bucks when we got off the NJ turnpike. We only spent about 1/2 hr of stop and go, it wasn't bad.





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Crowe wrote:

I'd take Lumpty's route. Have done that many times and yes, some of the CT cities are a PITA but are preferable to NYC any day.

Ignore the people who think you are making too much of this. You aren't. I have the utmost respect for people who admit they are squeamish in certain driving situations. You aren't weak-you are pragmatic. I lived within 30 miles of Boston for the first 57 years of my life and learned to drive in and around the city. I'll tackle just about anywhere but unless I had no other choice I would avoid NYC.


Thanks, I have decided to go with Lumpty's suggestion since I don't need to actually be in NYC. It's one of those times when Google Maps is not my friend.
Since I'll be traveling on a Sunday during mid-day I'll take the risk of going through Hartford on I84 since that's the most direct route to Foxboro where the RV Park is located.
Thank you everybody for your valuable suggestions/comments.


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Many years ago I pulled our pop up through NYC. Never again.

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You will be fine. I live in CT between 84 and 95. I go over Tappen Zee Cuomo Bridge BUT I have take 287 north to 87 north to go over the Newburgh bridge on 84. I will tell you from the Tappen Zee to 95 it is about 11 miles.


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