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Old 10-28-2015, 03:35 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to get a 34 ft class a no toad on and off Long Island NY?

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Old 10-28-2015, 04:58 PM   #2
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George Washington Bridge

Taking the GWB is easier than taking the BQE which has narrow lanes and is very curvy. The BQE also has one low bridge we can't clear. The Cross Bronx was greatly improved when we went through there on Labor Day. We just stay in the center lane and travel slowly.

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Old 10-28-2015, 05:13 PM   #3
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Hi, We live on Long Island in Long Beach. We always leave and return by going over the Verrazano Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing or the Goethals Bridge. We find this to be less crowded and easier then the GW Bridge. Smooth trip to NJ and PA or North or South.
We just returned from an August trip to Sturgis, SD using that route.
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When We travel to Long Island, we go in on the Outerbridge or Gothels / Verrazano ( No toll)/ BQE/ LIE route.

When we leave we take the LIE/ Clearview / Throgs Neck / Cross Bronx / George Washington ( No toll) route. It saves quite a bit in tolls.

If southbound from the GWB, take I 80 to the Garden State instead of the NJ Tpk south. Another toll saver.

As far as time, it's a crap shoot with NYC traffic.
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:30 PM   #5
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It depends on which direction you are going. If you are going to drive off instead of a ferry, I traveI I495 (L.I.E.) to exit 26 - Clearview Expy Go North across Throggs Neck Bridge. Then depending on your destination, Take I95 South across the George Washington Bridge to go West or South, OR take I95 North to go towards CT. Other options include I95 North to I287 to I684 . I684 connects with I84 so you can go East or West from there. You can also use I287 to connect with the New York State Thruway.

I have found that early Saturday or Sunday mornings are the best time to leave Long Island. Coming onto Long Island after 7pm can be good also.

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Remember that you CANNOT take a "Parkway" in NY as they are cars ONLY and have low clearance bridges.

So coming off the Verranzano, your GPS may tell you to take the Belt Parkway but you have to take the BQE (Brooklyn Queens Expressway) to the LIE. 'Expressway's are GOOD and built for truck traffic.
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Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to get a 34 ft class a no toad on and off Long Island NY?
There is no good way, but we have done it many times in a 38 foot class A across the GW Bridge. Traffic is usually awful, so if you can choose weekend mornings, late at night, or at least mid-day on weekdays, do it. And as already said, DO NOT enter any parkway. Their overpasses are so low cars barely make it.

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