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Old 10-20-2014, 11:12 AM   #29
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Born and raised in North Jersey... Those in an RV that want to see NYC should take mass transit or their toad. The problem is there is not a decent RV park or campground for 50 or 100 miles in any direction.
Not sure what you consider 'decent' but there is one with amazing views:

Liberty Harbor RV Park
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:46 AM   #30
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Our Son (Lt.Col USAF), obliged to go where he is told is on his third tour in the DC area. I believe they have been in the area about 10 years. When they moved from the LA area they wanted to buy their first house. They could not afford anything close to his work (best choice was 600K +). Won't happen on a Captains wages. They decided on the Eastern shore just across the bay bridge near Annapolis. Many things went into their decision but good schools (2 boys) was their first concern.

His assignments have been: Ft Meade, NSA, NRO, and now the Pentagon. Most all of his commuting is in and around the belt way. His worst drive was 85 miles (one-way) in (4,6, & 8 lanes of traffic at 70 + MPH) to the NRO down by Dulles. That was between 2/1/2 & 4 hours one way. His shortest drive time one way was about 2-hours in good conditions and no accidents. His longest drive time was 6-7 hours home with a football game and accidents. He is now able for the first time to drive an hour to the METRO then take an hour ride into the Pentagon.

They have for 5 years tried (no success) to sell their house so they might move to an apartment as he is closing in on retirement.

Am I proud of what he has to do to stay in the AF and serve his country?? You Bet!!! He's doing it while making half the $$$$ he could be making if he worked for a contractor. So while many drive as he has to they make a lot more $$$$$ and in many cases live in good areas but can afford to send their kids to private schools. We think he deserves a medal just for the drive.

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Old 10-20-2014, 11:58 AM   #31
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OH MY GOSH that's TERRIFYING!!!

I was just in that area, and was super careful about the exact turn you made... cause my good sams trip planner suggested that route, and my GPS said NO WAY. I found a route up and over the Tapanzee bridge instead.

I totally feel for you on that one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'da been in panic mode, my wife would have strangled and wrestled me out of the chair so she could drive (and she would, cause she's ridiculously fearless in a brave sort of way - which is actually nice when I panic!)

And what I've learned about my GPS (and my 7730 RV GPS has never really let me down) but regardless, in funky situations like that, I have a tendency to double and triple check the route on my GPS is going to put in front of me prior to departing. So far, the RV GPS has done a pretty darn good job at it, so I'm happy about that.

Man... well at least you got to see the city
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:55 PM   #32
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Not sure what you consider 'decent' but there is one with amazing views:

Liberty Harbor RV Park
I agree the view is beautiful BUT let's be honest. The "RV Park" is not much more then a parking lot for the marina. There are no sewer or cable hookups, and the cost is $100.00 a night. And most importantly he have to navigate through Jersey City to stay there.
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There are some brave souls on this forum who drive on I-95 through NYC but I'm not one of them. I remember your adventure if and when I'm tempted to save some time and risk it.
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:35 PM   #34
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Born and raised in North Jersey... I am guessing the bridge described, based on the toll fare and the geographical description, was the RFK Bridge. That is one of the cheaper one at $7.50 - you missed 95 going across the GWB by a couple of miles. If you went across the GWB the minimum toll for an RV is $25.00, without a toad. I always tell people to go across the Tappan Zee and follow the 287 loop away from the NYC area, not as congested and no tolls. Puts you back on 95/NJ Turnpike at exit 10. When traveling through this area notice the truck stops/rest areas filled with truckers until about 7 or 8 pm, that is when they make the trek into NYC or up 95 north. Those in an RV that want to see NYC should take mass transit or their toad. The problem is there is not a decent RV park or campground for 50 or 100 miles in any direction.
After looking at a map, could it have been the Manhattan bridge? The only reason I thought it was the GW bridge is because my wife called my son during this event who has been to Manhattan a few times and that's what he said. Being a Texan, I'm totally ignorant about that part of the county. I had the GPS set to take me from Cape Cod down to Wilmington DE so I guess that's why it brought me so close into NYC.
BTW, I was using a Garmin Dezl 760.
Anyway, I can guarantee you that I'll never be up that way again......
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You have my sympathy. I would not have come close enough to NYC to do that.
Me either.
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:12 AM   #36
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There are some brave souls on this forum who drive on I-95 through NYC but I'm not one of them. I remember your adventure if and when I'm tempted to save some time and risk it.

Are you talking about the Cross Bronx Exp. that runes between the GEB ant the Throggs Neck Br.? I do that run round trip with my MH as I live on Long Island. It's really not that bad since they fixed most of the roadway.
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I just recently drove from Tampa to Vermont & back. Each way, I made an effort, to drive 100 - 200 miles, out of the way (West of NYC), just to stay out of the mess you got into!
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After looking at a map, could it have been the Manhattan bridge? The only reason I thought it was the GW bridge is because my wife called my son during this event who has been to Manhattan a few times and that's what he said. Being a Texan, I'm totally ignorant about that part of the county. I had the GPS set to take me from Cape Cod down to Wilmington DE so I guess that's why it brought me so close into NYC.
BTW, I was using a Garmin Dezl 760.
Anyway, I can guarantee you that I'll never be up that way again......
There is no toll for the Manhattan Bridge and that is way down town, runs from Brooklyn into Manhattan. If you were in Brooklyn before Manhattan you would know it, for sure. The GWB is wide open 8 lanes across, nearly a mile long, double decker with beautiful views in both directions. (no RV's on lower level)> I am guessing the RFK Bridge because it is about 60 or 70 blocks south of where you should have been entering the GWB and the RFK toll is $7.50. There is no toll into NJ on the GWB. If you look at a map, you came out of New England on 95. In the Bronx there is an area where 95, 295, 695 and 278 all meet... about a mile west of there is another major highway, 895. Quite confusing in a car but put yourself in a 35,000 pound RV with a toad as a stranger to the area and it is a disaster waiting to happen. My guess is you took 95 to 278 and onto the RFK BRidge.

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Am I ever glad we live in a small town (18,000 population) on the coast of NW Washington State! We've been to NYC once, to Ellis Island and the Statue when we visited family who were living in NJ at the time.

We drove our rental car to the ferry terminal on the NJ side to get across to Ellis Island. We didn't go into the city at all.
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GWB Looking from NYC into NJ

Looks awfully pretty from that high up. Sitting in a car for 60 minutes trying to get over it, not so much.
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I never rely on just the GPS when I am driving the MH.
Great advice for everyone. Me, neither.
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Looks awfully pretty from that high up. Sitting in a car for 60 minutes trying to get over it, not so much.

60 minutes in traffic to get over the George Washington Bridge, take it from a Long Islander, that's a good day!!!
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