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We would not normally plan to take a big RV anywhere near New York City, but we booked a stay at Liberty Harbor RV Park to coincide with a visit from one of Julie’s friends from Australia who was going to be in NYC for a wedding. This is one of the closest campgrounds to the Big Apple. We had a terrible drive into the city, with our RV GPS failing us multiple times. We heard from other visitors that also had GPS fails, trying to take the under low bridges, through tunnels or other challenges. So if you go… plan your route in advance and double check with the campground folks or other locals.
Date of Stay: October 2015
Liberty Harbor RV Park is a relatively small park, as you might expect, being so close to New York City. It is part of a harbor in New Jersey. A short walk/bike ride from Liberty Park which has fantastic views of the NYC skyline. The RV park allows for very quick and easy access into the city with a subway station approximately a 10 minute walk away. The park itself is little more than a gravel parking lot with 50 partial hook-up sites (water and electric only, but there is a dump station as well. Most folks probably only stay a few days, so full-hook-up probably isn’t that important.
Address: 11 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07032. Telephone: 201–516–7500.
It is relatively level, but VERY tight. To give you an example of how tight it is, we have a 36′ class A motorhome with 4 slides We used every bit of the length, and once we extended our slides, we were literally on the line of our campsite. We couldn’t exit our coach without stepping onto our neighbor’s site. Fortunately, our neighbor had a travel tailer with no slides. So that afforded us a few extra inches of breathing room. We tow a small MINI Cooper Convertible on a tow dolly. And your tow vehicle / dolly MUST fit entirely on your campsite. If it does not, you will have to pay extra to park it in the storage area. Fortunately, ours did. As our dolly slides most of the way under the rear of the motorhome.
At the time of writing this review, campsites were just shy of $100 per night (plus tax) and additional parking $20 per vehicle, if they do not fit on your campsite. If you stay 6 nights, you get the 7th night free (not including holidays or holiday weekends). So it’s not cheap for a tight spot in basically a parking lot. But hey, you’re a hop, skip and a jump from NYC and it’s still cheaper than a hotel in the city. They also offer tent camp sites. Visit their website for details on current rates.
- Proximity to NYC attractions
- Nice short bike ride or ferry ride to Liberty park which is very nice
- Easy and quick access to the city
- Feels safe and secure with 24 hour security
- Some sites will indeed accommodate a big rig, but it would be tight fit
- Extremely tight spaces unless you have a small RV
- Big city ‘energy’ is very evident. Not tranquil
- Need to pay extra for parking your tow vehicle/trailer if it does not fit completely on your campsite
- Can be a tricky and stressful drive in, especially with larger RVs (ours is 36′)
- Expensive campsites, but still cheaper than most NYC hotels
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