What are the Garden State Parkway RV restrictions?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: What are the Garden State Parkway RV restrictions? We will discuss general rules for parking an RV and tell you where in the US you can park your motorhome for free. 

Garden State Parkway RV restrictions

The Garden State Parkway RV restrictions state that an RV that weighs over 10,000 pounds or is greater than 45 ft in length is prohibited from using the Parkway north of exit 105. Cars towing a trailer or camper cannot park at the Garden State Parkway if the total length exceeds 62 feet

The Garden State Parkway allows parking for:

  • Non-commercial car and pick-up truck-pulled trailers;
  • Campers and attached non-commercial trailers and semi-trailers;
  • Non-commercial tow vehicles and trailers up to 45 feet in length
  • Recreational vehicles (RVs) as long the total length of the vehicle doesn’t exceed 62 feet.

The Garden State Parkway prohibits parking for:

  • Commercial trailers and semi-trailers;
  • Large trucks that weigh over 10,000 pounds gross weight.

Can you park your RV in a national park?

In all the national parks in the country, there are free parking lots to leave the RV  while visiting the tourist spots. It should be noted that, depending on the season in which you go, it may be more or less easy to park.

For example, in summer, in the busiest parks, the vehicle (be it a truck or a car) must be left in the parking lots and to travel one must use the free buses they offer to make the different roads. On the contrary, in winter, as it is low season, the parks can be toured with your own vehicle.

Can you park your RV in the city?

In large cities on the west coast, there are different types of places to leave vehicles. Your RV can be safely parked on the street while you visit the big city. Always remember to read the signs. Even more so if you want to park near the centre or in tourist places.

In many cases, there are parking meters next to the places authorized to park. They will also see signs that indicate the maximum number of hours that you can pay to stay there. Although it is the cheapest and most comfortable way to park, take into account not to exceed the time limit, in order to avoid any inconvenience.

Can you park your RV in public parking lots?

Public Parking is a parking lot, and you can find at least one in every city. In downtown areas there is a lot of variety, we recommend you check the price before entering.

In one case, you may pay 10 USD for 3 hours, while in another place they may charge you 30 USD. These car parks are usually more expensive than the parking meter, although they have the advantage of not having a time limit.

Can you park an RV at Walmart and the gas station?

As we told you, travelling by motorhome is a very used way of vacationing in the USA. For this reason, many Walmart supermarkets (most of those that are open 24 hours a day), allow motorhomes to spend the night in their parking lot.

This supermarket chain sees those who travel with motorhomes as potential customers.  In general, before arriving in a city, we recommend checking in Ioverlander if there is a Walmart where other travellers have already spent the night.

Then, when you arrive you check that there is a sign indicating that it is forbidden to camp overnight. If everything is ok, ask the security staff at Walmart if you can spend the night there. In most cases, they will say yes, as long as you leave first thing in the morning.

The Code of good behaviour for RV users

In the USA there is a code of “Good Behavior” or Code of Conduct for travelling by motorhome. For example, if they let you stay in the parking lot of a supermarket, you can take advantage and do your shopping there.

Another “rule” is not to throw any type of waste in the parking lot. Don’t open a tent either, or take out a table. It is a parking lot, not a campsite!

Just spend the night inside your vehicle. It is important that you leave early in the morning and do not come back to spend more nights in that place. It is best to spend every night in different places.

In short, as a general rule, if you are going to sleep in a private place, check first if there is no problem. With their ok, they already stay calm and can spend the night comfortable.

If you decide to spend the night in the street, take a walk before to see that the atmosphere is nice. If you see another motorhome you can sleep on the same block and always check the street signs (some indicate that you cannot park at night, or at certain times).

Final tip: Use the Ioverlander app

First of all, if you are going to travel by motorhome, you cannot miss this app. In this app, you will have a map with places recommended by travellers.

Each user comments on where they stayed overnight and how the place turned out. If they had to ask for permission, if they had to pay for something, if they could throw away their waste, etc. The application draws on the experience of other travellers, so if you use it, try to take the time to leave yours. 

Please feel free to share your tips for travelling with an RV, especially your experience with parking restrictions!

FAQ on Garden State Parkway RV restrictions?

Can you drive a U Haul on the Garden State Parkway?

Small U-Hauls are allowed on the Garden State Parkway. Generally, they would allow any vehicle that weighs under 10000 lbs.

Are trailers allowed on NY parkways?

Commercial trailers and semi-trailers are not allowed on NY parkways. The same rule applies to commercial vehicles, trucks or tractor-trailers. 

Can you trailer a boat on the Garden State Parkway?

You can trailer a boat on the Garden State Parkway as long as the total length of the load doesn’t exceed 62 feet.

Why are trucks not allowed on parkways?

Trucks are not allowed on parkways as these are mainly designed for cars. The bridges on parkways, for example, have only a 6’11’’ clearance, which would not be enough for a moving truck. 

Are trucks allowed on the Brooklyn Bridge?

No, trucks are not allowed on the Brooklyn Bridge. The only Bridges that allow trucks on the lower level are the Manhattan Bridge, Queensboro Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and GW Bridge. 

Are vans allowed on the FDR?

No, vans and commercial vehicles are not allowed on the FDR. 


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