11 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Date Visited: May 2019
Site: C-7—BACK-IN, WATER AND ELECTRIC HOOKUPS, 50 AMP
WE PAID: $117 PER NIGHT
Review: This RV park is basically a parking lot with partial hookups (and a dump station), but if you want to be close to New York City, it’s really your only option.
Getting there is a little dicey, as some streets are narrow and/or have weight limits. Even when you try to follow the campground’s instructions on their website, it’s not that obvious. But we made it, in the pouring rain, and the staff were very informative and helpful.
The RV park gives you a great packet of information, including directions to get out of the campground when you eventually leave, directions to the PATH train, which is a short walk and then a short ride into NYC, directions to Liberty State Park if you plan to do the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island cruise from there (which we recommend), etc.
The sites are gravel, fairly level and close together, so there’s not much privacy. But hey, everyone’s in the city all day, so it’s not like you’re out socializing with your RV neighbors. There was a good amount of turnaround space and the side of a fence that worked well for hooking up.
The campground wants you to sign a paper when you check out, and if you don’t, they’ll charge you $40. We left at 6:15 am to beat the traffic out of town (a good strategy which we recommend), and they had the clipboard outside the office, so it was easy to sign the checkout list.
Not related to the campground, but related to travel to and from…We had planned to cross the George Washington Bridge to head east toward Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Some friends said we should avoid the GW Bridge with our RV because it was narrow, and they recommended the Tappan Zee Bridge, which was much further north (near Nyack, NY). We eventually confirmed this route with other New Yorkers, but convincing our GPS devices to take that route was extremely challenging. I found that by inserting Palisades Center in West Nyack into my route, I was able to get Google Maps on board. Garmin and Rand McNally were troublesome, though, and said I was violating weight limits (we drove the route anyway and no one arrested us).
Also, be prepared for lots of tolls coming into and out of the NYC area. We probably spent $75-$100 in tolls. Maybe there was a less-expensive option, but we just paid the tolls and took freeways that were mostly moving (though the roads were not in good condition, just like LA freeways).
So, if you’re going to NYC, this is a good option, though not free from stress. We recommend traveling very early in the morning or on a weekend, and even then it will be busy.