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phnguyk

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Trucks are banned north of exit 105. The "truck" ban includes all vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 7,000 lbs.


No, "truck" stands for commercial. Troopers are not "ignoring" the rule. Just like expressway, "cars only, no trucks" again refering to commercial large trucks. Live here, breathe here, fortunate to have an anal long time NJ trooper as an in-law.

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If you get on the GSP after the Tappen Zee bridge approach, stay in the middle lane until you've passed under the older arched overpasses. After that section. you're home free.


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Bulldog 1, might I suggest you recheck the regulations. AAA gave us a triptik through GSP from Tappanzee to the NJT, class C, towing our convertible on a TOW Dolly. I double checked with the GSP before leaving last fall for Florida and received an email stating that I could use the GSP with tow dolly etc.

It might have been the law several years ago, but things have changed.

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Specifically the GSP (Garden State Parkway) allows motor homes with tows the full length. The no trucks rule is as stated eleswhere for Commercial Vehicles only and does not include Buses, Motorhomes, RVs etc. Do be careful inthe section between Exits 120 and up around 141 or so as there are a few low bridges if you are in the outer lanes. These date back to before the whole road was the parkway and also before some more recent widening projects.

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Hi,
Are there any restrictions for motorhomes on any freeway or parkway in the NY or NJ states?


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norm2 wrote:

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Are there any restrictions for motorhomes on any freeway or parkway in the NY or NJ states?

In NY at least, with limited exceptions, the parkways are restricted to passenger car use. Pickup trucks with non-commercial plates are also permitted.


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We drive the parkway from Rt. 287 (mile 125 or so) down to exit 82 every other weekend. There are no restrictions effecting motorhomes. We have a Sightseer 35' class A. Some of the exit toll booths are tight but you get used to it. Feels like only about 8 inches on each side of the rig.

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phnguyk wrote:

Dutch_12078 wrote:

Trucks are banned north of exit 105. The "truck" ban includes all vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 7,000 lbs.


No, "truck" stands for commercial. Troopers are not "ignoring" the rule. Just like expressway, "cars only, no trucks" again refering to commercial large trucks. Live here, breathe here, fortunate to have an anal long time NJ trooper as an in-law.


Tell that to the NY Times:

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In New Jersey, the Garden State Parkway has different rules depending on where you are. There are no truck restrictions south of Exit 105 because trucks need to use the parkway to service the commercial needs of the area. North of the exit, vehicles with gross vehicle weight ratings (including passengers and cargo) more than 7,000 pounds are banned. But state troopers are unlikely to ticket a family Suburban, which can weigh about 8,500 pounds fully loaded, ''with soccer balls hanging in the rear,'' said Capt. Kevin Burke of the New Jersey State Police.

He said officers who patrolled the area had presented to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority a list of 70 passenger vehicles that exceed the weight limit, hoping the agency would update the rules. He said most troopers applied the rules mainly to commercial vehicles.

MOTORING; Behind the Beauty of the Parkways Is a Maze of Rules

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It is fine. I have traveled it many times. The weight restrictions apply to commercial vehicles only. I've lived my entire life in NJ and even called the parkway when I purchased my first class A. They are permitted, unless they have commercial plates.

Bullydogs is correct about staying toward the middle between 131 and 138 as there are some stone arched overpasses with lower clearance on the sides.

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You can travel the whole route... The better question is why would you?


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