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Posted: 07/22/18 05:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yup - if you're going to be driving through NY you will have to learn that "Parkway" means no RVs. Surprised the cops didn't get you.


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It also happened to us driving through Washington D.C. Or trying to drive the beltway. Missed the exit and soon found ourselves with a bridge warning of low clearance....no actual height signs. Awful and scary! Sorry you had to be xperience it as well. The northeast, especially CT is one of the worst.


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Posted: 07/22/18 05:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As others have said, at least in New England, Parkways are for cars only. Here's a NY site that lists all NY Parkways and why you aren't allowed on them with a truck, trailer, etc.

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So, as I understand it, in the east, if you have a car, you drive on the parkway, and then park on the driveway??? And then don't drive your RV?


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The Garden State Parkway is the one exception. RVs are ok for the entire length. The only issue is a lower clearance in the right lanes then in the center.


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quote=larry cad == So, as I understand it, in the east, if you have a car, you drive on the parkway, and then park on the driveway??? And then don't drive your RV? == quote

Yes, you got it! Unless you are in New Jersey, where the Garden State Parkway is fine for everyone... because NJ makes up its' own rules. And doesn't tell anyone what they are. (I have family in NJ, we trade jokes all the time about NJ and CT!)


dotcommer, yes, some of the signs are obscured or just not there. But in New England - usually - "parkways" are just for passenger cars and pickup trucks (but you could conceivably get in trouble for 3/4 ton and up trucks if a state trooper is in a bad mood).

You are dealing with some roads laid out, literally, following cow paths from colonial times. Take a look at a road map of Boston! As my Dad once said, when feeling curmudgeonly Old Yankee, "if you don't know where to go around here, maybe you shouldn't be here..." lol!

These forums are great for route ideas, and warnings about things to look out for (like road restrictions and construction).


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Holy Mackerel, I just went through a 4 or 5 stage "captcha" picture quiz to post that. What the heck?

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Here's a list of low clearance bridges.... I came across it earlier when my road trip planner showed a low clearance bridge on my planned route.. glad I caught it and double checked against this PDF , Yep, I would not have made it thru and would have had to back track many miles. - low clearance bridge list -


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If you reply on the GPS expect some adventures and surpries.
We casme up on a low overpass near a KOA, in Indiana, opposite Lousiville.
Almost hit one in a small town in Indiana somewhere near hwy 31. It was marked 100 ft from the bridge.
Going to dale Hollow, led us down a goat path, in tuck not rv, and someone's driveway. We saved ten miles but won't do it again.

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azdryheat wrote:

Here's a Google Maps street view link showing signage on the parkway the OP was on. Overhead sign says "passenger cars only" and words painted on the road say "no trucks low bridge". I can only assume the rest of the access points to this parkway have similar signs.
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OK, I clicked on that street view, and IMO it's not sufficient warning especially considering signage standards in the rest of the country. White signs are usually for regulatory restrictions. If I see a white sign around here saying "no trucks", it means the neighborhood doesn't want through truck traffic, not that one won't fit. Every low clearance route I've been on is marked with a clear and concise YELLOW sign and the actual clearance. And on routes with reduced clearance in only one lane, there will be advance warning stating "trucks use left lane - Right lane clearance xx'-xx"


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