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Old 03-12-2005, 11:16 AM   #1
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Liberty Harbor RV Park in NJ

In April, we will be traveling I95 from MD to CT and have considered a stop in NJ close to NYC. A recent travel club newsletter mentioned a Sept. gathering at Liberty Harbor Marina & RV Park in Jersey City, NJ, across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. I have read some fairly good reviews on other travel forums and wonder if anyone from this forum has stayed there. Friends who live in NYC have already provided info about local transportation from the RV park into Manhattan.

Unfortunately, we will be arriving on a Friday but at least, it isn’t a holiday weekend and we plan to arrive around 1 p.m. The ad in Trailer Life Directory indicates a route on I95 to NJ Turnpike to exit 14C (Grand St. exit ramp) from which it is about 10 blocks to the RV Park. My newly-arrived Street Atlas 2005 CD does not show a 14C exit eastbound toward NYC. I don’t want to end up headed toward the Holland Tunnel with no place to exit. Earlier exits 14A & B appear to put you onto city streets much further from the RV Park.

We will appreciate any info about the park and how to get there. Last year, we left the TT at the CG in CT, took the train from New Haven into NYC, and stayed with our friends who live there. However, the whole point of the A/S was to be able to visit family & friends without unduly disrupting their routines. It is just nice to be able to sleep in your own bed at night while on the road.

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I mapped it on yahoo(mapquest) maps...looks straightforward

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Old 05-27-2006, 02:47 PM   #3
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Got there.

It took a year, but we finally arrived at Liberty Harbor RV Park & Marina on April 1st. In 2005, we cancelled our stop in NY/NJ when we developed respiratory viruses prior to our schedule stop and didn’t want to pass NC/DC “bugs” to NYC friends.

This year, we arrived mid-day on a Saturday and traffic was not a problem. DeLorme’s Street Atlas USA 2006 still does not show an exit 14C off the interstate but we followed the directions on the park’s website confirmed by verbal instructions when we booked our reservation in Jan. We approached NJ on Interstate 95N and took I78 east toward Jersey City. We were instructed to follow signs for exits 14A, 14B, 14C. The 2nd off-ramp was labeled “Christopher Columbus” which dumped us onto a frontage road. Three left turns took us to Grand Ave. which lead us through a very shabby-looking neighborhood over bumpy streets to Munoz Marin Blvd. where we turned right for two blocks over some of the highest speed bumps we have ever seen.

The RV park (as the name implies) is part of a marina along the Hudson River. It is essentially part of the parking lot used by commuters who utilize ferries that run between NJ & NYC. Depending upon where you park, you can see the upper fourth of the Statue of Liberty over nearby buildings. So much for atmosphere, unless you count the pleasure boats moored in the adjoining marina and lots of seagulls – warning – don’t look up.

Because the park has no sewer hookups, only water & electricity, we had planned to use the park’s showers to minimize the number of times we would have to pull to the dump station. When I approached the receptionist to check in, she asked if we knew about the water situation. Well, no, what about it? I wondered if it was an April Fools joke (see above). Seems they hadn’t yet turned on the water to the sites because there were leaks remaining after winter freezing. However, we could fill our fresh water tank using a faucet beside the office building and we would receive a significant discount -- $40 a day rather than $60. We decided to give it a try.

We had already planned to leave the TV hooked to the A/S and use public transportation. A rapid-transit stop was located only one block from the RV park past which trains ran around the clock to and from Hoboken station where we caught Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) subway trains to Manhattan.

On several occasions, we returned to NJ and the park late at night (almost midnight) and never felt unsafe. Because there was no late-night traffic to/from the RV park/marina and no residential units near the rapid-transit station, there weren’t any other passengers debarking at our stop. Across the street from the train stop, several luxury condos are being constructed so the area may improve in coming months. Also, we tried to “blend in” with the locals by wearing casual clothing and trying to look as if we knew where we were going. We decided that next year we need to add back-packs to complete the “look”.

We would definitely utilize Liberty Harbor again even if there were no water hookups. We liked the easy access to public transit and the proximity to NYC. Travel time to/from the Big Apple was usually about an hour, even at the height of the a.m. & p.m. commute. Only one morning did we have to stand while riding the PATH train. When we were there in April, we did not see any place to eat near the park.

The showers were only adequate and there didn’t seem to be any heat in the rest rooms. By experiment, we discovered which shower heads produced only a trickle of water and which ones worked. We did not use the laundry room.

On the NJ side of the river, we were located only two rapid-transit stops from Liberty State Park with its access to the ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
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