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Old 02-18-2020, 10:08 PM   #1
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Park in the City

Has anyone street/parallel parked their bus in NYC? Specifically in Brooklyn. I would be doing this regularly. At first I thought the smaller the better, but I’ve seen a full size bus for a while parking in my neighborhood:
https://instagram.com/the_bus_experi...=1nztzz8vw2qe2

Just wondering if anyone has any experience getting in parking in spots here and if so how you might advise someone figuring out length, van chassis or full size. This parking issue will be a big factor for us. Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2020, 02:09 AM   #2
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No, I'd park outside the city near a public transport option that worked well.

Unless a paid lot designed for buses.

No way would street parking work
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:35 AM   #3
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Thank John, can I ask why you donít think it would work? I used to street park a car in Brooklyn and it was a pain, thatís why I sold the car, but just because Iíd have to move it, not because I couldnít find spaces. I see this full size bus in my neighborhood, and there are several camper vans, some big Sprinters.
Is there something about a bus, even a short bus, that would make it harder? Someone suggested a van chassis would be easier to parallel park than a full size chassis.
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:50 AM   #4
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Well sure if it fits in one space that's more doable, I thought you meant a bus.

I only know Manhattan where even fifty years ago we had to pay as much for a parking spot as the average family spent on housing.

So maybe out there's more space, but for myself I can't imagine dealing with the hassles.

If you can find a private lot for under say $500 a month I think that would be worth it.

Personally I'd move at least an hour away first.
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:56 AM   #5
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Like I've told you- parallel parking a fullsize bus is going to be a huge pain. Even a short fullsize bus is a huge beast and doesn't have the best turning radius.
A van is much easier.
If you really wana see what its like rent a 25 foot RV for a month and pretend its a bus. Park it as you normally would if you had a bus. If you can parallel park it easily and driving something that large suts you then proceed with the bus.
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:58 PM   #6
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Just seeing this reply, EastCoast. Thatís a good idea, to rent a comparable rv. My feeling is itís a four window for us. Maybe a double decker!
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Old 02-23-2020, 10:55 PM   #7
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I ran across a video where some guy in Brooklyn made a (really) tiny home that looked just like a dumpster.
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I ran across a video where some guy in Brooklyn made a (really) tiny home that looked just like a dumpster.
That's awesome!

"The purloined letter"

comes to mind on a larger scale...
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Old 02-24-2020, 07:43 PM   #9
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I ran across a video where some guy in Brooklyn made a (really) tiny home that looked just like a dumpster.



Here’s the video

He even did a roof raise
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I ran across a video where some guy in Brooklyn made a (really) tiny home that looked just like a dumpster.
Taking the old "One man's trash......" adage to a whole 'nother level.
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Old 02-25-2020, 10:02 AM   #11
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Looks cozy but I would be really concerned about the garbage truck.......
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Hereís the video

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Looks cozy but I would be really concerned about the garbage truck.......
Wow! I was assuming a roll-off dumpster or something a tad bigger...
I do love the window idea in the "roof raise" and I see he has a well-bar so he's got most of his priorities right...
(must have a bar in the metal box...)
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Old 02-25-2020, 06:15 PM   #13
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more room than lots of #vanlifers
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Looks cozy but I would be really concerned about the garbage truck.......
I'd be worried about the homeless not realizing it's a house.
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Old 02-29-2020, 03:12 PM   #15
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While I have not parked in NYC yet I plan on it. Just gotta find a less
Trafficked area with alternate side of the street parking and slide in a few minutes early before others come back. There are a lot of skoolies and rvs in bk, it’s easier there than Long Island by far. No one cares if you can make it fit. Here they’ll call the cops if you drive down the street too slow.
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Old 02-29-2020, 03:15 PM   #16
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I have to keep my short bus at my buddies house out in BFE because last time I parked it out on the road outside my house code enforcement came by and said it would be ticketed if it was still there tomorrow. here you can't have anything over 18ft long or over 7ft tall parked on the road for more then 2 hrs.
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Where is that? I had code enforcement come and tell me it couldn’t be in my driveway because my driveway is gravel and it technically has to be paved. I’m gonna put four pavers down under each wheel so it’s on a paved surface and leave the rest gravel. These people are assholes to the highest degree.
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never heard of BFE?
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I’m well aware of BFE! But I’m curious where the 18ft/7ft rule was enforced.
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While I have not parked in NYC yet I plan on it. Just gotta find a less
Trafficked area with alternate side of the street parking and slide in a few minutes early before others come back. There are a lot of skoolies and rvs in bk, itís easier there than Long Island by far. No one cares if you can make it fit. Here theyíll call the cops if you drive down the street too slow.
Yes, I agree, if you are on top of your alternate side parking game in Bk (which you have to be), I think thereís no issue. However Iíll stick to a shortie maybe because itís more my temperament. I do worry about break ins. Would like to have solar, a stove, and can see those being ripped out. Memories of my formerly car losing its radio/CD player.
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