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Old 09-23-2014, 04:12 PM   #15
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Not quite so easy in Parks in Western Canada. There tends to be fewer spaces for rigs over about 35'. Large RV's are a lot scarcer on the ground generally up here. In BC, they have a reservation system and it is not uncommon for larger sites to be occupied for much of the summer. There may be a day or two here or there but you can forget long weekends. They are usually snapped up right at the beginning of the season.

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The longer you are, the fewer campsites you have to select from... just logical.

It's more of an issue in state and federal parks. But still we've found that while less of an issue at private campgrounds, sometimes the larger sites are sold out while shorter ones are still available.

When we made reservations at Yellowstone NP, 40 ft was the max, and they were all sold out. We are 34 ft, so fit in the 30 -35 ft, so could get a week but not the one we wanted. 30 ft or less was wide open. They are expanding the sites so there will be more longer sites.

Same thing at Riley Creek campground in Denali NP... probably less than a quarter of the sites were for 30-40 foot.

Trees and obstacles in the road are often issues so height matters too.

This means you need to do more planning ahead...reading campground websites and reviews, and making reservations earlier to get those sites where you'll fit.

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When choosing an RV park, I like to Google Map it and get a visual of what the park looks like from the air. I can see the park layout, how close the pads are to each other and their length. I can also see what types/lengths of rv's were there when the photo was done.
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When we made reservations at Yellowstone NP, 40 ft was the max, and they were all sold out.

Same thing at Riley Creek campground in Denali NP... probably less than a quarter of the sites were for 30-40 foot.
For Yellowstone we have never made reservations. We have stayed at Mammoth, our favorite, which doesn't even take reservations, Madison and Bridge Bay. If you get there early morning (staying outside the park the previous night) we've gotten the sites.

Riley Creek in Denali Alaska - Again, we boondocked nearby the previous night and easily got a lovely large site without reservations.

For Teklanika campground in Denali - the farthest one you can drive an RV to, we did make reservations and you need to. However, you can't choose a site. Again, we got one for our 40' motorhome.

I'm not saying you don't need reservations but we do it all the time without. Besides, we like to see the sites in person.

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