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Old 08-11-2016, 04:49 PM   #1
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National Parks and Big Rigs

We love our national campgrounds and in the past have camped in a small travel trailer. Now, we are seriously considering moving up to between and 37 and 40 ft. motorhome.

SO... here is the question:

How many of you who love national park campgrounds like we do have trouble finding a site big enough?
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We love our national campgrounds and in the past have camped in a small travel trailer. Now, we are seriously considering moving up to between and 37 and 40 ft. motorhome.

SO... here is the question:

How many of you who love national park campgrounds like we do have trouble finding a site big enough?
Depends on the National Park. Some of the campgrounds in National Parks are so old they never accounted for big rigs back in the day so there are less sites. Some parks have newer campgrounds and are big rig friendly.
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Old 08-11-2016, 06:33 PM   #3
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Many have max policies you can check on line or call before you go. The problem isn't so much the site size as it is the camp ground roads. They are not going to cut down large old trees because a rig over their max size 35' can't make a turn without catching the last few feet on the tree, or huge bolder. Check to be sure, walk the road before driving down it. If you are in any doubt move on and don't risk damaging your rig.
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With our 40' MH we have stayed multiple times in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Zion, Bryce, Big Bend, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Denali in Alaska and others. We've also stayed at countless state parks including along the Oregon coast. We love public parks and during our 16 years of full-timing we used them 90% of our stays. We've also used the Yukon and Canada Provincial Parks, Corp of Engineers, national forest campgrounds, county and city parks along with lovely boondocking spots miles from the highway.

Yes...you can find sites for big rigs. No...you won't fit in every park or in every campground but then, a 25' RV doesn't fit in all of them either.

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We love county, state, and National parks, but you absolutely have to be careful with you rig as twogypsies shared. I have found height to be a problem with public parks as well. This has been an issue on the entry roads and on sites that are actually long enough for big rigs. There have been several occasions this summer alone where low hanging branches need trimmed and just aren't. I think many of the privately owned CG's are cognizant of their customers' needs and know folks don't want branches dragging the roof or sides of their units. It would be great if public parks would trim things up to allow14 feet height clearance. It wouldn't change anything to the natural setting/environment.
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With our 40' MH we have stayed multiple times in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Zion, Bryce, Big Bend, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Denali in Alaska and others. We've also stayed at countless state parks including along the Oregon coast. We love public parks and during our 16 years of full-timing we used them 90% of our stays. We've also used the Yukon and Canada Provincial Parks, Corp of Engineers, national forest campgrounds, county and city parks along with lovely boondocking spots miles from the highway.

Yes...you can find sites for big rigs. No...you won't fit in every park or in every campground but then, a 25' RV doesn't fit in all of them either.

Enjoy!
Sums it up pretty well - learn more and you can find more of the places you will fit. We have never had a place that we could not find something to keep us happy.

When all else fails - just ask to park in the big Open Field - not nearly as crowded and we are seldom in the RV during the Day.

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