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Old 09-23-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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ReserveAmerica reservation lingo

We're looking to make reservations on ReserveAmerica and Recreation.gov. We just moved from a PUP to a 26 foot TT last week and this is the first time we have had to think about campsite length.
Our TT is 27' and our overall length is 45'. When it asks for equipment length, how should I respond? And what length sites should I be searching for?

If I am looking at an RV Park, what lengths do I look for and report for my reservation?

Are the site descriptions reliable? If my length is borderline, can I be confident I can fit in when I get there?
I'll bet that a lot of the "pull through" sites are harder to negotiate than the back in sites - am I right?
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Pull through sites are IMHO much easier to navigate just pull up, turn the wheel, pull in and set up.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:23 AM   #3
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they want to know how long your camping unit is.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:53 PM   #4
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When it asks for equipment length, how should I respond?
Respond with the length of your TT.

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And what length sites should I be searching for?
Ideally, you'll want something at least slightly longer than your TT.

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If I am looking at an RV Park, what lengths do I look for and report for my reservation?
Same as above.

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Are the site descriptions reliable? If my length is borderline, can I be confident I can fit in when I get there?
From my experience, the site lengths are usually under stated by a few feet. But, no guarantees. [/QUOTE]

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I'll bet that a lot of the "pull through" sites are harder to negotiate than the back in sites - am I right?
No way. The pull-throughs I've stayed in have ALWAYS been easier than a back in site.

Enjoy your new TT. What make and model did you get?
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Stumblefoot is right on the money.
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:53 AM   #6
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Thanks, all. I know it's not rocket science, but I was unsure about my camping reservations.

We now have a 2011 Lance 2285 (27' overall), and we're pulling it with a 2010 Mercedes ML350 BlueTec turbodiesel. Although we don't have a lot of miles, it feels like it's an easy tow. Our fuel economy drops about 9 mpg to 18-19 in the mountains.
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Max site lengths stated for Colorado state parks on Reserve America site are sometimes way off, based on actually having been at some where a 40" coach easily fits when the max was given as 30'. But I thunk the system will object if the length you enter is more than the listed max for a site. Use the length of your trailer, not the total, and don't count the tongue. It's what fits on the camper pad.
BTW, when making a reservation on Reserve America, I have had an option to receive a free magazine subscription. If you opt not to, you can send a letter to the publisher requesting a $10 refund. The details are there, but you have to dig on the web site to find them. I did that for the two reservations I made this year, and received two $10 checks. There is no statement that the offer is limited, so for the price of a stamp, I have recouped my reservation fees. Funny thing is, they send me the magazine ("Outside") anyway.
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