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Old 10-19-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
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Comfortable 5th wheel length?

Still trying to narrow down 5th wheel options for full timing. We'd like to keep open many park options, so we know we should limit the length of the trailer.

Thoughts from any full timers on a comfortable length that keeps a majority of campsite options open?


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I would go with a 34-36 foot 5er. JMHO

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Old 10-20-2014, 04:21 AM   #4
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We full-time in a 37' motorhome, and we have always been able to find a site where we can fit. We found we can even fit in some shorter sites by letting the rear of the motorhome hang over the back of the pad a bit.

Many state parks and Corps of Engineers campgrounds list the lengths of sites on their reservation website. We also use Google Maps satellite view to help pick sites.
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Hi there & welcome! We had a 34ft 5-r that due to the long overhang behind the tires, got us into all but the tiniest sites. Being able to put the tires all the way to the backstop allows for a lot of wiggle room on what might seem like a short site. I'd think any 5-r in the 34-37ft range with a long overhang would work well for you without having a behemoth of a truck to haul it.

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We tend to do a lot of dry camping in forest service type CG's. We have a 28' 5'er with a CC LB truck. 50' total. We get into most CG's e want. However we are limited within those CG's. We hope to upsize in a few years and are looking at 33-34' mainly because that's what we can still fit in our driveway. If not for my driveway concern I'd give 36' the max.
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38 feet is a good length for all but the oldest of parks
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Ours is 38'-10", and we haven't had any problems. We haven't boondocked yet, and we haven't been to a state cg yet
Pretty much just rv parks. The height of our rig is the limiting factor for me. At 13'-2" you must consider trees.
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Thanks for all the tips.
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In 4 1/2 years fulltiming we have always found a site for our 35' fifth wheel. We stay in state parks as much as possible and also ACE parks.
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As Jammer said, low hanging branches are a much bigger problem than the length of the trailer.
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Old 10-21-2014, 03:30 AM   #14
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We full time have a 38' 5ver and we have not had problems getting into campgrounds. We also like state parks. It is a comfortable size for us. If I was not fulltime I would like to have one about 31-32 would be nice. Good luck with your purchase.

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