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Old 08-19-2014, 08:49 PM   #1
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Fifth Wheel length

If our fifth wheel is 40 ft. can we fit in a 36 ft. camping spot with truck on the side? My husband thinks we need a 40 ft. but I'm more concerned about not being able to camp at most state/Nat. parks due to size.
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If our fifth wheel is 40 ft. can we fit in a 36 ft. camping spot with truck on the side? My husband thinks we need a 40 ft. but I'm more concerned about not being able to camp at most state/Nat. parks due to size.
No, you will have at least 4 feet in the roadway. I have stayed at C.O.E. parks that have more than enough room for your camper.

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Depends on if you can get your 5-r wheels all the way to the back of the site pad/against the backstop & have the rear hang past it yet still be able to deploy your rear stabilizers (you may need blocks if your rear is past the backstop). That's what we did in the photo below, although luckily there was an incline behind the site so we didn't need blocks below our stabilizers.

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Here's another pic where our wheels are at the backstop with the rear overhanging.

It's doable, but you'll have to know what's at the rear of a site so you have clearance to put your 5-r back that far.

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It's a hard call, sometimes it's the length of the site, sometimes it's the rig they say it can hold. Usually it's the camper length with just enough for the tow vehicle.

I also will hang the back of the camper off the back of the pad some to cheat a little distance.

Could you slide a 40 into a site rated a 35? It's very possible but eventually you'll end up in a site too small.
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Depends on if you can get your 5-r wheels all the way to the back of the site pad/against the backstop & have the rear hang past it yet still be able to deploy your rear stabilizers (you may need blocks if your rear is past the backstop). That's what we did in the photo below, although luckily there was an incline behind the site so we didn't need blocks below our stabilizers.

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If there is no obstruction in the back (like a tree), you can just let the rear of the rig hang over the back of the site. We do that occasionally with our 37' motorhome. There is one campground we used to go to that had 35' sites. By hanging the rear or the rig over the back of the site, we even had room to park the car sideways in front.
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We've also have let the rear of our 5er hang over the back of the pad in a smaller sit. But its inevitable that there will come a time where that wont work.
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DUH?? 40 ft. is longer than 36 ft.
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DUH?? 40 ft. is longer than 36 ft.
Yes, however I've gotten both my 5-r & my coach on pads shorter than either RV's length by doing what I posted above.

The point is you CAN get an RV on a shorter pad if there's room/clearance to overhang the back past the backstop.

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DUH?? 40 ft. is longer than 36 ft.
Yes, that's right. But several of us are trying to tell him if there are no obstructions you can leave the back 10' of the 5er hang over the rear of the pad. Now you're only 30' long. 30' is shorter than 36'.
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Another issues might be manuvering down the NP/SP roads. Which tend to be smaller might put a limit to the size of your 5er to be able to get to the camp site, before you attempt to back into a shorter site. All the above replies are correct you can get in a shorter site as long as there are on obstructions involved, and the park is not picky about your overhang.
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