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Old 09-15-2016, 08:11 AM   #1
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Fitting in a campground

We are in the process of shopping for a 5th wheel RV. How big of a problem is it to find a camping site when your RV is 35 feet or more.

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Old 09-15-2016, 08:36 AM   #2
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No problem unless you are into only state or national park campgrounds.

Then you need to check on line for their site's info.

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Old 09-15-2016, 08:41 AM   #3
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Where will you be camping most ?
If in the northeast, just like housing - older campsites had smaller sites because they didn't BUILD larger rv's and land is at a premium so the sites are smaller...

in the midwest and out west, less of a problem, but just ask... I've always found a place for our coach.
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Old 09-15-2016, 06:02 PM   #4
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You need to decide what your need is vs. a want. Need a big trailer then just find sites that work for it.
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:08 PM   #5
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In many California State parks 35+ feet is limiting. I just find campgrounds that I fit into.
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:11 PM   #6
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A bit different but we have always been able to fit our 40 ft. motor home into any place we want to stay. But, we haven't done much east of the Mississippi, yet.
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:21 PM   #7
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We've been trying to figure out the same thing. The reservation system in both BC, Canada and Washington State set limits for trailers over 32'.

We did some test comparisons at a dealer and found that the OA length of our truck with a 32' (bumper to ball) conventional trailer is the same OA length as our truck with a 35' 5th wheel.
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I was set to camp at Porteau Cove, BC prov park--they had 3-4 sites my 38 would fit in.
But I had to cancel. Have been thru Canada twice and got into several prov parks with the fiver/truck. Sometimes I stuck out a littlle...
Not much problem in states for last 7 years.
As mentioned above--get the length that fits your needs, then find the parks to park it.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:38 AM   #9
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Yes it is limiting. State and national parks are too small. You will be limited to private campgrounds and boondocking. Boondocking is also limited as there are many good spots for small vehicles. I love our 35' fifth wheel, but sometimes I wish it was a camper van!
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If you can find a pull thru site you should be able to fit a truck and 35' or longer trailer.
I have a longbox crew cab truck and a 38' fifth wheel and haven't had any issues yet in finding a place to park.
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We have a 28 foot 5ver and we are very happy with the size and layout for just the two of us. If we were to add another person or two I am sure our that would change. Do your research find what you are happy with keeping length in mind. I would say anything over 34 feet will start to limit your choices of campsites in National Parks and National Forest Service Type Campgrounds. Keep in mind many of those were probably built way back in the 60's or earlier than that. The narrow roads is what will get you most of the time.
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I personally find low hanging branches on trees and other obstacles more challenging at times than the length of our 5th wheel (39')
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I think for most it's the trees/other obstacles that limit you way more than the length of your coach, regardless of whether you are a trailer, fifth wheel, or motorcoach...

I've seen very, very few places that couldn't accommodate us, and we are 35', or 50' including our toad. Pull thrus tend to be easier, but most back-ins have plenty of room, especially if you consider that you have 5' to 15' of rear 'overhang'. It's more about your wheel base length than your overall length.

You may also find that, when looking at rv parks and campground and making online reservations, to limit your input length by 5' to 15' feet short of your overall length. You'll find many more site openings - most include room for a pull vehicle, or tow vehicle anyway. If not enough room for the vehicle, you can always park it at the office instead.
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site size

If my 40 footer don't fit, I just go to where it does.

I bought for my creature comfort and will not compromise!


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