Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > 5th Wheel Discussion
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-15-2016, 08:11 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 1
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.

harley3348 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-15-2016, 08:36 AM   #2
Senior Member
Triker56's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,699
No problem unless you are into only state or national park campgrounds.

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

99 Discovery 34Q ISB
2014 MKS AWD EcoBoost Toad
Fulltime Since "99"
Triker56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 08:41 AM   #3
Senior Member
JohnBoyToo's Avatar

Monaco Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: May 2012
Location: DFW, Tex-US
Posts: 3,514
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.
If you really are sad and think nobody cares, just try missing a few payments ! '11 Monaco Diplomat 43DFT RR10R pushed by a Demco Excali-Bar II hitch which is pushed by a '14 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport.
JohnBoyToo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 06:02 PM   #4
lonewolftx's Avatar
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 56
You need to decide what your need is vs. a want. Need a big trailer then just find sites that work for it.
BtLW . . .
We're not here for a LONG TIME, We're here for a GOOD TIME! HOOH!
'16 Keystone Fuzion Chrome 420 18.5k
lonewolftx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 07:08 PM   #5
Senior Member
Wobster's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 224
In many California State parks 35+ feet is limiting. I just find campgrounds that I fit into.
2005 Airstream 396 XL Land Yacht with Cat 330 C7
2016 Grand Design Solitude 369RL-R 5th Wheel
Wobster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 07:11 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 236
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.
Jim (NQ5L) & Chris
2007 Monaco Knight 40 PDQ
2011 Jeep Liberty
jrusselltx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 07:21 PM   #7
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 6
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.
Campernewbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 08:42 PM   #8
Senior Member
wingnut60's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Burleson, TX
Posts: 2,350
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.
'05 36TK3 Mobile Suites
'10 F450 new to me
'09 F450 Lariat 4x4--died
wingnut60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2016, 09:38 AM   #9
Senior Member
FaithBowls's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 362
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!
FaithBowls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2016, 03:43 PM   #10
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 26
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.
j88hynes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2016, 06:21 PM   #11
Senior Member
Traildust's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: High Desert of Nevada
Posts: 112
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.
2013 Arctic Fox 27-5L, B&W Hitch, Reese 5th Airborne , Dual Pane Windows, TriMetric 2025RV. Honda EU2000i, All LED Lighting. Winfield Cross Brace Stabilizer. 2002 F350 7.3 Powerstroke, 6 Speed, 4X4 with lots of upgrades. USN Retired.
Traildust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2016, 01:32 PM   #12
Senior Member
Cypressloser's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: East of the Rockies and West of the Rest
Posts: 413
I personally find low hanging branches on trees and other obstacles more challenging at times than the length of our 5th wheel (39')
2013 RAM 3500 Longhorn Dually, Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Hitch,2014 Trilogy 3650 RL, 8000# axles, disk brakes, I.S., 960 Watt Solar
Cypressloser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2016, 01:45 PM   #13
Happy Traveler : )
MisterT's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Shooting Creek, NC... for now
Posts: 1,254
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.
The Turners 2014 Thor Palazzo DP 33.3 35' Bunkhouse
BlueOx, '14 Ford Fiesta, DishHD, KingTailgater2, WifiRanger
50k+miles, 200+ parks, 47 states&Canada provinces, since Aug'14
MisterT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2016, 01:49 PM   #14
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 42
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!


C.B. is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Where is the fitting for the temp guage? JimAerbus,W22,2003 Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 3 02-26-2009 06:42 AM
fitting a fith to my ranger k-belly Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 9 02-23-2009 07:15 PM
Hydraulic Fitting Leak Two Schips Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 8 02-02-2009 07:22 PM
Steering gear grease fitting bobwallace Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 5 02-25-2007 03:28 PM
sewer fitting gordon23 Class A Motorhome Discussions 3 10-15-2006 07:17 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:01 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.