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Old 03-09-2014, 10:44 PM   #1
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42' 9" Too long for RV Parks?

DW and I were at an RV Show today and she saw a toy hauler 42' 9'' she liked. We used to have a 36' 5er and at times it was a tight squeeze getting into an RV spot. Were not much on boon-docking, and we don't have any toys at the moment, we just like the extra room. We would be pulling this with a 4 door Silverado Long bed dually. I'm saying to her that it would be difficult to find RV Parks with spots to accommodate that length, and the ones that did would more than likely charge extra.

What do you all think? Thanks!
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:50 PM   #2
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I find plenty of parks for my 45 footer and they don't charge me extra. Not saying there won't be places that you don't fit into, but there are plenty of places where you will.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:17 AM   #3
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In ten years traveling with either a 40 ft. or 43 ft. motorhome I think we have encountered maybe two or three campgrounds that could not accommodate us because of length. The usual,constraint is being able to level. Most large motorhomes can only level a few inches without a lumber yard on board.
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Having a larger RV we do spend a bit more time researching parks in advance and only look at ones rated as "big rig friendly". The # of parks we've had to rule out due to size does not come close to the joy we've received from our larger coach.
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There might be some State and Federal campgrounds that prohibit that length. You will also have to watch the height.

My brothers 5er hauler is 13' 5". But he uses it as a ATV transport RV and gets into some off the grid places. He has received his share of roof damage from whacking tree branches....I'm going to assume at 42' it has triple axles? Can be an issues backing into sites....
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I like the room of a larger RV. You will find how and where to make it fit.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:57 PM   #7
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We have never had problems finding RV parks....but, do plan ahead. Never have been charged more at an RV park for length. We sure have paid extra for a few ferry rides though. We are just under 44ft and 65ft total length. Toyhaulers are usually setup for boondocking and its is nice to be self contained. It is also nice to bring motor bikes/side by sides or Smart car with you or a combination of all of those depending on the plans. The extra space is worth the the few spots you may not fit into. There is always another stop down the road you will fit.
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The longer the RV the shorter the list of campgrounds you can camp in.. But .. That is not often a problem.. A 49 footer is not going to camp at the South Rim Campground at the Grand Canyon for example.. I have driven a car through that campground and fully agree with their limits, but the private CG a very very short distance outside the park.. No problem at all.

On the otherhand, some parks need a new yardstick.. The site I'm on is rated no more than 24' pop ups or tents only.. I'm a 38 foot 3 slide Class A. Fits like a comfortable glove, In front of me is a smaller site, 3 slide Keystone 5-er. he fits like a surgical glove. but we both fit, him with his tow vehicle, me with my towed, both fully on site, no hang over onto road.
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Thanks for the insight all, should we go forward on this toy hauler now, or in the future, I'm feeling more confident that RV parks won't be a problem.
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