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Old 03-23-2011, 06:29 PM   #1
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Campsite Problems with Camper Length/Width?

Hello. New to the site, but have enjoyed the posts for a while learning as much as possible about Fifth Wheels. Allot of great lessons learned on this site!

Had a quick question regarding trailer length and campsite availability. We've been looking at floor plan configurations for a few weeks and have focused on what options the length of trailer can provide from the inside perspective. Transitioning to outside considerations, has anyone run into bad experiences regarding availability of campsite size to accomodate a certain length camper?

Have you ever thought, if my trailer was only under X ft I would be able to get into that many more campsites? If so, what is the length you thought was - just the right size?

How about slides? Any issues with campsites supporting dual sided slides? No problems or is it a serious consideration to make - dual/single sided slides?

Thanks in advance for any advise you can provide. Trying to think through all considerations before we pull the trigger on a Fifth wheel purchase.


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Unless you are trying to get into the short sites at National Parks, being in the 35ft (give or take a foot) range for a 5-r, you won't have issues with 99% of sites. As for slides, we owned a dual-sided 5-r & only had a problem once with clearance. If you want dual-sided slides, get them. You won't regret the roominess inside.


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Old 03-24-2011, 06:42 AM   #3
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Yes. You will find that most older parks, whether private or public can have limitations. One of our favorite places on the coast denied us access because we have three slides. Go figure?
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Yes, the bigger you get, the more restrictions you'll find, but it's not going to be an issue 99.9% of the time.

We recently bought a 43' motorhome and had some concerns about the length limiting us. So far we've found for every place we won't fit into theres a couple we will. As example, I just finished making reservations for two months in Florida next winter, moving around between mostly state parks. I was pleasantly surprised to find we'd have no problem in far more parks than we'll ever have time to visit. One caveat, however. I do take the precaution of calling the park before making my reservation. Typically, when calling a state park, I'll get a volunteer who is very familiar with the RV lifestyle and can appreciate my concerns and limitations. At most I got recommendations of specific sites, recommended for both accessibility and beauty.

I've also found blogs of other RV folks driving/towing large rigs, some of which will frequent 'boondocking' sites, in places I would never have expected to find them. They're a great resource too. Then, of course, there's the zillion and one private parks that would be happy to take your money.

Bottom line. Buy something you want and like. With minimal research, you'll have no problem finding a place to park it.

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I will add a few things... In some cases you don't know if you fit till you get there.. For example where I'm at now there are some sites labeled 30 feet but my 38 foot Gasser fits... Just fine .. A DP of the same length would not fit however.

In other parks, if it says "nothing over 28 feet" it means "nothing over 27 feet"

You don't know till you get there... (Or talk to someone who is there)

By the way.. How come my longer rig fits on the site

Well.. Think of it this way

My rig fits
The site

Note how "Fits" hangs off the back of "Site"?

At other sites it's like this

The site| (the | is the trunk of tree)
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:14 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the feedback! Appreciate everyone sharing their experiences. Sounds like with a little research and a few phone calls you can find a site that will accommodate most campers. That's a good thing!

Thanks again for the information!


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