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Old 07-16-2013, 01:47 AM   #1
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Difference between 30.6' and 34.6'?

Hi there....Yes, I recognize the obvious...4'!!!

My questions are...

1. What are the differences in turning (ie, in tight spots, campgrounds, etc)?


2. Is there a significant difference in where you can camp by nearing the 35' max in campgrounds?

I am looking at Winnebago One's and am concerned about the length of the 30RE.


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Old 07-16-2013, 02:17 AM   #2
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Smile What about boondocking with a 35-footer?

Is a 35-footer too long to get off the beaten path? I will mainly be camping in Oregon for a few years.

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:01 AM   #3
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Depends on where you camp, but if you go to national parks alot some places have restrictions on max trailer length. But even then, 30ft is still kinda long too.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:05 PM   #4
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State camps sometimes 26' max; many others are hard to get into if over 30'. I think a 35' starts to limit your options.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:26 PM   #5
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Is a 35-footer too long to get off the beaten path? I will mainly be camping in Oregon for a few years.

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If you are going to be taking it off the beaten path, take into consideration the length from wheel to bumper, ie; approach and departure angle. Are the axles centered of the trailers? Are they farther back like toyhaulers? Springs over or under axles?
Take some twine, rope or something of the like and tie it to something that you can put down by the tire and pull the loose end to the end of the trailer, and up, to the lowest hanging part of the trailer. Compare the 2 trailers to see which is more off road worthy. Usally longer trailers are not as clearance friendly. Low departure angles can hang you up on steep driveways on pavement, which sounds terrible and can scrape up or bend a bumper but, a small low point in a campground with dirt roads can get you stuck.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:58 PM   #6
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Not sure if you plan to dry camp in Oregon or use campgrounds, but we've parked our 38 footer in several Oregon State Park campgrounds with no problems finding a site long enough. Regarding handling, the big difference between 30 and 34 feet will probably be the rear overhang. Concrete posts in gas stations can quickly become your enemy!
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Depends on the campground!
Our favorite state park can take 40's to a limited extent, maybe 25 spaces in an open area and a few in the treed areas. But we like a private campground a few miles further and a few $$ more per night that's right on the lake.
I know we won't fit in the USFS campgrounds though.
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Will depend partly on what you are towing it with. When we recently went to a supercab from our old truck with regular cab (both long box), the extra 20" or so of additional length made a HUGE difference. It's much harder to get around corners even with just the truck by itself. With the trailer, I often have to swing wide in and out of a corner (single lane) to get around without going off the pavement on the curb side. If you have a super or crew cab, a short box will help you. I find it's the extra truck length that's harder, not the extra TT length. Ocassionaly on 2 lane streets, I have to take up both lanes to get around.

Driving into places like parking lots (when picking up groceries, eg.) can be tricky and I try to scan in advance of getting stuck if there is space way in the back of the lot. You sure don't want to have to back your way out in a crowded parking lot. I'm guessing the extra 4' could be more of a problem in these places.

Our new TT is 29' overall and I can get it around the circle driveway in front of our house which has a outer radius of 33'. It just makes it... If you could find a big empty lot, you could do some tight turns and measure your turning radius to better estimate if you can make it around turns/corners in advance.

We had to back into a KOA site last year with our old 20' trailer and truck and the road was twisty and up and down for about 100 yds. Just barely made it. They did not tell us in advance about this. No way I could do that with our longer truck and TT. I don't think it is the site length that is as much of a problem as it is getting to the site sometimes. Will depend somewhat on your driving skill with a trailer, esp. backing up.

I'd think about getting a backup camera for those hard to get into places. When you've been driving for hours and are tired and hungry, even the easy spots can be hard to get into. We're planning on getting one.

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