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Old 05-26-2016, 10:32 AM   #1
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Trailer length for campsite reservations

I have a real newbie question. Hopefully next month I'll be taking delivery of our first travel trailer. My question is - when making reservations and the campground asks what size site, do I go by the length of the trailer from the bumper to the hitch point or just the length of the actual cabin?

My trailer is about 27' from the bumper to end of the cabin and a hair over 30' from the bumper to to hitch point and I'm sure if I should make it for a site under 30' or one over 30'.

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Old 05-26-2016, 10:59 AM   #2
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Trailer length for campsite reservations

Our Bullet is 31' overall (bumper to ball) and that is what we tell them because that's what a campsite has to hold. Some campgrounds also want to know the total length of your whole rig (tow vehicle and trailer). We ran into this a few times out West last year, if I remember correctly at a National Park or two where many of the sites are drive through.

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I wondered the very same thing before I bought my trailer. Since I have been full timing, I have found ...

You have to ask someone where you are looking. Each place seems to be a little different.

At Yosemite NP, the length was the total length of the site. If the truck and trailer don't fit, I would have had to park the truck somewhere else. At the park I'm in right now, I am in one of the short sites, and there is enough width to park the truck next to the trailer.

Every place might be different. You gotta ask them.
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:15 PM   #4
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It differs depending on where you go. At oregon state parks you need to account for your tow vehicle as well. My last trip out there were a number of people who didn't know that and only their trailer fit in the site. I have seen oregon sites up to 60' in length.
Any sites i've come across on recreation.gov go up to a maximum of 40' and you reserve by the lenght of your trailer and they account for extra space for the tow vehicle.
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Depends on the sites......I always give consideration to the total overall length ball to back end of trailer. That way no surprises once I get there. I have been fooled a couple of times, they measure their sites all differently.
Don't forget, it there is room behind the site to back in further, usually you can. The rear trailer wheels and axle or usually at least 4 feet inward of the rear.
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When asked for the length of the trailer, I provide the overall length of the trailer because the whole trailer has to fit on the site.

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