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Old 09-11-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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We are looking at going full time when we retire and was wondering what the length limit is on most of the campgrounds. We haven't decided on how big we can go with the fifth wheel we are looking at.
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Most campgrounds can accomodate most anything. We only have a 31', towing a Camry and haven't had any problems. We have seen some pretty long rigs, at alot of the places we go.
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We have a 34' Challenger 5er and a four door Duramax. I haven't found a RV campground that I couldn't fit into. A few were tight.
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Some state and federal parks will have a length limit, but that's about all.
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the upcoming changes!

Until very recently, we were full time in a 40 DP with a Ford Explorer toad and never really had much of a problem. We do stay in campgrounds (as opposed to state/national parks though mostly because it is much more difficult to get a big rig into those places) and have probably only been too big once or twice.

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Almost all private parks will state the max. length, we are 35 foot with two slides, the only problem we have found is the width in the older parks. The newer accomidate just fine.
We stayed at an older park once and had to adjust the possition of the coach so the slides on both coaches would overlap, then we found we could not get to the cargo under the slides.
We left the next day
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We have had more trouble with the width of CG sites than the length. Always remember to check to see if you can fit with the slides out.
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We are full time RVers and live in a 2008 40' Monaco Diplomat with 4 slides. We belong to several camping memberships and have no problem in any of them with size. Most privet campgrounds state their maximum length. I have found that most of the time that the limit is 40 feet. State campgrounds often are much less. It will just depend on what type of campgrounds you want to stay in and how much or how less space you want your living space to be while you full time.
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There is no meaningful answer to that - park sites vary from as little as 20 feet to 65+. It's probably fair to say that the vast majority of public and private parks that have hook-ups can handle 35 footers, and a substantial percentage of them can do 40 or even 45 footers, but at each level the potential number of available sites goes down a bit. It all depends on where you like to go.

We used to go places where our 24 footer could be a tight squeeze; now we are 40 feet and don't even consider such places.
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Honestly, the problem is often less the length of the site than what you have to do to get there. It is easy for us to disconnect the toad at the registration area and only drive the MH to the site - an option that isn't open to you with a 5er. We've had a couple of places where it took a lot of doing to get turned in the site but where the length was fine once we go into it.

The only real place that we've been where length was an issue was Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone. Backed all the way in to our site, we were barely off the roadway. Some bigger rigs had orange cones out in the road to keep others from running into them. That isn't my idea of a great arrangement.

Armed with a book or two, we can generally find the places with small limits and simply avoid them. If it is close or in doubt, a quick phone call confirms that we can get it or not. I think that the too tight CGs are the rare exception rather than the rule.
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