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Old 10-13-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Define "Length"

Something that totally confuses me and I am in my 3 rd year of RV ownership.

In reference to campsite "Length" commonly posted, be it a National or State Park, private or other public camground, etc, etc.

In a motorhome it's pretty clear that it is from bumper to bumper.

What about a travel trailer or 5ver? Does the length include the tow vehicle?

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For a campsite the "length" is the length of the site or what length RV (TV and trailer) it can accommodate.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
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No, they are talking about the length of what needs fit in the spot without sticking out in the road.
However, it seems to be a pretty useless/inaccurate feature. There are spots that are "15 foot" that I can easily fit into with a 23' TT.

Also, I think they "measure" to the end of the driveway. I have about 6 feet behind my rear stabilizer jack that I could overhang if needed.
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Don't many parks have enough lot width available that allows a TV to drop the 5er and then park the TV adjacent/next to the 5er, which reduces the equipment length to essentially the 5er length?
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Don't many parks have enough lot width available that allows a TV to drop the 5er and then park the TV adjacent/next to the 5er, which reduces the equipment length to essentially the 5er length?
Usually. I park perpendicular to the trailer if it's that tight. Or off to the side if possible.
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If you are asking about length measures at campgrounds...I have found they are all different. But it's their park so - when they say "Can fit an RV XX feet," I just say thank you...and ask to move if the Navigator doesn't like the spot.

If you are asking about Travel Trailers...it is usually the length of the box, not including the hitch. My last TT was a 26' box and the hitch and bumper made it right at 30' overall. RV parks know this and will fit you in. You can ask for a "pull through" the full length of the whole rig if needed for a quick overnight.
This has worked for our Class A and dingy too.

If you are talking about 5th Wheel RV's...I can't answer that one. I have seen different measures on 5ers that don't match the actual length, confusing. Maybe others can help here.

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Old 10-13-2013, 09:26 PM   #7
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I have a truck and a popup - the popup is 25' when open, the truck is another 20'. I always go for sites 25' and up. So I figure if I can only get a 25' site, I should be ok, because I never include the length of my tow vehicle.

Now I am upgrading to a travel trailer and just bought an Excursion. I'd like a 35' TT, but will probably go with a 30' so I can make it in 30' sites. Now I hear the length includes the TV....

I don't get it.

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If you are talking about 5th Wheel RV's...I can't answer that one. I have seen different measures on 5ers that don't match the actual length, confusing. Maybe others can help here.

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Our 5er is labeled as a 36' model, which is the interior length, but the exterior length measures 37' because of the end cap thickness. That is my understanding of our manufacturer's explanation.
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IMHO, I have not found any standard in campground length designation nor RV manufacturer length designation.
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Most Florida State Parks do it this way:

  • Max Vehicle Length: 38
  • Site Length: 46
  • Site Width: 18

It has been my experience, for the example above, that 38' is accurate and can mean a lot of things ... for instance, the road to the site only accommodates 38', or there is an obstacle on the site, or there is an obstacle opposite the site, etc.
Sometimes the site is clear all the way to 46' but 38' allows for parking the toad.
Sometimes the 18' width is only at the picnic bench.

However, only Google Earth seems to give a feel for what the access to the site looks like.
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IMHO, I have not found any standard in campground length designation nor RV manufacturer length designation.
That's pretty much my experience also.

My biggest concern is making reservations a year in advance, traveling extensively with the family, then getting turned away because I am too long.
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I stopped here in Missouri at a campsite that they assured me that my 43 ft. Motor home would fit in. The problem was that I could not get to the site because of trees. The manager said that I only asked about the site, not the roads! She was right I guess.
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And how stupid is THAT manager !?! Makes you

As stated,
the 'standards' changed a long time ago to now there are NO standards... That's why I ask 10 questions to ensure THEY understand and are communicating, cuz I know what I got - just don't know what they've got...

Case in point, we are going to Broken Bow State Park in Oklahoma and some friends made the reservations for 5 rv's telling them we all had 50 amp... They made the reservations and all.... and something told me when talking to our friends that it seemed 'vague' so I called the park..

asked if they had our reservations and 50 amp.... she said sure...
now we found out they do have 50 amp, just not on the sites she reserved for US !?!?!?!

Must be sister to your manager !!!
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I stopped here in Missouri at a campsite that they assured me that my 43 ft. Motor home would fit in. The problem was that I could not get to the site because of trees. The manager said that I only asked about the site, not the roads! She was right I guess.
Have the same problem...due to our tall rear toy hauler section, the RV is 13' at the back 1/3 of the body.
I don't think everyone worries about clearing trees at +13', but for us that is a big deal.

I have come to think that this much height is only a minority on RV's.

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