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Old 06-14-2018, 05:38 AM   #1
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REALLY how important is size

Thought I found a good mh. Seller advertising 40'. When I go to look at it he tells me 38.6 ft. I get specs online thanks o you good folks here on the forum and learn it is 41.6 ft. I need your help quick for those who own 41+. How restrictive (national parks esp)is 41+mh home going to be? Are sites bigger/smaller than advertised? Can you squeeze into smaller sites. Will the host even let me in? Let me know. Going to make a withdraw today and make a purchase. I think. BUT I dont want to make a bad purchase on something that I cant use like I want. Let me know. Thanks
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:47 AM   #2
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Thought I found a good mh. Seller advertising 40'. When I go to look at it he tells me 38.6 ft. I get specs online thanks o you good folks here on the forum and learn it is 41.6 ft. I need your help quick for those who own 41+. How restrictive (national parks esp)is 41+mh home going to be? Are sites bigger/smaller than advertised? Can you squeeze into smaller sites. Will the host even let me in? Let me know. Going to make a withdraw today and make a purchase. I think. BUT I dont want to make a bad purchase on something that I cant use like I want. Let me know. Thanks
Don't fret on the few feet between 35' and 45' - the issue with size usually come when you are plus feet at the 28' level. (JMHO, having been in some sort of RV for the last 50+ years)

If a Park or RV site is length restricted/handicapped then the length needed is usually South of 30'.

So once you make the jump you may as well go all in and get the 45' beast, as it will normally fit almost anywhere you can get a 38' Beast.

JMHO,

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Thanks for the very helpful reply.
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My MH is 37.5' long bumper to bumper. I've got a platform in the hitch to carry our bikes that adds a bit over 4' in length, so for all practical purposes I'm 42' feet long.

I was in a site a couple of weeks ago that said the max length was 36' (I reserved that site when we had a 34' MH). I was mentally prepared to offload the bikes and remove the platform so that we could fit it in the site. But when backed in there was room to walk around in back and several extra feet in the front.

I asked at one park about the length restrictions, they said that when THEY say xx feet they mean that's how long of a TRAILER could go in there, and still have the truck fit also. So a MH of the same length, without toad, has lots of room to spare.
I don't know if all parks use the same type of measuring system, but I expect that most do something similar.
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Thanks Podovin. Very helpful
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size can come into play when you rent a storage space. I had one measure to the end of my receiver hitch. Not a really big deal, but something to ponder.
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thanks ernie. I have storage covered.
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Just looked up national park guidelines and for most or their parks the length of the site is the combined length of rv and toad. Only 7% of national parks can accomidate 40ft total. boo hoo
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The issue at hand here is that many of those same national parks with length limits, have few if any spaces where one can fit a 37 ft coach, so you are back to being very little difference between fitting a 37 or 41 foot, as neither are an option. Last summer we took our 28 ft coach to Yellowstone, and stayed in 3 of the camp grounds, even at just under 30 ft bumper to bumper we had to shoe horn into all 3 camp sites (booked 30 ft sites, with one 35 available at time we made reservation), and worse yet the turns on the narrow camping loop roads had trees and RV sites so close it was like threading a needle in places worrying about off tracking and tail swing. At one place on the camping loop in either Canyon or Grant campground we were well under 1 ft of clearance on each side passing between a tree and the corner of a camping trailer in a pull out site.
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I need a certain amount of space to live, with wife and dog, and that is the limfac I used to select the size of motorhome. That size then limits where I can park the rig, so I tow a toad that can take me where I want to go. There are places I used to take my 24' TT behind my full size 1978 Jeep Cherokee 401 that I'd never take a 26' class C because of height, ground clearance and roadability of the C. Life is about compromise and choices. My 40' came with compromises and choices, no more camping in a wide spot of the logging road. But I'm old and fat so that's ok.
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In state parks we have had no problems at 40 ft. NP can be a problem though.
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I think most sites are measured by the length of the paved area. We have stayed in many sites where we backed in and the back end of our 41.6 MH hung out past the paved area and we fit fine. When I have a site choice I usually walk it to gauge whether we will fit before pulling in.
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Some limits are because of the access as stated earlier... the SITE may hold you, but the road there may not and will be challenge.. we just deal with it @ 43'+ 20+ of jeep/tow bar
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Ours is categorized a 40' DP, but is actually 41.5'. So, when asked the size, I say 40'.
Have never had a problem if the site says it'll accommodate a 40'.
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