Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-17-2015, 10:44 AM   #1
Junior Member
BigOldBear's Avatar
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 12
Question CG Length Limit

Who has, or at least tried, to go to a camp ground or State Park with a 45' MH when they have a set a limit at 40'.?????

Please note:
I am NOT looking for approval to do so, nor am I looking at either the legalities or the moralities.

I am specifically looking for histories of those that have tried -or- done this, to see what I MAY be setting myself up for.
Thank you, Bear

BigOldBear is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-17-2015, 10:56 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Plantation, Fl
Posts: 912
When a campground sets a length limit, there has to be a good reason to do so. The sites might be limited in length or width, or the road access is limited, to a certain length or height RV. If a site is 20' deep (as an example), you would be hard pressed to fit a 45'er in that site. If your rig is within a few feet of the max length, it might work.

2014 Itasca Spirit 31K
Mich F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 10:59 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 2,496
Ours is only about 37 feet total but in California a lot of the State Parks have a 35' limit. I noticed that many of the parks with this limit would easily fit a 45' plus room for a Toad. So I asked one of the park Rangers about it, and he said back in the day when they started putting the CG's in an on line service, the 35' MH's were considered to be the bigger MH's and they arbitrarily put that limit. He said when the industry started building bigger MH's they never went back and upgraded any of the lengths allowable, as they really don't have the time to measure every spot and upgrade the system. He said they never will measure your MH and if you fit, you fit and nobody really cares. You just have to make sure a spot you reserve will fit your MH, because if they do not have any open spots that can accommodate you then you will lose your money. An extra 5 to 10 feet does not cost anymore to them, and nobody will care as long as your MH or Toad is not blocking others access.

So here's what we do with that info. If we have never stayed at that CG before and really don't know whether or not we will fit, we don't make reservations. We just go to the CG get a spot that will fit us, and then we take a CG map, walk the CG and mark all the spots we will fit in. You will find that many spots will easily fit your MH, but there will be some that don't. We keep a folder of CG's we have done this with and then in the future we can make reservations and be assured we will fit. We keep a CG map of every place we have ever stayed even if there is no length restrictions, and also mark the spots we prefer so we can select if reserving.

We have also driven our Car to some CG's when just traveling by car, just to check out spots in the event we want to come back with the MH.
Mike & Charlotte
2014 Newmar Canyon Star 3610
Orange County, California
Mike and Cha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 11:00 AM   #4
Senior Member
palehorse89's Avatar

Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 6,690
Not sure why one would want to try it........max length is posted for a reason, just asking for trouble and a headache. I have been into campgrounds that list "Big-Rig Friendly"........and are no where close to it. Really had a hard time in a couple of them.
2000 Newmar MADP 4060, 350ISC, Spartan MM, IFS 2011 Jeep JK, M&G Braking, 2014 MTI 27' Hog Hauler, Wireless brake control, 2006Ultra & 1989 Springer
palehorse89 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 11:08 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 929
Some times its a crap shot. We have found our rig fits easily others not. The reserve America usually will show you a picture of the site. If not I sometime google earth it. Our fav site at Greenbelt NP in MD says 35 ft on the back in we always use. But it is a back in onto an open central area. Our MH is 40 ft long and we fit as easily as our 32 ft 5th wheel did. If the site has other obstruction visable then we might not fit. Take a close look at the road. We know that we might no longer fit into our fav sites in the Smokies due to narrow road making it hard to back in. We have also called ahead and spoken to the staff. They have never steered us wrong.
Ron & Linda
2000 Dynasty 38PBS
Full time since 2007
Nana25K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 12:42 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 3,049
The maximum length limit may also be a function of the amount of annual maintenance performed at the campground. Wisconsin has a maximum limit of 30' for some of the sites in their most popular state parks. Most of the time a 40' or 45' motorhome will fit in those sites. However they trim back the brush and trees only every 5 years or so. Right after the trimming has been done there's no problem getting in any of the sites.

After the 3rd and 4th years things get a little tight. Last year it took almost an hour of jockeying to get our 33' motorhome into our favorite site. This year we were prepared for the same scenario. Fortunately the trimming was done over the winter months. There was so much room we could have driven straight in and done a U turn in the campsite.
2013 Adventurer 32H
Hikerdogs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 01:19 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 171
On Reserve America, if there is a 40 foot restriction, I call the campground and ask. I have been told about 60% of the time that Reserve America is not up to date and the campground can take a 42 foot motorcoach.
I always call though.
2014 Tiffin Phaeton 42 LH
Full timers
Selah2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 03:30 PM   #8
Senior Member
DegoRed's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 659
We are 42ft, and we learned very quickly to say that we are only 40ft, and sometimes we are only 39ft, and even once we were 35ft.

We have stayed at muliple sites that say 40ft max only to find once we shoe horned into our site, the rest of the campground is filled with 40+ rigs. We ran into this on the beach camp grounds in Cali, several places we stayed(State Parks) were 40ft max, but we fit just fine, stuck out a few feet, but it worked out. Another place we stayed was in Grand Canyon, they were 35ft max, we manage to fit just fine there too.

Firm beliver in asking for forgivness than asking for permission, but to each their own.
2010 Fleetwood Discovery 40X
DegoRed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 03:56 PM   #9
Senior Member
navychop's Avatar
Entegra Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Austin TX
Posts: 343
I just came from a TX state park in my 40 ft. Plenty of room for my 43RBQ
Rich USN-Ret & Cindy, Austin TX,
2015 Entegra Coach Anthem 42RBQ
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
navychop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 05:38 PM   #10
Senior Member
rbpower's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 245
there are 2 times I have run into length limit problems.

first time in St Augustine FL "Bryn Mawr" made reservation for 52' long coach with no problems drive 4 hours to get stoped at the gate and told no way I am getting in.. after a few minutes of talking with the head mantince man he loaded me up on the golf cart and showed me the problems, we looked at the vacant spots came up with a plan and got it done. had a great time and plan to return there. staff was great working through the problem

second time I had someone go ahead and talk to the park manger and set it up for me "Tallulah Gorge state park" went just like planed I had to back from the roadway all the way into the spot

with proper planning and some skill driving it can be done
rbpower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 05:56 PM   #11
Senior Member
mel s's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 8,551
Originally Posted by BigOldBear View Post
Who has, or at least tried, to go to a camp ground or State Park with a 45' MH when they have a set a limit at 40'.?????

Please note:
I am NOT looking for approval to do so, nor am I looking at either the legalities or the moralities.

I am specifically looking for histories of those that have tried -or- done this, to see what I MAY be setting myself up for.
Thank you, Bear
Me thinks you worry to much.
Although I don't know about a 45' coach in a 40' limit campground...but I can tell you that I have NEVER been denied entry into a 30' limit campground with my 35' coach.
'96 Safari Sahara, 140k miles
mel s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 06:40 PM   #12
PostMan's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 54
We have very often occupied sites advertised as limited to something less than our 43' 5th wheel, even one site advertised for no more than a 35' RV. If there's someplace that we want to go and the limit is less than our size we either visit without the RV to see if we think we can get in and out okay or we call and ask someone who is very often a work camper if they think we can make a site work. We've never been turned away just because they advertise that a site is limited to a 35' RV and we have a 44' RV. I have had all or part of the rear 12' of our 5th wheel hang over a drop off or even water to make it fit. But I find that many, if not most, of the front desk people, if they're not work campers, have no idea about whether of not an RV can be maneuvered into a site. They probably only know how long the pad is.
PostMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2015, 09:00 AM   #13
Senior Member
OLYLEN's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Olympia, Wa
Posts: 1,520
It just depends on the CG. Some, very few really mean 30' or 35' and others you can park an ocean liner. Some parks in the forested have the limit because of the access road turns between trees and not the site size. Others have the size restriction that has not been updated. When in fought call the camp ground, I have always found them hard helpful.

2004 Clss C 31' Winnebgo
OLYLEN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2015, 09:37 AM   #14
Senior Member
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Kamloops, BC. Canada
Posts: 651
We have found that some c/gs listing 40 foot max. only have room
for that length "PLUS" a toad.
They have problems with longer coaches, towing pickup trucks, or
enclosed trailers.
The size restrictions are there for the ease and ability of other rvers
to be able to manouver. Experience in driving plays a big part in tight
We phoned ahead, gave out length and were told we would have to disconnect
the car. Went to the site and found it would not even fit a 20 foot trailer.
Park attendant said they would give me another site, however the only way out
for me was to back up all the way back to the entrance.
They went ahead, (or behind) and cleared traffic for me.
Would have been a disaster with a 20foot trailer attached.

I have been in many parks that fivers take up the complete site and the trucks
block or hinder backing into your site.

luckyd is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
At what Length does 5th wheel become noticeably less manageable? SissyBoyBob 5th Wheel Discussion 10 05-15-2015 10:28 AM
Length Limitations in North Carolina ken02802 5th Wheel Discussion 15 02-11-2015 12:11 PM
Camping with a Total Length of 70ft coachmanrvr Class A Motorhome Discussions 37 09-03-2014 03:32 PM
Suburban limit switch? Ron Burgundy RV Systems & Appliances 5 02-15-2014 03:51 PM
Question about battery bank system and length of wire to purchase Jasper7821 RV Systems & Appliances 9 01-24-2014 02:48 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:25 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.