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Old 07-03-2013, 08:31 PM   #15
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I have a 30" Beaver (33' OAL) and if it's a forest service or BLM campground I'm not going to fit. CA state park, about 50/50
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #16
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if you want to see yosemite no rvs in there parks over 25 28 some thing like that
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:12 AM   #17
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38x12' staying in State parks mostly. 15K miles over the last couple of seasons, mostly in the mid west, east and south, though we did swing through Utah and Colorado on one trip. No trouble whatsoever 99.99% of the time. Not sure I would want anything much bigger though?

A LOT of this is going to have to do with driver's comfort level/ability to spot his coach in "different" situations? Many places we've stayed would have been a challenge for a newbie. Of those, many would have been a challenge to even get to? Narrow roads without mowed or otherwise cleared right of ways can be frightening - and unfortunately they're not always mentioned in the reviews - even if checked off as "big rig accessible"!
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With the advent of multiple slides in the late 90s, most manufactures took advantage of longer lengths to turn the bed cross-ways to the center line of the coach and expanded the master bedroom/bath area with one or two slides. Its truely amazing how little space you really "need" to have a great experience on the road. If access to more remote areas is important --go smaller. If you enjoy spreading out in your living quarters while on the road and want/need lots of storage -- the bigger the better. 10 years and 135,000 miles later, cant say we have felt "left behind" by our 40'.....Good luck...
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:27 AM   #19
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Different strokes for different folks. We prefer State and National parks, many of which cannot accommodate rigs much over 28' - 30'. At some, even 25' is pushing it, although I've never had a problem anywhere with our 27' Winnie. Someday I would like to buy an Allegro Breeze 28 (actually ~30') but that is as big as I would go. Not a big fan of the RV parking lot experience, except for overnights on the way to somewhere scenic. That's the way we roll!
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We have only found one place we wanted to go that we couldn't fit our 40footer and the park topped out at 38ft
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We have found, in most cases, if the site is advertised as a certain length, the site would accommodate that size RV, and a tow vehicle. What we find as more of a problem, is getting into said site, (trees, adjacent campers, narrow roads). We were just in a COE park in Georgia advertised as 40' pull through. The driveway was straight and about 100' long but getting into and the out of the site was a real pain.
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Different strokes for different folks. We prefer State and National parks, many of which cannot accommodate rigs much over 28' - 30'. At some, even 25' is pushing it, although I've never had a problem anywhere with our 27' Winnie. Someday I would like to buy an Allegro Breeze 28 (actually ~30') but that is as big as I would go. Not a big fan of the RV parking lot experience, except for overnights on the way to somewhere scenic. That's the way we roll!
You wrote my thoughts word for word! We bought a 26' for that reason.
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We have gone cross country several times with a 40ft DP and a 20ft trailer. Only one time did we have to unhook and it was also the only time that the campground/state park said "just angle the RV and you will fit fine. Yes they are only supposed to be for 35ft and under but angle a little and you will fit fine." We did fit way better there than the expensive park a few miles away and had a better time too.
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We rarely have a problem except for many of the CA State Parks.
When I'm paying for overpriced and no amenities, Caifornia State Parks, I make it fit. My tax dollars at work
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Different strokes for different folks. We prefer State and National parks, many of which cannot accommodate rigs much over 28' - 30'. At some, even 25' is pushing it, although I've never had a problem anywhere with our 27' Winnie. Someday I would like to buy an Allegro Breeze 28 (actually ~30') but that is as big as I would go. Not a big fan of the RV parking lot experience, except for overnights on the way to somewhere scenic. That's the way we roll!


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I don't know that it is that hard to find big rig friendly CGs but not every CG that says they are big rig friendly is equally so. We were just at a CG that says they were but our 43' DSDP was a tight fit. Glad we had a toad we could disconnect and not a trailer.

The things that seem to stand out most are not so much the actually spot but the route to get in and out of it. In that CG it was tight getting out, trees over and to each side of the exit route, tight turns to get to the exit itself and narrow road. All could be done with patience and proper technique. I won't go back to that CG unless I really needed to and I don't see that happening. Nice management, nice CG otherwise.
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I agree with the above. At Shenandoah River State Park, VA every one of their 29 sites could fit a 45'. Plenty of room between each site and each site was deep off of the road. However, there are two rows (sites 5; 8-18) that require you to make a tight left hand turn on a significant downhill grade in order to access them (one-way street). I had to go to the end of the CG loop and double back (uphill) to make a right hand turn on to the one way. The coach leaned a whole lot more than was comfortable. Exiting these sites was not as bad as the "intersection" was pretty level and was able to use a little of the shoulder (before and after the intersection) to make the right hand turn. And I had the tag raised.
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I agree with the above. At Shenandoah River State Park, VA every one of their 29 sites could fit a 45'. Plenty of room between each site and each site was deep off of the road. However, there are two rows (sites 5; 8-18) that require you to make a tight left hand turn on a significant downhill grade in order to access them (one-way street). I had to go to the end of the CG loop and double back (uphill) to make a right hand turn on to the one way. The coach leaned a whole lot more than was comfortable. Exiting these sites was not as bad as the "intersection" was pretty level and was able to use a little of the shoulder (before and after the intersection) to make the right hand turn. And I had the tag raised.
OH YA! Reminds me...

If one goes to the West Lookout Mountain KOA it is an interesting drive to it. Not bad, just my first experience with a mountain side CG. LOL Once you get into it with a big rig DO NOT MISS YOUR TURN into the big rig sites up front! You will be going down hill on gravel. In fact, one site is a back in and as I neared that beginning of the down hill I could feel the coach sliding forward over the wet gravel a tad when I put on the brakes. Got my attention. If you miss your turn and go down that hill, you may need some help or at least a dry day.

Another issue to keep an eye on are dips in the road that could bottom out your tow bar. At Lake Tobesofkee, in Macon, GA there are some nice spots with concrete pads at Claystone Park. They pull through pretty easy and getting out is no big deal either. I recommend that as a consideration if you are in that area...HOWEVER...

If you miss the turn in to that area the road goes down hill a bit steep. Now, it is paved and manageable but it really bottoms out quickly and I would be very concerned about dragging a hitch as you climb back up the other side.

My point in these 2 stories is that sometimes it might be wise to scout out the site before you commit to it. I always look them up on Google Map or any other similar site and get a look at it to see if it looks like it could be a problem. It also helps me find them. LOL I once read a post where the person regularly unhitched the toad some where near the entrance and scope out the route and space. They would look for tight turns, tree limbs and other things for both the ingress and egress of the park. In one case they cancelled and went some place else.

Just because a CG says they are big rig friendly, doesn't always make ti so.
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