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Old 08-04-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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What is a " large motor " home

Am looking at various MH in the class c range. My current favorite is a Thor Four Winds 31k unit. As I read through the forums I occasionally see a post that might say "... A road is not suitable for a large motorhome..." or a campsite won't accommodate a large motorhome.

My question is…what s considered a "large motorhome" in these cases ?

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Old 08-04-2011, 08:17 PM   #2
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I'm guessing 40' and larger. I know my 38 fits in all the local area state park sites.
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Thanks I 'm relieved to know that 31 ft is not so big as to be a limiting factor in camp grounds.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:15 PM   #4
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I'm guessing 40' and larger. I know my 38 fits in all the local area state park sites.
I've been turned down at a few campgrounds for being over 35 feet when they were full in the "Pull - Through" areas for larger units, but still had some of the smaller areas available. I doubt that 31 feet would be a problem at any CG that takes RV's and fivers.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:37 PM   #5
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When they say a ROAD is not suitable for large motorhomes, I'm suspecting things like tight corners, steep changes in elevation, no shoulders, potential problems with trees, gravel/soft surfaces, etc. Maybe just me, but I'm likey going to check it out with a toad prior to traveling it with my coach - if I don't loose interest in the destination completely. I love an adventure as much as the next guy - but take warnings like that pretty seriously.
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When they say a ROAD is not suitable for large motorhomes, I'm suspecting things like tight corners, steep changes in elevation, no shoulders, potential problems with trees, gravel/soft surfaces, etc. Maybe just me, but I'm likey going to check it out with a toad prior to traveling it with my coach - if I don't loose interest in the destination completely. I love an adventure as much as the next guy - but take warnings like that pretty seriously.
Yes a toad expedition is highly recommended. Staying in Salem OR and just got back from driving the toad to Lincoln City. Glad we did. Decided not to stay on the Oregon coast, traffic is a nightmare on the 101 and a bit too chilly for DW. (low 60's)
Spent about $12 in gas for the toad, would have been a $120 mistake in the RV not to mention the saved aggravation of traffic in tight 2 lane roads and nowhere to turn a rig/toad around.
Back to the OP's original question, at 32' I haven't found a campsite that I wanted to stay at where I could not fit. If you prefer state or national parks some sites are quite small and have various length restrictions. Most state/national parks will show the length restrictions on their reservations page.
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When talking about roads, I would suspect it means anything in the 30+ foot range. A "small motorhome" is one that is near SUV/pick-up truck size, i.e. 18-21 feet.

For a campground, it probably means upwards of 35 feet, though in some US Forest Service campgrounds it means anything over about 25 ft.

It's not a very precise term.
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Thank you everyone. I wish I could find this same RV layout under the 25' mark but no luck so far. I'm expecting to be a solo RV'r (well with a fur kid or two ) so I could do with less than 31' ft but really liked the lay out I'd found in the 4 wind. As a first timer I'm a little concerned that I've selected a "large motorhome" for my first venture. Oh well I still have time to look at other options.
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Good morning all
Yes it is quite true that if you are looking to travel to our nations state parks and other CG's, your size of your MH will definitely come into play. Research first where your travels would take you certainly save you a lot of grief down the road. Now of course some people would like to go big very big with their MH's and they might not be interested in traveling to and visiting the state parks .. I have emailed some CG's Rv resorts etc, asking them what is the largest size they can accommodate they would say they Big Rig friendly but be careful , that answer can be left open for a lot of leeway so be specific with your questions size etc ... I have sometimes asked when emailing can you accommodate a 52' MH some said yes with advance phone call and or reservation . Granted those places are far and few in between but they are there ... But again I would think it also comes down to what your traveling and visiting preferences are would also determine what size coach you meet your needs ... I hope this was helpful ... When I read throughout the forums there is so much good info on here from so many people and all the experiences they have had and the places they have visited it is quite easy to get what you are looking for. Have a safe day
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Thanks I 'm relieved to know that 31 ft is not so big as to be a limiting factor in camp grounds.
You should be fine with a 31 ft. Actually having spent 2 years on the road in our 40 footer, that's kinda our "dream" size. We camp almost exclusively in public campgrounds and the 40 footer makes us do some serious planning esp. for National Forest and more primitive sites (we do get by but it takes some doing). With a 30 footer we could get in most spots without an issue. When we "upgrade" the beast that's the size we'll be looking for.
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There are probably three size groups in Oregon. 24 feet and under will fit in any park including the Forest Service sites. 34 feet and under is more mid sized and over 34 feet is large. Sometimes you can find a site that will fit a large motorhome (over 34') in a Forest Service park but there may only be 2 or 3 available in that size range. All the others will be for the smaller sized rigs.
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The problem with the word "Large" is that it is relative. The only way to know for sure is to contact whomever wrote that review or to contact the proper road comission.

What do I mean by "relative" I drive a 38'er (Well 37'7") and thus 40 and up is Large, 35 and down Small. For someone driving a 30 footer, .. 35 is Large.
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Yes a toad expedition is highly recommended. Staying in Salem OR and just got back from driving the toad to Lincoln City. Glad we did. Decided not to stay on the Oregon coast, traffic is a nightmare on the 101 and a bit too chilly for DW. (low 60's)
Spent about $12 in gas for the toad, would have been a $120 mistake in the RV not to mention the saved aggravation of traffic in tight 2 lane roads and nowhere to turn a rig/toad around.
Back to the OP's original question, at 32' I haven't found a campsite that I wanted to stay at where I could not fit. If you prefer state or national parks some sites are quite small and have various length restrictions. Most state/national parks will show the length restrictions on their reservations page.
I agree with the TOAD expedition but I fear you are misleading folks with your description of 101 and heavy traffic. There are several roads which lead from I-5 to the coast from north to south of the entire state. All are easily travelled by even the biggest RVs. They all have some windy parts but the roads are fine. Traffic on 101 CAN be heavy at times, but this is one of the most scenic roads in America and well worth it, TOAD or not. I've been on the coast (Linclon City and Florence) all summer and the high has been 67. MUCH better than temps consistently in the low 100s at home and very comfortable. Almost no rain and little fog. Come and enjoy the coast (but wait until I leave so the traffic isn't so bad).
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I always thought "large" was defined as "5 or more feet longer than the motorhome owned by the person talking about it"

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