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Old 08-05-2015, 08:37 PM   #1
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How "precise" are campsite size limits?

Hi, I am new to rving, and just committed on a 2013 coachmen freelander, which I love. It is 32 feet long. Wanting to do some initial break in trips, I tried to reserve at a couple of state park campgrounds. There are tons of spots for under 30 feet. Very few over 30 feet. Is it a problem to put my 32 foot unit in a 30 and under site? Thank you.
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:45 PM   #2
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I usually try to pick a site that is within the range of my Freelander.
Which is 27 to 30 ft.



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We have a 42 ft motorhome which is actual closer to 43 ft and I often stay in sites marked for 40 foot with no problems. I often use google maps to zoom in and use the scale chart and try to measure as close as possible (with good results). So far (knock on wood) I have always fit into every 40 ft space I have reserved. The downside is, if you pay over the internet and arrive and don't fit into a space marked as good for 40 ft, I fully expect to lose my money.

You might want to call and ask first if your not sure, but my experience is most government employees wont stick out their neck and will generally stick with the size marked on their chart.
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It's going to depend on the pad length, where the backstop is, how much overhang you have behind your rear tires & what's behind the pad backstop. You can get into spots shorter than your length but you'll have to know what you're dealing with. We're 37ft+, but a big part of that is overhang behind our rear wheels. We've gotten into sites listed 35ft & smaller, but it's because we can hang the back end past the pad backstop giving us plenty of maneuverability on the pad.

I also use Google maps, when possible, to view the layout & it can really help gauge the lay of the land.

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It's going to depend on the pad length, where the backstop is, how much overhang you have behind your rear tires & what's behind the pad backstop. You can get into spots shorter than your length but you'll have to know what you're dealing with. We're 37ft+, but a big part of that is overhang behind our rear wheels. We've gotten into sites listed 35ft & smaller, but it's because we can hang the back end past the pad backstop giving us plenty of maneuverability on the pad.

I also use Google maps, when possible, to view the layout & it can really help gauge the lay of the land.

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Yep, that's what I've had to do with the 40' Dutch Star, although usually I haven't had problems. It just depends on the site. I've been on some that had curbs or the ground fell away at the back. Also trees can be a problem. With the new rig we're even more limited being 45' and having a tag. Although we did get into our favorite spot a few weeks ago and I really didn't think we'd fit. Was even able to get level just using the air leveling. Just wasn't quite square with the spot but it's all gravel anyway.
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Usually not a problem, just tell the reservation people that it's a 30, worked for me when I had a 32, I don't think that the measurements for the sites are real accurate for State Parks. I never had an issue. Some of the private parks might measure closer, but they usually have longer spots available anyway. Another thing that can be a concern is width, as most places were built before the days of slide outs, especially if you have slides on both sides. The State Parks have room between sites, but many private parks do not, so things get real close.
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My trailer is 35 feet. I have stayed at parks that say 25 foot limit. Mostly in California, Arizona and Oregon. Usually state or county parks. I always try to check google maps to see if there is someone in the park that is big. Then I do image searches for the park name to see what people have posted. Usually you will find a few showing what they are staying in and maybe what their site looked like. I also see if the site is on campsitephotos.com. Last I see if the park map shows that I can get into the sites. Preferably there is a road in front of the site I want. Just have to do your homework.
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If I have to reserve and pay in advance, I make sure that I fit in that reserved lot; I usually carry a bike rack at the rear of my 38 footer, so I'll reserve a 40 foot site to make sur I have easy access to the rear of my coach.
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Wow!

So many quick and really useful replies! Thank you all very much. I am going to go for the 30 foot site... This seems like a really active and kind of great community. I hope I can be as helpful to someone some day.
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Try Google EARTH (Free download). They have a measuring function in the tool bar, and you can measure the length of a site in feet.

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... I often use google maps to zoom in and use the scale chart and try to measure as close as possible (with good results).....
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Try Google EARTH (Free download). They have a measuring function in the tool bar, and you can measure the length of a site in feet.
Unless covered by trees and you can't see the site.
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Njchris, welcome to the neighborhood and congrats on the "new-to-you" rig !
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If I have to reserve and pay in advance, I make sure that I fit in that reserved lot; I usually carry a bike rack at the rear of my 38 footer, so I'll reserve a 40 foot site to make sur I have easy access to the rear of my coach.
In California for Cal. Land Management, We had a guy reserve a 30' space for his 15 " rig. He told us that they were the same price so he got the biggest one he could get.
We had to honor the request, even though some bigger rigs could not have a spot. We asked that he take a smaller spot but he refused. He stayed a week, and we had to take flack from every big rig that came about.
I don't know how it works now so call ahead.
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In California for Cal. Land Management, We had a guy reserve a 30' space for his 15 " rig. He told us that they were the same price so he got the biggest one he could get.
We had to honor the request, even though some bigger rigs could not have a spot. We asked that he take a smaller spot but he refused. He stayed a week, and we had to take flack from every big rig that came about.
I don't know how it works now so call ahead.
I have been in the BLM's in the early 2000's and I've never heard of reservation for that type of boondocking !
Anyhow, I was talking about private campsites and state & county parks which you do have to make a reservation, just like us in Quebec, Canada.
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