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Old 05-20-2013, 08:37 PM   #15
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In Colorado, 32-34 is usually OK in the State parks, but limits the number of sites in Rocky Mt Nat'l Park. But of course, out here during the summer, if you don't make a reservation for the weekends sometime in January, you don't get in (but usually you can still get in during the week). I'd do a quick comparison on a website like "" where you can put in the RV length and see how many sites you lose when you go from 30 to 32 to 34 foot for the area that you want to stay. I think all of them will still have some sites for all of the lengths, but the number will go down with the size.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:51 PM   #16
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I know Oregon is on the other coast, but our 38 fit just fine in all the state parks on the coast. Our problem was trees! They only cut their trees up about 11 feet and we couldn't fit in many sites not because of length but because of the heigth of the trees!!
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:12 PM   #17
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Probably something less than our present 41'! Was towing our Odyssey on a dolly and entered what was almost a tents only section. Had to unload the dolly and hook it to the Ody. Even then I barely made it through.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:30 PM   #18
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I found that my 37' DP was too long for many state and national sites. There are a limited number of larger sites at many areas, and I could never be sure that there would be an open one for my size. Next time I would try to find a good floor plan in a 32 to 34' DP.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:37 AM   #19
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no matter which state or which state park the smaller you are the more sites will be available. I guess a jeep and a tent is best ha ha.
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I'd stay with your gut feel of less is more - If you feel a smaller coach will sustain you both for a while dry camping then do it. As a 45' owner and just coming from a local state park this past weekend found the access roads quite a challenge not to mention the parking spots. Sometimes these roads also have dips in them and find a longer coach could drag front and back

Keep in mind also your fresh water capacity with grey/black water capacity. Most MH's have a good size fresh water tanks but the holding tanks can't hold all the water that would need a place to go to after usage. So for example with 90 gallons of fresh water and 50 gallon grey and 50 gallon black with two people you'll see your grey fill up a lot more quickly and you still have fresh water available. Not sure how that was planned but seems to be the case.

In closing - less would be more if you plan to just do smaller state parks. I'll be camping in Full service parks from now on after this weekends experience
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We stayed at one last year in VA near DC and while it was supposed to be for 35ft or less they just had us go in the site at a canted slant and we fit that way no problem. Roads getting in and out were great so canting it was no problem. Other than that we have not had any other problems with our 40ft RV.
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