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Old 07-06-2019, 10:13 AM   #1
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How wide is too wide a 5th wheel for an RV park space/slip?

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How wide is too wide for most parks when your 5th wheel is set up? For example, let's say I arrive, hook up to utilities, extend a slightly wider/deeper than average slide on one side, and have an 8 ' canopy and 12' awning extender on the other. Would some parks toss me out? I've read a lot about rv lengths, and about legal width limits when towing, but I haven't heard much about how wide some/most parks often allow.

If there is sometimes or usually a limit, either by park rules or by virtue of the limits of the space sizes, do any of you call ahead to make sure there's room for how you want to spread out?

I know this is different for all kinds of parks but I'm hoping people will share their experiences. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:00 AM   #2
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You don't see that much because is just not a concern at most RV parks. Nearly all the parks in the country have amble width for you to extend all your slides and your awnings.

BUT...I have run into lots of parks where I needed someone on the parks staff to guide me into a tight space where I could at least extend my slides and not damage them. Those times I couldn't extend my awning (like at the park I'm at right now), the tree provided shade so I don't need the awning.

And finally, if you're a late traveler and arrive late most of the time and don't have much choice as to the site you get, you don't have to extend the slides or the awnings. Wait until morning, find a better site, and ask to move.

What you should do if you're worried about it is measure your width...many RV park web sites list the space widths. You can check that out before you travel to an area.
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Generally you won't have a problem, and I haven't ever seen a campground with a "max width" clause. BUT, if you do choose to visit one of the tightly packed campgrounds such as those at high traffic beach areas and the Florida Keys, you may have issues. It won't be with the campground, but if there isn't room for your awning to extend, then you just won't have an awning. They are not going to allow you to extend anything into the adjoining site.
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:10 PM   #4
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During our FT travels we came across a few campgrounds where 'obstacles' wouldn't allow extending awning: mostly trees

Did have a few that due to how the sites were arranged the edge of awning would be right at edge of camp site and VERY close to neighbors slide out.

But never came across any CG that wouldn't allow extending awnings (or slides) PROVIDED doing so was WITHIN the boundaries of the camp site.
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:58 PM   #5
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Depends entirely on the types of places you like to stay. KOA no problem, as well as most commercial parks. AK being something of an exception (if I put the awning out today I'd be shading the neighbor). State or federal / provincial parks there's plenty of sites where trees or bushes will prevent slide deployment. You just have to be selective in picking a site.
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Old 07-06-2019, 01:53 PM   #6
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We’re 14’ with slides extended 20’ with awning out. Awning goes over dining room slide.
Always have to check for what might hit something but never had to change sites or leave a campground.
I’m always more worried about height than anything. Seems the people that trim trees use a different measuring stick than me!
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:55 AM   #7
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Thank you, everyone. Immensely helpful. For us newbies, especially those of us who want to be good citizens of the RV world and follow its rules, written or not, learning this kind of thing is invaluable. Thanks again.
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Yep - width usually not a problem.... other than trees.
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Old 07-22-2019, 04:36 PM   #9
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Yep - width usually not a problem.... other than trees.
Except for campgrounds that are deliberately trying to squeeze in as many rigs as possible.

I recently camped at a place where pull-thru sites were designed so that two adjacent rigs shared the same electric pedestal. I pulled my 5er into my reserved 50 amp site and hooked up without a problem. A few hours later, a TT pulls in facing the other way to use the 30 amp connection. The problem: the camp host put each of us in relatively close to the pedestal, so that (in his opinion) we would have maximum space on the door/awning side. With our slides out, we could've had a passed dish supper through our windows. Luckily, the neighbors had a good sense of humor and we were each only staying one night.

I'm never staying at a campground with that design again.
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