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Old 12-02-2019, 07:18 AM   #1
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Toy Hauler Length - Too Long?

We are getting our first RV and have chosen a F450 / Toy Hauler combo. I see some pretty long fifth wheels and I'm wondering if people with the +40 foot campers ever have a hard time getting in and out of places, particularly camping spots.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:43 AM   #2
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Depends on what part of the country one camps in.......no problems here in desert SW......
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:58 AM   #3
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We're in the NE, have a similar combination as you - F350 Crew + 39'-7" toy hauler. We have been to a number of places up this way, and in once case getting into a site was snug, but that was as much driver turning error (me) as it was being over cautious on the right hand turn into the site. Hosts are a plethora of knowledge and will typically tell you if their campground can accommodate a rig of your size. We were at the Cavendish Campground in PEI (Prince Edward Island) a number of years back and they were crystal clear - no rigs or combinations over 40' were permitted. At the time we had a 30' 5'r and were ok. There were some Class A's in there, but none longer than 37'. So far have not had any real issues, but as we are considering a jump to full timing in a +40' toy hauler soon, and will keep an eye on this thread. Thank you for posting!
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:49 AM   #4
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Depends on what part of the country one camps in.......no problems here in desert SW......

We're from Louisiana and the majority of the camping will be semi-local but I'd rather not have many size problems when we do hit the road for 7-10 days on longer trips.
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We're from Louisiana and the majority of the camping will be semi-local but I'd rather not have many size problems when we do hit the road for 7-10 days on longer trips.
Best thing to do is ask on the phone. Then stop at the gate and go have a walk. This is a problem at my campground because the owners are stupid and send the new comers on their way with a map and no escort. Mine is on a seasonal site buy I have had to park more than my share of rigs.
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I think the main reason they limit size is because of the roads being to narrow to get into the sites.....
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We have an F350 dually and 40' toyhauler. There are places we can't get in, but there are always alternatives available. Haven't found a place we couldn't visit, but there are some state and national parks that are no's. I would add that we typically have to watch out for height more often then length. Low hanging branches in some parks especially. We've reserved pull through sites that are plenty long enough, but you end up having to back out due to a low tree branch or a tree/rock on a corner preventing you from making the turn out of the site.

With all of that said, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another at 40'.
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We boon dock a lot in the inter mountain west - and length is your enemy. Many great spots are inaccessible to big rigs. Especially in NF campgrounds - long rigs stick out in the roadway. If you are a RV park to RV park kinda camper then it matters less.
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Yes height is also very important. I have a TT and my buddies have 5ers and they can't get to a lot of places that I can squeeze into.
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Agreed. There are definitely places we can no longer "squeeze" into that we would have previously handled in our TT.

I love how the 5er handles going down the road, but it backs and cuts corners differently than our previous TT ever did.
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We have a cyclone TH 44 feet. We have been from NY to Fl. Will travel west coast and alaska in the spring. CG operators always tell us if we can fit and sometimes it's tight. We have stayed in state CGs; harvest hosts locations and everything in between. We are full time and love the extra space.
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We are getting our first RV and have chosen a F450 / Toy Hauler combo. I see some pretty long fifth wheels and I'm wondering if people with the +40 foot campers ever have a hard time getting in and out of places, particularly camping spots.
We have a RAM 3500 dually and a 45 ft Road Warrior. So far one park we could not fit and that was Cumberland Lake State Resort in Ky.
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Old 02-20-2020, 02:09 PM   #13
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We full time in a 45 foot DRV toyhauler, towed by an F350 DRW. You have to do a little more work to find a spot, but we always find one - event in state/national parks.
There are some spots that we would be able to get into if we had an F450 instead, as there are times the front of the truck ends up in the bushes or close to a tree due to turning radius.
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I've got a 20 ram 3500 crew and am goinga lto buy a uxe 48'2". That will put me right at most states legal limit of 65'. There are some that are 60' and a few in the 50' range, but rvers don't really get much attention paid toward them.
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