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Old 07-05-2010, 08:00 PM   #15
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I always add two feet to the length of my coach because I have a tow bar folded up on the back of my coach. I don't take it off.........
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:41 PM   #16
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We stayed at a park in Sequioa National Park the space we reserved was for 35 feet but they didn't tell us that was for trailer and truck we had to park our truck sideways in fron of the trailer so it's best ot ask since there is no universal rules.
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:23 AM   #17
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It all depends on the campground owner. The MAX could be any of the following:

Total length of the site.
Longest trailer that can fit without the tow vehicle.
Longest combined length of the tow vehicle and trailer that can fit.
The first two above that the CG owner thinks you can safely get into the site.
The longest he is willing to risk you taking him to court for if you damage your rig.
The longest the CG insurance carrier will allow.
The longest registered with the fire marshall or planning board.

Some campgrounds are hurting for business so they list their sites optimistically while others are very conservative. I've had several tell me that they only had sites that they felt were too short for my 35 foot rig however I was welcome to try them out only if I would accept full resposibility\liability for any damages to my own rig, the campground and any property of the other campers or their guests.

It can be very open to interpretation and varies. Some may be willing to allow you to try while others especially if they have been sued or have been sited by their insurance carrier, fire marshall or code inforcement will not budge.

You have to ask when making reservations due to all the differences. Before making reservations I will first log onto the CGs web site to take a look at the CG map, then Bing, Google and Mapquest to see what the aerial views of the sites look like.

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Old 07-06-2010, 07:12 AM   #18
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We have found a book compiled by RVers called Big Rigs Campground Directory.... Big Rigs Best Bets - Campground Directory

It lists only campgrounds the authors have stayed in. Descriptions of the campground including which sites work for which size rigs, access to the sites, and sometimes even best roads/highways to get to the campground are listed. We've found it to be helpful in a lot of cases -- another source to check as we're picking out the next campground. Remember tho, they only list the campgrounds they have visited personally.
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:10 PM   #19
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40' back-in tow bar on back of coach(Lives there) Solid yellow line in front of site.
I was told that I would have too take off the tow bar as my rear view mirror was over the line by 6".
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I have been an RV'r for over 40 years, but new to this forum. I would sure like to know the name of that RV park. Sound's a little pickey to me. I would add it to my list of places to AVOID.
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:42 PM   #20
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Now that we have cell phones we call ahead for reservations and ask if they have sites available for a 40 foot RV with three slides & tow car, and if the access is easy, such as drive through spaces or do we need to disconnect the tow car. We have had a couple of places that tell us we'll have to unhook the tow car or that the spaces are not wide enough for slides on both sides. The only problems we have experienced are sometimes the older state or federal campground sites are narrow or short. We do keep in mind it is not someone else's fault that we chose our motorhome. We have found most RV park personnel are very flexible. Life is great and the problems could be worse than having to use a "lousy" RV site.
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:08 PM   #21
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I've always understood it as simply being the length of the pad, and a margin to keep you in a little ways from the road's edge. I've never really paid too much attention to length unless it was under 18-20'.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:22 PM   #22
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Smile Thanks all

We made our trip out and back without any problems this least on the road. I simply made reservations for a big rig with a 33+' length even though ours is listed as a 29'. We measured it six ways to sunday and it is at least 32' long. I think the length problem starts at the factory. Thanks all for your replies. kkd
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:35 PM   #23
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Per RVIA standards, the advertised "length" of an RV is the interior usable space. That makes for easy comparison among various types of coaches and trailers, which have varying amounts of overhangs and protrusions. If you want to know how long the outside is, the number you want is called "overall length".
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:32 AM   #24
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we just stayed in a CG in Williams it was for 2 MH we had 4 MH and 2 trailers it was 200' + and if you look it up in the book it said 33' max so you never know.
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:37 AM   #25
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I am loading up to go to Sturgis SD will stay on the way there,Wal Mart or vistors centers 75' is some times hard to find a spot.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:44 PM   #26
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On the opposite side of the coin, I reserved a site at a COE campground in KY that said 55' for the max rig. Parked our 40' coach on it yesterday and my tow bar is up against the retaining wall and the nose of the coach 3 feet off the paved road. My coach must have grown 12 feet this summer!
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