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Old 07-31-2015, 06:24 PM   #15
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First, the manufacturer states a coach is a 36 foot unit but it actually measures 37 ft. 6 in. long. Now how does that play into the campground limitation of a 36 ft unit?
How many people actually measure their unit and know its actual length? Few I am thinking.
As others have stated, some campgrounds will measure your rig and fit you in, other campgrounds do not want to be bothered.
I do not believe there is an accurate answer for your question. It just depends upon each campground and its management guidelines.
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Old 07-31-2015, 09:26 PM   #16
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Gas or DP can make some difference.

Some gas have a very long overhang in the rear and many older government campsites in hilly areas have a somewhat level area that looks like a driveway that drops off at the end.

If no trees are there you can back in and hang over that drop and cheat a bunch.

But the site usually is not laid out for backing in but some are.
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:51 PM   #17
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We're 38' overall, and stay pretty much exclusively at state and national parks. If they have sites listed for 35' we'll give them a shot. If all they have are 25' we'll give them a call. Most will be more than happy to accommodate if they can. Surprisingly enough there's only been a couple that said they couldn't handle us because of our length.

We do drop the toad at the park entrance though, and use it take a ride back into the campsite, noting tight turns, low branches, and finally, to see if the site is usable from a leveling standpoint.

RE: your question, I wouldn't make campsite length restrictions part of your decision. One's about the same as the other - and yes, I'd buy another 38' for use in state and national parks without hesitation. We've been all over the country, and it just has not been an issue.

All that said - we do check out reviews when picking out our next stay.
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Old 08-04-2015, 04:24 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by TQ60 View Post
Gas or DP can make some difference.

Some gas have a very long overhang in the rear and many older government campsites in hilly areas have a somewhat level area that looks like a driveway that drops off at the end.

If no trees are there you can back in and hang over that drop and cheat a bunch.

But the site usually is not laid out for backing in but some are.
Many gov campsites do indeed follow this setup, except those that don't.

In particular, State/Federal beach campsites in California. The length in the description is EXACTLY what you get because they are parallel to the beach at many locations, and only as wide as 9 or 10 feet.

At some of my favorite campgrounds the length is not an issue, but there is NO room to open slideouts or setup the awning because there are bushes, logs, or another campsite parking spot to the sides. These were clearly designed for cars and tent camping, and not for RVs. But you can stay there as long as you don't open the slides, the awing, and keep the steps retracted when not being used.

What I have been doing for the past decade is using Google Maps or Google Earth to get a satellite image of the campground, (or any RVPark for that matter). That way I know if I can "cheat" with any available overhang.
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Old 08-04-2015, 05:24 PM   #19
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We are considering our first MH purchase as we look forward to becoming fulltimer retirees in 2016, and I have a couple of questions for the forum.
  1. What kind of campsite restrictions might I face with a 36' 2" MH as opposed to a 34' 9" unit?
  2. How "literal" are state/national parks when they say "35' maximum?"
Thanks for any comments.
A 1'5" difference in length will likely never make a difference in choosing a campsite.

That said, the longer the MH, the fewer choices you will have in many public campgrounds, i.e. National Forests, COE, state/national. Some parks have a variety of site sizes, and the larger ones tend to fill first - even with short trailers. If you always reserve your sites, it won't matter, but we rarely make reservations and are often limited in choices with our 32' (32'9" actual) length. We have always been able to find a site, but sometimes it is not so desirable. And we often surprise folks when we squeeze into a site "too short" for our rig. As mentioned, a gasser can be quite flexible. Also we have been known to claim a size of 30 feet when needed upon entering a restricted campground.
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