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Old 05-20-2020, 04:46 PM   #1
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Towing Trailer and Parking

I've poked around the website to see if I can find this answer, but I haven't run across it yet.

I have a 4x4 Jeep Compass that cannot be flat towed or on a dolly. It will require an actual trailer to be towed. Which is fine, because I am looking to purchase a Class A Motorhome.

But what do you do with the trailer when you are in a campsite? For example, I know campsites where I can fit the motorhome and the Jeep, but not also the trailer. So where do I put the trailer when it's not in use? I've seen some threads talking about separate areas of the campground where the trailer could be parked, but the campsites I've been investigating don't have that option. And I don't think the trailer an be wheeled underneath the motorhome for storage while camping.

I'm flummoxed. Help please?
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Like you said.......
Some CGs have 'area's and some don't


YOU would need to CALL and discuss options for parking trailer at those CGs you are interested in visiting




I could suggest 'something' but that doesn't mean squat cause EACH CG will have their own policy ----
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:17 PM   #3
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Like you said.......
Some CGs have 'area's and some don't


YOU would need to CALL and discuss options for parking trailer at those CGs you are interested in visiting




I could suggest 'something' but that doesn't mean squat cause EACH CG will have their own policy ----
Thank you for the information Old-Biscuit. I'm still interested in hearing how other people are managing it.
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:23 PM   #4
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Most places will have overflow parking. Of course you may also be charged extra for it. You might be better off buying a vehicle that can be flat towed, like an older Jeep.
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Most places will have overflow parking. Of course you may also be charged extra for it. You might be better off buying a vehicle that can be flat towed, like an older Jeep.
Does that include state and national parks?

Im definitely open to the idea of a new vehicle. I'm hesitant to do that because its a new Jeep and my ex-husband thought it needed a life-time warranty on it. I'm not sure I agreed, but its nice to know I have that.

Thanks for the info!
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Does that include state and national parks?

Im definitely open to the idea of a new vehicle. I'm hesitant to do that because its a new Jeep and my ex-husband thought it needed a life-time warranty on it. I'm not sure I agreed, but its nice to know I have that.

Thanks for the info!
You could always try dispersed camping.
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:18 PM   #7
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Most of the commercial campgrounds we frequent have long sites with room for our motorhome and trailer attached, as well as room for an additional vehicle. We are 52 ft. including trailer. How long a motorhome are you considering?

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I've poked around the website to see if I can find this answer, but I haven't run across it yet.

I have a 4x4 Jeep Compass that cannot be flat towed or on a dolly. It will require an actual trailer to be towed. Which is fine, because I am looking to purchase a Class A Motorhome.

But what do you do with the trailer when you are in a campsite? For example, I know campsites where I can fit the motorhome and the Jeep, but not also the trailer. So where do I put the trailer when it's not in use? I've seen some threads talking about separate areas of the campground where the trailer could be parked, but the campsites I've been investigating don't have that option. And I don't think the trailer an be wheeled underneath the motorhome for storage while camping.

I'm flummoxed. Help please?
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:08 AM   #8
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When pulling our trailer, I have always been able to find a spot allowing everything to remain hooked up. We go to the Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, UT every October with a group of 16 rigs. My rig is 68' long. Some of the sites are 100' long. All of us bring a Jeep on a trailer and most all have spots for rig and Jeep parking. The sites are full 50 amp hookups and all are paved. @ $38/night, it's a bargain. Not all state parks are this nice, but I'm sure it's not the only one either.
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I'm hesitant to do that because its a new Jeep and my ex-husband thought it needed a life-time warranty on it. I'm not sure I agreed, but its nice to know I have that.
So called “Lifetime Warranties” on vehicles are generally worthless. Don’t make the mistake of buying and towing a trailer just to keep a mediocre car with a lifetime warranty that will turn out to be not valuable.

Getting a different vehicle you can flat tow is better all around and will not limit your choice of campgrounds.
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I'm looking at a 32'-36' motorhome. My Jeep Compass (hey, its not mediocre! I love my Jeep ) is under 15', so I'm thinking a 16' trailer would work. Assuming a 16" is at least 20' with the hitch and everything. That would bring me to 52' - 56' while towing, and at least 67' - 71' with everything unhooked.

Clearly a newbie question: if necessary, can I leave the trailer hitched, and park on top of the trailer without securing it all down? Like an elevated parking spot I drag around with me? I know that would only work in pull thru sites.
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One thing that has not been mentioned is you will need a good trailer hitch on the back of the Jeep. It will be needed in those times you have to park the trailer in a site you can't back the motor home into. When we travel with our friends, they pull a trailer with both motorcycles. There have been numerous times we had to use the Jeep to find a place to park the trailer.
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Sure. Just don't forget to tie down the jeep before you leave since unintended consequences could be bad . If you do "park" on the trailer, a good departure checklist would be a very good idea

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Parking on top of your trailer shouldn't be a problem. Just put in gear and set the parking brake. Just don't move the rig/trailer without strapping the Jeep down (ask me how I know)...
With that said, there is always risk whenever you mount and dismount the vehicle.
If the length of the site isn't long enough to leave your Jeep in the ground, you may also need to store the trailer ramps, which can become tiresome if you're doing this daily.
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Another solution is to buy a tilt bed trailer. No ramps, you just drive on the tilted bed, it flops down and can be locked in this position for travel. There are lots of companies that make these, just Google "tilt bed trailer" and look for the smaller versions.

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