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maddogrdhg

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Posted: 04/21/08 05:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking at purchasing a new 5th wheel TH. Several folks have told me that many parks have length limits of appoximately 35'. Can any of you comment on your experiences? I currently have a 27' 5ver and am wanting a 33 - 36' Toyhauler. Thanks for your help.

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Every park is different. One size does not fit all.

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Posted: 04/21/08 06:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In every State and National park we have been to (west coast only) we have learned a few important things:

1. The published limits arenot all inclusive, or exclusive. Parks that list a limit if 25 feet for examole often have several spaces that will take much larger units.

2. The posted size "limits" are really suggestions. The general rule is that if you can fit into a site you can use it.

3. Site size is not the only limiting factor. Narrow interior roads and overhanging or encroaching trees often make it difficult to navigate with tall, wide RVs.

4. The best policy is to call and ask questions if there is any doubt. The park rangers are usually very helpful.

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Posted: 04/21/08 05:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On the site for California State Parks, you can find a list that states lengths for parks that have RV space.

Ca. RV Limits

I imagine other states websites would have the same. Look in the site index.


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Posted: 04/21/08 06:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many of the NF,& COE parks have no actual size limits, but the roads in some of them are very narrow & with tight turns.


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Although it really depends on the park and the state, In general, the longer the RV, the less available spaces they have that you will fit in. That is not to say that there are not many places that do have sites large enough, just that often only a small number of the sites will accomidate something that large.

For example, Yosemite NP has a limited number of sites that you would fit into. There are a few State parks here in Ca where I can't even get my 26' TT. When we went to Olympic NP last fall, in the NP campground we stayed in most of the sites were too small for us and only a few large enough. (again, we were only 26')

Many of those with really large RVs end up sticking to the private RV campgrounds outside the parks.


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Dixonmatco wrote:

In general, the longer the RV, the less available spaces they have that you will fit in. That is not to say that there are not many places that do have sites large enough, just that often only a small number of the sites will accomidate something that large.
Well said. If you're able to make reservations early, you will have a better chance of getting the size pad you need. But larger rigs really do restrict how many sites are available to you.


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Posted: 04/21/08 07:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They are correct. some parks have length limits and some do not (just like all other kinds of trailer parking lots and campgrounds.) Some have a maximum of 25 feet some have 40 feet. They're not made from cookie cutters so they're all different. Good luck / skip


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Posted: 04/21/08 07:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have see State Parks here in Washington that run from 20' to 60foot limits. If the trailor fits your needs, go for it.


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I would really buy more what you want (within reason) and then go camping state parks or otherwise... UNLESS, you have a certain park in mind. Here in the South and other areas we've traveled we really never had a problem and almost always stay at state/federal/COE places. The bigger issue is at times maneuvering in the campground, especially w/tall toyhaulers. Also, going from a TT to 5 as we did, will help a good bit with the length issue. A 30ft TT is closer to being equivalent to a 35 5er for maneuvering and getting in a spot.

One comment, you may have a hard time finding much to choose from at 35ft and under in the toyhauler market. When we were looking at them, the FR Wolfpack was about all we saw that sort of worked for us in that 35-36 range. Good luck.


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