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Will soon be buying a 5th wheel for full-time living. We have been told to buy a trailer 30' or less, due to limitations in alot of parks. We are planning on buying a 39' Montana. Do not want to make a mistake, advice appreciated!

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Most state/federal parks have limits of about 30',but some are making longer sites and most private campgrounds have long sites.Never had a problem with our 40' finding a campground.When in dought call ahead and ask.


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I have stayed mainly in State Parks. I haven't been in one that wouldn't hold a 39' RV. Other parts of the country may be different.


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Purely a personal choice, dependent upon where you like to stay and your need for space. A smaller footprint of 30' gives you more options at public campgrounds, many of which were built back during the days of the CCC when tent camping and smaller RVs were the norm. While there are some large sites in those campgrounds, there aren't many. The overall length of your TV and a 39 footer will prohibit you from using some parks due to the park's layout, winding roads, rocks, and trees, etc.

You'll simply have to be more vigilant in planning when staying in government campgrounds. You won't have a problem in private RV parking lots.


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I personally wouldn't go over about 36'. Maneuvering anything longer gets to be very stressful. But that's just me. Maybe.


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Mine,is a 34',36 total and have only run into trouble a couple of times,I always got it backed in but sometimes if the campground is like said,an older one they tend to be smaller spots.Was always able to get in though,just a little tougher.I don't know if I would give up the extra space just because I'm worried if I will fit into some campground at somepoint..


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kwoapff wrote:

Will soon be buying a 5th wheel for full-time living. We have been told to buy a trailer 30' or less, due to limitations in alot of parks. We are planning on buying a 39' Montana. Do not want to make a mistake, advice appreciated!


I would think that the Carrying Capacity of that Montana as a full time rig would be very limited. I believe all Monty's still come with Marathon ST235/80R16 LRE rated to 3420 each. Time you put a 39 foot trailer on those, the CC will be limited for all the stuff a full timer. Chris


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Not all state parks are limited in the size of their lots to the degree that under 30' is necessary and research prior to you visiting one will avoid that problem anyway.

We have met many people in our snowbird travels full-timing in Mantana trailers for just one example of a trailer over 36 feet long. Just take a drive to any Rv park or state park in your area during 'high' season and take a gander at what's in there.

* This post was edited 02/27/11 07:48am by bstark *


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No issues towing our 38'. We have found however, that although most state parks may have sites long enough, it is the access roads to the site that are the bigger challenge. Many of the roads have tighter turns and close/low trees. We prefer private parks which usually have easier access.


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Very few problems west of the Mississippi and north of DC. The northeast tends to have older smaller sites. Most KOA's tend to be old and small everywhere. We are 40' long pulled by a 26' Freightliner. A bigger concern might be height in the east. We are 13'6" high.

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