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JesLookin

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Posted: 03/04/12 03:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Terryallan wrote:

A lot of folks that don't camp in Federal Parks. Don't understand the limitations of a large trailer. Yes you can unhook. But if the TV puts you too long. where are you going to park it? National Park Campgrounds, Like the ones on the Blue ridge Parkway, Do NOT allow you to park the TV anywhere but on the pavement provided. Your tires are not allowed to touch the grass. So while your campsite is huge, The (for lack of a better word), Driveway, may only hold the trailer. You might have to park the TV in another part of the CG, like at the Ranger station, or overflow.
We can no longer camp in our favorite campsites in Julian Price. Because our TT is too large. (And our's is not huge) Same thing at Linville falls. We have to take the less prefered sites. There are many drawbacks to having a large TT.

I agree 100%. To blindly make a statement such as "get any size trailer you want, you'll fit just fine" is idiotic.


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Posted: 03/04/12 07:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We intially went from a popup to a 30 ft TT which we found we rarely used because of the length. Seems you couldn't get into most Forest service campgrounds, and we aren't all that much into the side by side trailer park style of camping. If we're hitting the cities, or built up areas we prefer to stay in motels. Our current setup is a TT that measures slightly over 23 foot bumper to end of hitch, and it's a little big for a few forest service and National park sites, but we can stay in most. That said, there are only the two of us, and there are some compromises you have to make with the smaller sized units.

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Posted: 03/07/12 06:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JEDinWI wrote:

Thank You for the advice. We were trying to stay around 28' and it seems that we are thinking correctly. Sadly we haven't been able to find a TT that we both like and will work good for our kids. Thus our dilemma. Till we find one we will stay with our PUP. The ideal would be 28 feet, two 32x74 bunks a slide out and enclosed underbody. Just haven't found it yet. We are going to look at the Outback 250rs tomorrow.

We go to Peninsula every year. Up until last year we had a 30' KZ and had no problems. The toughest part about Peninsula is actually getting an electric site! Very popular park and area. This year we will be with a 33' trailer and have the same site as the last couple of years and will fit no problem. There are a couple of nice State Parks between you and Peninsula along Lake Michigan that will accommodate a 36' trailer.

Have you looked at the KZ models with the bunks and rear king slide?


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Posted: 03/05/12 07:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One thing generally there are adaquate CGs around most federal CGs that offer more and are accessable to all.
One another point there are far more TT that are 28 to 39, today then yesterday and a lot of SP CGs are reowking to accomadate.


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Posted: 03/07/12 08:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look around...
Some parks were built yrs. ago when trailers were much shorter.
These same park sites are also generally narrower than the newer parks. One near my house has trees too close to use your awning. Fortunately it's under a canopy of trees.

There's just the two of us, and eventually we will downsize to about 22-25' as we have found a number of the smaller sites that we like.
We might eventually trade my Diesel truck for something like a F-150 and tow a smaller trailer...
NOTE:
Last year we stayed at a site at Topsail Hill's State Park that was an honest 70' long,back in site. Great site.
Was surrounded by big Pines. Shady Morning and Afternoon.
AS OPPOSED TO:
Cheaha State Park has a lot of older sites that are tiny by today's standards.
Rome Lock and Dam has a lot of smaller sites on the Coosa River.
Great fishing, small sites.

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Posted: 03/06/12 09:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We camp all over Oegon, Washington and Idaho. Hvae had a few spots we could just not fit in but were alwasy helped out by the staff to find one we could. A couple times though I did have to park the TV in the overflow lots, but no big deal...Even when we had our Motorhome we could most always squeeze in, biut again some times had to park our extra car in the overflow.


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