At a federal USFS campground, can an RV park in a "tent only" site, assuming they fit? There's a site I want, that is right next to an RV site(so it is not a 'tent only' site because it is in a specific area where all sites are tent), and i know my tt will fit.
If it says tents only, it is probably because they only want tents there. Big RVs tend to make ruts, which makes the tent site very uncomfortable for the next tenters. Plus many tent sites are designed to be walked into, they don't want vehicles driving off the roads and parking areas.
Reason I can see is, RV sites usually have a pad, concrete, gravel, or asphalt. Tent sites are usually grass only with a small spot for parking a vehicle (even if that exists). So if you park an RV there, the RV would be parked on grass. I know, a tent probably will do more damage to the grass than any RV could, but ... motorhomes and CLASS-C also have engines, which are hot, and drip oil, and grease, and gas, and any other number of things that would make the ground icky for the next "tent" to set up there. So, rather than making exceptions for ... say trailers that don't have engines .... now being unfair to MH's that do ... they make the spot a tent only, no exceptions. I understand why any campground would reserve specific sites for tents, just like some sites are reserved for full time hook-up RV's.
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IF it's serviced by a kiosk, pay your money and back her in Nobody is going to stop you. Now if it's SIGNED as "tents only" (campground OR the site) then obviously you have to have a tent to camp there.
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A very short Class B or Class C motorhome might fit into the site, but it is not set up to park a trailer and the tow vehicle - it is probably a 16 - 18' long parking spot to park a car in it, and then hike to a tent site, even if only 8 - 30 feet away.
Sometimes tent sites are called that because there is not space for a longer vehicle, due to a tree or bolder being near the roadway, and not enough space to locate a larger vehicle, and especially not enough space for a trailer and tow vehicle.
When I used to tent, I hated RV's squeezing in next to me--noise, generators, a/c's, whatever. I think Tent Only means Tent Only. Allow tenters their unique needs and space. Take a RV space and live with it.
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