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Posted: 05/21/19 07:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SC state park are on the smaller side. Most were built before larger RV's really became a thing. Most places, you just have to book early enough before the larger spaces get gone.


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The answer depends entirely on where you like to camp. Many NPS and FS campgrounds in the West, have mostly tent sites. Trailers under 24 feet usually fit. The older campgrounds barely have room in the west to drive through them with a large rig, much less camp there.

I have run into plenty of campgrounds where there is not enough room for a 24 foot trailer, but many people think their 35 footer "fits everywhere." If your idea of camping is RV parks surrounded by white fiberglass no problem.

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we, like many others have never been turned away. the real difference seems to be over 40'.
many places we have been our 40' has no problems, but a 43' would be a squeeze.


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We have been in state, city, and COE parks where 40’+ would be no problem. And we have been in some where it would be difficult to get 35’ into. Most have some number of longer sites, with many more sites shorter ones. If reservations are allowed, the larger sites go first. Likewise if the park is first come first serve the longer larger sites go first. Waiting til the last minute can be a problem at a popular park.

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We are 36' pulling a 10' trailer and have never had a problem. We have been full-time for 9 yrs now. However, if a campground says 30'max on their website or info, we just look for another campground, maybe go a little further, stop a little sooner, but have never been without a site.

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Keep in mind it's not the size of the PAD that's important. Rather, it's the size of the ROADS getting to the site. You don't bend in the middle like a fiver or a bumper pull so those posters with a 40' trailer differ from those with a 40' motorhome. That said, west coast is more forgiving than east coast. We're 45' and found we fit in most State and Federal parks. At least those WE want to stay at. YMMV....Dennis


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I find some campgrounds on the west coast have length limits. MY 33' MH has a decal under the drivers window that says "30W". Don't ask, don't tell.

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We don't stay in pay to play campgrounds very often but length has only been an issue in one park in Ventura, CA. The issue we have found is width. By the time we put our slide out and the neighbor puts his slides out doesn't leave much breathing room.

State and Federal campgrounds have not been an issue with PADS but rather as Executive said the issue has been with the ROADS or access to the pad.

I am 36' with the MH but I typically have a 20' TOAD or 20' trailer that needs wide turns.

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20 years ago I made the mistake of believing the 36’ Max for public CGs and during the summer we stay mainly in USFS CGs that do not take reservations. As you can see below I got a chuckle out of your question and that’s why I posted.m
I do get stares when I pull in as most big rigs are afraid to.


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Executive wrote:

Keep in mind it's not the size of the PAD that's important. Rather, it's the size of the ROADS getting to the site. You don't bend in the middle like a fiver or a bumper pull so those posters with a 40' trailer differ from those with a 40' motorhome. That said, west coast is more forgiving than east coast. We're 45' and found we fit in most State and Federal parks. At least those WE want to stay at. YMMV....Dennis


X2. Also, one piece of advice I got that helped avoid a lot of trouble is to keep an eye on the tree bark as you go into a park. Crunched trees indicate a really narrow access point


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