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Posted: 05/31/19 09:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 35 as well, and while it can be inconvenient, it sure beats the 20' we previously had.

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Lwiddis wrote:

“Dealer said it was no problem...”

You have two choices IMO...find another dealer who is knowledgeable or don’t believe anything your current dealer says about 42 footers in NPs.


No need to find a different dealer........

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Do *YOUR OWN* research - as you are now, on this forum..[emoticon]

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You might find a few sites a 35ft would fit in. Our 5th is about that and we have never stayed inside a Nat Park. We have cruised Smokey Mtn Nat Park looking at sites and there are a few. You may as well resolve yourself to camping outside the parks. That ain't a really bad thing, you will have hookups which the NP won't have. I bought the Bigfoot cabover mostly for this reason. I like to be camped in the park. I don't need no stinkin hookups. The wife...that is a different thing altogether. So me and the Bigfoot always travel alone.


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We camped in Fishing Bridge, Yosemite Valley, N. Pines CG, and easily in Lassen Volcanic which has a lot of pull thrus and in a few other National Park CG. That was in our 34 ft fiver but those sites are few and hard to get. We downsized to our current Arctic Fox 25 which is actually 30 ft to the end of the tongue and expect to find it easier to get sites.


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Just traded a 31 ft. Cameo for a 39 ft. Beacon. “I would not try to camp in. National park.The Beacon is not designed for national park.


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Lexidoodle wrote:

found a 42' Forest River 5th wheel we love but wondering if its too long for touring America & visiting National Parks. Appreciate your input. Thanks in advance


As the others have said, +/- 30' is about the most convenient length for NPs, overall. Some do have space for larger rigs, but they're few and far between. Also, be aware that some ROADS may have length restrictions, so be aware of that. One that comes immediately to mind is the Mt. Lemmon Rd. near Tucson. Rare, but there are a few.

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40+ is way too much for the NPs'. You can stay outside the park in commercial campgrounds.

We have been on the road full time for 6 years in our 40 ft. 5er and finding and getting sites in the peak season is getting harder unless you plan 6 months out in popular destination areas. We usually wind up staying in the lower rated parks simply because we can get a site for a week or two.

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Size matters. Go over 30' & it begins matter but not much. Go over 35 & you are starting to limit yourself to private parks. Go over 40 & life really gets restrictive.


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We have a 40ft 5th wheel an find camp grounds outside national parks, to us the KOA's, Good Sam Camp grounds rated at over 8 plus are far better than national camp grounds with 30amp service, water an no sewers ...

We Glamp not Camp so the DW want it all, sewer, cable, 50amp, for us it's just as easy to drive into the parks for the day an return home to a nice large living area were we are not cramped an can stretch out [emoticon]

We also have a dually an have never had a problem parking, yes it takes a mile sometime to turn around but we are retired an not in a hurry so turning around an taking our time is just what it is, sorry if we get in your way because your in a hurry were not LOL [emoticon]

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