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From my experience those lengths do not take into account the overhang, that part of your towable that's behind the wheels. So, when I back my 5er's wheels up to the concrete stops, there's still 12' of RV behind them, which I can use provided that space isn't packed with bushes or trees.

It really helps when pictures of each site are provided to determine that.

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whta wrote:

THANK YOU

Just to be clear (and I would follow-up with call a head) - I'm looking at a 40 foot availability - not 55'ish to include the truck...


You can follow-up with a phone call, but unless you talk to someone that actually knows, you may get all sorts of incorrect answers.

We host at a state park, so I know each and every site in the park, their dimensions, 20, 30 and 50 AMP, etc. I called to get a reservation during one of our non-hosting months and was told that my RV, which is 43 feet long would not fit in the newer campground, but would fit in the older pull-thru campground. There is not a single site that our RV would fit in in the older site. I have no idea what they were looking at, but it was definitely wrong. I called and spoke with the park manager and he said that he would address it, but......

Just saying, google earth will probably help you more than a phone call.


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schlep1967 wrote:

Dutchman that was a very good explanation! One little thing to add. When you put in length odd numbers can confuse some of the websites. Use multiples of 5 when entering trailer length. If you look for sites for a 37 foot trailer it may say there are none. If you immediately change it to 40 feet there may be some available. It all depends on how the site is set up.


Hmmm... every other multiple of five is an odd number (i.e. 25, 35, 45, etc.). In addition, I always use the 36' length of our fifth wheel and have never had a problem with either Reserve America or any of the state park web sites.

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Another good resource is to look at Campsite Photos website and see if where you want to go is listed,there you can look at all the campsites and make a informed choice of campsite.

I have found that it was very helpful going to a campground that I have never been to.


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“If you are at all competent backing your rig, you can generally fudge it by a few feet without problem”

But I’ll be the RVer waiting and waiting while you try to horse an oversized rig into a site. JUST FOLLOW THE RULES! Do doctors recommend other doctors “fudge?”


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IAMICHABOD wrote:

Another good resource is to look at Campsite Photos website and see if where you want to go is listed,there you can look at all the campsites and make a informed choice of campsite.

I have found that it was very helpful going to a campground that I have never been to.

I have found looking at photos when available very useful as well. We arrived at a campsite one time where there was a large branch just low enough that out 5th wheel couldn't get in but a travel trailer would have just made it under the branch.


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RobWNY wrote:

We arrived at a campsite one time where there was a large branch just low enough that out 5th wheel couldn't get in but a travel trailer would have just made it under the branch.
I don't know who is responsible for tree trimming in most parks but sometimes I have to wonder, what were they thinking?

The main exit from Mesa Verde CG has this gigantic tree branch hanging right over the center of the roadway.. I'm guessing it's about 13-14' high, just enough to make me nervous.

One of my favorite Utah CGs has a couple trees almost growing together right over the roadway, maybe the same height.

I don't get why they do that.

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DutchmenSport wrote:

whta wrote:

THANK YOU

Just to be clear (and I would follow-up with call a head) - I'm looking at a 40 foot availability - not 55'ish to include the truck...


Correct. That's why you need to check the details about the site once it returns availability. I've never been to a state park anywhere in the USA that had issues parking the truck parallel to the road, perpendicular to the camper if the site pad was too short for the truck to park directly in front of the traileer.


If you are in the national, state, country or city or public parks, you'll have enough frontage to park you truck -- or a spill over area for parking.

But they are strict on prohibiting parking in the non-paved area of your campsite.

And 40 maybe the size of the campsite, but maneuvering into it is another matter altogether.

They won't move a tree nor a huge rock for you, lol.

But then public parks may not be a good choice for you -- they don't have many sites for big rigs.

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RobWNY wrote:

IAMICHABOD wrote:

Another good resource is to look at Campsite Photos website and see if where you want to go is listed,there you can look at all the campsites and make a informed choice of campsite.

I have found that it was very helpful going to a campground that I have never been to.

I have found looking at photos when available very useful as well. We arrived at a campsite one time where there was a large branch just low enough that out 5th wheel couldn't get in but a travel trailer would have just made it under the branch.


Yep, been using Campsite Photo for years. They don't have pics for every state park but they do cover a lot of popular places.


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Dutchman and others had lots of good advice and it will usually be sufficient, but the campgrounds can still throw you an unexpected curve.

Last summer I ran into one in an Oregon State Park where I would fit in the site. It was at a right angle to roadway. I knew this and knew I could get in, BUT when we arrived we found there were three trash cans protected by concrete posts in the road directly opposite the site! No way to get in there with my rig!

That was the only one out of 12 Oregon State Parks that I could not get into. A couple of places took some jockeying and in a couple I had to park the truck away from our site.


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