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Length is only one consideration when buying to camp in State and Federal RV parks. Another consideration is utilities. Most public RV parks do not have full utilities. We do some dry camping if that is all that is available. It is not first choice. When I backpacked I had none of that and it was great. I have grown out a little and have different ideas of fun. Public parks are more crowded and have more kids. Don't get me wrong I love the kids down the street. And love to see them having fun down there.


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Take this into consideration. Many of the monster 5ers & many class As today are not built for anything but CGs with services.

Freshwater tanks are small. 60 gal goes nowhere. Holding tanks are small. Domestic fridges are used needing shore power or a large battery bank for the inverter. Space for a large battery bank is extremely limited in all RVs.

Choices for those who want to get out & enjoy CGs with limited services & do it in self sustained comfort are limited. Water capacity & battery power is king.


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Veebyes wrote:

Take this into consideration. Many of the monster 5ers & many class As today are not built for anything but CGs with services.

Freshwater tanks are small. 60 gal goes nowhere. Holding tanks are small. Domestic fridges are used needing shore power or a large battery bank for the inverter. Space for a large battery bank is extremely limited in all RVs.

Choices for those who want to get out & enjoy CGs with limited services & do it in self sustained comfort are limited. Water capacity & battery power is king.

One campground we visited over Christmas, was obviously crowded. the private campground had a completely unusable arrangement of pods with 10 radial allocated spaces per pod. Given the setup and anarchy of parked trailers, they were getting 5 trailers around each pod. the campground has a LOT of space available. When we go back, I think our approach is going to be, just charge me for a site with no services, and I'll park where I want... but I have to figure out water usage for a week or more.

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Smaller is easier but I've seen parks handle bigger rigs, my 40 ft 5'ver fits some. I'd say most can't but I'd rather have my Cedar Creek and find somewhere close for sight seeing.


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My FW is 37' and there are a lot of state and Nat'l parks that I can't fit in but it's never kept me from going to just about any region that we travel. I've never changed plans because I couldn't find a park or campground that I couldn't fit in.

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