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Posted: 02/20/20 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never go into a state or provincial park because most are too small for us.

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gbopp wrote:

You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave.

Someone should make a song with that phrase. [emoticon]


Ask Glen Frey, perhaps he can twist the arms of a few friends to put a song together...[emoticon]


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For several years I hosted at a campground with three loops, the first of which was limited to 28 feet (for good reason). There was a sign at the entrance saying 28 foot max, and only once in the 4 years I was there, did somebody make that mistake. I was sitting at my host site admiring my campfire when in came this dually pulling a utility trailer that had to be in the 34 foot range. Biggest utility trailer I've ever seen. By then he was well past the point of no return. I stopped him, and learned he was looking for his group. He did manage to get all the way around, using the entire road, tree to tree (only a couple of which were "brushed"), and having a couple folks move cars and stuff. Took a while, including a wee bit of backing and filling, but he made it.





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Posted: 02/20/20 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Me? An unfamiliar campground and get stuck? Not that I’d admit. Besides an hour backing out a half mile was...educational...not stuck.


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BarabooBob wrote:

Peninsula State Park in Door County Wisconsin has a turn around at the entrance that is impossible for anything longer than a 20 ft trailer. If you pull in and for some reason decide to leave, you have to drive into the park quite a way to get turned around. If you go against the instructions that are posted at the turn around, you will hit either a large rock or a tree. I have seen it often. One time I watched a tow truck skid a 5r sideways to get it out of the turn.
If you go into the park about a half mile, there is a nice turn around.


that sounds like the McDonald's drive thru...if you don't order, you're still screwed by having to go through the drive


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Seems everyday occurrence on tight national park campsites.

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Fisher Bill wrote:

And if you choose not to decide you still have made a choice...

gbopp wrote:

You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave.

Someone should make a song with that phrase. [emoticon]


plus ca change plus ce la meme chose

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Posted: 02/20/20 10:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What I do find amusing about this thread is the number of people who chime in when someone ask if a 35' trailer is to big for some parks and they say no problems. Well evidently in some parks it is a problem.

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Many years ago we had a 34 foot class A motorhome. While traveling to a new to us campground in Pa. after dark our gps sent us down a narrow dirt road to no where. After about a 1/4 mile I called the campground. They were surprised that the gps was still making the same mistake.
Fortunately I had a backup camera on that camper and was able to back out out without too much problem. With a trailer or no camera I would have been in a big hassle.
Another time with this same motorhome I reached a low overpass with no way to turn around. I backed up a ways and used the parking lot of a private golf course to make my was out.


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Happened to us also... we were at a beachside state park and the ranger sent us to the wrong area, before we knew it we were on a narrow sandy track with no way of turning around. We ended up bogged to our axles in soft sand. Fortunately another camper with a decent 4x4 and recovery gear kindly pulled us out. It was our first RV trip after retiring. We learned a very valuable lesson... if unsure walk in first even if it means a long walk.

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