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Bumpyroad

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campigloo wrote:


For us the comfort of the bigger rig always outweighs the minimal hassle.


buy the one that fits your needs best. don't limit yourself to a 30 footer for example, if there is a perfect one available at 32 feet. and if you are just making a decision based on the designation made by the mfr., you don't really know the exact length anyway.
the only place that the exact length matters is if there is some issue at your home where it will be stored and covenants, etc. apply.
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35' trailer size.
When I arrive at a RV Park, I always do a "walk & look" at the site before I try to park my trailer. Look for tree limbs and room to maneuver when backing up.

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

If you have a dozen or so specific campgrounds you expect to visit most often, visit their websites to see what if any limitations they post there.
While you can usually find a place with most units, if you are going to be in older campgrounds, especially older Government owned campgrounds, longer than 30' can become an issue. At commercial, usually not, as they want every spot filled and will arrange spaces to ensure maximum usage.


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There is an NFS campground near here in Virginia that has some newer sites that will accommodate rigs in the 35' class, but half the sites were built in the 1930s by the WPA and are limited to 28 feet, mostly by the road and trees beside it. Every campground is different. And every one of them has SOME upper limit, even if only that imposed by the State road use laws. One can only go by the rule of thumb that the longer your rig, the fewer sites there are. More specificity requires checking with each campground at which you wish to stay.





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Yes it will. The longer it is, the harder it is to find really good sites. you may find a site. But it will usually be on the edge of comfort. Not always of course.


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The perfect size is 15' when towing and 45 when parked.... Of course like most things, a compromise needs to be made. My trailers have grown over the years. 24',28', 34', and about to be 44'.... Obvously, I have not found size to be much of an issue. But my camping is likely different from your camping. Only you can make the choice that is right for you. Anyone elses opinion doesn't matter.


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According to someone who compiled every federal campground spot a few years ago at 35' you still officially fit into 85% of sites, every foot over drops you around 4-5%. State spots are generally a bit more lenient but it's not that far off.

Heck, if you make reservations last minute like I did for my current trip every foot counts. We got the last spot at 3 campgrounds, 1 would fit up to 24', the one we're on right now is super tight at 18', the one tomorrow would fit 30-31' but no longer than that.


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We stay at a lot of national parks. Yellowstone for example has this notice in their campground section of their web site:
"Campground sites that will accommodate a maximum combined length of 40-feet or more are limited."
Notice that it says COMBINED length. That is TT and tow vehicle.


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I'm in 35ft and have no problem finding sites. There are a small number that are restricted to 24ft or less.


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Our Puma 25RS is 30 Foot from nose to tail, never had a problem finding a site. The COE sites will usually tell you about the lengths. Go for what you feel comfortable with...

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If this is your first trailer-----chose carefully. I'll bet that after a year or so, another unit will peak your interest.
Maybe look for a good used unit first--take a friend with you when looking. A friend will find item and issues that you won't.
If you're still working full time, do you want to spend $$$$ to sit along side the house or in a storage yard? Again, maybe check used.
35 feet will hamper a large number of spots to camp, especially if you like to use forest service, BLM, or city parks. I'm NOT knocking a few on here when they say they use pull throughs or have long rigs, but "SIZE DOES MATTER."
My bride and I currently have a 30 foot (hitch to rear tire) tow behind with a slide, big tanks, a sofa, insulated windows, big batteries, and a full queen bed (not a RV queen), and it works just great for us. In fact, we downsized from a larger fifth wheel because we didn't use that large of a space. We tow with a 3/4 ton gasser and go anywhere we want.
The important thing is that you use it! The RV!

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