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Posted: 10/17/20 05:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, you can get by but you won't be able to stay at many campgrounds you might wish to.


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Posted: 10/17/20 06:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have stayed at several state and COE parks. Most of them have at least some sites long enough for 40’+. But usually only a small number of the total and those are first to get grabbed up. The majority of the other sites would be hard to get one that long into. And we have been in some that I did not see any site that long. And a couple of state parks would have been difficult to even navigate a 40 footer and CC truck thru the narrow roads and close in trees.

You will find some limitations and you may not always get to stay where you want. But you can always find some where to fit.

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Posted: 10/17/20 10:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check here if it says big rig friendly your good to go. You can always call ahead and ask too. https://www.campgroundreviews.com/


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Posted: 10/18/20 06:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure if you are aware of the current state of RV travel but there have been some horror stories of people having great difficulty in finding available camping sites. With the pandemic issues, significant numbers of people have taken to the RV lifestyle and this has caused major problems with reservations and availability. In many places you have to reserve months or even a year ahead to get a spot !! You may be shooting yourself in the foot by purchasing such a large RV. It will complicate the process of finding a campground.

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The question is why did you buy a 42 foot fiver? The answer is because we could. Wonder how many others have such a large size fiver?


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Dick_B wrote:

The question is why did you buy a 42 foot fiver? The answer is because we could. Wonder how many others have such a large size fiver?


42' fifth wheel??? What was the most important criteria for your purchase? Spend $$$ because you have it or choosing a RV that meets all of your RV needs with a minium of RV limitations when you get on the road trying to find RV parks that can accommodate your 42' RV.
With my 35' 5th wheel their some RV parks that I can't fit into or are real difficult to use. I like all the extra room a 42' rig offers and you can make it work if you call in advance to the RV Parks to find out if they accommodate your 42'.

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You might be staying at more commercial RV parks. You will have to make your peace with that.
Not just the sites, some access roads will not accommodate a 42' trailer.


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Posted: 10/18/20 06:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will have to do more leg work looking for your next campsite as you travel around...And will you be camping or glamping.
I would start now before you buy. Call and ask a few places where you might lie to camp.
We all don't RV for the same reasons nor do others like to camp where I do. My 28 RK is 31' 11" long and many favorite places our previous 26' 5th wheel camper worked fine now we have to find other less likely places. Hell if I could swing the bucks I would go back to a truck camper and go where I want.
Make those calls first.


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Dick_B wrote:

The question is why did you buy a 42 foot fiver? The answer is because we could. Wonder how many others have such a large size fiver?

"Because we could" is not a very good reason to buy 42' unless it fits with your particular idea of "camping". If larger private RV parks is your goal, then that fits. If federal, state, COE, and city parks and smaller and more remote destinations is your goal, then maybe not.

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