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Posted: 08/08/21 07:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GO FOR IT, especially with stayin in one spot for long times. Recently went from a 42’ DP to a 45’ and in the summer we stay mainly in Public CGs without reservations. Would say this summer was NOT as busy as last summer in CO, WY, UT.


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Thanks ferndaleflyer and IvyLog, That’s been my experience as well. I don’t remember ever having a problem finding a pull thru for my motorhome and 18 ft trailer. Maybe it’s a matter of where you are, I don’t know. I always call ahead for space and NEVER have been turned away. Maybe part of the reason is I only travel during the week, never weekends. So I’m not competing with the weekend crowd. At my destination point I’ve made reservations well in advance so my space is locked in.

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We had a 40 foot dp coach and went back to a 40 foot fiver. We only stay in full service cgs and never have had a problem finding a spot large enough. I would never let the length dictate my decision. If you do, you will regret it later on.


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We pulled a 40' toyhauler for 10 years, and never had much of a problem with getting spots, a few times, but nothing awful. That being said, we now have a 38', not much smaller, but I swore I wouldn't go bigger when we went looking. A 42' would be longer than I would want. But that's just me.


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Mondooker wrote:

Hi folks, Found the perfect 5th wheel and it’s 42 feet. Started out looking for a 38 but it’s the 42 footer that best handles our needs. Not concerned about state parks etc. We will use an occasional parking lot on travel days but mostly RV park pull thru. When all is said and done does the extra 4 feet make that big of difference towing and in general?

We go between Georgia and Montana most summers but pretty much stay in one place. So not a lot of traveling around with the Coach once we arrive at our destination.

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You should be fine with that setup. Generally every private campground we've stayed at can easily accommodate that size rig.

Really nothing to worry about imo


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Thanks Ron3rd, You see 45 footers with 18’ trailers all the time and they seem to always find a place to park. That’s about 63 feet and they seem to get along just fine. Great to RV as you like isn’t it!

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My fiver is 42’ and no regrets so far. We are mostly private campgrounds, with visits to a great State Park 3-4 times a year with zero issues…


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Mondooker wrote:

Hi samsontdog, I hear what you’re saying but for us 34’ does not give us the space we need. I can get our 40’ motorhome most anyplace I want to go and the same should be true for a 42’ fifth wheel. My consern is more about Drive ability?


The same is *NOT* true for a 42' 5th wheel as with your 40'MH.

For a 5th wheel you must include the Tow Vehicle in the overall length. The campground (or?) site is *not* the problem...combined length limitations in the various states is!!
(often 65' max - under that & you're good to go!).

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Several feet of a 42 5er will be over the bed and will be deducted from overall length when towing. 65 is easily attained.
I'm sure it's happened but I have no first hand knowledge of any LEO stopping a RVer and pulling out the tape.


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Dtank wrote:

Mondooker wrote:

Hi samsontdog, I hear what you’re saying but for us 34’ does not give us the space we need. I can get our 40’ motorhome most anyplace I want to go and the same should be true for a 42’ fifth wheel. My consern is more about Drive ability?


The same is *NOT* true for a 42' 5th wheel as with your 40'MH.

For a 5th wheel you must include the Tow Vehicle in the overall length. The campground (or?) site is *not* the problem...combined length limitations in the various states is!!
(often 65' max - under that & you're good to go!).

Check the length req's for states where you will travel...[emoticon]

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This will NOT come into play with a 42' fiver..... There is NO WAY someone towing a 42' fiver will be over the 65' number..

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