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Timmo! wrote:

As a child I spent summers with my grandparents touring America in their Airstream towed by their Cadillac. After decades of tent camping, my father-in-law lent us his truck camper for many summers and I caught the RV bug (bye bye tents). Looking to purchase, we rented Class C motorhomes (CruiseAmerica) and wifey did not like the idea of busting up the camp to drive around. I found myself back to where I started: travel trailers.

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1. Rig length. Many campsites at state and national parks have a max length limit of 20' or so. Yes there may be a limited number of "pull through" sites, but not at all campgrounds.
2. Tank sizes. Smaller the tanks can be limiting. Airstreams had small tanks so...sorry grandpa.
3. Insulation. It was a warm day when we went TT shopping and were attracted to the Nash line--as they were the coolest inside. Research revealed they used higher rated insulation.
4. Underside. Covered, open, insulated, heated? Some TT are naked, leaving wires and lines exposed. Some are covered but not insulated, and some are deluxe with heat option.

In my instance, the Nash was 20', had large tanks, insulated and had a covered underside.

1)At 35' you fit into at least some sites at 85% of state and national parks. While 18-20' gives you more options I have no problems finding sites to fit my current 34' rig.
2)Agreed 100%, being self sufficient for a long weekend gives you a lot more site options, especially if you like state parks where sewer hookups are a rarity.
3) You really pay for high insulation not in dollars and pounds, wouldn't be my priority for a first trailer.
4)Really only matters if you're in the north and want to use onboard facilities outside the shoulder season, for me I'm good with using a bathhouse on the rare occasion I go out camping when it's going to be a hard freeze overnight.


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afidel wrote:


1)At 35' you fit into at least some sites at 85% of state and national parks. While 18-20' gives you more options I have no problems finding sites to fit my current 34' rig.


Theoretical capacity and available capacity are two entirely different things.

Nowadays, most state and national parks are swamped with campers.

You may find a site capable of accommodating a 34' rig if you're willing to book it 2 months in advance - but forget about getting a site any time within the next week.

Meanwhile, the tent/small RV sites in those same campgrounds are 60-80% full during busy weekends, and 10-30% full on weekdays.

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Shrug, booked a 2 week trip on July 30th for the 2nd and 3rd week of August, had no issue finding spots in the areas I wanted to be in on the days I wanted to be there. If you're trying to book last minute for the big summer 3 holiday weekends good luck but otherwise I've found that as long as I don't need full hookups I have little trouble finding a spot. Perhaps it's because Ohio, PA, and Michigan have SO many state and local campgrounds?

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I definitely think region and terrain have a big factor in finding campsites. In the Sierras, I think it's far more difficult to find public campsites to fit larger rigs than it would be in the midwest.


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