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Posted: 11/07/21 09:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello,

We are considering a 45ft 5th wheel. North Point 382flrb, 44ft long, 13.2 height. We are also considering a Solitude 378(40 ft long, 13.5 height). Love the North Point but Solitude is 40ft and a great unit as well.

Would we be too restricted with the 45ft in particular? Is height a big concerned with these? I have had 32 ft Class Cs and 32 ft Travel trailers but not a 5th wheel yet.

We will use it 5 months out of the year during the summer to travel from Arizona along Oregon coast, Washington, Tetons, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier and Banff. We have traveled this route with a Class C and 32FT TT but not a 5th wheel. We love to stay at state parks (Oregon) and National Parks but use private campsites occasionally (Glacier) when they are near parks or beach.

We move sites every 10 days or so.

When driving to destinations, we like to stay hooked up as we spent just the nights at campsites. It helps not to connect and disconnect too much when just passing thru.

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Posted: 11/07/21 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 39ft toy hauler 5th wheel hitched.

I find the height (13ft 4in) to be the limiting factor more than the length of the rig.

It is 56ft overall length but the trailer axles are in the traditional RV teeter totter location - I have got out and looked and been able to back the rear of the trailer over a curb and get into a short spot from time to time.

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Posted: 11/07/21 09:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will love pulling a 5th wheel over a bumper pull trailer. I would think you would have very limited options at National Parks.


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Posted: 11/07/21 09:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Length related, interior park roads may be more limiting than site length.
Depends greatly on where you like to camp, National and State Forests and parks generally have shorter sites with narrower roads with lower over hanging limbs.


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Posted: 11/07/21 09:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

45’ will limit you a bit in some Oregon Costal parks, that is a lot of trailer. During the summer the costal parks are reserved full most of the summer. You would need to get early reservations to get the long spots.


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Posted: 11/07/21 09:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, I think that NP options would be limited. I usually find campgrounds near by. We love Yosemite and we have stayed inside the park before. I just don't know what campground options are nearby for a 45ft 5th wheel.

If memory serves me well, most NP we have been to, either have a few spaces or other private campsites around them. I am just wondering what experiences people have had moving around with a 45ft 5th wheel.

We won't be staying put for more than a week to 10 days. I plan ahead but these days you can easily end up in a 2-3 day stay given availability.

Any issues dry camping on National Forest with 45ft? We won't be going much further than a mile off the roads

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Posted: 11/07/21 10:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do you really need a 45 foot 5er? My stick house is only 30 feet wide. Just sayin.


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Posted: 11/07/21 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For many reasons, yes, we could use the space. At times, making DW happy is worth the little extra rig :-)

I can camp in the back of my truck all day long.

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A trailer that long will in fact restrict your choice of campsites, and parks that you can visit. You will be confined to "Big Rig" only parks.


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I did two quick searches on recreation.gov for campgrounds near Yosemite with a 40ft vehicle length and a 45ft vehicle length.

40ft - 162 results
42ft - 116 results

I opened up a couple campgrounds and there might only be 1-3 campsites that will fit those size rigs.

I did not look at rates or type of campground (group, etc). I also did not limit search to within a set distance, so many of those campgrounds will be 80+ miles away.

So, with either rig, you're going to be limited. You're going to need to book well in advance because you won't be able to just "fit anywhere". You'll have a few more campground options at 40ft than at 45ft, but that likely won't result in a huge difference in actual campsites.

If you are OK staying at RV Parks, further out from the NP, etc, you'll have more options.


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