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Old 07-11-2018, 12:27 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by JRTJH View Post
Our fifth wheel is 31' long. By today's standards, it is a small fifth wheel. In the 1960's, it was as large or larger than the largest built. We have significant problems in national park/national forest campgrounds in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. ALL of the campgrounds along US2 from St Ignace to Escanaba are unable to fit our fifth wheel. The one exception to that is the national forest campground at Lake Brevort. There, almost all the sites are large enough to park a trailer up to 40' (with some exceptions). I haven't found any other national park or national forest campgrounds in the UP that have sites large enough for a 40 footer. There are some state park campgrounds in northern Michigan and the UP that do have sites long enough, but even in them, the approach to maneuver into the campsites is so tight it's very difficult, sometimes impossible to back a large fifth wheel into the site without hitting large rocks or falling off the roadway, into the drainage ditch on the other side. It's difficult to reserve a site "unseen" and have any expectation that the site will be large enough and the approach will be easy enough to get a 40' trailer into most sites in "public campgrounds". Many "private campgrounds" cater to larger trailers and even in many of them, backing into the site is daunting, especially late at night, when tired and things typically go wrong......
I was no older then ten my folks would go for 2 week rent a caben at Brevard lake .I remember good fishing and a very old big 2 story house across the lake with sand dunes everywhere . That was 55 years ago and brevort lake will stay with my thoughts.

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Old 07-11-2018, 12:48 PM   #12
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We don't take our 38' out of storage until we have called each campground we are going to first to make sure we will fit. We have three local campgrounds and one only fits 35' and smaller.

When we plan to travel in the summer we normally have our sites picked and paid for in Jan to make sure we get good spots.

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Old 07-11-2018, 08:37 PM   #13
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I have a 40' Alpine with 6 slide outs. I've been fortunate to find rv parks that accommodate my rig. Stayed at a real nice rv park in Orange county in California and also another one at San Diego to San Antonio. We camp at Ruidoso New Mexico in the forest with a river running behind the rv park. I've had several rv's from Avion, Laredo's, Avalanche, etc... however the longest was the Avalanche at 37' . Now the Alpine. Have no regrets.
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Old 07-13-2018, 07:13 AM   #14
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Corps of Engineers parks generally have room for larger rigs. Most other federal campgrounds do not.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:57 AM   #15
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40' 5th wheel

When hitched our full length is 60'. We have stayed in Yellowstone NP (only 1 campground there takes big rigs), state parks (Iowa & Maryland that I remember off the top of my head), county parks & Corps of Engineers campgrounds. You can do the Black Hills & Badlands NP. 99% of the time we have reservations & verify our length when making a reservation so they hold an appropriate site. There have certainly been campgrounds we've had to bypass because of our length but never an entire destination because of it. When we wanted to do Hwy 1 in California, we drove & stayed on Hwy 101 & did day trips (pickup only) on Hwy 1. I also preview on Google street level any road that looks curvy on regular map view (or paper map) before a trip so I don't end up, as the navigator, with my husband trying to drive a road that we are almost too long for. GPS directions to one campground on the east coast routed us through a small New England town. There were a couple of very ugly corners - cars had to back up to give us the needed room to turn. We no longer trust GPS!! Size = more planning to avoid OOPS! situations. Enjoy the extra room your family now has!
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:53 PM   #16
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When we went from 28 trailer to 37 5th wheel we had to start using private parks since the majority have no issue with longer RVs and many parks national and state do have an issue. Too bad since we have the old fart freeby or discount card depending where you are. Still occasionally check the local parks but rarely find one that works.
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:54 PM   #17
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On the Canadian side, the problems and resolutions are identical. It doesn't keep me from a destination, but it could keep me out of a specific park. Areas/businesses that live or die on tourism dollars tend to make it easier for the modern rigs, everywhere else you takes your chances.
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:28 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Javi View Post
For the most part you can rule out National Parks.. Look for private campground in the areas you want to visit..

I also have pretty much quit using any place that doesn't have site specific reservations.. It's a real bummer to book a place 6 months in advance and drive 500 miles only to find the only sites left are for a popup and there are popups in the large sites.. This is common in many Texas State Parks...
The Texas State parks reservation system is being converted to one that will allow site specific reservations, starting later this year.

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Old 07-19-2018, 03:52 PM   #19
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To get an idea of where you can stay, check out RV PARK REVIEWS. It covers private, city, county, state, NPS, NFS, COE and BLM campsites, based on reviews by RVers. It will tell you if the park is big rig friendly. We have not been disappointed with this website, as far as whether or not our 37' 5tth wheel will fit or not. In fact, the reviewers tell you if the site will be long enough for your RV only, or if it is long enough for your RV and TV.
Our experience with state parks (about 20 states) that use ReserveAmerica is they will let you know if they have sites long enough for your RV or not. With ReserveAmerica, you can actually reserve a specific site, so you won't be disappointed when you get there.
We also book several months out when booking for the summer months, or other busy times, especially for non-private parks, since we know many of the older parks have limited number of sites for big rigs.
I agree with Javi about Texas State Parks. I will only book one for arrival early in the week, and so far we have not had a problem.
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:32 AM   #20
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x2 on campgroundreviews.com Typically look at sat photos and talk to cg if we haven't been there before. A little time spent beforehand can alleviate headaches later.

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