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robvasi

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OleManOleCan wrote:

I've camped at a lot of State Parks, and several National Parks.
Generally the older parks have smaller sites, and roads that are narrower.
Many of the older parks are in bad need of limb trimming.
BUT... Some parks have been updated and have more room now.
Generally a 20-24' camper will fit most anywhere.
28s work on many, but you may need to lie about the length, and park carefully.


Good advice, thank you.

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pinesman wrote:

If you plan to focus on national Parks, you might want to consider tank size and room for extra batteries as well since you will most likely be dry camping


My plan is to get one with solar. Even so, an extra tank and battery would be useful, thank you

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We have a 31ft TT and sometimes it is a problem at some of the National Parks. We are looking to go to Mt. Ranier some day and may have to stay outside the park. However we currently have reservations at Organ Pipe, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley. It helps to be big planners and make reservations early. Have fun.


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rr2254545 wrote:

Oasisbob wrote:

21 feet seems to be the max in Oregon for the most part. Bigger is not always better. So many variables here.


Not true about Oregon

What are you saying about Oregon I have stayed in numerous state parks there and my 37Ft motor home fits fine - please clarify


Getting reservations for parks in Oregon is difficult at best especially in the summer months and on weekends[emoticon]

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MarkTwain wrote:

rr2254545 wrote:

Oasisbob wrote:

21 feet seems to be the max in Oregon for the most part. Bigger is not always better. So many variables here.


Not true about Oregon

What are you saying about Oregon I have stayed in numerous state parks there and my 37Ft motor home fits fine - please clarify


Getting reservations for parks in Oregon is difficult at best especially in the summer months and on weekends[emoticon]


Is trailer length the overall length or the cabin length? by 'cabin' I mean the outside dimension of the place we access.

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What are your thoughts on this size:

Floor Length 23'6"
Overall Length 28'0"

Weights
Gross Dry Weight 5030 Lbs.
Hitch Dry Weight 600 Lbs.
Axle Weight 4430 Lbs.
Cargo Carrying Capacity 1970 Lbs.
GVWR 7000 Lbs.

I don't think my RAM 1500 will pull this. I think it's too long anyway, too mad i like the trailer

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Yes you are calculating correctly. However the rangers do not really make a habit of pulling a tape measure out and send you away for being a few inches too long.

Within reason, if you fit you are good. However if you do not fit do not expect a refund. If you can't get around a tight bend don't expect help to get you out. If you damage something as you wedge in you may have to pay to fix the campground property and still be required to leave.

I have been a bit longer than the official max and have slid in fine and no one looked twice at the equipment. If the area is clear you can often over hang a bit into the site. But if that puts your bumper over the fire ring there will be no smores for you. Just be reasonable and if you end up too big you will need to be more selective about the space you choose.


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When you are looking at Trailers also look at Sleeping bed size, Tank sizes... If you are looking for solar, note that when it says wired for solar most just talk about a port in the side of the trailer that has wires to the batteries.....

A queen bed in a Trailer can mean either a camper queen or an actual queen.

Also take a good hard look at the Towing Specs for your rig too. That will have a big factor on what you can buy also...


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Camper8251 wrote:

When you are looking at Trailers also look at Sleeping bed size, Tank sizes... If you are looking for solar, note that when it says wired for solar most just talk about a port in the side of the trailer that has wires to the batteries.....

A queen bed in a Trailer can mean either a camper queen or an actual queen.

Also take a good hard look at the Towing Specs for your rig too. That will have a big factor on what you can buy also...


My RAM 1500 will tow 7900, but will it really? with a safe margin?

A lot to consider. and I need to have one by the end of next month.

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