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afidel

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Posted: 10/30/19 08:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jesseannie 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.


Really?
I have camped in Oregon a lot and my 26' (30' overall) travel trailer fits in most national forest campgrounds and in all state parks. I have never had a problem.

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Yeah, I just checked for a 34' trailer 2 weeks out, could find a spot in every state campsite I checked which had RV sites (granted I only got through the C's, but that was enough for me to disprove the "you have to be under 21' to find any sites" nonsense). It's true that the longer the trailer the fewer spots you will fit in but it's still 73% of national park campgrounds at 35' according to this:
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Here are the averages:

RVs up to 12' in length fit in every national park campground in the United States, although there are a few campgrounds that don’t allow RVs at all and are tent only.

RVs up to 19' in length fit in 98% of all national park service campgrounds.

RVs up to 25' in length fit in 93% of all national park campgrounds

RVs up to 29' in length fit in 84% of all national park campgrounds

RVs up to 32' in length fit in 81% of all national park campgrounds

RVs up to 35' in length fit in 73% of all national park campgrounds

RVs up to 37' in length fit in 60% of all national park campgrounds

RVs up to 40' in length fit in 53% of all national park campgrounds (Remember that many of the parks will only have a few sites this size, however. Book long in advance if reservations are available–otherwise you run the risk of not having a spot)

RVs up to 41' in length fit in 7% of all national park campgrounds (Remember that many of the parks will only have a few sites this size, however. Book long in advance if reservations are available–otherwise you run the risk of not having a spot)
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Based on that I think that 35' is the best balance of livable space to campgrounds you can fit in, but everyone has their own priorities.


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I purchased a Lance 1685


Floor Length 16'6"
Overall Length 21'0"
Exterior Width 96-3/8"
Exterior Height w/Optional 13.5M A/C 10'1"
Interior Height 78"

Capacities
Fresh Tank 45 Gallons
Grey Tank 45 Gallons
Black Tank 45 Gallons

Weights
Gross Dry Weight 3980 Lbs.
Hitch Dry Weight 425 Lbs.
Axle Weight 3555 Lbs.
Cargo Carrying Capacity 1520 Lbs.
GVWR 5500 Lbs.

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Refrigerator 7 Cubic Feet
Propane 2-5 Gallon Tank
Furnace 25,000 BTU's
Sleeping Capacity 5
Tire Size ST205/75R14

colliehauler

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Posted: 10/31/19 12:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congratulations, hope you have a lot of enjoyment with your new camper. With that size you should be able to go to all the site's.

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I like it. I also notice that it's lighter and has larger holding tanks than my 27 footer. If only the interior was a few inches taller I'd consider something like that.


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aftermath

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Nice choice for the trailer. You are going to like it. I had a 21footer and could get in almost everywhere. Went to Ohanapacosh on Mt. Rainer and barely fit into our site. There were other ones around that were larger but they fill up fast. I now have a 25 and can get into all most all the places I try. Someone said that each park is different and boy, is that ever true.
If you want to hit all the parks you will have to do much planning. Getting reservations will be needed and you will learn quickly how to manage the various sites they use. We have been to many. Custer State Parl in South Dakota was a favorite. Highly recommend this one.


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My experience is that a 24-26 foot long trailer will fit in most NPS RV sites. It is possible to run your wheels all the way to the back of a camp site, and let part of the trailer overhang the pad. Beyond that you start to brush up against trees in some older camp sites. You have to disconnect your truck and park it somewhere else. Some people are very creative in making their rigs fit.

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