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Lwiddis

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Posted: 11/07/20 09:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What kind of twelve foot truck do you have?


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kamenkat wrote:

Our question to full timers is this, what is reality of RV length and places to camp? We're gonna have a 36' fifth wheel and 12' truck...so 50' total.

While the majority of state and federal parks have spots that are at least 40' long, 50' will probably prove challenging.


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State parks...maybe but certainly not federal. Show us where you got that number from.


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Posted: 11/07/20 06:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

agesilaus wrote:

State parks...maybe but certainly not federal. Show us where you got that number from.

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Amazing data - Thank you

But the data is incomplete.

The Vermont COE Park was reserve able through reserveamerica/recreation.gov. We reserved an E/W site and stayed there in Aug 2015.

Louisiana has several federal campgrounds, but Beaver Dam campground on Caney Lake north of Minden, a few miles from I-20 is the only one with reserve able sites. Most of them are able to handle very large RVs.

The COE has one CG with 50amp/water sites in that area - Tom Merrill near the Bodcau Bayou Dam (only holds water during floods) about 20 sites last time I walked through it.

There are several boondocking sites between there up to the Arkansas border on Bodcau (also called Bodcaw). Grew up in that area.

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We thought when we started we would be using state and federal campgrounds. Most states are impossible to get into in the summer on the weekends, and also charge extra for a MH pulling a car unless you buy an annual pass. Plus, since most states are hurting it costs as much, if not more, than staying at a private campground. There are a few state parks in the west that we like on the shoulders (before Memorial Day and after Labor Day) and they all tend to be old COE parks. Absolutely love COE parks, always have space for all sizes of vehicles and the Corps knows how to build them. Plus they only allow 6 month out reservations and we have utilized them all over the midwest. National Parks are all reserved the day after New Years for most weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So we went with membership parks and have saved money and enjoyed ourselves for years. Yes, we are outside of most National Parks, so we do day trips and come back to our $0 - $10 a night site. Works well for us.


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My wifes 2003 RAV 4 is more than 12 feet long... [emoticon] I'm sure you meant 21 feet... [emoticon]

Anyway, from what I've seen in some of the older National Park camp grounds, they are not really setup for large RV's. Just driving thru the park itself can be rough with some of the tight corners and trees all over the place.

State parks are better setup for larger RV's and will have at least electric hookups in most of them.. Well, at least in WA state.. OR state parks are pretty good too.

But, if you want to boondock and 'be with nature' in the National Parks, a 36' 5th wheel will limit you some. Not saying you can't do what you want to do.. Just that you'll have to be mindful of the parks you wish to visit..

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Including COE parks grossly skews the data set. Many sites in those newer parks are very long. 75 feet is not unusual. I suspect they are intended for folks with boats. But if you look at NPS and USFS parks you will find that most sites are shorter. And while COE parks are great for camping they mostly lack natural wonders, good hiking trails, mountains and other things people travel to see.

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Lwiddis wrote:

What kind of twelve foot truck do you have?



should have been more specific. total length of truck is more like 21'. never really measured it. it looks like some parks "restictions" are combined. RV plus truck.

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