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ron.dittmer

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Posted: 11/09/20 03:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We almost exclusively camp in national parks and monuments. Our rig is under the 24 foot length. Because we travel without campsite reservations, our short length has saved us a number of times.


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I'm 31.5, more like 50 with tow. Don't normally overnight in places that have length restriction. Not that I check, just not our style. Turns out some of them did. I will say I have had second thoughts on many access roads to campgrounds and remote attractions where there should have been a warning but were none. Only had to disconnect and turn around twice in 16 years and 110,000 miles.

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Posted: 11/09/20 07:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

..... The longer the RV the fewer camping spots that will accommodate said RV....Especially at busy campgrounds without reservations...

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Depending on your style of camping regarding hookups you might choose to stay outside the national parks

There are 50 National Parks in the lower 48 including the newest White Sands and Gateway Arch in St. Louis
Of the 50 - 34 do not have hookups or any camping - 8 have full hookup and 8 have electric only


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I have not found length to be a problem yet but I can see how it could be a problem.

what I have found so far:
1. The entrance apron is too steep and the rear over hang drags entering the site.
2. The site itself is not level enough.
3. Overgrown vegetation. I have found state park managers with issues trimming trees that scrape my roof and sidewalls.
They advertise and charge for an rv site and ask 'how many feet long you are" but the entrance to the sites are often only wide or tall enough to fit cars.
I am not possibly damaging and scraping my rv on tree branches and shrubs, I have asked at the park offices that their advertised rv sites are too size restrictive. They usually send someone with a pole trimmer to cut branches back.
UV over time makes roof vents and skylights too brittle to play games with even thin low tree branches.

* This post was edited 11/09/20 12:05pm by bobndot *

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rr2254545 wrote:

Depending on your style of camping regarding hookups you might choose to stay outside the national parks

There are 50 National Parks in the lower 48 including the newest White Sands and Gateway Arch in St. Louis
Of the 50 - 34 do not have hookups or any camping - 8 have full hookup and 8 have electric only


That's news ... some National Parks don't allow camping of any type?? I thought that was what "park" meant.

I know National Monuments and the various National Preserves and Reserves don't allow camping, I would have thought that a very high percentage of National Parks allowed some type of camping - at least tent camping and car camping. Many car camping spots on public lands can take at least a Class B or small Class C motorhome for drycamping.

We have a small Class C and sometimes I'd like to camp in the drive-in tent camping areas of public lands, but often that is not allowed even if one has a motorhome small enough to fit.


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ron.dittmer

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pnichols wrote:

I know National Monuments and the various National Preserves and Reserves don't allow camping
Just FYI: Many national monuments offer camping. We've camped in many.

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ron.dittmer wrote:

pnichols wrote:

I know National Monuments and the various National Preserves and Reserves don't allow camping
Just FYI: Many national monuments offer camping. We've camped in many.


Thanks Ron for the info.

Our experience with just a few National Monuments has been that they were for day trip visiting only at certain very special places and that they were not necessarily very large in land acreage, unlike other public land areas where camping is allowed. Maybe this is just due to our experiences here in the West, as other types of public land areas out here can be expansive and maybe more suitable for camping.

We would really prefer to drycamp at National Preserves for their pristine settings, quietness, and closeness to nature - but it's very rare that they allow camping at the few we've checked out. We have just been able to drive through some for observing, taking pictures, day-hiking, and maybe picnicking.

We are by no means well versed in our knowledge of these areas, however.

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campsitephotos.com

I use this for viewing state park sites but I think they have been adding private CG's as well.

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Many state park and COE sites that I book have limits for each individual sites. As an example, I was looking for a site at a FL state park, and my camper is 32'6", and I had 33' in the criteria for camper length, and nothing was available, I changed the length to 32' and one site was available, and sure enough the max site length was 32'. I started looking at each site, and the max length was different for each site.


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