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maria_bettina

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Posted: 06/28/22 10:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I see "tent only" campgrounds/campsites sometimes, and I wonder if a Pop-up TC would be welcome. Many times the camping/tent site is away from the parking strip. So that isn't something that would work for me. But sometimes I can't figure out why a particular site is tent-only because it looks like the RV site right next to it.

I know some campgrounds are very specific. I want to say Jenny Lake in Yellowstone is one. My understanding is they don't want to block the views with tall rigs.

I have called other campgrounds and so far all have accepted truck campers in "tent only" sites "as long as the camper fits" (length and height). Ok, maybe it's been only like 2 campgrounds that I've called.

I am going to call Kings Canyon/Sequoia NPS (California) tomorrow to see about Atwell Mill Campground. Has anyone camped there (or Cold Springs Campground) in a Pop-up TC?

My question is what has been your experience with tent-only sites? Do you ever use them? Have you been turned away ever?

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Posted: 06/28/22 11:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some say tent only because they have no hookups. I've seen a few that there's not enough overhead clearance or length for an RV.


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Posted: 06/29/22 06:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some national parks won't allow any type of RV in the Tent Only spaces. You will need to call the reservation services to make sure.


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Posted: 06/29/22 06:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just use the Truck Camper Rule of Convenience: When the situation calls for it, it's a "truck with cargo." When the situation calls for it, it's an "RV."


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"Tent Only" seems pretty clear to me.

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When we booked Fishing Bridge campground in Yellowstone the rep on the phone asked me three times if there was ANY canvas on our TC,...ie: was it a pop up? It wasn’t a pop up so he booked us in. We found out later that no tents or canvass was allowed in that particular campground because it was on a grizzly migration path. I can assure you our bbq was back in the truck before dark. It’s possible some campgrounds may reserve sites for tents so they at least have somewhere to set up. This doesn’t make sense though if an RV site is right next to a tent-only site.

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The rules vary from campground to campground , you need to ask . Most of the time it’s a matter of consideration and accessibility. Being in a tent surrounded by RV’s is not wonderful. I know I don’t care to be sandwiched between 40’ MH’s , even in my TC . Sometimes is so the view is not completely blocked from those across the road . Most tent sites don’t have hookups . Sometimes it doesn’t matter at all .


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I've had mixed reactions - I always call and ask. As a generalization, tenters expect "quiet" - you aren't allowed to run a generator at all. So then the question remains: can you drive your camper into the site, or do you have to walk in. More often than not - we have been allowed in "tent areas" with both our pop-up TC and our former van conversion.

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Tent camping is different from RV camping. When I tented I wanted to be with other tenters. Similarly, tenters are noisy IMO (pots and pans banging etc.) and I don’t want to be near when RVing. There’s a vehicle safety issue too in some campgrounds.


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I emailed this morning and got a reply from NPS.

"Thank you for contacting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

"Tall vehicles/vans are not appropriate in Cold Springs due to overhanging branches. Atwell Mill is more appropriate for them. When on www.recreation.gov do be sure to scroll to the bottom of the campsite page which will list the vehicle pad length."

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