Best RV Length for Fitting in National Park Campgrounds

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Best RV Length for Fitting in National Park Campgrounds I’ve been doing tons of research to find the best length for a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or RV to fit in …

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  1. One problem with 5th wheels is that you have to place your truck along side your 5th wheel, which limits the percentage of parks you can camp at.

  2. This is a lot of work…take a bow!! Thanks….heading out west for extended trip next year and this has been on my list to research! I'll buy you a beer if our paths cross!! Mine is 37' but a Class Super C, with lots of rear overhang. Sometimes you can squeeze in and cheat just a little if you back in a bit further and hang over the back of the campsite.

  3. It never fails to amuse me how people buy these big honking motor homes, take them to a national park, then stay in them all day watching TV and playing video games. If you do see these couch potatoes out on the trail, they're walking real slow and staring down at their cell phones. Now and then one of 'em walks off a cliff or gets eaten by a grizzly. Very droll…

  4. Can't imagine driving a 40' RV with a towed vehicle. Just the logistics of getting from point A to point B makes my head hurt..Turning tight corners, backing up and making sure you don't lose your AC on low bridges must be a nightmare.. Personally I will stick with my 20' class B for simplicity and ease.

  5. When you are talking about the length of the rv in feet, are you referring to the box length only or the total length, ie; rear tire rack to farthest front point of tow hitch? Please advise. Thank you.

  6. great information, thank you for helping with the research and tips that I haven't even thought of.
    every 5th wheel, class a & c that I've considered buying is a lengthy rig & I'd like to do some boon docking, not always being confined to koa camp grounds.
    great info in your videos, definitely subscribing to future videos.

  7. Once you have used your RV for a couple of months you will not want to park in the National Parks. You will use private. So buy the RV you want do not take into account National Parks.

  8. RV Length is big pain, visiting many cities, county- national parks and some incity RV Parks. USA really has done very little to promote RV’s/

    Currently, have retired from RV life, cause of medical conditions/small retirement finances. Retirement funds have not met with the international financial index. SS Ins. is nothing, does not combat cost of living. Plus some genes, grow older faster; can not keep up with traveling.

    My favorite is a small TOY HAULER; because there's a lot of things you could do in the attached rear garage and if you don't get a fifth wheel toy hauler, just conventional toy hauler, you can always get a new TOW UNIT: ( Truck or SUV); not out a lot of money compared to the class A or Class C motorhomes. Any types of RV Trailers, is having a diversified RV portfolio. I ENJOY the garage portion, great protected garage- patio, plus some have bath tubs and frt kitchen in the floorplan. I hate galley kitchen, cause of traffic flow issues. Garage is great storage for toys, or thro in air mattress, great sleeping. Slide outs are okay, but just another problem, when least expected. Solar panels are must have, better then generator….

    Class A Motorhomes okay if you're going to be mobile, & have lot of bank accounts for infinity of repairs. . They're very expensive to maintain/ operate, they have a lot of toys on them, so be ready for breakdowns, warranties are useless. Accessories are known to break break break… If you wreck them, Ins. are very poor to pay out!! Not many mechanics really know how to work on them, expensive $$ beast. Good mechanics are working in union auto garages, not RV garages. Diesels are smelly, both around the patio and smells lurk in to the units interiors. I ditched my diesel, could not stand the smell of diesel around the coach.

    Class C motorhomes are very mobile to get around, sleeper over the cab is a waste of time : either too hot or too cold for good sleeping and if your senior, it's very risky getting in and out of there. Plus if there's two people sleeping up there, the frame over the cab really can't support much activity. Class C is more affordable, less toys on them compared to the Class A & the upkeep is considerable less, plus USA parks are designed to fit class C, not class A.

    I would prefer a truck frame chassis with a trailer attached to it, because if you don't like the truck frame chassis, always get another one, just remove the trailer, get a new Chev /Ford truck frame, and attach the trailer on to the frame.. Engines are up front, so repairs are much easier/ cheaper, cause of being accessible.

    I have: Class A, Trailer and Truck camper. Truck / SUV are the only two of all of the above mentioned units, which have Lemon Law Protections. RV in general, carry no help from the courts and RV warranties, are collection of A-Z products and not insured by one manufacturer. My trailer is great for long length stays in the desert, Class A is okay, but expensive for interstate traveling and my camper has over 500,000 miles on it, as this is my weekend RV and gets a lot of usage. Wish my camper had a Murphy Bed, hate the over head sleeper and most of the time, sleep on floor. Store my units on my property and visit them daily.

    SIDEBAR: Ageing, lack of finances, is not our friend for RV’s and traveling. Remember, RV’s are not loved by everyone, there is equal love/ hate for RV’s, as many call us trailer trash. Many cultures invading USA are not warm/fussy towards RV’s.

    Stellar boon-docking is great, when traveling day to day. Prefer to pay to park and received full hookups and use the unit, which is was intended for: FULL HOOKUPS. Remember, there is no LEMON LAW to protect RV units, so off road n boon-dock with caution, as the units are built very fragile & not intended for moon terrain walking. Snow n freezing temps, are not RV best friend, no matter how they are rated, they have no LEMON LAW protection against severe low temps. Remember, over night fees for RV camping can be pricey, some are reaching $100 ( PLUS) per night and more and more are privately owned w/ annual membership by prescription.

    Point of Interest, no RV was designed to travel: Snow, freezing temps and day after day rain/wind storms. Extreme weather quickly takes years off of the RV coach, there were not built for this abuse.

    Here is a question for all RV owners: Do you advertise your bank account finances to the world? Reply: No!!!. So why advertise the cost of your RV to the world: via fancy paint jobs, luxury tow units, luxury tow boats, chrome everything/ anything. RV’s who advertise their wealth, are only advertising to the nation, I have arrived in wealth and heck with your thoughts. Flashy RV’s ruin lifestyles for everyone. Stellar & non-monochromatic downplayed units, fit in everywhere and are less offensive to the nation, which do not have RV’s. We live in a country of extreme biases. Less is really more, when traveling and exploring USA.

    I belong to this free library, allows me to pick up books for free, anywhere in the USA and return to any location. Every city has this and is free and better then internet books. I have spent days in parking lots, using Wifi for free, when many stores and restaurants provide it for free. Now the little library, allows for national library, where ever anyone travels for free. RV’s don’t need TV/ IT/when we have free books at our disposal. Remember, some books, government archived shows, you tube, news, etc. can be download from IT for free, providing 100 hrs of viewing, anytime, anywhere, without IT connections.

  9. While I can appreciate the work he did and how it was done in good faith, he is completely wrong. Campsites and campgrounds are completely different things. Additionally sites care mostly about three things, number of people, site you are looking to use, and amperage. It is nearly impossible based on his information for anyone to own a 28 ft to 32 ft trailer (average sizes) with a regular sized 19ft truck. This would mean you must have a short bed small Nissan Frontier and a 12 ft trailer. You better leave the kids at home because they won’t fit in your trailer with the wife. Sorry kiddos we only fit in 7 percent of campgrounds so we had to downsize. Does this make sense? I’ve been camping for 15 years all over California with a 32 ft trailer and Chevy Silverado 1500 and I have yet to see a place where I don’t fit. Just want to clear it up for people that are looking to buy and need help.


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