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Old 07-28-2006, 06:31 PM   #15
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We have Reserve America for the National forests here in Arizona and have used it twice and both times the sites were not as listed. The latest one happened last weekend. The site was listed as a 40' back in driveway setup. It was a wide spot in the road ment for tent campers to park. The hosts at the campground appologised for the problem, but stated that they have send corrections to RA everal times. Camping for 3 days was $42, RA fee for the booking was $9 or almost 20% of the total. The good news is that the site worked well for us and we were parked near our friends.
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Old 07-28-2006, 08:04 PM   #16
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Site lengths

Working for State Parks in Oregon we rate the site lengths from loop road to the bumper stop. This usually results in the site being the right size, if the trailer is hanging over the concrete stop in the back of the site you can fit in a larger unit. Every year we do whats called a park profile, we take a truck and long equipment trailer and check the difficulting of backing in to campsites, this helps us determine how large a truck and trailer combination can negotiate the turn and "not" repeat "not" hit things like trees, water spigots and other vehicles yet folks still find a way .

So we tend to undersize our sites to avoid problems. However since most campgrounds were built when RV's were smaller (16-22ft) most sites can't accomidate the larger trailers. Nowadays you add in tip outs and it really makes it difficult to keep utility boxes and water spigots from being knocked over. If you can book ahead of time get the site big enough for your entire rig and then some.
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Old 07-29-2006, 03:29 PM   #17
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When I reserve a site for Cheatham Dam Lock A near Ashland City, TN., I go through www.researveusa.com. Each site is listed with max length of rv and whether the site is double width or not. The site I am on near the end of August is listed for an RV no longer than 30', one of my friends is to my left on a site for no longer than 34' and another friend may be on my other side in a site for no longer than 20'. The decreasing size is due to sites converging together and ending at a big parking lot for the boat ramp. Some of the sites farther up the road are listed for 40' or over. I've seen long diesel pushers that still had plenty of space left over on their site.

Many of the sites at Tims Ford State Park near Tullahoma, TN. are very short. Last year I parked my 25' Sovereign with rear bumper slightly hanging over the back of the site and my 2500hd would have been slightly into the road if I didn't unhook. I could have run the trailer back another 5' but was going to unhook for the 4 day outing anyway. I worked for 2 of the days but left the trailer for my older kids and wife to use during the day. One site I saw could only have fit a small popup or Casita size trailer (which I think is a really neat setup after seeing one several weeks ago).
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Old 05-27-2007, 08:16 PM   #18
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My husband and I just purchased a 25ft FB Safari. Our first voyage will be in a week to Yellowstone. We bought the trailer to camp with our two little girls since we quickly figured out that dry camping can be pretty tough with babies. Anyway, I have ended up doing a LOT of planning for Yellowstone. Frankly, the trailer is far too large to fit and about 90% of the spots in Yellowstone. I have even questioned if buying it was the best idea, but I think I am over that now! Yellowstone has two kinds of campgrounds. One managed by Xanterra and the other by the National Park Service. Yellowstone has extremely strict guidelines for length...they incorporate car and trailer and they do not let you cheat. They told us they would kick us out if we are over the length. In the campgrounds managed by the National Park Service in Yellowstone we do not qualify for most of the camp sites. If we do, there are usually only two to three spaces at a particular site that we fit. Since these are first come, first serve this makes us nervous. We don't want to get to a campsite and not have a spot and have to keep driving! Just in case, we have booked sites through Xanterra at two different camp sites. Xanterra manages the big camp sites which are less picturesque and offer more services. We actually only qualify for a few spots in most of those camp sites except for the Fishing Bridge which is specifically for RV's and is a concrete parking lot. The spots we booked don't sound like the prettiest, but at least we have a reservation. I did enough research that I was able to request specific sites or loops. When I could get a National Park Service ranger on the phone some of them had some really helpful information about specific campgrounds. I recommend you call if you have a number and some time. We also booked a few days at a RV park in Gardiner, MT which is supposed to be nice. We will see. Since this is our maiden voyage we are trying to keep our expectations low and just flow with things since so much of this will be new. Wish us luck. Carhart
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Good report -- thanks!

Gen Disarray posted today asking folks to post in the campground reviews. Is this the only link? Rodney, do you know? I'll have to look into what seems to be product reviews invading the campground review area -- I would contemplate moving some of those reviews.
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Old 05-27-2007, 09:33 PM   #20
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Virginia has a limit of 30' this is to make you call ahead. If you call a head and make a reservation you can park a 34'. We have never been turned away, but they do request that you call.
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Old 05-27-2007, 10:13 PM   #21
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We camped at a site at El Capitan State Park in CA which we reserved through Reserveamerica. Although it was a fabulous site--huge, w/ocean views and beach access--we barely managed to get our 25' Safari well off the road and onto to pad. This was after getting a lot of "ohyeahnoproblem" reassurance on the phone. We did have to overlap w/ the tow vehicle, and all went well, but, as a newbie, I was surprised at the discrepancy.
We're now heading up to the Oregon coast and those infamously beautiful state parks. When making reservations, they also asked for specific trailer length, so I'm a little wary, but hoping for the best.
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Old 05-27-2007, 11:26 PM   #22
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This is exactly the reason I want a smaller vintage trailer. I was in Yellowstone last October. My truck and trailer just fit in one of the largest spaces at Madison Camp ground. If it had been the busy season I would have been out of luck. You can see pictures of the trip on my website shown below.
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:09 AM   #23
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Hi Michelle, yes,, those baby trailers work well,,, donna
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:29 AM   #24
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My husband and I just purchased a 25ft FB Safari. Our first voyage will be in a week to Yellowstone. We bought the trailer to camp with our two little girls since we quickly figured out that dry camping can be pretty tough with babies. Anyway, I have ended up doing a LOT of planning for Yellowstone. Frankly, the trailer is far too large to fit and about 90% of the spots in Yellowstone. I have even questioned if buying it was the best idea, but I think I am over that now! Yellowstone has two kinds of campgrounds. One managed by Xanterra and the other by the National Park Service. Yellowstone has extremely strict guidelines for length...they incorporate car and trailer and they do not let you cheat. They told us they would kick us out if we are over the length. In the campgrounds managed by the National Park Service in Yellowstone we do not qualify for most of the camp sites. If we do, there are usually only two to three spaces at a particular site that we fit. Since these are first come, first serve this makes us nervous. We don't want to get to a campsite and not have a spot and have to keep driving! Just in case, we have booked sites through Xanterra at two different camp sites. Xanterra manages the big camp sites which are less picturesque and offer more services. We actually only qualify for a few spots in most of those camp sites except for the Fishing Bridge which is specifically for RV's and is a concrete parking lot. The spots we booked don't sound like the prettiest, but at least we have a reservation. I did enough research that I was able to request specific sites or loops. When I could get a National Park Service ranger on the phone some of them had some really helpful information about specific campgrounds. I recommend you call if you have a number and some time. We also booked a few days at a RV park in Gardiner, MT which is supposed to be nice. We will see. Since this is our maiden voyage we are trying to keep our expectations low and just flow with things since so much of this will be new. Wish us luck. Carhart
carhart,

I stayed at Xanterra Fisher's Bridge with my old 40' MoHo with Chevy van in tow. Yes, it's a parking lot but you do have full hook-ups and you will only be there to sleep and maybe eat. We were packed in so tight that if my rig had slide-outs, I don't think there would have been room to get them out due to the 2 huge 5th wheels parked on either side.

Other than that, the Yellowstone experience was AWESOME!
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:32 AM   #25
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I don't think that you should base you're purchase of a trailer based upon it's size getting into certain campgrounds.

So far we've had no issues at 31'

I think there are always alternative parks.
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I don't think that you should base you're purchase of a trailer based upon it's size getting into certain campgrounds.

So far we've had no issues at 31'

I think there are always alternative parks.
Glad to hear that LI. Going out west this fall with 30' AS and I hope its not difficult to find nice camps for that length.

BTW, looking at Woodall's online, some places list a max RV length. Am I correct assuming my RV length will be 47' (30' AS + 17' truck)? Should I only look for Max RV length of 47' or more when using Woodalls to look for sites? Any insights from those that use Woodalls would be most appreciated.

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As an aside, but mentioned, I wasn't aware Res.Amer. charged a fee. Guess I don't read the fine print or check my bills close enough.
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