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Old 08-20-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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34' Airstream at Sandbanks with PP or Hensley?

I would like to know if anyone has towed a 34' Airstream with a ProPride 3P or Hensley Arrow through the sharp turns in the Woodlands CG in Sandbanks Provincial Park (Ontario). I'm pretty sure I've seen that combo in that spot - I'm just hoping that someone here has done it!

Yes, I know it's a VERY specific question. No joy on Google so here it is.

We have a 30' SOB and we camp every year in Woodlands. There are some very tight turns on the road through the CG and with the way our 3P cuts the trailer in behind we have to be sure to follow the outside of the curves with the tow vehicle.

We're interested in the 34' Airstreams from the 80s and are wondering if anyone here has been there and done that. We are not willing to sacrifice the park for the length!

While I'm at it, anyone with a 34 footer having problems finding sites in Ontario Provincial Parks?

Thanks!
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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I will be picking up our 34' 1984 International this coming Friday, complete with Hensley hitch. While I can't report on towability at CG, we've had no problems finding and booking camp sites for our upcoming visits to Long Point, McRae, Earl Rowe and Presqu'ile.

The Pinery was the only park where I couldn't get space for this year, but then it's one of the most popular parks. Especially if you're prepared to dry camp without power, sites are ample.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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We're heading up your way, but more to the east in mid-to-late Sept. Thousand Islands area then down the St Lawrence. We have a 31-footer and know what you mean about tight turns in prov parks.

We enjoy the dry-camp spots but don't kick when we can pick up hyrdo too - makes everything just a bit easier.

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Old 08-21-2013, 10:58 AM   #4
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I'm going to try getting a 34' into Woodlands in a few weeks but with an Eaz-Lift. Not quite as long but still a big combo.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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We have had difficulty getting sites period at Bon Echo - no matter what size. I've noticed that it is often possible to fit in smaller sites. We had one at Algonquin last week that was for a 30' and we could have got a 40' in it.

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I would like to know if anyone has towed a 34' Airstream with a ProPride 3P or Hensley Arrow through the sharp turns in the Woodlands CG in Sandbanks Provincial Park (Ontario). I'm pretty sure I've seen that combo in that spot - I'm just hoping that someone here has done it!

Yes, I know it's a VERY specific question. No joy on Google so here it is.

We have a 30' SOB and we camp every year in Woodlands. There are some very tight turns on the road through the CG and with the way our 3P cuts the trailer in behind we have to be sure to follow the outside of the curves with the tow vehicle.

We're interested in the 34' Airstreams from the 80s and are wondering if anyone here has been there and done that. We are not willing to sacrifice the park for the length!

While I'm at it, anyone with a 34 footer having problems finding sites in Ontario Provincial Parks?

Thanks!
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:29 AM   #6
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We have had difficulty getting sites period at Bon Echo - no matter what size. I've noticed that it is often possible to fit in smaller sites. We had one at Algonquin last week that was for a 30' and we could have got a 40' in it.
I noticed that when looking at site sizes - they're frequently much larger than stated.

Has anybody ever run into an issue with park staff checking trailer length? I think that our 34' would fit into 99.9% of all Provincial Park sites marked for "up to 32'"
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My parents had a problem at Port Burwell, the trailer would have fit on the site but there was no way to get the trailer around the loop to the site. I suggest you scout the area on foot before committing to a road, You may have to get creative and drive the wrong way around the loop or use a neighboring site as a maneuvering point to get where you need to go.

I have never seen a trailer measured at a provincial park, and I have seen trailers on sites that were clearly too large for the site. I always believed that provincial park size limits were intended to help campers reserve sites appropriate for their rig and not to police who camps on what site.

We keep a note book in the trailer to record our favorite sites in each park we stay at so we know what to reserve for the next trip. We also write notes in our NextExit book about gas stations, rest areas, shopping malls and grocery stores that are easy to park in, or should be avoided.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:41 PM   #8
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I wasn't suggesting that I would cram the trailer into a tiny site - but adding the "up to 32'" option often opens up sites where there weren't any before.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:27 AM   #9
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I don't think the park staff care as long as you don't try to cut down trees to fit. Honestly, I don't even think they know which trailer belongs to which person in the line on a busy day.

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I noticed that when looking at site sizes - they're frequently much larger than stated.

Has anybody ever run into an issue with park staff checking trailer length? I think that our 34' would fit into 99.9% of all Provincial Park sites marked for "up to 32'"
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I'm going to try getting a 34' into Woodlands in a few weeks but with an Eaz-Lift. Not quite as long but still a big combo.
Hey Brad,

Look forward to hearing about your experience.
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we have a 30' with a hensley. our challenge last summer and this summer has been finding provincial spots at all, because we didn't book early enough ahead of time.
we just bought our trailer last summer and didn't/couldn't start booking until we actually had it, and by that time everything was gone.
this summer, after the fact, our older son's hockey team decided to hold their hockey camps each week in August, which was when we had planned to take our vacation. Suddenly, we were scrambling for weekends because that's all we could take.
(we like having electric for the microwave and a/c, but it's not a necessity.)
On the plus side, I can say that there's no "up to 32" sites, that we've camped on yet (in ontario, we've been to macgregor point, killbear, algonquin lake of 2 rivers, charleston, and ivy lea, so far), that you couldn't have also fit your 34.
We have also stayed on some "up to 18" sites from time to time that you could maybe get into, too - you have to be prepared to strategize; and be pretty darn good at backing up; and definitely not try it as night time closes in ;-) which always seems to happen to us, as it's hard to be timely when you have young kids with you ;-) i think kids were put here to test us ;-)
another thing, there's a couple of 18' sites this weekend up here at algonquin that're big enough, but the trees across from the site, and on the site, would make backing in very tricky.
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With our 3p it "turns inside" our TV track. So, if you swing wide it may be doable.
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We just returned from beautiful Long Point on Lake Erie. I was really glad that we didn't get one of the more scenic sites and instead ended up with a site at the main drag. It was still quiet, green and secluded and the scenic sites were a nightmare to get in, even with a smaller trailer.

Beautiful, but sloped and sandy ground. It also didn't help that it was raining hard when we arrived. As I had already been soaked filling the fresh water, that wasn't a perfect start.

Tomorrow morning we are off to Balsam Lake for the long weekend.
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Tomorrow morning we are off to Balsam Lake for the long weekend.
You must have booked early! I couldn't get into Balsam Lake midweek this summer

Some of the access roads in Provincial Parks can be narrow and make getting that big backing up turn correct first time quite difficult.
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