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Old 08-23-2016, 09:17 AM   #71
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Originally Posted by rp709 View Post
Good point about CA parks especially along the coast. Many will not accept a trailer more than 27 feet and some limit it to 23 feet. But, these locations are very popular and hard to access without a reservation planned way ahead. When I had a tent trailer that would go anywhere I found that when you are limited to under 27 feet, the sites are very close together. I find I prefer a campground that accommodates up to 35 foot trailers because of sites with more space between you and other campers along with more privacy. After living with our Safari 28' for 10 years, we found we never go to campgrounds that we can't park a 31 foot Airstream. There are parks in British Columbia where back in can be tricky because of the layout. However, taking an extra few minutes will solve the problem with the longer trailer.
Relatively new to having a trailer in Cali ... seems like I've researched and found quite a few coastal campgrounds ... even down in Big Sur, Plaskett Creek takes RV's and longer trailers .. several in Pismo ... in Santa Cruz, New Brighton is an amazing campground & Henry Cowell in the Redwoods, further Coastanoa ($$$ & very cold / windy) but out of this world if a warm sunny day. But with so few campgrounds here, they are booked within minutes of the 6 month wondow opening. 10's of thousands of acres of open land between Santa Cruz and San Fran, but land use and permitting means virtually nothing can ever be built, not even a basic campsite.

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Old 10-18-2016, 05:43 PM   #72
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we have a 34'. never had a problem. some sites will be small enough you cannot leave your TV attached but even that is rare.

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Old 12-03-2016, 03:17 AM   #73
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What we have found is that .... if your going to travel ... travel in style... 30 ft is a nice length. We found that its a better balanced trailer than the smaller 25 footers. If you check the hitch weight... you will see why we say that. In towing down the road... the 30 footer is much easier... and less suseptable to wind and trucks.. so we have found.

That being said we have always used the larger trailer 30 ft. As when we get their we usually stay for a week or two.. and the 30 ft gives you a nice glamping trailer with enough room inside for 4 people.

But... for travel from one place to the other and only camping for a day or so.. the smaller trailer is better suited... Most who use them only use 'em for a bedroom... eating and all is done in the dinner... so we have seen.

As to getting into places.. I have to agree... never had a problem with any of our trailers... and a lot of places are expanding their lengths to accmod the longer trailers as the 5th wheel group seems to be pushing 40 ft now. Most of the national parks don't tell you but, if you ask they always seem to be able to get the 30 ft trailer in. May have to park the TV somewhere else.. but then again... once you have arrived... do you need the TV till you are ready to leave?

I play more on comfort and storage... lord knows how the other half loves to take everything.. and the kitchen sink too... we won't talk about shoes... but if thats not enough wait till you get on the road.. and she sees that once their something that she just has to have... yep... extra storage space keeps peace in the trailer... Sometimes I think 30 ft is not long enough...
I wanted to start a new rule... you can take everything you can carry in one trip... ya that worked... My thinking was from the house to the trailer.. Her thinking is when we get back home... is the trip... LOLL
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Old 12-03-2016, 03:25 AM   #74
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My new thinking is that instead of the PU for the TV... use a full size van. That way you have the best of both worlds... trailer for longer stays... van for weekend or road travel. I talked to someone who had that setup... and they had the same idea... and went that way...
They use the van for around town also... and as a TV they said it was just a little less power but then again when they are towing the 30 footer... they arn't in a hurry anyway...
Seemed to me to be a good idea... as well as you can boot the kids out of the trailer and stuff 'em in the van overnight... or ... leave the kids in the trailer and have peace and quiet in the van ... very adaptable...
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Old 12-03-2016, 08:13 AM   #75
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Airstreams tend to grow on you.

Originally Posted by featherbedder View Post
Since I started in 1955 w/16ft. have had 17-19-22-26-30-now 31 have never had place I could not get into even when so called experts said no go, so go with what you are comfortable with towing & space needed.
Same experience: we started with a 22', then a 27', and now have a 30'.

Take your time and you will find that the " Goldilocks" sizing method works!
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Old 12-03-2016, 04:46 PM   #76
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When we bought our 31' in 2008 we were really looking for a 28 (we originally had a 25). We grew into the 31' very easily and loved it for almost 10 years. We bought the 30 after talking about it and decided that we couldn't figure out which feet to "give back", so did not size down.

We've never had any insurmountable problems camping. We consider Shenandoah to be our "home" park and we have camped in all of its campgrounds without a problem. The Blue Ridge Parkway campgrounds are a little tougher, but I would not hesitate striking out on that journey again.


Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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