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Old 03-19-2016, 10:01 PM   #1
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My Flying Cloud 30 is actually 30ft 11".
Many campsites are restricted to 30ft.
Is this going to be a problem or is there a bit of latitude here?
If there is a site 35ft then obviously I'd take it....
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:05 PM   #2
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I've made reservations for sites or campgrounds that list 25 ft as max. We have a 27FB (which is actually 28 ft). We've never had a problem yet ...........
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:37 PM   #3
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:46 PM   #4
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I fit our 27FB into a 24' space at Carpenteria State Beach park, was able to back up to the tires, overhanging the back end onto the beach, perfect fit. Of course I was able to see the site first.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:53 AM   #5
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I'm sure you'll always be able to "fit," perhaps with a little overhang. Probably like size 34 pants: some I fit into comfortably, while others are a bit of a squeeze.
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:08 AM   #6
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With a trailer with a front door you can get away with taking a shorter site by backing the rear end past the the cleared pad. With my 25fb with the rear door I'm more conscious of the campsite length and width. Gotta have room to park the tow vehicle too.

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Old 03-20-2016, 10:11 AM   #7
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Note that the length of an Airstream is measured from the front of the ball socket to the back the rear bumper. In the SOB world, length is the box size.

So when looking at the lot length restrictions, one could safely shorten the Airstream length by about three feet to get the equivalent size. Thus a 31' Airstream could be considered a 28' for lot size. Our 23D could be considered a 20' length.
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:59 AM   #8
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In my experience, they ASK the size of the trailer, but never actually measure it themselves. We've never been refused a specific campsite when we reserve based on length. We are careful to look at actual length and width, and choose longer campsites. And, yes, our trailer length is 31ft but that includes the front V, so we're actually 27ft. by SOB length. We can fit into many campsites in our state parks.

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Pushing the limit by a couple feet is usually okay. But if the site limit was say 16 feet I'd pass. Bigger issue for me is (1) levelness and (2) amount of shade, as too much impacts my solar system.
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Old 03-20-2016, 12:03 PM   #11
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What about folks' experience with National Parks? I've often heard that their length restrictions is more a matter of "access" (i.e., getting there) to the site, vice fitting into the site.
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I doubt most if any campground, private, state, federal, measure their campsites according to whether manufacturers measure their box only. They probably just measure with a tape or pace it out. Class A/C/B don't have A frames to account for.

We reserved a site at Many Glacier in Glacier Natl Par for August. This is the first season the NPS has set up part of this campground as reservable. Normally, Federal sites on recreation.gov show length but at Many Glacier two lengths are shown; length of vehicle and total length of driveway for each reserved site plus a few photos. The site I chose was a few feet short of my 25fb length but the total length of the drive way was more than enough to cover the length of the trailer and tow vehicle. I also checked the photos to insure the trailer door would clear any obstacles if not parked on center since all the sites are pull through.

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I've made reservations for sites or campgrounds that list 25 ft as max. We have a 27FB (which is actually 28 ft). We've never had a problem yet ...........
If you come out here, I can show you a whole bunch where you will have a problem.
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My 31' has mystically shrunk, sometimes to as short as 28', on occasion. You have to consider that, in most sites, the trailer can go way back because the axles are set in the middle.

In 10 years and 65000 miles, it has been a challenge exactly once.

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