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Old 04-19-2015, 11:19 PM   #1
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Can 30' Airstreams fit into most State Parks?

We're downsizing from a 43' diesel pusher to a 2016 30' Flying Cloud.

In the past, we pretty much avoided most State Parks due to the size of our coach.

Now, we're wondering if -generally speaking- State Park Campgrounds will be an available camping option for us when traveling. Are most of the parks able to handle a 30' Airstream?
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:30 PM   #2
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You may find this interesting: http://www.parks.ca.gov/RVlength
From I have seen, above 25' trailers will be more restricted in Forrest and national park campgrounds.
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:47 AM   #3
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You will be about 52'-55' long if you pull with a crew cab as we do. If you go any state park site you will not that many sites are restricted to 25', that said there are sites that can accommodate larger rigs such as 30' AS but when we had a 30' in the past a 38' MoHo and now another 30' AS we have always made reservations as long in advance as possible to make sure. Florida is an example, most parks have sites for our 30' AS, but they are limited in number.

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Old 04-20-2015, 06:13 AM   #4
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This is very park specific, but the idea of making reservations in advance is critical. Also, talking with someone on the phone about the sites, can sometimes allow a longer unit than officially listed. Like my 44' moho, parked in a pull through with both ends out in the road slightly. Ands, in a couple parks, I was given a space which was impossible to park due to the length of the moho, but was allowed to try.

The advantage of the AS is no slides, thus only a width of 8'6", so in a lot of spaces which are 20 feet wide, the TV goes down alongside the AS. Or, the TV can park somewhere nearby.

I have a 30' and anticipate no real problem..... but, I may be surprised. And, congratulations on your new AS.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:31 AM   #5
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Our trailer is actually 28 feet long, despite being labelled as a 27 footer, and we have never had an issue in any campground (public or private.) From what I can tell, we would not have had any issues with a 30 footer either. Most campground websites (including SP's) are pretty clear about the size of the rig you can fit in a space. In general (i.e., 99.99% of the time) you DO NOT need to add the length of your tow vehicle to the rig length to determine if it will fit. The tow vehicle can usually be parked alongside the trailer. So if a site says it can accommodate a 30 foot rig, that is for the trailer alone and does not include the tow vehicle.
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We have never had an issue with our 30'er. I have seen some sites that MAY have been an issue if your plans were to keep your trailer hitched up like for a one nite stand with a quick getaway in the morning. That has been a few and far between thing though.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:20 AM   #8
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I know that this issue is definitely park-specific. And I don't expect the site to be long enough for both TV and trailer.

It sounds like there will be many State Parks where we would be able to park the 30' Flying Cloud, with the Denali HD detached.

Thanks for all the input, folks.
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We've taken the 30' to yellowstone and many state parks throughout California and never had a problem. Iv'e only found one RV park in Big Sur that had a 28' limit and it was privately owned.
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I had 30 ft AS now 31 ft AS since 1967 have never had prob. any place with length but always unhooked, some spots had to other, would not have to unhook. I do not look for pull thrus just take what is avlb. Bill
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We're downsizing from a 43' diesel pusher to a 2016 30' Flying Cloud.

In the past, we pretty much avoided most State Parks due to the size of our coach.

Now, we're wondering if -generally speaking- State Park Campgrounds will be an available camping option for us when traveling. Are most of the parks able to handle a 30' Airstream?
I have had a 30' Airstream for five years. I travel to state parks.

State parks vary from one state to the next and from one park to the next. However, I have never encountered a situation where I could not stay at the park of my choice because the trailer was too long.

Campsite pad lengths vary from one campsite to the next within a park. Sometimes we have to unhook in order to fit, although this is unusual. Though rare, in my experience, there are campgrounds that require the tow vehicle to fit on the campsite pad.

Rarely, we see drive-in campsites shorter than 30'. Often these are sites intended for tent camping, or are specifically geared towards pop-ups. Sometimes we encounter sites that are, by campground policy, tent-only, even though we could fit. Sometimes we park in an area that is predominantly tents, with small pads, where we get the hairy eyeball from neighbors who think that gossamer fabric is acceptable but aluminum is not.

We do stay at some campsites where maneuvering a 30' trailer into the site requires a certain degree of skill, because of narrow access roads with sharp turns.

I don't know whether this helps or not but it's the best way I can think of to answer your question.
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I've not ever had a problem in Missouri State Parks. Typically they ask you the total length of the tow vehicle and your trailer since they want both units stored within the confines of the site. Some sites are not wide enough to allow you to park next to your trailer so that is why they look for total length. I usually ask for about 51-55' and find no difficulty in getting reservations for that length. Usually the more primitive campgrounds with minimal or no hookups usually are the ones that have some length limitations.

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To MsMoto's point which I forgot about is make the reservation on line if you want and call and talk to the park. We did that in Maine for a park that said 25', but we wanted the site on the water for our 30'. I talked to a nice lady ranger she said "no problem", but you'll need to unhook your bars and ease it on down the hill and then use your four wheel drive and ease it up the hill to get it out then hook the bars back up, but once in there you'll have lots or room. Worked like a charm.
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It really depends where and how you like to camp, but if the parks take revs., they will put you into a suitable site. Oftentimes the older (CCC-vintage) state, national park, and forest service CGs do have spaces for longer units, but only in limited numbers. Most of the sites will be smaller, unless they've been recently reno'ed. A lot of state parks have on-line reservation systems that allow you to choose your site, complete with info on its dimensions.
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