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Old 06-07-2016, 12:41 PM   #15
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You will have more issues with a 28' FB than with a rear bedroom. We have been in tight sites where we were saved by the ability to back the trailer wheels all the way to the site curb and let the back of the trailer hang over. Would have been tough with a FB with the door in the back of the trailer.
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:11 PM   #16
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My brother has Class A box, 38' . He used to lie about length to get into parks by a few feet. Then he found he just couldn't get around. Now he tells exact size.
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:24 PM   #17
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I'll take the other side of the consensus here. National park attendance last year was up over 30%. Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP were particularly miserable. One reason is that so many people are squeezing oversized rigs into park sites that weren't designed to handle them and are clogging up the works. It's not so much a matter of whether you can cram 10 lbs of crap into a 5 lb bag. It's whether it is a good idea.
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:07 PM   #18
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Never been asked, but I know my total length is very close to 50' overall length for tow vehicle and trailer. There have been lots of places I barely fit and I have never been turned away. There have been places the truck had to be disconnected and parked sideways in front of the trailer or beside the trailer. Some campsites have the extra shorter parking pad for the tow vehicle (or toad) to go beside the trailer (or motorhome).
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Old 06-07-2016, 05:19 PM   #19
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We booked a 22' site because it was the last one and got the 25' FB in but had to park the TV across the front. We have also had to do so with sites listed at 25'. The biggest obstacle is a narrow entry road with the site heavily wooded and the site's entrance 90 degrees to the entry road. Long wheelbase TV makes that situation impossible if you can't get the front wheels of the TV off the road.
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:54 PM   #20
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Whatever the length, whatever the NP, whatever anyone on this thread says, just get out there and have a great time. You're going to love living rivited... )
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:58 PM   #21
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What baterup says! The worst thing that can happen is you will end up in the overflow area fully self-contained.
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Old 06-07-2016, 08:51 PM   #22
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Has anyone had difficulties making the turns in passes in the mountains?
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Old 06-07-2016, 08:58 PM   #23
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Get the right sized Airstream for yourselves, but don't count on the assurances of a salesperson to help you make that choice.

Just for fun, ask your salesperson whether they own an RV and how often they personally go camping in it. This will help you judge their personal level of understanding with respect to how well an Airstream (or any other) trailer will fit into a National Park (or any other) campground.

Not to say this is true of all NP campgrounds, but here's a personal experience:
Three campgrounds in the Olympic National Park only have sites available on a 1st-come-1st-served basis. Those campgrounds each have a few sites that are specified to fit a 25' trailer. We toured each campground in our truck to see what they looked like since our 27FB was already camped elsewhere (Log Cabin Resort). In two of those campgrounds, we were incredibly happy to not be towing our trailer, as we're not even sure it would have made it through tight spots in the narrow twisting tree-lined campground drives. In the third, while we could have towed Rocinante through there easily enough, there were maybe two or three sites in the whole place into which we could have fit her. None of these three campgrounds had an overflow area.

So, it also depends on whether a particular campground takes reservations.

No single assumption applies to all NP campgrounds - except that you'll always have an easier time finding a site with a smaller trailer vs. a large one. We chose our place on that scale (27FB which is actually 28' 1" long). Now and then we wish we had a smaller trailer, but overall we're quite happy with the space Rocinante provides despite the occasional squeeze.
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Marion National Park? Try again.
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:54 AM   #25
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Has anyone had difficulties making the turns in passes in the mountains?

If you're speaking of just driving on the roads through National Parks, etc., our answer would be, "Not yet." That said, we pay close attention to any warnings regarding maximum safe length for a vehicle on the roads we use. For example, we'd never even consider towing Rocinante on Going To The Sun Road in Glacier National Park. It's prohibited anyway, but if we were silly enough to take anything bigger than a Sprinter van up that road we'd be begging for serious trouble from Law Enforcement Rangers, Mother Nature and basic physics.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:15 PM   #26
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Not a length problem but while MHing in New Zealand we were on a mountain road and around the corner came a small pickup with the driver holding out a cardboard sign "Wide Load". Gave it some thought and decided to pull over a bit. Then cam a massive flatbed with a blade of an earth mover hanging over both sides. He passed. Now do we wait for the next small pickup with a cardboard sign or just go ahead. We went ahead.

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Old 06-08-2016, 01:33 PM   #27
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Rocinante posted an excellent comment. We've never had a problem with state parks or provincial parks in Canada due to trailer length although some California parks we day visited appeared on the small side. Several national parks in the U.S. did have camp sites where we had a reduced choice (e.g. Mather campground at Grand Canyon) or almost no chance of fitting such as Canyonlands National Park. There are quite a few campgrounds around Jasper, many of which we couldn't fit our 28 ft. into. That said, we have no regrets about buying the 28 and I can't recall any sites where a 25 would fit but not a 28.
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Here is a sample of what you may run into, from the Yosemite website. Note the difference between RV length and trailer length, now few trailer sites may be available, and the reason why a longer RV may be allowed but a shorter trailer would not.

"Maximum RV/trailer lengths: In Yosemite Valley, the maximum RV length is 40 feet and maximum trailer length is 35 feet, however, only a total of 12 sites of this size are available (six sites each in Lower Pines and North Pines, which are open spring through fall). Many more sites exist in Yosemite Valley and elsewhere in Yosemite that can take RVs up to 35 feet or trailers up to 24 feet."

"RV length and trailer length are not the same! Please note that many campsites have different maximum lengths for RVs and trailers. This is because many of the campsites are back-in sites with limited turning radius. We do not enforce the length limits as long as the RV or trailer can fit on the parking pad in the site. However, if you reserve a site for equipment other than what you bring, and the site can't accommodate your RV or trailer, we will not be able to find a different campsite for you."

Close call for mid-size Airstreams, probably risky for large Airstreams unless you can reserve one of the few longer sites. In this case we reserved just outside the park, and took our pickup and bicycles in each day.
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