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Old 04-14-2014, 08:02 AM   #15
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How much would the length of a 30 ft trailer limit the camping options over the 23 (or other lengths)? My understanding a lot of national parks have a 27' limit. If true, I wouldn't consider the 30.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:40 AM   #16
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:43 AM   #17
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I too wondered about this question...as many others have (as there are even more threads on the subject if you keep using the google search function)....

Smaller has its benefits it seems with some last minute reservations...I have already seen that even down here in the southeast as we looked for camping reservations for our 30' bunkhouse...smaller opens up more options...but in my particular case, it would have had to have been pretty short...cant rember now but 23 will be a length to let you in most places...but even that has exceptions...

On the other hand there are many posters on this site with 30+ foot rigs that get the job done finding sites just fine on trips across the US including national parks (with some exceptions noted by those folks).

27 vs. 30 is probably not terribly different with respect to this consideration...trailers 25 and less are more likely to be the lengths to offer much more noticeable benefits on access when things are tight...

Others have said it on here, but I ended up hanging my hat on the notion that "first choose the right AS for the family, then worry about restrictions"....but I only put it in that manner after verifying that for my region there is plenty of camping available for my length...which there was...and the drawbacks mentioned in all the threads are manageable anyway....another compromise.

I see you live in Washington State...so perhaps others that live or camp there can offer more insight about your camping restrictions in that state.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:55 AM   #18
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Much depends on whether having a full time bed for the adults is important to you.

We own a 1984 34' model. Our three young boys (the oldest turning 4 and nearly 2 year old twins) share the bedroom, two beds and we added one bunk that runs perpendicular.

We moved the gaucho forward a foot and filled the remaining gap with an upholstered spacer. In the evening it folds out to a large and comfortable Queen bed for my wife and myself. Oftentimes we just throw a huge quilt over it during the day and use it as a play/reading/resting area. If not, our memory foam topper and bedding neatly fit behind the backrest of the sofa, rolled up and covered by a blanket.

Personally I prefer this setup because the interior feels more spacious that way, but I know that almost anybody who owns a bunkhouse, loves theirs.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:50 PM   #19
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I have had a 28' (32' actual length) and a 30' (31' actual length) and I have only found 1 park I couldn't get into. It was so terrible anyway I didn't want to stay there.
My understanding is that Yellowstone and other National Parks cannot accommodate a trailer of this length.
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The bunkhouse certainly gives everyone good sleeping space, nice family Airstream for the o.p. who apparently is planning near full-time. Personally I like the living space in the front of the trailer but in this case the trade-off would certainly be reasonable.

I tried Yosemite for reservations recently and only 27' was available. They have some larger sites but it looks like they go fast and early, and that may be the case elsewhere as the trend has been towards larger RV's.

Right now we are in a pull-through section of a large RV park surrounded by MH's and big fivers for a couple days, not good. Diesels starting up and running for no apparent reason, and coming/going, A/C's on, exterior radios and televisions on. It's a nuthouse, like among the semi's overnight at a Flying J or an interstate highway rest area.

We can be thankful even the largest Airstreams are relatively small and we don't have to hang out with this crowd for lack of a big camp site.
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Picked up our 23D with bunk yesterday. Here are a few pics.
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That trailer looks like 'Geeks's trailer - dinette or couch.
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sweet!!!!! you all will no doubt enjoy this thoroughly!

Keep us up on the adventures.

I am heading this weekend local for a weekend camping at a state park up the road with just my 3.5 year old son, my brother and his son....I bet you are really excited to get out with the fam camping!
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I see- the 30 has a bedroom at the front of the trailer and a u-shaped dinette mid-ship.
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We are leaving Sunday for a rally at Lake Tiak O'Khata Sunday afternoon.
We will leave there Friday headed to Yocona Ridge for our granddaughter's 1st birthday.
Chompin' at the bit. Rarin' to go.
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