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Old 01-03-2016, 07:38 AM   #15
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Shouldn't Matter Too Much

If it were me, I would place a much higher priority on livability and overall preference vs. what trailer length is best for national parks.

We have a 27FB and do recall a park ranger once telling us that it was a great length since it was less than 30 feet. However, after 2 1/2 years of full timing in all types of campgrounds including lots of state parks and national parks, can't recall one time where the difference between a 28 and a 30 foot trailer would have mattered when parking the trailer.

I think the main thing you will notice is that on the reservation web sites, there are generally less available sites available as trailer length increases. The people that will have the real problem are the 40 foot plus RV's and Fifth Wheels which means the difference between 28 ft and 30 ft Airstream is most often a non factor.
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Old 01-03-2016, 09:37 AM   #16
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When you think about it, Airstreams are often the smallest trailer in a NP campground. Most 5th wheels and conventional travel trailers you see in the parks are longer and wider due to their slide outs. Depending on the national park shorter trailers have the advantage in that it allows more campsite choices in such busy campgrounds, such as Many Glacier in Glacier NP which is first come first served. So get the floorpan that fits you the best.

We changed from a 17' Casita to a 25fb. We felt the 25 was the ideal compromise since we prefer federal and state campgrounds over commercial.

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Old 01-03-2016, 09:57 AM   #17
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My trailer has mysteriously shrunk from 31' to 30' (sometimes even 28') when I am making reservations. Never been a problem.

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Old 01-03-2016, 10:18 AM   #18
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Depending on the national park shorter trailers have the advantage in that it allows more campsite choices in such busy campgrounds, such as Many Glacier in Glacier NP which is first come first served. So get the floorpan that fits you the best.

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I see that a change is going to happen at Many Glacier in 2016. This from the GNP website:

"Half of the campsites at Many Glacier will also be available for advance reservations, starting the summer of 2016. The system is not set up yet to accept those requests. As soon as it is we will update this page. We expect to have a date to announce later this month".
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That is a big change. I camped there in August 2011,2012. You have to get there by 8am typically to get a space. That mean't parking your rig in the Swiftcurrent parking lot and then walking around, looking at campsite labels to see if the date indicated they were leaving. But the rule was they had until 11am to decide to sign up again or leave. Often on these sites the occupants where still asleep and you had to move on. It was kinda stressful because there were other campers looking for sites. Many Glacier has to be the most popular campground at Glacier. The hiking from this campground is the best. There are a lot of trails that start from this location.

I hope many of the sites they choose for reservation are selected on the basis if they can accommodate an RV.

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We were at the park last July and Many Glacier was just to stressful, it is almost you have to fight for a space, do not like that.

We stay on the West Glacier side for 7 day and had a good time, took day drives all around the park and you are close to Canada for a day trip.
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Really?
What's 2 more feet?
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I used to wonder this same question prior to buying.

The best advice I got was to buy a trailer that best suites my family, because there are always options available for sites. I found that to be true.
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