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Old 04-01-2012, 11:28 AM   #15
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Lumatic has it right.... if you like to camp in unusual places, or take dirt roads, a shorter trailer will work better for you. The tail dragging problem is very real. Webspinner originally wanted a 30+ footer.. but we managed to find the Tradewind, and have been in several camping spots and situations where I was really glad to not have a lot longer trailer. It also fits in the driveway this way.

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Old 04-01-2012, 11:29 AM   #16
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Ever seen the episode of Mythbusters where they get a truck stuck on a turn on Lombard Street ("the curviest road in the world") in San Francisco?

As has been said above, if you're going to want to regularly get out into the wilderness and into the older state parks, think about a smaller trailer. From what I can tell, though, people with longer trailers are used to setting the trailer down somewhere, unhitching, and then going and looking for places that they'll fit, then they go and get the trailer and move into it. That way, hopefully, you won't have any surprises.

Some of those people, it seems, have learned to do that the hard way...ask Kirk Thomson about taking a wrong turn in a coastal village in New England sometime...or someone here trying to turn around on California's Hwy 1 when the road is blocked (scary cliff drop-offs, two lane road, rock wall on the other side)...or the guy who got his vehicle wedged into the rock wall of the Connor Pass near Dingle, Co. Kerry (1.5 lane road) and closed the pass for a week...

I think this is why people carry Woodalls and other directories/atlases specifically for RVs and truckers...
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:32 AM   #17
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While I rarely deal with reservation systems I have found that it is necessary to explain to some that a 30 foot trailer requires a 50-55 foot deep campsite. Some I have talked to seem to think the trailer got there on its own
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:35 AM   #18
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Rick thats a good point. I'm about 46' and there are times, as a lazier camper, appreciate when I can leave the whole shebang hooked up for a night stay.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:54 AM   #19
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With all that has been advised, why do I see so many huge motor homes and fifth wheels much longer than 30 feet? They seem to be coming more and more popular all the time. Where are they going that 30 foot Airstreams are not?
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Around here I also see many huge class A (40 ft.)and 5th wheels. They seem to mostly inhabit newer upscale RV parks. Going to the east Sierra NFS campgrounds, the older ones in rugged mountainous terrain, I frequently see 16', 19' trailers, small C class, or tents.

I see numerous high end motorhomes in Zion River Resort outside the national park. In watchman camground, in the park, more small trailers and more average motorhomes.

There are some exceptions, and NFS campground Serrano in Big Bear will hold bigger rigs. I've seen 30 foot plus trailers in some of the sites in New Shady Rest Mammoth Lakes, and I had my 25 in there. But even it would not fit in many of the sites. And on the loop I was in it was interesting watching the trailer miss trees by a few inches when navigating the interior roads.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:02 PM   #21
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For the most part the huge units are sitting in full hookup private campgrounds.. It has been my observation that the Forest service sites that we visit each year are being used less all the time even though they would handle the big rigs. Some of that may be due to the economy, but I suspect that there is a strong full hook up mentality that has taken over
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:07 PM   #22
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In my opinion, big comfort difference between the 25 footer and a 30 footer...Purchase the size that best fits you....
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:14 PM   #23
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Is there a big difference if we went with the 27'? That was originally our first choice before we saw the 30'. We will be traveling across the country, many National Parks and into Canada. At least that is the plan. To me, a 3' difference wouldn't seem to be a big deal but, if it would get us into more spots, I would highly consider the 27'. Just not sure about a 25' for us! Thanks for all the great responses, as always!
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You may want to check the spec on the 25 and 27. There may only be about a foot of difference. I think my 25 is actually almost 26.
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In my opinion, big comfort difference between the 25 footer and a 30 footer...Purchase the size that best fits you....
I agree completely. I could never get comfortable in a 30' er; it took me a while to get used to my 25. I now tell people to buy the smallest unit they can get used to. I did the opposite and bought the largest I could imagine living in, and questioned my judgement on the first trip. I just wanted a separate shower and a bathroom that would take my Toto wash-let toilet. And that was a 25 footer. The rest I didn't care about.

As for boon-docking, which I almost always do, I wouldn't want anything bigger. When they limit your size in a campground, there is usually a very good reason. Unhitching and scouting is SOP for us.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:44 PM   #26
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I love MrUKToad's 28'. If I was in the market for a bigger trailer, that's probably the length I'd go with, personally. Give it a look, Anna!
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:48 PM   #27
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I love MrUKToad's 28'. If I was in the market for a bigger trailer, that's probably the length I'd go with, personally. Give it a look, Anna!
Z, I have never seen the 28' in person. Only the 27' and 30'. I should look for a 28' that I can go inside of. Starting to second guess myself now. OIY!!! Windish does not have one to look at. Will be in TX this weekend. I'll search some dealers there to see if anyone has one!
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:02 PM   #28
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We haven't had that much trouble with our 30'. That said, there is one national monument over in Arizona that is, well, pretty tight. There are only one or two sites there that we can fit into, and they don't take reservations. So far, we've been lucky there, however.


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