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Old 04-14-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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State & National Park Campgrounds

I'm a 1st time RV'er. We plan to tour US parks & campgrounds. Is the 27 ft FC too large for most campgrounds? Same question for the 25 ft.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:03 PM   #2
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You will have very few state or national campgrounds which will not be just fine with either size Airstream. Sometimes there are a few short sites but very rarely all of them. I would not worry about it much.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:10 PM   #3
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We have 27FB Safari, same as current FC. In almost 2 years of ownership we've only had one tight experience at a state or national park. In that situation the site was large enough but the angle of approach for backing left little room for maneuvering due to vegetation. With another camper and DW guiding we got in with no scratches. Pulling out was no problem.

From what we've experienced we are happy with our 27. We love to camp in state parks.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:22 AM   #4
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I don't know about the eastern states, but in the western National Parks some of the sites are pretty small and tight. I think they were designed during the CCC era. If they've been renovated lately, however, they are usually good for big rigs. If you check the parks of interest on the Internet before you travel, you should either find any length limitations on the website, or a number you can phone to ask. (For National Parks, these would be the nps.gov websites, not the look-alikes that are the commercial ones. However, some of the campgrounds are run by concessions like Xanterra, and you will be directed to their websites.)
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:07 AM   #5
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I've visited a few on the eastern side of the US and never had an issue with my 28 footer.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:25 AM   #6
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Thumbs up Sometimes it's not the size of the site.....

......it's the function of the brain.

Our 25 has fit well in all sites we've used.

It's always best when the dumbest thing, (damage), happens on the first trip.

On our first trip to our favorite and most familiar campground with our brand new 03 Classic. We had been there many times with our 63, very cocky and self assured after 18 Seasons. Sunday morning on our last day and we, for once, were ready to beat the crowd to the dump.
Now theres a one way wooden bridge on the road out, just before the Ranger station, and oh yes, with a slight turn on the approach.

DW was watching as I pulled out, and all of a sudden the arms started flailing like a wave off on the flight deck.

'Ya know something....the Classic is a bit wider than a 63 Safari, and the wooden bridge railing was now nicely placed on the streetside panel above the H2o access door. Already had a nice 2ft scratch and I was determined not to cause any more "learning scarz".

What to do?
Well it was very early and no one else was around so of-course we started to disassemble the bridge....well only the railing really.
We were making pretty good progress when the Ranger came out for his morning coffee and asked..."what the hell do you think your doing?"
"taking the railing off so I don't cause any more damage to our new AS" said I.

Now by this time a crowd had started to gather and I did hear some snickers coming my way.

A line had started to form behind us and I thought things were going to get rather tense. But after an extensive conversation with the Ranger and some of the waiting fellow campers it was decided to proceed full speed ahead. We all pitched in, shared tools and discussed the best plan of action.

We had the new AS un-stuck and the bridge put back together in less than two hours.

And I was still first in line for the dump.

We still go back to the Campground and every once in awhile the Ranger or a fellow camper will say....."aren't you the ones who....."

"yes"

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We have not had any problems with our trailer in State or National campgrounds. It has already been mentioned, but look up the campground on the internet and you can find out a wealth of information. We have a 30' trailer.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:13 AM   #8
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Thank you all! Collectively, you have many, many yrs. of experience and I could not get this advice anywhere else. Cann't wait to join your ranks.
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Thank you all! Collectively, you have many, many yrs. of experience and I could not get this advice anywhere else. Cann't wait to join your ranks.

Don't hesitate to PM if we can be of any help.

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