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Old 09-08-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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length of Classic and limitation in camping

We are considering a classic 2014 and a 2015. Now we are limited to a 30 ft. (31') actual and are concerned about flexibility in state and federal parks. We would like to be on the road several months at a time but have reservations about the length of the trailer and livability. I saw some recent threads that limited the trailer length to 25' in some federal campgrounds. Also, with a 30' trailer, and a TV that measures 24', are we now totally over the top?
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:18 PM   #2
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I just left Alumafandango in Oregon and Rich Luhr (Newbies Guide to Airstreaming & Airstream Life Magazine) spoke about the National Parks hes visited over 100 and hasnt had any issues with length. He has a 30ft Bunkhouse. You might want to check out his blog. I also am considering going up to a 30ft and this was great to hear...
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:05 PM   #3
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Note that wheelbase of the truck makes a difference in turning radius, and ability to get into some spaces. Rich Luhr uses a 120.1" wheelbase Mercedes GL320.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:11 PM   #4
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:35 PM   #5
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How good is your copilot with directions? We can do 31 ft of MH without problems as bu camera, turning point and mirrors make it possible, doing a trailer you will be blind for some of the spaces you are backing into. I have seen more restictions on width than length in most state parks and not enough turning room from the roadway.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:54 PM   #6
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I have a 30' and pull it with a Suburban and live in town. I don't really have any problems with mine.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:25 PM   #7
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I have a 31' - have read about the length limitation in Parks - was considering getting a smaller AS as we like to stay in Parks rather RV parks.
Just got back from Yellowstone and length was not a problem. Some of their older campgrounds did have a limitation, but most didn't - just tell them and they put you where you can fit. Best to call ahead because some of the older and smaller Parks do limit - but only a few that we have found.
Rather it's a limit on turning and curves (Glacier Park limits to 26' because of road curves - we stayed outside in a RV park and drove in without the AS).
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:42 PM   #8
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Over the last 20 years I've had three 30' and one 31' Airstream trailers. I think this is the best all round size for long term travel. I do not recall ever having a problem finding a camping space where the trailer would fit, though parking the tow vehicle at the same camping spot has been once or twice (Long Key FL State Park comes to mind). We use state parks and national parks often.
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:07 PM   #9
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We had a 25' for 10 years. Could put it anywhere. Airstream measures the ENTIRE length including tongue but I have heard that some manufacturers don't include the tongue in their measurements. Maybe this is why the NPS 'allowed' me to take the trailer up the steep, curvy road in Sequoia?

We now have a 31 floor plan, actually 31' overall also. We have a 22 1/2' tow vehicle so we are pushing 55' total. I haven't found it to be too much of an issue. I am sure there will be some places where we cannot go, the one that I can think of right away is Burlington Campground in Humboldt Redwoods SP.

All that being said we gained 6' in overall trailer length but that is only 3' on each side of the axles <g>. I find a longer trailer easier to backup but a bit more cutting on the corners. However the extra 6' is well worth the tradeoff in interior space.
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Thank you all. I have been on that curvy road in Sequoia. Saw an RV stuck and over the side on one of the hairpins. Thank you again, all for your advice.
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