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Old 03-16-2016, 10:31 AM   #1
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Yellowstone Camping and Rig Length

Sorry if this is a repeat, I searched the site but was not able to find the threads I remember reading...

19ft Truck length and 32ft 10in trailer length

So we have reservations booked in late August early September for Fishing Bridge in a 35FT site...booked it online, will be tight but have read a lot about site sizes...and how they (YS) get a little crazy about it...

Now today I called the campground booking agency because my wife would like to stay somewhere with a little more room between sites and be able to have a fire... So I found Bridge Bay had some 40ft sites available...

The person on the phone refused to transfer my booking because I was over sized even thought I explained that I have talked to several people bigger than me that have camped in YS and even watched videos of rigs bigger than me camping in YS.

So do I just book the new site and hope everything is ok? Do I just stay somewhere else?

I know several of you have done this, so I am looking for some guidance and experience as to how to handle this situation. Thanks everyone!
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:45 AM   #2
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My rough measurement of total length is right around 45ish feet...
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i will let you know after June when we attempt this.. I have a 21 FBRS and a Crew CAB 2500 Ram booked in a 40ft site. The reservation agent said we must fit in 40 ft. Truck and trailer included. its gonna be tight...

Based on the reservation site and talking to an agent you will have issues. You will be 10 foot over. I would think that you may get away with an extra foot.. but you can eyeball 10 foot difference
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Why do they make such short camp sites? It's like the tiny lots on most subdivisions. Greed is all I can figure........

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Why do they make such short camp sites? It's like the tiny lots on most subdivisions. Greed is all I can figure........

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I tried explaining that my setup is nothing special and just run of the mill length, but he stated that they are "really cracking down."

I think I am going to book the 40ft site, I am pretty sure that I am only about 5ft longer than that with the truck and trailer hooked together. If I have to I will just back the truck under the hitch every time we are there. I mean it is not like we will be there every minute of the day, we are there to explore...lol
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:55 AM   #6
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The lack of sites for longer rigs is a problem at Yellowstone. And they are VERY adamant about not allowing "oversize" vehicle combinations for their sites.
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Why do they make such short camp sites? It's like the tiny lots on most subdivisions. Greed is all I can figure........

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It has more to do with when those sites were put in. Back then big trailers were 20 feet long with no sildeouts and pulled by a car, not a crewcab pickup.
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It has more to do with when those sites were put in. Back then big trailers were 20 feet long with no sildeouts and pulled by a car, not a crewcab pickup.
Yes, good point, the infrastructure there is quite old. Perhaps there are some alternatives just outside of the park?
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From personal experience, I would stay with the site at Fishing Bridge and forget about the Bridge Bay campground. That's based on a bad experience at Bridge Bay. Also, remember that at Fishing Bridge you will have full hookups while the sites at Bridge Bay are basic, no hookups at all.
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Here's one more thing for you to consider, if Yellowstone experiences a very dry year there's a good chance there will be a ban on campfires.
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