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Old 03-26-2015, 08:13 AM   #1
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Campsite length

Warning you now this is a rookie question- When you reserve a campsite do you include your tow vehicle in the length or just the camper? We just bought a 30 ft. Salem DBUD and our tow vehicle is a F150 Supercab. So combined they are about 50 ft. Trying to make reservations and it only shows like 1-2 campsites in almost every local park are approved for that length. I have driven through the parks before and have seen campers much larger than ours all over the place. Not sure if I am entering the correct information. Thanks for any info in advance.

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Old 03-26-2015, 08:20 AM   #2
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Usually you only need to use the length of your camper. Usually you can park the truck to the side, perpendicular to the site, or somehow else that you don't have to include the truck length in the site size.

Unless you're looking for an overnight pull through and want to stay hitched up.

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Old 03-26-2015, 08:26 AM   #3
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I just give camper length. And Welcome.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:28 AM   #4
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Agree with The camper/trailer length
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:44 AM   #5
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I personally use the camper length + ~4' (I like round numbers so I just say 35') to make sure I won't have an issue fitting.
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:01 AM   #6
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I'm sure most don't include the length of their tow vehicle so I'd go with 30' in your case. Worst case scenario you might need to park the TV at an overflow lot but usually you can find space on your site.

Mine's a 23' with a 4' rear slide. Provincial parks near me class midsize trailers as up to 25' so that's the number I usually go with and I've never had issues.
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:20 AM   #7
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My opinion after doing this a LONG while is this... Start with your camper length and add 20% when going to a unknown-to-you campground. Reason being, some campgrounds are a little too generous when they say one of their sites can handle X feet and you end up with your fire pit right on top of you or getting creative to get your slide(s) open around the pedestal! Another consideration if you are new to towing as well, is that you may wish to seek out longer sites till you master backing because those sites will be in a part of the campground with a little more maneuverability because they are set up with the big boys in mind. They also tend to limb better and higher in the bigger site areas, which is getting to be more and more important as trailers get taller. Once you begin to learn the campgrounds, you'll figure out the sites you like and can get into so my last piece of advise is to keep a camping journal and record your campgrounds and notes about it!
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:40 AM   #8
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It depends on the campground and who went around to determine maximum camper length for each site. NY State campgrounds are typically stingy on what they publish as a maximum length. I routinely camp in campsites listed as only 20 ft. with my 30 ft Sunseeker with another 40 ft. available. Of course, I know this is at campsites that I've been to before and am familiar with. When searching out new campgrounds and campsites, I stick to 30 ft. specifications to be safe.
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Old 03-28-2015, 03:53 PM   #9
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Depending on you slide outs and obstructions, most camp grounds you can back the RV in until the wheels are at the end of the drive meaning you have can 6 - 10' sticking out over the grass. This sucks for the rear stabilizer jacks as they usually end up pretty high in the air but a few leveling blocks solves that problem. Most campgrounds I go to, I have to park my TV perpendicular across the drive or pull off into the grass. Note: federal campgrounds (all as far as I know) do not allow any vehicle RV or TV to have a wheel off the drive. Private or even state parks usually don't care if you park in the grass using common sense.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:00 PM   #10
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When we booked r site in Tenn. They asked for trailer and TV.

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