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Old 02-16-2015, 05:14 AM   #1
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Are 5th wheels limited to rv parks?

I'm in love with 5th wheels but I'm trying to find out if there are many places to dry camp or boondock. I'd like to avoid rv parks where it's rv after rv with not much privacy. I like truck slide in' s but can't see full timing in one.
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:31 AM   #2
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Check out state parks. Try to keep the camper around 35ft or try to pull it with a 3/4 ton truck with a standard bed. I plan to dry camp a lot with the new 32RL we just got. It has a 18cf frig and 4 6 volt batteries and I plan to put in another bank of batteries, I already have a 3000 watt inverter plus a 40amp charger, all hard wired. I have 2 Honda's 2000i that I hook together. There's always Walmart, rest area's, and a ton of state parks, all you have to do is look. I like to dry camp. I love backpacking but DW hates it but she will go anywhere in the fifth wheel.


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Old 02-16-2015, 08:39 AM   #3
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Corps of Engineer sites are an alternative. I never dry camp. I would prefer the peace of mind of like minded neighbors vs nut bags knocking on my door at 2am. Many so called dry camp areas restrict guns. So, if you are forced to defend yourself, you are in a pickle right from the git go. Just my opinion.
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:54 AM   #4
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Yea you have to look for the places, some towns have places to stop at. I live in NC and in Raleigh where the state fair is held they have a lot of spots but you need to keep the Cedar Creek on the small side if you can, sometimes a 36CKTS will limit the spots, the 36 is close to 40ft long


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Old 02-16-2015, 09:07 AM   #5
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I've not had issue getting my 5er into sites off the beaten path. Biggest issue for me is overall height, but even that's not been much of an obstacle.
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I've not had issue getting my 5er into sites off the beaten path. Biggest issue for me is overall height, but even that's not been much of an obstacle.
This is true for me as well. My saber was 39' long and 13'-6" tall at the front AC. We don't boondock, but never had any trouble finding a spot we liked at any state parks in Nebraska or Kansas we've been to.
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:52 AM   #7
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We camp all over the place in our 5th, It's shorter @28' but we are looking to replace it with something with 3 slides and around 33-35'. You really have to get out and test campgrounds to see what you like. Some St parks in Oregon are on the short side and some are easily big enough for 35-37' 5ers. If I were you I would take a day or two and drive around your state or several states and checkout CG's to see what would suit you. There's CG's with room for any size RV and then there's so that you won't fit. We have some that we can't get into with our 28' 5er.
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:25 PM   #8
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Never had a problem in 22 years of pulling a 5th wheel. Both mine have been under 35 feet but pulled with a crew cab longbed. Haven't boondocked in the current 5er. Would have to add some battery and probably an generator.

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Old 02-17-2015, 07:25 AM   #9
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we have never had any problems we do a lot of county parks here in iowa some offer more remote sites than other there are a lot of back road county parks off of the smaller rivers here in iowa and it's amazing with a little pratice the spots you can get into
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:02 AM   #10
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Boondocking

"Dry Camping" is what the race tracks call it and that's what we do with a 31' fiver and a CC dually. Never a problem, a little blocking needed at times, but went to 9 different tracks in 11 days (PA Speedweeks} and NEVER un hooked last summer. Just luck I guess. If there's 100 there it will look like an RV show. Just do it.
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