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Old 11-30-2015, 08:47 PM   #1
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Size Matters?

We like State and Fed. camp grounds here in MN. Planning on purchasing a new Fifth wheel. But it seems like there only a few large sites, is this the norm around the country. What would be the right length to buy when traveling the U.S.
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Old 11-30-2015, 08:59 PM   #2
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We do it in a 34' unit pulled by a Full size CC truck! Youroo!!
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Old 12-01-2015, 12:55 PM   #3
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Size Matters?

Yes you will find a LOT of state and national parks have very old campgrounds and are not well suited for the newer longer rigs--especially 5th wheel that can reach almost 70 feet with the TV. Sometimes you can see if they have additional parking where you can move the TV to once the trailer is parked and that will alleviate the need for such a long space. Also, if you have a lot of slides on both side some parks have trees and utility posts and other things pretty close to the site so you have to watch that real close when extending the slides.

The newer crop of RV "resorts" are real popular because many are built with huge sites and pull throughs which make it easy to get in and out but you don't get the real "out in nature" type of feeling.


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Old 12-01-2015, 04:20 PM   #4
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Thank You for your reply. So do you think it would to my advantage to buy a 34' over a 36, 38, or 40'
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:51 AM   #5
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YMMV, but from what I have seen as soon as you go over about 20-24' you start getting limited. So it comes down to how much limitation are you willing to put up with?
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:48 AM   #6
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34 seems to a good size no bigger
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:50 AM   #7
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I have a Cedar Creek 34RL which is very close to 37' long and with my TV I am close to 55' in total length. We have camped in some Federal Parks mainly COE's parks that offer 50 amp full hook-up sites that are over 40' in length. But very few state parks; mainly those west of the Mississippi River. I search each state/Federal park for site size and to see if they offer 50 amp full hook-ups sites. A lot are just 30 amp electrical and water sites with no sewer or just 30 amp electrical only. We than use Google Earth to review the park to see if there are a lot of trees and to see what other campers have to say about the park before booking the site.


I can not see the value of camping in a state/federal park that could destroy your $60K+ 5th wheel; do to a lot of trees branches scraping the sides and tearing the rubber roof. Plus not offering full hook-up 50 amp site. So we tend to use private parks that caterer to the large 5th wheels and motor homes that trim back the tree limbs and so forth. Plus they offer full hook-up 50 amp sites, with cement level pads.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:41 PM   #8
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I went from a 34' tt to a 40' 5th.

I am finding, less and less spots to fit it in.

Can't comment on the 50amp, as I've never been to a cg that had it.

I do wish, I wasn't as long as I am.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:49 PM   #9
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36' er and never had a problem.
I'm only one state south.
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Old 12-06-2015, 02:08 PM   #10
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Not very many good places to camp in MN if you have a bigger RV. Most other States are a lot better. We have a 34' fifth wheel and seldom if ever camp in MN even though we live here. The farther away you get the better it is.
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