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Old 11-28-2018, 08:17 AM   #1
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Big/long campers...

Anyone with a 40ft+ camper regret getting one that large? We originally wanted to stay under 40 but... sometimes deals come up on larger units because takes a lot of truck to haul one.. I've got that part covered..
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:22 AM   #2
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I have seen a few times at a couple of our local campgrounds, where someone showed up to the site, only to realize it wasn't big enough for their trailer and the campground was full and no other spots available.
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:40 AM   #3
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Yeah that's my concern..
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:43 AM   #4
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We went with a 37 Cedar Creek Hathaway 34RE.

I have noticed several campgrounds with a 40 max length.

Due to the length, the bedroom is a little small with a king size bed. However, with the lights out, it is swell.

For a beginner, watching us back in is still entertaing. Long enough for us. .
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:05 AM   #5
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Yes and no. I started in a 42’ bunkhouse fifth wheel and am now in a 44’ toy hauler.

I’ve never NOT been able to go to a destination that I wanted to. There have always been RV parks or campgrounds in an area. I’ve never had to leave a campground that we’ve made reservations at (fulltiming, we average about 50 stays per year). Rarely but I’m sometimes a little “creative” when putting in my size- some day’s I’m 45’, others I’m 40’. Once or twice, I’ve been 35’ based on prior experience and/or Google satellite views. (I never stick out into the road.)

So no regrets there.

Where my regrets do come is that I’m nervous about boondocking - the unknown of getting to remote campsites. And there are some campgrounds (state and federal) that I simply can’t get into. Some places I can’t be “creative” with the length. But, as I mentioend- there’s often nearby RV parks that we can get into in order to explore a specific destination.

And like tomkatb, we’ve had our moments of being the campground’s entertainment of being the idiot who can’t park! We’ve got a pretty good system down these days, though.
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:17 AM   #6
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Cool thanks for the input
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:33 AM   #7
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When my kids were young (read physically smaller) I had a 30ft TT, now I have a 40ft TH 5th wheel.

My kids outgrew camping faster than I expected and now I wish I had a smaller trailer so I could spend more time in national parks/outside of campgrounds. I've outgrown spending a "vacation" packed in like sardines next to other rigs.

Out west you really have to spend the time to properly plan for grades/trailer length prohibitions. If I had a shorter rig I could make time between destinations safer and shorter at a more leisurely pace and see more than the interstate on my way. My next TT will be an ATC TT most likely under 30Ft spec'd out for extended boondocking.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:11 PM   #8
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I gotta say as a first time owner, so glad I got my 20' Geo Pro. Even that was a challenge trying to back into my driveway in the dark and rain when I got it home. I have exactly 3 hours and 20 minutes experience towing it from the dealer. And 30 minutes experience trying to get it down the driveway. When I see these giant behemoth trailers going down the highway, I can't help but think, how the hell is that a relaxing vacation driving the equivalent of an 18 wheeler down a crowded highway? To me that is not vacation, it looks like a stressful and expensive endeavor.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:14 PM   #9
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You get used to towing the length but definitely requires some prep planning as far as fuel stations and possible low overpasses things like that
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:34 PM   #10
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When I'm done with my 34' TH which won't be lond and it sales it's back to a truck mounted pop-up camper . so much easier in fact no different then just driving a pick up
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Old 12-09-2018, 01:07 PM   #11
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We started with my folks 20' Class B (Pleasure-Way) and the moved to a '96 29' Itasca class C and then to a '17 FR Sonoma which is 33'9" from bumper to hitch cup. Was too much trailer for our truck so we took the bath and got the truck (in sig) we needed. What we did not count on and cannot fix is the disability which prevents me from driving. My wonderful wife has stepped up to the driver's task but is currently uncomfortable with the length. She'll get used to it.

We bought the rig because of the floorplan which accommodates our style and has room for our GSD. We no longer take the dog camping because she is not a good camp citizen being highly dog reactive - especially small dogs. As with most folks we have the desire to find that totally secluded lake or streamside spot. It's tough to get a 9,000 lb. 34' TT into such spots. So the overall pressure is to downsize.
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Old 12-09-2018, 01:56 PM   #12
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I have as 40 footer. No regrets whatsoever. Perfect in every respect.
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:46 AM   #13
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We had a Lance truck camper for years because we were horse campers. Took it to Florida for two or three months,no problem. One day we said there is no room. We bought a thirty foot toy hauler. Put a ninety gallon diesel tank in the back of the truck and away we go.
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Old 12-11-2018, 08:55 AM   #14
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We've had little difficulty with a 40 footer, anywhere. I lie when I make reservations at one state park where the max is posted at 36', because there are only 4 sites I can't get into.
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:38 AM   #15
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We started out small, then got larger and larger as we brought more of our kids' friends along on our trips. Now that the kids are grown we have downsized a couple of times and are happy at our current size. Big enough for the occasional crasher but really designed for the two of us, which is wonderful. Our kids were raised on camping and as adults they prefer tenting at this stage, so we always have room when there are extra campers. It's all good.

Even at my largest I was still under 40' but my advice would be to think about the types of places you like to camp, your camping lifestyle, how likely you are to want to change in a few years, and do some research to find out what impact having a 40' + camper would have on your camping plans.

Also consider that the larger the rig, the more maintenance, cleaning, etc. I am probably a bit of a clean freak, but I always spend a lot of time cleaning every inch inside and out after every trip. It takes FAR less time to maintain our smaller camper these days and that is priceless . Good luck on your search!
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Old 12-11-2018, 10:20 AM   #16
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We went with a 37’ Cedar Creek Hathaway 34RE.

I have noticed several campgrounds with a 40’ max length.

Due to the length, the bedroom is a little small with a king size bed. However, with the lights out, it is swell.
X2: On the 37' Cedar Creek Hathaway 34RE trailer.

I for one never had an issue with our trailer at any RV park. When making reservations I state that I am 37'+, I will usually get a pull thru site with full hook-ups. So, I do not have any issues with staying in any park we choose. I have stayed at several COE parks but I make sure that I can fit into a 37'+ site by checking the campground out before going. I also inform the park that I am 13'-6" tall and I need to make sure that tree limbs do not tear my roof when I camp there.

It just takes planning on your part to insure you can get in the park of your choice.
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Old 12-11-2018, 10:53 AM   #17
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Wish our 44' Vengeance was 50'. The more room, the better.

When I reserve a spot, the length is always asked in advance. I have never been to a campground spot I reserved that I was too long.
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Old 12-11-2018, 11:24 AM   #18
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42' Riverstone Legacy 38MB. Hauls like a dream with the IS, Dexter axles, and Air Ride hitch behind my F-350. Fuel is done in the truck lanes, as we don't even try regular gas stations when towing. No problems backing or parking (usually!) We spend winters in it in Florida for 5 months, so we wanted to maximize our space. The issue is many state, county, and national parks were not designed for units over 35' or so, so you have to be judicious on where you camp, so sadly we have to camp a bit away and then disconnect and drive to some attractions. Overall, glad we have the bigger unit.
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