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Old 03-07-2018, 09:12 AM   #1
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opened or unopened length for site regulations

Thinking about getting a hybrid RV.
Which of the hybrid's length should be used when selecting a RV camp site? The closed length or the open length? Many sites specify max 25' for RV, I am looking at an hybrid RV that is 23' closed and 27' open. Would I not be allowed to use a 25' site if I plan to open both front and rear wings?
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:18 AM   #2
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Use the size of your rig as listed on the brochures its a 23. JMHO
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:23 AM   #3
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Most campsites have plenty of margin. It would not surprise me in the least if the site itself measures at least 30' long.
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:29 AM   #4
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Turtle Beach Campground near Sarasota requires the entire trailer length to be reported...from tip of hitch to the outmost point of anything attached to the rear bumper. The campsites there are a bit limited lengthwise and numberwise and the campground managers will assign sites based upon total length. They will even measure if they think your number is off. In the case of a hybrid, they would definitely include the length of the rear berth.

So, using published length is generally fine but there are exceptions.
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:43 AM   #5
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The vast majority of campgrounds will not require exact measurements. Are there those that do, sure but in 40+ years we've seen maybe two. Is there a problem in booking a 25' campsite and showing up with a 36' rig, yes but a couple of feet on a hybrid, no.
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:08 AM   #6
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Campground site lengths are based on full length of your camper (opened in your case). That being said, most if not all sites usually have plenty of "wiggle" room, so the 5' difference in your case would not matter. Also, I've never seen or heard of any campground measuring your vehicle prior to setting up camp. If your trailer (or TV) is sticking out in the road is when you will have issues with management.
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:35 AM   #7
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On back in spaces I would mostly be concerned with tip of the hitch to the rear bumper. Of course, the front bunk doesn't count because it hangs over the hitch. I find the rear bunk hangs over into campsite space which just means it is something I have to walk around. No big deal. On pull through spaces, nothing to worry about. Most of those are looonng. We in the hybrid world are shorty short campers. We fit just about everywhere.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:21 AM   #8
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Everybody,
thanks for the information. We plan to RV in the Rockies. Very glad to hear that there is usually a lot of flexibility. Many of the RV camp sites have a picture of each camp site, so I can get idea as to how it will fit. Really happy to hear that most places don't have "RV length police"....
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The front bunk will be a little past the end of the tongue, so it's a wash.
The back bunk will hang past the rear bumper but usually it can hang over the pad's concrete or log stop.
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Unless you're planning to be inside the camper with the extensions closed, I suggest using the open length.
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