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Old 07-23-2015, 05:28 PM   #1
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Help finding good campgrounds!!

We just bought the Sandpiper 355RE - and all the campgrounds we try to go to say it is TOO BIG. Does anyone know of a good resource for finding decent campgrounds? The ones that do let us in -- just put us in a caliche parking lot because we don't fit anywhere else. Help !!!!
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:37 PM   #2
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Congradulations on the new Sandpiper. We love ours and hope you do as well.
I have never heard of the 42ft being too long for most campgrounds. I would recommend using Allstays campground locator.


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X2 on campgroundreviews.com. read the reviews they'll help you figure out what is big rig friendly and what is a decent campground. My sabre is 40'. I have learned I need to stick to rv resorts and certain state parks. Unfortunately, the bigger you are, the more limited your camping options are.
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:31 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tips - we have only taken the trailer out 4 times - and 2 of those times we got spots that were face to face, (door facing door) and with strangers it can be very uncomfortable. I'm still waiting on a "fun" camping trip - has not happened yet.
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where abouts do you want to camp? I have been to many FL state parks that are filled with big units... I can give you some names if FL is where you want to go...
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I carry my trusty GS travel guide. Gives you lots of info on the camp grounds and works great when no WiFi available. Later RJD
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:01 PM   #9
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I have an iphone app called "RV Parky" tells you every campground where you are going as well as Friendly Walmarts, Cabelas etc that will let you stay for free. usually has reviews and phone numbers to call ahead too. Your rig doesn't seem that far out of bounds for size... mine is 37' from rear tailgate to front of the hitch and we find places - but call ahead! our rule is to be off the road by 4:00 or you will be way behind the 8 ball for a decent spot. Good luck - this forum has people in places you are going that always want to help too!
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:53 PM   #10
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X2 on the Allstays app. I've used it to find good campgrounds all over the country. Using the reviews function will get you to several sources, including RVreviews. The app provides info on about everything you might need for trip planning.
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Congrats on the Sandpiper!

Agreed - the Allstays App is just about the best thing out there. That coupled with RVPark reviews is as good as it gets.

RVTripwizard.com is a good resource as well, but it has a yearly subscription, so if you only camp within 3-500 miles of your home, it may be a bit too much.

Certainly check out the Allstays app first - it's $9.99 as I recall and it is updated often.

OH and look into Passport America - you can save a bundle with this discount RV Club (they also list big rig friendly parks) www.passportamerica.com
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Wonder what you all will do when the satellite die. Later RJD
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I have an iphone app called "RV Parky" tells you every campground where you are going as well as Friendly Walmarts, Cabelas etc that will let you stay for free. usually has reviews and phone numbers to call ahead too. Your rig doesn't seem that far out of bounds for size... mine is 37' from rear tailgate to front of the hitch and we find places - but call ahead! our rule is to be off the road by 4:00 or you will be way behind the 8 ball for a decent spot. Good luck - this forum has people in places you are going that always want to help too!
X2 on RVPARKY. We did a 5 week trip last fall and used them totally in planning our stops. They even have Military Famcamps in the campground choices. A great resource.
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I am a big fan of the Corps of Engineers Campgrounds. Bought a directory book on Amazon that helps me find them or you can search on Reservations.gov. Most will accommodate big rigs. If you are age 62 or over, you can purchase a senior access pass which gives you half price on the campsites. Most of them have water/electric sites until you get north of the Mason/Dixon line, then you have electric only. They all have neat, clean dump sites. The only problem is that, for the best sites, you have to make reservations well in advance. I am parked at a COE campground on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin right now. Beautiful view of the river. Love it!
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We chose a 40' thinking we could get into any campground - wrong. A lot of the older campgrounds only go to 35' and many don't have 50 amp. Sad but true!


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TommiRulz - What section of the country are you in?
We are in South Texas
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We chose a 40' thinking we could get into any campground - wrong. A lot of the older campgrounds only go to 35' and many don't have 50 amp. Sad but true!


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Or - you have to have made the reservation at least a year in advance! Ugh
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:08 AM   #20
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We just bought the Sandpiper 355RE - and all the campgrounds we try to go to say it is TOO BIG. Does anyone know of a good resource for finding decent campgrounds? The ones that do let us in -- just put us in a caliche parking lot because we don't fit anywhere else. Help !!!!
Have you tried GS and Passport America apps. You don't have to be a member to download apps to phone. There is a web site that lists all Corp. Of Engineers parks they give the length of the sites
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