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Blanco1

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I never gave it much thought till I'm getting closer to buying a TT?

How often do camp grounds that have a limited RV spot have an issues with the truck?

Do most allow you to park for free elsewhere?

I've gone to a few that have a double wide Camp spot & no issues...

But what if its a smaller spot that only fits the trailer & do some of them charge you twice to take another spot to park your truck?
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I've never had a problem parking my truck in front of my TT..

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Thanks for the cool pics!
Looks like awesome fun!

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The only downsides I've experienced is related to boondocking.

Unless specifically built for it a trailer doesn't want to go off road. For a short distance or on softer ground you might get away with it, but no standard TT or 5r is going to survive getting dragged two dozen miles down a rocky Jeep trail. I love wild camping and feel my trailer holds me back.

Second is stealth or urban camping. A trailer really sticks out, even compared to a motorhome. More and more communities are banning RVs parking on streets because they're afraid of poor people. Tourists trying to visit get punished as a result. A self contained rig can better fit in private parking lots, and is more mobile in general.


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Blanco1 wrote:

Thanks for the cool pics!
Looks like awesome fun!


I actually have a TON more pics of my camp sites with the NEW truck, but just have not posted them on that stupid photobucket site... ha, ha.. these are probably 6+ years ago.. But, we still go to those same State Park sites and the only diff is the newer truck... [emoticon]

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What is the general State park Camp RV size that limits us out of those areas?

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Can't speak to California but...

In Michigan, most state parks have adapted to handle the HUGE rv's that seem popular today. 40+ foot fifth wheels and motorhomes. Not every site, but most will handle pretty much anything.

In Utah, the several state parks I'm familiar with are generally the same, with sites to handle the huge beasts and humble small rigs.

Federal parks in general are much more restrictive. You'd want to plan well a visit with any sort of beast motorhome or trailer. There could be issues making tight turns inside the campground, as well as not having a place to park the tow
or towed vehicle.

Travel bloggers / eBeggers Less Junk More Journey recently reported being blocked in their site by another camper while staying at Joshua Tree National Park despite renting two sites. They travel in an extended van and a large Airstream. I didn't finish watching the video, as I don't like phony attempts at drama to increase ratings.

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Usually, they account for the truck when giving you a site.

If they only have a site for a 20' trailer and you show up with a 40' monster, they are probably not going to give you the site (plus it's often difficult to get the trailer into such a tiny site anyway).

Of course, if your logic is to get a MH with a TOAD, for a simlar size overall, you have the same issue of where to put the car.


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We have a 28’ with an overall length of 33.5’ and tow with a Tundra CrewMax. So far the State Parks have never been an issue. Plenty of room to un-hitch and park. Our experance with private parks isn’t the same. Your neighbor is much closer, and most of the time my truck had to be parked along side.

When it comes to RV’s keep in mind the insurance is sometimes astronomical compared to an TT. The finance lady at Camping World told me many people are ready to buy an RV until they find out how much the insurance is. I’ve also been in some private parks where slots for large RV’s are very limited.


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Specifically selected a TT with kids, so we can disconnect and explore adventure. I have never been in an rv park that requires you to separate. Always park on site. Have owned a TT for 14 years and its our "second home" for 30 -40 nights a year.


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