Is Our RV Too Large to Park in Primitive Campgrounds?
(Costa Mesa, CA)
Is Your RV too Large to Camp in State & Federal Campgrounds?
What is the max size of a 5th wheel trailer should one buy to be able to park in most remote/primitive campgrounds? I want a 33' footer will that work?
ANSWER: Hi Lane I am afraid that there is no right answer to your question. A 33 foot 5th Wheel Trailer will be allowed in the majority of federal, state, private, and BLM Camping areas. But because of its size, it may be restricted in some of them.
The other factor is that unlike a motorized RV, the length of the RV is increased because it is being towed, and that may cause some problems on certain access roads to get to primitive camping sites.
Since I do not know what camping areas you want to go to, I cannot tell you how restricted you will be with a width of a 33' Fifth Wheel Trailer.
Another concern could also be the height of your RV. 5th Wheels by design are usually taller than Travel Trailers and most Motorhomes. Needless to say, if you do not consider the height of your 5th Wheel, you could end up causing damage to it.
The bottom line is that you will have to do a little bit of research to determine if this 5th Wheel is going to work for you and where you want to camp. Your first stop should be Recreation.gov
where you can get information on camping on public lands such as national parks, national forests, BLM lands, and army corps of engineer projects. In most cases, the information will include RV length restrictions. For information on camping in state parks you should visit America's State Parks.org
For even more information on Camping in State, Federal and Private Campgrounds you should purchase a copy of the most recent Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory
which provides a wealth of campground information including length and height restrictions.
I hope that this information has been helpful to you.
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