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Oasisbob

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Posted: 10/29/19 10:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

21 feet seems to be the max in Oregon for the most part. Bigger is not always better. So many variables here.


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Rob,

I believe the most direct answer to your question is; there are too many variable to tell. What park, how many campsites are available, what kind of faculties do you need, when do you plan to go. etc. etc. There is no uniformity in campgrounds, National or otherwise.

The most important issue when buying a TT is the proper floor plan. This remains when all other problems have been solved. Of course you need the proper tow vehicle, this also limits the TT size and of course cost.

We had only a rough idea of what we needed, so for our first trip to the Ozarks we took our best guess and rented a TT with what we though we wanted. We discovered very quickly what it was like, pulling one of these barns down the road, what floor plan changes we needed, what kind of gas mileage and performance to expect. We did all this before we spent the big bucks on a TT.

The TT we bought to match our half-ton was a 25 ft. We have never been too big for any campground but we have had a few tight squeezes at some of the older campgrounds out west.

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25 ft should not be exceeded. There are longer sites but the numbers are fewer the longer the camper. The shorter the trailer the more sites available. 25ft will let you have all the space you "need" and will be easier on your tv and fuel bill.

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Oasisbob wrote:

21 feet seems to be the max in Oregon for the most part. Bigger is not always better. So many variables here.


Not true about Oregon

What are you saying about Oregon I have stayed in numerous state parks there and my 37Ft motor home fits fine - please clarify


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Rr2254545,

A TT can't be compared to a MH in site selection. If you have driven and backed both you will understand what I am saying.

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Posted: 10/29/19 12:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've camped at a lot of State Parks, and several National Parks.
Generally the older parks have smaller sites, and roads that are narrower.
Many of the older parks are in bad need of limb trimming.
BUT... Some parks have been updated and have more room now.
Generally a 20-24' camper will fit most anywhere.
28s work on many, but you may need to lie about the length, and park carefully.

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colliehauler wrote:

Personal decision but I would at least get one large enough to have a walk around bed and a slideout usually in the 24'-26' range. Some of the older COE parks were built many years ago when a 20' trailer was the norm.

Others will chime in with more knowledge then I on the subject.


I toured a Lance 1995, walk around bed, indeed quite nice

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bgum wrote:

25 ft should not be exceeded. There are longer sites but the numbers are fewer the longer the camper. The shorter the trailer the more sites available. 25ft will let you have all the space you "need" and will be easier on your tv and fuel bill.


My tow vehicle is a 2016 RAM Sport with a 5.7 HEMI
Lance 1995 is at the top of the list at 19" 2"

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Unrelated to your original post but are you really towing a 40' rig with a half ton pickup?

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smarty wrote:

Unrelated to your original post but are you really towing a 40' rig with a half ton pickup?


Please disregard I mis-read your original posting

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