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Limited military rv sites for large rv? 14 years 5 months ago #182

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We are making plans to full-time in the next year or two and are currently shopping for unit to call home. Since we want to take our motorcycle with us, we are looking a nicer toyhaulers, many of which are quite long. The one we want to purchase is 41' (actual length is 43' 9"). Will we have difficulty finding military campgrounds that will accept our size of unit? Thanks for any help you can provide us. Tom and Pam

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Re: Limited military rv sites for large rv? 14 years 5 months ago #183

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From my experience, military campgrounds pretty much reflect campgrounds in general. Some have facilities for big rigs, some don't.

Generally, anything over 35' will require some extra searching to find a compatible site anywhere--military or civil. When you make informed choices they all come with their own problems, you just plan around them if that is what you really want to do.

See ya down the road,
Glenn

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Re: Limited military rv sites for large rv? 14 years 5 months ago #184

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Hi Tom & Pam
We are not full-timers yet however we have been to several military campgrounds, State Parks, Civilian Campgrounds and Boondocking on occasion. We pull a 38' 5ver with a quad cab Dodge dully and all strecthed out we are about 56' long. It's not very often that we can remain hooked up even on an overnighter when we are traveling. Thats when Wal-mart comes in handy. :) It has been my observation that most locations are set up for 35' to 45' more or less. FastEagle along with some others have posted some comments on this subject under "Just make sure it fits" on this same bulliten board. I also suggest over stating your length when asking if they have a spot for you. By the way, what do you ride? We ride HD! 8)

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Re: Limited military rv sites for large rv? 14 years 5 months ago #186

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Thanks for the input....sounds like the general consensus so far is that anything over 35' will be a challenge anyway so why not a few more feet? :) As far as the bike....we aren't part of the HD crowd yet, but everyone tells us it's just a matter of time....we ride a much more modest V-Star which we love. Although not in the Harley class, it's a nice ride, nevertheless!

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Re: Limited military rv sites for large rv? 14 years 5 months ago #190

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Tom,
I agree with Glenn, do what you really want to do and plan around it. I have always beleived in having what you want even if it means waiting a little longer... RV, car, bike, (including HD) and WIFE! :o
I also beleive that if you like to ride... any two wheels are better than no wheels. ;D
We ride for Lee & the Southland!!! 8) Ride safe - die old is my motto.

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Re: Limited military rv sites for large rv? 14 years 2 months ago #789

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Caught this way late in the cycle, so you may not get this in time for a contrary view. We have a 37' fiver plus 24 feet in our big rig Freightliner. We've had no unfixable problem in any or our 15 or so military sites. Sometime have to unhook, sometimes can stay hooked. So far, all famcamps have been built to fit us all in, maybe with a foot of overlap on the pad. We have had to locate in larger sites on occasion, so if it's a crowded season, the big sites may be taken. I'd go for the size that fits you, not the site. We're fulltiming so, our Teton is already getting small enough to have her "shopping" in our chats for the 44 footer. After that event we'll "shop" for adequate sites ahead of time.

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Re: Limited military rv sites for large rv? 14 years 2 months ago #792

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Hi Gary,

Saw a rig just like yours in the "CB" park in Gulfport, MS a few years ago. Could it have been you?

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Part Timers with sticks in SC

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Re: Limited military rv sites for large rv? 14 years 1 month ago #1071

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tom & Pam,

Everyone here assumed you were talking trailer or fifth wheel when you said toy hauler. There are some toy haulers out there in the motorhome market. Monaco came out with one this year under the Safari Simba name. It has a front engine diesel with a mid-coach entry door. The back compartment, where the bedroom would be on a regular MH is the toy box with the entire rear opening with hydralics. Saw one at a rally in Orlando this past January. The toy box can also be converted to a bedroom/sitting room with the overhead, drop down bed and built in TV.
Rick Stone, YNC, USN(RET)
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Re: Limited military rv sites for large rv? 14 years 1 month ago #1072

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Chief,

I saw one in Quartzsite in January and fell in love. Except for that drop down bed in the living room thing it would be perfect for me. Unfortunately I am not neat enough to make the bed every morning and tryst it up for the day. Had enough of that when I was junior man in the MarDet on board the USS Independence in '63. Sweepers, sweepers, man your brooms...
Glenn

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Re: Limited military rv sites for large rv? 14 years 1 month ago #1090

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my toyhauler is every bit of 40' even though the model number suggests 37'. That said, I haven't had any problems getting a site or parking this monster in a site. In my experience, most parks have given me a pull through site when I tell them my rig is 40' which makes it even easier to park.

As for shopping for a toyhauler, take your time. I spent almost two years looking and comparing. In the two years we have owned this rig we have yet to find anything we like better. I will try to post some pics of the rig in the photos section.

Keep the rubber on the road.

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