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 8/6/2003 8:17 PM
 
Is there a limit on the size of Motor Homes allowed in California state parks or any state for that matter?
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 8/6/2003 8:27 PM
 
Steve - California now has a 45' MH limit, but I can think of lots of Parks where anything over 35' would be a challenge. Usually the problem is with the access roads, not the sites themselves. Many campground directories show a size limit, but I've never seen anyone actually measured. If in doubt, we park outside and walk the campground before pulling in and risking getting stuck. Good luck. - Dave

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 8/6/2003 8:32 PM
 
thanks Dave. We are looking at a 30 ft motorhome and someone told us that cal state parks had a 29 ft limit. Just checking out all aves. b4 I purchase anything. Steve
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 8/6/2003 9:47 PM
 
Hi Steve:
A "sort of" rule of thumb for Forest Service camp grounds is supposedly 28 feet. However, we have a 32' motorhome, and we enjoy many of the campgrounds without a problem. Some of the older ones have shorter pads, but you can usually find a pad in most parks that give you enough room.
Your target of a 30 footer should be just about right. I'm not aware of any places that will actually measure you. You can always "fudge" a teeny bit if you are asked your length.
I agree with Dave--if in doubt, get out and walk thru the place before hand.
Enjoy your camping experiences, wherever you choose to enjoy the great outdoors.
Cheers and happy travels, Mike

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 8/7/2003 5:29 AM
 
California is great, they have a system where you have to call in to make reservations in a lot of parks especially during the summer. I have a 36' MH and if you call the reservation office they will tell me that I am to large for a park we go to quite often. Off season I can drive in and there is no hassels at the gate with park rangers, so I asked them whats with the reservation system on rv lengths. They said the state set the guide lines when they went with a independent system for reservations and most of the parks are made for larger units the company won't give you a spot if you are over the 30' size they have as the largest unit allowed. They the park rangers said tell them you have a 30'er and don't tell them you gave your wife the other 6 and come on and camp! Thought this was an interesting way of doing business with them and so far have not had any problems. ;)
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 8/26/2003 5:28 PM
 
We have found the CG guide books and the web pages for Natioanl Forrest and National Park CGs most often note a 35' limit. But, the sites 90% of the time easily accommodate a 42' MH and many times leven larger.
The Natioanl Forrest & Park Service seems not to be placing a priority to update the info they provide to the people who make the CG directories or their web sites.
We have found that state CG data listed in the directories is fairly accurate.
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