Are Truck Campers Allowed In Rv Parks

Daniel Brown
• Monday, 11 January, 2021
• 8 min read

I have traveled extensively throughout the US for many years and enjoy helping people to make the most of their RV vacations. The current popularity of recreational vehicle travel has allowed campgrounds to come up with rules that create problems for unwary Rivers.

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This is especially true when travelers search for sites at times when special events are taking place in the area they plan to visit. Furthermore, many campgrounds have started to keep these standards' year round, so those of you who travel often need to make sure that when you plan your vacations, you’ll be able to find campsites along the way as well as at your final destination.

In fact, even when they are already camped, if there is an emergency situation that causes travelers to depart, many parks now will not refund their fees to them. By doing this, you can avoid paying unnecessary charges and can also eliminate the stress of feeling that you must arrive at a facility on a specific day.

Another restriction to watch out for is the limit some parks put on the age or type of recreational vehicle. Some places only allow motor homes, and many refuse to accept vehicles that are more than ten years old, regardless of their condition.

Even when you have an older travel unit that you have done a good job of maintaining and that looks great, many parks will stick to their guns when it comes to keeping you out of their facilities. One of the reasons many people travel in recreational vehicles is that they enjoy keeping their pets with them during vacations.

It is pet owners who don’t respect other campers who have caused most of these rules to be put in place. In RV parks that only allow motor homes, this truck camper would not be permitted to rent a site.

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You can get around some of these restrictions by joining a good discount camping club or by finding free and low-cost facilities. My husband and I have used this handy book for years, and it has saved us hundreds of dollars every time we've traveled.

People who travel in big rigs often are disappointed to learn when they arrive at one of these parks, they can’t stay there! So while owning a big luxury coach makes travel more comfortable, it can also severely limit the number of campgrounds owners can visit.

Some only allow reduced prices if you stay at certain times of the year or specific days of the week. Some are lax, others hold you to the minute and can charge extra if you enter too early or leave too late.

The answer there ranges from, “If I have some other form of transportation (ATV, towed car, buddy’s vehicle) I’ll leave it on the truck, ” to “If I’m going to be in one spot for more than 2 or 3 days, then I’ll take it off,” to the “If I’m towing my boat with me, I take it off, because it’s so much easier to launch the boat with the camper off the truck.” Newbies to the TC world often seem to have “separation anxiety,” as does the distaff side in our family.

At Bryce Canyon we camped next door in the national forest, but since we weren’t too sure about our research plans, we simply left the rig on the truck. Worked out well for us, we had our “home” with us when we needed to rest from the rigors of high elevations.

To round out the picture, we have encountered situations where even if we’d wanted (and were so inclined) to decamped the truck, “house rules” would have precluded it. Maybe it goes back to a ‘trailer trash’ mentality, or perhaps they fear some sort of liability issue if someone goofs up the job while unloading and drops the unit on the ground.

When “site length” is listed, it often means the number of feet for the RV unit to park in. Many RV sites have a “stopping block” at the end of the parking pad that prevents the rig from backing up any farther.

Here’s a snippet from the campground information page at Yosemite National Park. On the other hand, in some cases this problem applies: “Please note that many campsites have different maximum lengths for RVs and trailers.

And we also ensure that any third parties we contract with either anonymize your data or have strict privacy policies in place that are aligned with ours. Visiting our country’s state and national parks is a bucket list item for an enormous number of people out there.

The problem many people run into when planning such an adventure is the state national park RV length limits. Because of strict RV size limits for state and national parks, campers with bigger rigs often miss out on the full experience.

Therefore, if you plan to do a lot of state and national park camping, we highly recommend carefully considering the size of the rig you buy or rent. In this article we will discuss everything you need to know about state and national parks RV length restriction.

You see, each campground in each park sets its own RV length limits. In order to make things a bit easier for you, we’ve attempted to help you understand what size of RV is allowed in national parks by compiling a list of national parks RV length restrictions by state.

While this doesn’t include every NPS site in the country, it does include the most popular ones and will give you an idea of what you might expect while visiting state and national parks in an RV. When it comes to booking a site in a state or national park, there are several factors to consider that will determine what kind of rig you bring.

Unfortunately, as is the case with national parks RV length limit rules, these factors can differ from one park to the next, meaning you’ll have to do a bit of research before you set out in order to ensure your RV is not only the appropriate length for the site, but also fits into other guidelines set by the park. This means the trailer and tow vehicle must both fit into the length limit.

Your tow car must also fit into those RV length limits when hitched up. There are a few state and national park campgrounds that are on the narrower side.

Acadia National Park specifically mentions that slides must fit into the RV space. We’ve answered the question, “What is the maximum length of RV allowed in national parks ?” However, while there are some state and national parks that can accommodate longer rigs, these bigger campsites are often very limited.

Because of this, if you plan to visit a state or national park campground and require a longer site, we highly recommend reserving your site as far in advance as possible and avoiding first-come, first-served campgrounds entirely. Arches and Yosemite are two examples of national parks with very limited longer RV sites.

It’s also important to note that some roads in some parks will have vehicle length limits. This means that what size RV is allowed in national parks will vary based on where you wish to go.

Obviously, it is possible to get to the campground without driving on roads with lower length limits, but you will want to leave your RV in the campground for the duration of your stay, exploring with a car or truck instead of the whole rig. In some campgrounds, motor homes are allowed, but trailers of any size are prohibited.

Gold Bluffs in Redwoods National Park is an example of this. In some instances, you’ll find that while long sites are available, there is an upcharge to use them.

Some find that this upcharge is money well spent as it means they can take their larger, more comfortable motor home or trailer into the park. That said, if you wish to avoid extra site fees, sticking to a smaller rig is your best bet.

Some of the national parks that charge an extra few bucks for longer sites include Arches and Denali. The list above gives you an idea of what size RVs are allowed in national parks.

The information below might help you decide what length will give you the best balance of comfort and freedom: That said, a 25-foot trailer offers much more in the way of comfort (especially if you travel as a family), and will still fit in the vast majority of national parks campgrounds.

In some cases, you’ll still be able to camp in the national and state parks you choose to visit. In many cases, free boon docking with no RV length limits is available on the land surrounding national parks, and privately owned campgrounds are almost always available near natural attractions such as state and national parks.

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