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Old 11-20-2014, 07:52 PM   #1
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Camping with a Voltage 3950

We are scheduled to pick up our new 3950 on Saturday and thought we would go from the dealer to a state park for our first night in our camper.
While looking over the available sites on the reservation map, I was surprised to see the local state park (St. Andrews in Panama City Beach) doesn't have any sites over 35'. My wife checked with a friend over hers who travels all over Florida and stays in state parks and they told her 35' is the norm in all Florida state parks.

So now the question is where do owners of the long TH camp? (other than boondocks).
As much as we love the space in this thing, I would hate to think that the only place we could go camping is our own yard....
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:41 PM   #2
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I checked http Panama City Beach, FL Campground Reviews - Best of Panama City Beach Camping - RV Park Reviews and found many rv parks that have big-rig access and pull through parking in Panama City Beach.

BTW - if you check St Andrew's website you will find, as I did, that maximum RV length is 45'. You'll be fine, so it seems.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:27 PM   #3
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I'm always surprised how good fiver owners are at cramming those giant rigs onto spots I would find cramped with my tiny rig. Makes me chuckle.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:31 PM   #4
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I'm always surprised how good fiver owners are at cramming those giant rigs onto spots I would find cramped with my tiny rig. Makes me chuckle.
We took our little 16' Coleman camping one weekend and they put us between two 45' behemoths, we had lots of room to spread out on that site! Only bad part was they blocked the TV signals.

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Old 11-21-2014, 01:33 PM   #5
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We took our little 16' Coleman camping one weekend and they put us between two 45' behemoths, we had lots of room to spread out on that site! Only bad part was they blocked the TV signals.

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Haha, I can set up my entire camper set up before a voltage gets its 10th slide open.

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What I've found is on the older parks it has more to do with how the sites were put in & not so much on there size. I've been in quite a few NP & State parks that the site was long enough. Problem was the room to back in was at a 90 degree
It's kind of like these new Home Depot or Lowes parking lots they have put in.
Try & get a 20+ foot long truck into those 90 degree spots. The guy who designed those spots must think everyone buying lumber drives sports cars.
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What I've found is on the older parks it has more to do with how the sites were put in & not so much on there size. I've been in quite a few NP & State parks that the site was long enough. Problem was the room to back in was at a 90 degree
It's kind of like these new Home Depot or Lowes parking lots they have put in.
Try & get a 20+ foot long truck into those 90 degree spots. The guy who designed those spots must think everyone buying lumber drives sports cars.
Tell me about HD and Lowes!

Walmart has larger parking spots!

I have a buddy in the Denver area that is an architect. He was telling me about a bank he designed that went in somewhere in Montana. They were striping the parking lot based on his drawings when the bank manager told him it would never work, that everybody drove pickups not cars in that area. So he redrew the parking lot design. He went out there to do the final inspection after the bank opened, said there were 12 vehicles in the lot and NONE of them was car.

My lumber getter is a F350 DRW CC long bed and it is one of the old ones with the beam axle, takes 20 acres just to turn around. When I go to Lowe's it either gets parked in the way under the contractor canopy or I take up 2-3 spaces in the parking lot....

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We have the same rig, we always book 60' or more RV sites, you want to be able to unhook truck and pull up before you hit auto level. We do mostly boondocking in National Forests, the main thing to worry about is the height, plenty of times had to get up on roof and cut branches down to back in. Have a large plot of land so set up cones to practice backing up. It is much harder from your blind side (passenger) so book sights you can back into from the left or get a pull through.
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:46 AM   #9
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Thom, first of all, congratulations on your new Voltage! I'm sure you and your family will love it!
This discussion brings to bear the current dichotomy in today's campgrounds. On one hand, there is the traditional park, very often water/elec only, and designed for smaller RVs where the campers will, as the weather allows, cook, eat, and entertain outside. Most state parks that I've seen fall into that category. On the other hand, there are RV parks/resorts, which cater to large pull-through sites. You seldom see these people. They pull up, plug in, and stay inside their traveling motor home. They don't walk around, or cook outside, or visit with the other campers. These are, of course, generalities, and neither is right or wrong. But you, as a new RV owner will see, we fall into our different "types." Not even counting Pop-up and "Tent People!" LOL
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But you, as a new RV owner will see, we fall into our different "types." Not even counting Pop-up and "Tent People!" LOL
These are the people I want to hang out with. Salt of the earth beats out 90K 5ers every time.
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Thom, congrats on the new rig! A little forethought and planning goes along ways while toating it along. We have stayed in some smaller parks as well as some resorts and have enjoyed them both. While making a reservation somewhere, let them know your height as well. It may save a problem later.
You've had some opinions chime in about size, to clicks, to people's habits while at the campground. I disagree with a few.
Judging people simply by what they haul into the campground is shallow. If one has negative opinions of different "types" of people camping, perhaps they have not spent enough time outside walking around and visiting.

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Sad day then, when I can not camp in my 90K voltage next to my friends 500K Tiffin Zephyr, no for real dawniewest we camp with all types of people and we do mingle from the tent campers to the large tag axle buses. We all have the same goals; Party, ride SxS's and sit around a fire and cook!
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Sad day then, when I can not camp in my 90K voltage next to my friends 500K Tiffin Zephyr, no for real dawniewest we camp with all types of people and we do mingle from the tent campers to the large tag axle buses. We all have the same goals; Party, ride SxS's and sit around a fire and cook!
Well said Lakebuster !!!
I agree 100 % .
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:36 AM   #14
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Sorry about the grammar! Typing on phone is not the easiest.
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When I book my sites I choose sites that fit 32feet or more. My 5'r measures 41 feet total and I have never had any issues squeezing into sites for 32 or more feet! Campsites are often conservative on allowance because some people cannot back in to save their own lives and clog the streets in the parks!
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some people cannot back in to save their own lives and clog the streets in the parks!
HEY, I resemble that remark. Sad but true. I'm selling my 3905 and moving up to a diesel pusher.
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