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Old 06-08-2013, 08:16 AM   #15
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Most campgrounds are strict on the tent only policy due to the suggestions above. But also remember, many "tenters" don't want to be around rv's! Even our lil glass trailers are considered rv's to them! They are looking for like minded campers............

Another suggestion is to look for, dry sites.

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Old 06-08-2013, 08:54 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Frederick L. Simson View Post
Some KOAs have a common field for the tents, others put tents in small sites that are accessible to small trailers as well.
  1. Full Hook-Up / Pull-Through / 50 amp
  2. Water & Electric only / Back-In / 30 amp
  3. Dispersed water taps, no electric / XX foot limit
  4. electric only
  5. no services / primitive
I stayed at KOA Springfield, Missouri twice, once with a tent and once with the Compact Jr.
I was assigned to the same campsite both times, #4. (Disclosure: Train tracks on the south side of Farm Road 140)
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Am I the only one here who gets all nostalgic hearing trains in the night?

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Old 06-08-2013, 09:14 AM   #17
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Does your Scamp have a porta potti or bathroom? If so, maybe you don't want to look for a campground. Maybe you would enjoy boondocking (dispersed camping) on public lands. That way you don't have to worry about site designations.
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:06 AM   #18
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It can vary down to the individual. When we stayed in Yosemite we got in late and didn't realize we took a tent only spot (of what was left posted at the entrance as open sites). Next morning the Ranger was so impressed we got the 13' UHAUL in there, she said we were fine to leave it since she could not figure how on earth I did it (over big rocks and using 4x4). A year later we went back and thought we might try the same spot again but a different Ranger said no way. Call ahead if possible, it can save frustration.
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:15 AM   #19
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When booking on the websites such as ReserveAmerica (which now also looks after reservations for a lot of Canadian Parks) on the site selection drop down the 18' & UNDER is specificity to the Equipment/Trailer only. Most do allow for the additional space required by the vehicle to park if its not clearly stated as tents only.

On ReserveAmerica for example when you select a site from the list of available sites, on the pop up there is often a link to check the site details which will normally include the sites length & width & some will show the actual trailer/tent pad length as well as the max driveway length. Some include photos of the sites. Sites for 18' and shorter trailers are often in the 45' total length range -some may be a little more some a little less which allows just enough room for a 18' trailer and a standard length vehicle (16') and a few feet between the front end of the vehicle and the road way.

BTW Frederick your item "#3 Dispersed water taps, no electric / XX foot limit" pretty well covers most Provincial Parks although they are starting to put in power and water into a small number of sites at some parks. I recall having a giggle a few years back when our then Provincial Premier was asked why our parks dont have water and electrical at each camp site and his response was our tourism slogan is "Super Natural British Columbia" and if people need power and water to camp they should just camp in their driveways.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:20 AM   #20
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I agree with the others, depends on the campgrounds. One description I have not heard mentioned yet is some campgrounds list a "camper van". We regularily camp on "tent" only sites on campgrounds we are familiar with. We reserve the site by phone with the campground directly rather than the online system to prevent any misunderstandings.
There are 4 tent sites in a row that are on the edge of the Elora Gorge suitable for our smaller trailers listed as tent only. All boondocking in a "radio free zone, vault toilets are 1/2 way to the flush, showers, electricity and noise. The ability to manouver while backing up and a BAL leveler are almost a necessity, but well worth it. Our favourite site even has a rock wall lookout overlooking the gorge.

Some of our best campsites have been camping in field when the campground, stacked row upon row with barely enough room for a picnic table between you and your neighbor has been full.
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:23 PM   #21
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I would think that with private campgrounds, it would be unlikely that a trailer will be allowed or would work with most that we have seen. It used to be, long ago, that they would offer less than full hookups but now, we with a small TT end up paying the same as a 40' motorhome with 2 A/C running, washing their car and rig. Please make sure you check for "Pet Restrictions" because they keep tightening down because of liability insurance.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:51 PM   #22
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I've haven't seen any sites reservable in or that did NOT list size of RV usage for each site.
National Park and National Forest parks usually will tell you about the sites on their web sites.

In North Carolina here's an example of Forest Service campgrounds LINK

Also in NC National Parks.LINK

By going to this site you can find all the National Parks and information about them.

This site covers all the National Forests.

I hope this helps a bit.

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