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Old 08-06-2015, 04:02 PM   #1
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How long is your rig and will it fit in my parent's driveway?

In preparing to go fulltime, as I try and decide between a FGRV and a Class B motorhome, one concern is the ability to stay with friends and family. I like my family quite a bit and I'd like the ability to stay with them w/out too much trouble.

Today my father measured his driveway @ 50 ft long. They have a garage for one car and the other car is 15ft 9in long (honda accord). So I have ~34 ft. to -play with here. Something tells me that's not going to be enough, but does anyone know what the total length of say, a Honda CRV + 13ft Scamp and on the longer end a Ford F-150 and a 17ft Casita?

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Old 08-06-2015, 04:08 PM   #2
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Last time we went to NL our Honda CRV and Scamp 16 measured at 30 feet for the ferry. If it were a Scamp 13 it would have been 27. That is in a connected state.

At home in NH and FL we park the Scamp on our lawn.
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:36 PM   #3
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These lengths are all on-line at the MFG's sites or just Google the question. Add about 12" for the hitch and you will be very close.


Without knowing what year CRV or what year and model F-150 you are looking at, you really can't expect an accurate answer.


New F-150's range from 228"-251" + 156" for a 13' FGRV = 32' to 34'
A 2015 CRV is about 180" + 156" = 28', all sizes plus hitch length.
Add 48" for the Casita.
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Tacoma with Scamp 19 5th wheel is 30', it would be almost exactly the same with a 16' Scamp. The 5th wheel overhang does not add anything to the total length. The bottom part of both the 16' and 19' comes out of the same mold, I suspect.
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My Ford F-150 + Escape 5.0TA fits the same footprint as my Ford F-150 and 16' Scamp and the Escape is 7 feet longer INSIDE.
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:37 AM   #6
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It looks like with 34 feet to work with I'd be in luck. Thanks very much everyone.
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Before retiring I was trying to decide what type of camper was best for me. I was really leaning toward getting a class B. My second choice was a Scamp. I got a good deal on a Scamp so I went fiberglass. On my first extended CG stay I camped next to a tricked out class B. I was free to come and go as I plesed, sight seeing, shopping and eating out. The guy in the Class B had to break camp anytime he went anywhere. Disconnect water/electric/sewer, stow awning, chairs, bikes and all the other stuff inside just to get a loaf of bread or milk. Also Class B's usually don't have much storage space. A slide in PU has the same issues unless you onload the camper. A 15 minute trip to the store turn into an almost two hour exercise.
That first trip confirmed I made the right decision on going with a detached smaller trailer.
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Bryce, 34' should give you plenty of options. Eddie, that was one of the reasons we went with a FG trailer.
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Bryce,

A longer term consideration when choosing between a Class B and a Trailer is the class B only has value if the engines in good condition.. With a motorhome of any class, engine failures become significant cost items. As well the typical owner usually has a second vehicle for their normal life.

Another issue is motorhomes spend a lot of their life sitting. The life of engines (and tires) are not prolonged by long idle times.

With a small trailer your tow vehicle can serve as you every day ride. In ten years you replace it and the trailer still has value.
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I definitely wouldn't buy a Class B for it to sit at my house....I'd be selling the house and fulltiming, thus using whatever setup I have 24/7.

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Bryce,

A longer term consideration when choosing between a Class B and a Trailer is the class B only has value if the engines in good condition.. With a motorhome of any class, engine failures become significant cost items. As well the typical owner usually has a second vehicle for their normal life.

Another issue is motorhomes spend a lot of their life sitting. The life of engines (and tires) are not prolonged by long idle times.

With a small trailer your tow vehicle can serve as you every day ride. In ten years you replace it and the trailer still has value.
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And I think my parent's driveway is pretty typical. So visiting friends across the country wouldn't be a huge deal perhaps.

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Bryce, 34' should give you plenty of options. Eddie, that was one of the reasons we went with a FG trailer.
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...With a small trailer your tow vehicle can serve as your every day ride. In ten years you replace it and the trailer still has value.

And if the trailer happens to be molded fiberglass, it may even appreciate in value.

I wouldn't counsel anyone to buy a molded fiberglass trailer as an investment. But as recreation vehicles go, they make a lot more financial sense that most of the alternatives.
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And I think my parent's driveway is pretty typical. So visiting friends across the country wouldn't be a huge deal perhaps.

I imagine it varies a lot. None of my in-laws in CA have off-street space for any kind of camper. They all live in single family units in HOA communities. In some cases, HOA rules limit how long I can park it on the streets nearby. You'll have to plan ahead and take it on a case-by-case basis.
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Each of my two TVs the drawbar adds less than 5" to the overall rig length, remember the hitch overlaps the ball on the drawbar.
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