Originally Posted by Amy M
I have been browsing state and forest service campgrounds in Washington, trying to figure out where we would be able to stay with a 13-foot trailer. Which kinds of campsites are suitable for a short trailer and a fairly short car? Some of the campsites say they aren't designated for RV's but have room for 2 cars. Can you use those and back the trailer into one space and put the car in the other? I assume some of this would have to do with whether we need hook-ups (do we always need electrical
And just generally, is there a good way of determining where we can stay and where we can't?
When you look at National Forest Service and National Park Campground information, generally speaking, unless it says walk in sites your 13 trailer will work. There's enough campgrounds around Washington and Oregon that if you can't get into one there's probably another campground not too far away. We've even managed in a walk-in only campground where there was enough room for the trailer.
As for hook-ups, we very rarely use hoop-ups. We traveled over 100 days with about 4 or 5 of those with electricity.
As for battery power, before LEDs I could generally go 3 or 4 days without recharging the battery. (74 amp hour deep cycle batter). Now that I've changed to all LED lights
I can go a week in warm weather, in colder weather it's about the same. The major use in cold weather in the furnace. I do carry a portable solar
65 Watt panel, but I only need it if I stay in one place more than 3 or 4 days since the tow charges the battery while traveling.
The listings that say 2 cars generally mean two cars end to end, sometimes side by side. But you still use your trailer for one and only have to pay for one.
I would suggest that you simply head out our way, get Forest Service maps and head for a likely campground. We avoid reservations and State Campgrounds. We also plan our moves to get into a campground on either Sunday or Monday. That's right after the week-enders leave. Another point, in the Oregon/Washington National Forests there's lots of "dispersed" camping, meaning no campground just a place to get off the road. With your trailer you've always got a bedroom and a kitchen.
Your first trip is the most anxious, once initiated into the "boondocking" world you'll have no problems. Enjoy.