Originally Posted by John in Santa Cruz
Even taking 2x2 drivethrough spaces, my longbed f250 + e21 stick WAY out into the traffic lanes on both ends, especially in markets with relatively cramped parking lots, like the westside Safeway here in Santa Cruz.
I went with an Escape 19. It is very tempting to up size to a 21, not a lot of weight or cost difference. But, my tow vehicle is 20 feel long. The 19 has everything we want in a trailer. If storage becomes and issue there is always the option of carrying somethings in the tow vehicle. We have run into many roads where the length of the vehicle is limited. While people routinely ignore it, if they are involved in an accident, it can be used to determine who was at fault.
Standard parking spaces are 20' deep, so two nose to nose are 40'.
Also, campsite sizes can be an issue too. For example: The campsite I reserved says it accepts an RV or trailer length that's shorter than the length of my RV or trailer. Can I still use the campsite?
RV and trailer length listed for each campsite indicate the maximum length of an RV and/or trailer the campsite can easily accommodate. In many cases, the maximum lengths for RVs and trailers are different because the campsites are not pull-through sites. Factors limiting RV/trailer length include access roads into some campgrounds and the turning radius required to maneuver into the site. In any case, if you reserve a campsite for an RV or trailer that is longer than specified for the campsite and can park all of your RV's or trailer's wheels onto the parking pad without obstructing traffic, you can use the campsite. However, we do not recommend taking this risk. If you're unable to get your RV or trailer into the campsite, we won't be able to find another campsite for you. You can call the campground office at the phone number listed in your reservation if you have questions about a specific campsite. Please read the site alerts carefully, and realize that the lengths allowable are almost always different depending on if you are in a RV or a trailer (trailer maneuverability limits trailer length).