Length restrictions & Garbage Disposals

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dcourt

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I was wondering about two unrelated questions. 

What has been your experience with RV length restrictions at campgrounds?  Do most parks enforce this?  We have rented a couple of times and both times we stayed in California State parks.  Each time the website stated that the maximum was 28' and we stayed there with no questions asked, once in a 31', and once in a 33'.  We are now preparing to purchase and we are wondering how sensitive other parks were to these length restrictions.

Also, when we camped we wished our coach had a garbage disposal.  Can you fit a garbage disposal into a motorhome?

Thank you for your comments.
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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Length restrictions, if any, will depend on the park. Sometimes parks offer them as advice, but a few will have strict rules.  Generally any length advice is conservative, geared to protect the least capable (or most aggressive) drivers from themselves.

As for garbage disposals, yes they can be fitted to RV sinks, which generally use standard 1 1/2 inch plumbing.  I'd be careful if you have a plastic sink - a disposal vibrates a lot and miht eventually crack the sink bowl.

Whether a disposal is a good idea is another story.  Disposals tend to need quite a bit of water to flush the ground up goop away, so you really only wanbt to use one if you have a sewer hook-up.  And I suspect some parks would frown on their use, since they tend to add a lot of solids to the park's septic system.  The sewage system in some parks are of marginal capability anyway - they often were designed many years ago when sewer loads which much lighter than now-a-days.
 

Carl L

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What has been your experience with RV length restrictions at campgrounds? ?Do most parks enforce this? ?We have rented a couple of times and both times we stayed in California State parks. ?Each time the website stated that the maximum was 28' and we stayed there with no questions asked, once in a 31', and once in a 33'. ?We are now preparing to purchase and we are wondering how sensitive other parks were to these length restrictions.

California parks seem to generally have length restrictions. ? Borrego Palm Canyon in Anza Borrego Desert SP is about the only I have seen that does not. ?In using public, as opposed to commercial, campgrounds the problem?is that site design and access road layouts present real problems to long motorhomes and fifth wheels in particular. ? That applies to state parks and USPS campgrounds.    Site design can also present problems with slideouts.

If you are really into public campgrounds you are wise to keep your trailers below 30 feet. ?In fact, the shorter the better.
 

Terry A. Brewer

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>>What has been your experience with RV length restrictions at campgrounds?<<

Carl is right...In State or Forrest service parks while the? spaces may be long enough for your rig, it's the interior roads that get you...just not enough room to manuver.

Terry
At Yuma, AZ
 
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