Access To Free Camping Areas
Q. We plan on doing a trip like the ones you suggest, but we have a 35' 5th-Wheel. Would it fit in the campgrounds you suggest? I just want an idea of how many of your suggestions we can expect to use. 76 of the 106 suggested camping areas in the Arizona guide should be okay.
Marianne's Reply: I can actually provide a fairly accurate answer to your question.
We have personally visited every camping area in the guides. I know many of you drive a larger RV than ours but I've taken that into account. A footnote index in each guide gives you my opinion of approximately what size RV - (small - no longer than 24') or large (24' to 35' length), can access each and every campsite in the guides. Often much longer trailers and motorhomes will be fine but, if your RV is longer than 35', I urge you to drive a tow vehicle or walk in to check conditions for yourself.
A good percentage of locations are available to large RVs. The following synopsis indicates the number in each guide, that, in my opinion, should be accessible:
82 of the 93 suggested camping areas in the Southern Texas guide should be okay.
64 of the 112 suggested camping areas in the Southern Utah guide should be okay.
59 of the 80 suggested camping areas in the New Mexico guide should be okay.
69 of the 95 suggested camping areas in the California Desert and Eastern Sierra guide should be okay.
By state law, motorhomes over 40' are prohibited from many of the highways along the routes in the California Coast and Mountains guide. 63 of the 136 suggested camping areas should be okay.
You'll have the information for each location at your fingertips in the guides. Of course conditions can change over time and with each season, so you'll always have to use your own best judgement.