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Travel Trailer campground??

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Offline lauriec

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Travel Trailer campground??
« on: September 09, 2016, 08:37:30 AM »
Oh I feel oh so lost.  I am surprising my daughter with a trip to Big Bend for her 19th bday.  I was going to just get a hotel but now I am thinking it would be fun to take our 29 ft travel trailer.   But the more I read the more worried I am getting in way over my head.  I am not  super experienced in backing that thing....and being out there without someone who can back it if I get in a jam scares the crap out of me.   That being said it looks like Rio Grand Village RV is only  back in spots....but they are the only ones I have been able to find that have full hook ups.    Can anyone point me in the direction of a campground with full hook ups or should I go back to staying in a hotel?  I am planning a late Oct trip...

Feeling oh so lost....

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Re: Travel Trailer campground??
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2016, 09:33:17 AM »
Three that I know of are:
Maverick Ranch RV
RV Park at Big Bend Motor Inn
Stillwell Store and RV Park

I have not stayed  at any of these places. They all have full hookups and Stillwell sites are all pull through. I have seen some of the sites at the Big Bend Motor Inn from the back of the motel and it doesn't look too appealing, just a place to park your trailer with little to no shade.

The RV campground at Rio Grande Village offers full hookups but is likely to be full. You can check by calling the numbers shown in the NPS site (bottom of the page).
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Re: Travel Trailer campground??
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2016, 10:09:43 AM »
I have never been here but have heard good reviews of the place.

http://www.bjrvpark.com

The rio grand village site is back in only and depending on the spot can offer a challenge for those less experienced at backing a trailer

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Re: Travel Trailer campground??
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2016, 11:25:00 AM »
Why not spend a few hours on a weekend at a open parking lot practicing backing up that travel trailer?  I've had the same issues, and just had to force myself to keep practicing at it.


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Re: Travel Trailer campground??
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2016, 02:02:31 PM »
Its on my to do list this weekend.  I am just afraid with how tight I am reading those spaces are that I will get there and get stuck with no one to help. 


Why not spend a few hours on a weekend at a open parking lot practicing backing up that travel trailer?  I've had the same issues, and just had to force myself to keep practicing at it.



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Re: Travel Trailer campground??
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2016, 08:15:16 PM »
I've stayed at the Big Bend Motor Inn RV and the Stillwell ranch. Both great alternatives. I don't particularly like staying at the RGV. Just my personal preference.  I would go with one of the ones in Study Butte.  It's a good centralized location for all the good "meat" of the area.

Then, head on over to the Stillwell Ranch for a night or two and explore the East side like La Linda and Black Gap.

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Re: Travel Trailer campground??
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2016, 03:34:28 PM »
I am just afraid with how tight I am reading those spaces are that I will get there and get stuck with no one to help. 

The only way to solve your fear is with practice.

Two things are highly recommended
a) use a spotter
b) don't try backing into tight places in the dark.

A 29' travel trailer is far easier to back up than a 10' utility trailer. The longer the wheelbase, the slower things happen in an angular fashion. It's hard to jackknife a long trailer...very simple to do with a short one. Regardless, use a spotter or get out and frequently check to see where the rear end is going and what it may hit.
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Re: Travel Trailer campground??
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2017, 06:40:30 PM »
We stayed in the NPS RIo Grande Village without hook ups for 4 days dry camping with our 25' trailer. While leaving one day I drove through the campground with hookups. Wow :icon_eek: So tight. I don't know how anyone can back into those spots.

The NPS sites are big, wide, with a few that resemble pull throughs. Very easy.
Everything is in walking distance if you have enough time.

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Re: Travel Trailer campground??
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2017, 12:11:25 AM »
While leaving one day I drove through the campground with hookups. Wow :icon_eek: So tight. I don't know how anyone can back into those spots.

Practice and experience. I know a guy who parks his 24' travel trailer in a spot between the house and a block wall that is barely wider than the trailer itself. And, it's not a straight shot off the street; has to be angled in while backing.

It's all about thinking much, and doing slowly.

This guy does it, so can you:
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Re: Travel Trailer campground??
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2017, 01:09:36 PM »

That was impressive!


Like everyone else has said, practice, then practice a little more. It's not that hard to do...

While leaving one day I drove through the campground with hookups. Wow :shock: So tight. I don't know how anyone can back into those spots.

Practice and experience. I know a guy who parks his 24' travel trailer in a spot between the house and a block wall that is barely wider than the trailer itself. And, it's not a straight shot off the street; has to be angled in while backing.

It's all about thinking much, and doing slowly.

This guy does it, so can you:


 


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