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my experience with RV inside the park

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Offline onlyif

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my experience with RV inside the park
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:44:37 AM »
Thought I would share our experience.  We took our 35' travel trailer into the park over the Christmas holidays.  We camped 5 nights at Papalotito Colorado campsite.  The site is certainly large enough to accommodate our trailer and pickup.  The problem was getting it turned around, the shape of the site caused me to do a 15 point 180 turn, not fun but got it done without getting the truck off the site, but glad I had a lot of rear overhang behind the trailer tires.  As you may know they do not recommend taking RVs into the park,  The main road is relatively rough, but not rugged, more of a washboard rough.  It has a 25 mph speed limit but with the trailer, I went slower.   I did not experience any problems.  The road is very dusty and did get some dust inside the trailer.   At the Sauceda HQ, we said we told them were we were camped and she knew we had a trailer, said it was a novelty, asked how long our trailer was, they had taken bets on how long it was.  When we were leaving passed a vehicle that pulled over, they did look a little shocked as we passed.   At the end of the day, I would do it again, for sure.


Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: my experience with RV inside the park
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 12:18:04 PM »
Glad it worked out, but my two cents is that it is a terrible idea. I have seen RV's and Travel Trailers make it to Sauceda and have to be towed out after losing a yardsale of parts along the way. We have had broken axles and stuck vehicles that have had to be moved with a front-end loader after failing to make their 15 point turn. I have also seen RV's get fined for doing exceptional resource damage to campsites and vegetation. Recreational vehicles are remarkably expensive and driving one to Sauceda is a fine way to dramatically reduce the value (and future) of your investment. When asked, I unequivocally respond that it is a generally bad idea and suggest that no one take their RV or travel trailer into the interior of BBRSP. You got out lucky this time, please rethink repeating it.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2019, 09:00:13 PM by Ranger Tim »
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