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Slide outs in public campgrounds


Just finished an article posted on CNBC online

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/28/the-rv-space-is-on-fire-millennials-expected-to-push-sales-to-record-highs.html

In it there was this comment .... 


While the mention of an RV might conjure up an image of a big motorized home without many amenities, that has changed. In fact, just two years ago, the KOA survey found younger campers valued having WiFi almost as much as access to toilet paper. The industry needed to keep up.

Now, most people in RVs will have full access to TV, WiFi and whatever else makes modern life modern.

Private campgrounds like KOA and GoCampingAmerica.com have hopped on this trend by offering WiFi and full amp hookups at their sites. They also allow RVers to use their slide-out, a way to extend the space in an RV while parked.

That last one may sound simple, but it's something public campgrounds don't allow and a major deterrent for RVers, according to Broom....

Emphasis added... Question: I've never heard this mentioned before on any forum... is somebody blowing smoke?  Is this guy a shill for KOA and GoCampingAmerica.com? If true it would certainly deter us from using them and definitely limits options. Our planning game just thrown a curve ball. Comments.



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I don't know if he's a shill for anyone, but he sure is misinformed!

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Never seen this restriction and as long as the slide fits in the site - never an issue.  Not to be concerned over slides.  Overall length can sometimes be an issue.  If not fitting in the site, just making the turns in some SP's.  It depends.  I've seen some SP parks where the sites are long enough but due to other factors, like ditches, its just impossible to back longer rigs into the sites due to obstructions and road widths - not to mention other vehicles blocking the road a bit.  

Not a political statement as I've worked in and around the news biz for a very long time:

Reporters are not known for getting technical details straight.  "Ask me how I know this."  (Every light airplane that crashes is a "Cessna" and they use the wrong picture.)  Easy for a reporter to confuse length of an RV in older SP's with slide width during an interview.  This was a "stock price" piece and so doubt there wasn't much in-depth edit checking as to things concerning SP CG's etc. vs. commercial.  It was all about Thor and Winnebago stock.  

Not to worry about slides.  

Overall length issues:  "It depends" but is getting better in some SP.  Not so much in others.

My view. 



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Agree with Bill & Linda, length is an issue. We have had to trim a few trees on occasion at state or federal parks.

The only place we have seen slide restrictions were a couple of fairgrounds where they really pack the RVS in, one charged for a double space if you wanted to put slides out, we found somewhere else to stay.



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Left the author a tweet. Suggest a novel thought to him - talk to actual RVers. Only time we've had worry about slides was in the KOA in South Seattle! Stacked in so tight we couldn't open wider front slide. Luckily it was just overnight so we could visit relatives.


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Barbaraok wrote:

Left the author a tweet. Suggest a novel thought to him - talk to actual RVers. Only time we've had worry about slides was in the KOA in South Seattle! Stacked in so tight we couldn't open wider front slide. Luckily it was just overnight so we could visit relatives.


 Funny you should mention Seattle - KOA - Rack'em - stack'em - pack'em.



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Yup, one of the worst we've ever been at.

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You making the assumption the reporter posing as a journalist would actually do some work to garner the thruth. Those types are extinct...probably due to climate change.

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I read the article a couple of times just to make sure I wasn't missing something 'between the lines'.... No doubt ill informed about public campgrounds and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the author has never had an RV experience because the rig won't fit in the Starbucks drive-thru.

I did sense a plug for encouraging state, national and COE campgrounds to upgrade their infrastructure in order to compete with the chain campgrounds.  WiFi and Starbucks is pretty low on my list of requirements though when I'm exploring redwoods, waterfalls and billion year old canyons.



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It's a CNBC article!

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Exactly!



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I bet it's not as bad as the one in Whitehorse. 



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Public GGs is about all I use and I have never seen a slide out restriction.

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