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Truckers Guide: Tips For Camping in a CMV

CMV at campground
Tips for Camping In A Commercial Vehicle

Booking camping reservations for CMVs can pose several challenges. Discovering that your long-awaited camping escape doesn't accommodate your setup can be disappointing. However, with strategic planning and utilizing technology, you can improve your chances of finding the perfect camping destination that fits your needs.

Here are essential tips to consider when planning a camping trip with a CMV:

1. Measure, Measure, Measure: Big rig RVing requires precision. Knowing your trucks length, width, height, and weight is crucial. Double-check these measurements, especially for new setups. Forums often reveal that some RVers overlook these basics, which can lead to complications.

2. Length: Your CMV’s length is a primary consideration. Ensure accuracy by measuring from tongue to tail, including any attachments.

3. Width: Beyond straight-line measurements, understand your CMV's width and turning radius. Avoid tight turns that may damage your truck. Pull-through sites are favorable for maneuverability.

4. Height: Watch out for bridges, underpasses and low lying tree branches at the park. Know your trucks height to prevent accidents. Research your route and destination for clearance, and utilize online resources like YouTube for firsthand accounts.

5. Weight: Safety is paramount. Understand your trucks weight specifications. Be mindful of water and fuel weight, especially on gravel or dirt pads at campground.

6. Research: Utilize technology to your advantage. Google Maps allows you to measure campsites accurately, while RV apps assist in finding suitable stops along your route. Trucker's atlases provide essential navigation guidance for large vehicles.

7. Call Campground: Planning ahead is key. Call the campground and inquire if they accept CMV's. Provide infromation such as, logo on side, self contained, do they accept pets, etc.

8. Book Online: Whenever possible, make reservations online. This allows you to choose a suitable site based on your rig's specifications. If you encounter limitations, don't hesitate to call the campground directly for assistance.

9. Seek Expert Advice: When in doubt, reach out for help. Contact campground offices for guidance on site selection and local conditions. Joining RV or semi-truck forums and social media groups can provide valuable insights from experienced campers.

In conclusion, planning camping trips for big rigs requires attention to detail, thorough research, and proactive booking. By understanding your rig's specifications and leveraging available resources, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

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