Pop-up on 20' Yellowstone site?

tfischer

A bad day camping beats a good day at the office
Can you get a pop-up on a 20' site in Yellowstone? We tow with a mini-van if that matters.

Our pup is a 10' box so a little less than 20' deployed. But in most campgrounds you gain more room over the rear stop of the site.

I've read some places (here?) that people have done it, but we just called and they told us we'd need a 30' site... which are pretty much gone for our time frame already. Is this accurate?
 

kcsa75

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Sep 9, 2013
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If memory serves me, the rule is everything (camper and TV) has to be off the road. If you're creative, you might be able to make it work. When we were there a couple years ago, there was a fifth-wheel at Madison that was so big he was pulling it with a Freightliner. I sure it was a 40-foot site, but he managed to make it work.

If you're a little more adventuresome, there are several US Forest Service campgrounds in and just outside Yellowstone. The drawback is there are only vault toilets and you can't make a reservation. Some folks will tell you they fill up before noon every day. However, we were there in August and drove through several of them in the middle of the afternoon that had open sites. [:)C]
 
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romno

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Mar 22, 2015
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We stayed at Canyon with a 17 ft (open) PUP and an 18 ft tow vehicle. We had a 30 ft site. It was exactly 30 ft deep by about 9 ft wide with log barriers on all 3 sides (plus a significant drop off on the back). We barely fit. There is no way we would have fit in a similar 20 ft site. Some sites are wider (or have a wider opening) and you may be able to park cross-wise or diagonal. However, Murphy's Law says you would end up with a 20 ft site the same shape as ours...
 

GreyFox

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Oct 10, 2018
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Can you get a pop-up on a 20' site in Yellowstone?

I've read some places (here?) that people have done it, but we just called and they told us we'd need a 30' site.

You haven't indicated just which campground within Yellowstone you're talking about but I can tell you that when we last camped at Grant Village quite a few of the sites were just loops off the campground road. With our 10' Santa Fe which measured 15' coupler to bumper parked at one end of this loop I had barely enough room to also park our Explorer and still clear the campground road, so yeah you'd want to pay attention to what you're being told about site length.
 

world traveler

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Oct 23, 2015
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Not in Yellostone, but one time we fit in a 20' campsite. The approach angle was tough so it took several attempts, then we manually rotated the trailer so it fits on an angle with the banks off to the sides, and the car fit partially sideways. It was OK after but I wouldn't want to do that again especially on one way road with cars waiting.
 

MNTCamper

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Jun 14, 2014
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I think you could fit into a 25' We parked sideways at the front of our site at Canyon and fit in fine. As long as you are off the main road into your site enough some folks can get by easily, then you will be OK. 10' box backed over the end only needs about 12 feet total and then you squeeze the van into the rest of the space. So maybe ask for a 25'.
 

silvermickey2002

Morris County, NJ
Sep 11, 2008
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Morris County, NJ
We've camped in Grant and Bridge Bay. The sites were a small loop and we always reserved I believe a 35' site (maybe 40'). Our pup opened is 23.5' and our TV was about 17'. Plenty of room to fit the pup, but we had to park at an angel to make sure out TV was not in the road. They also let you know that you must stayed on the paved loop when parking your pup.

So getting a 20' site is gonna take a lot of imagination to get both to fit!!!!
 

tfischer

A bad day camping beats a good day at the office
Thanks for the input everyone. We don't know which campground yet... whereever we can get reservations and will fit lol.

Sounds like there are a lot of variables. I hate that things fill up a year in advance... that sort of planning just doesn't work well with a busy family that has summer events that don't get scheduled (out of our control) until a few months out at best.
 

Sjm9911

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May 31, 2018
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If tight , i would try to angle it a bit. If the beds have room, they should. Might be a little more work but im sure you can do it. Not ideal, but what is.
 

Dingit

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Mar 8, 2017
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Some of the popular campgrounds at Yellowstone are run pretty strictly (by Xanterra I think). They wouldn't let me use a tent spot with my truck camper (which takes up exactly as much space as a truck) because I didn't have a tent but most places don't care where the truck camper goes because it takes up exactly as much space as a truck that brings a tent.

Just don't plan to be able to hang over. They might not allow it.
 

BillyMc

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Mar 25, 2018
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South Carolina
Yes, sometimes you can let the rear bunk end hang over a drop off. That said drop offs aren't the only factor limiting the length of a camp site. The end could be blocked by trees or boulders etc. The only time I'll reserve a site shorter is if I've actually seen the site for myself and know it will fit. With two pre-teen boys I usually try to get the biggest site I can find, they need room.
 

kcsa75

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Just an update: My wife called back with our potential date ranges and found a site where they can accommodate us in Madison Campground. This is going to be fun!

You're going to have a great time. I shot this photo of these two settling their differences just down the road from Madison toward West Yellowstone, MT. [:)C]

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Toedtoes

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May 28, 2018
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California
Glad it worked out. My best advice is to trust the information you get from the campground. They are the experts and if they say you won't fit, you do it anyway, get there and find out you really don't fit, then your vacation is messed up.

It's one thing to "give it a try" at a local campground, but a big vacation trip deserves more.
 

Aladin Sane

I'd rather be camping
Jul 3, 2008
1,145
Iowa
We camped at madison in the past. We turned the pup sideways on the site by hand and everything worked great. Make sure you check out the swimming hole just south of Madison cg on the Firehole river. We love that place.
 

PaThacker

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Feb 11, 2010
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Poconos
One time I tried to shoe horn my 20 foot pup (12 box, front trunk, a frame tongue) onto a tent site at state park. It was so sloping back I could not detach from truck Lol.
 

gladecreekwy

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Sep 25, 2016
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Jackson Wyoming
Just an update: My wife called back with our potential date ranges and found a site where they can accommodate us in Madison Campground. This is going to be fun!
Nice. I think that’s the best campground in the park. Check out Indian Creek if you get a chance. Also beautiful but first come.
 




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