5th Wheel Camping in New England

by Zach Lazzari
Look for shaded camping sites during the summer.

Look for shaded camping sites during the summer.

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The mountains and rural areas of New England draw 5th wheel and motor home campers throughout the summer and fall. The region experiences cold winters, so the camping season begins as the snow melts and the leaves return to the trees. Camping is available on private and public lands with options for amenity-rich campgrounds or more primitive parking spaces.

RV Parks

New England is a large region in the northeastern United States and the campground options are numerous. Choose a destination and attractions before searching for campgrounds because several options are likely available. Established campgrounds with sewer, electric and water hookups are common in the region and many also offer on-site recreation and additional facilities. Established RV parks are ideal for 5th wheel camping because the sites are designed for parking large rigs. Most of the RV parks are located in rural areas but some are found in the cities to accommodate visiting professional sports fans during the season.

Public Camping

New England public campgrounds are found in public land-rich areas. Public campgrounds in high traffic areas are designed to accommodate 5th wheel campers. Places like Acadia National Park in Maine and the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire are common RV destinations, and campgrounds with hookups are the norm. Adventurous RV campers also can park in undeveloped campsites on public lands. Drive the National Forest roads and look for hidden pullouts for your 5th wheel. Speak with locals and scout the roads before beginning the drive because turnaround areas are often limited and expert driving skills are required.

Historical Sites

Historical sites are major attractions in New England, and 5th wheel campers are ideal for touring the region. Locate a campground in an area with historical sites and tours, disconnect the camper from your truck and spend several days exploring with a comfortable home waiting at the campground. Focus on southern New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut for the highest concentration of historical sites.

Fall Foliage

New England fall foliage tours are popular with RV owners, but the RV limits your travel route. Locate a bed and breakfast or campground with parking for the 5th wheel camper and leave it behind while you explore the narrow country roads. The fall colors are more pleasant without traffic jams and roads crowded with RV campers. The 5th wheel provides the living comfort of an RV but is best left at the campsite while you explore low traffic areas.

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