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Old 02-17-2019, 08:55 PM   #1
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37 or 40

Hi everybody we are going to order our new dutchstar on thursday we were sure we wanted a 37 but now as its crunch time and the 40 with tag axle is looking god this will be our first coach we have rented for years and now its our TIME. Is the tag that much better of a ride? Is braking better? I know it can carry more weight but we are not fulltimers so not that inportant is it? We have been reading posts for awhile now and would like to thank everyone for there time.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:09 PM   #2
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Don't really have a lot to compare, we went from 40' Canyon Star (GAS) to the 40' Ventana with tag. All I can say is the ride is truely amazing (air bags) and the engine brake makes it almost unnecessary to touch the service brakes.

Bottom line IMO the 40' with tag is dreamy.
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:12 PM   #3
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Are you in location to drive both a 37 and a 40. We drove tge 37 but ordered the 40 to get more room in the bedroom. 37 was more lively since the 40 will weigh more especially with the tag, which we didn't notice that much difference.
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:24 PM   #4
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Having had a Tag for 9 years I wouldn't have anything else. It increases load capacity, shortens stopping distance due to more rubber on the road, and I never get buffeted by passing trucks. It does diminish storage, but we never carry that much stuff anyway.
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:15 AM   #5
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:33 AM   #6
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We have the 37 and sometimes at big rallys I get "tag envy", but I really like the maneuverability and comfort of our coach. I'm also not sure you gain any actual basement storage with the 37. I know the tag is taking up a lot of space, but the way they are both laid out, actual useable storage seems to be about the same. (your mileage may vary)
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:59 AM   #7
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I think is a big decision, drive, fly or walk to any location that has both and drive it, look inside closely or could be a very expensive mistake. Just my 2 cents


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40' with tag is a sweet setup. You will be glad you went with it.

A downside is reduced storage, compared to a non tage 40. But you are comparing 37 to 40 so that's not an issue.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:57 AM   #9
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We went from a 34' Ventana LE to a 40' Mountain Aire last summer and think the 40' coach is the "sweet spot" for us. The additional 6' makes a huge difference and the tag axle makes the ride and drive far better. I suspect you'll find a similar difference between the 37' and the 40'.

As for basement storage space, I don't think there's much difference between the 37' and the 40'. And, most of us could probably fill up whatever space is available, regardless of length. We'd still be having that discussion if we were considering a 57' vs a 60' coach.

Drive both...walk through both...and select the one that best fits your needs.

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I've never driven a 40 ft. w/ tag so I can't compare. But I do know that finding available sites for a 40 footer is harder than finding them for a 37 footer. Many older campgrounds just don't have the room for 40 footers, but do fit 37's.
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As for basement storage space, I don't think there's much difference between the 37' and the 40'. And, most of us could probably fill up whatever space is available, regardless of length. We'd still be having that discussion if we were considering a 57' vs a 60' coach.

Drive both...walk through both...and select the one that best fits your needs.

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Well said about filling up whatever space you have.
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I just solved the problem for me by purchasing a 37ft with a Tag. we love having a smaller coach for State parks and the tag for hauling the jeep. Can you order the new 37 with a tag?
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Can’t say enough about our Ventana tag. Ride is smooth, smooth, smooth. When it comes to storage, you’ll make it work. I’m constantly tweaking and coming up with more storage capacity
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:36 PM   #14
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The only comments I can offer are two: We’ve been fulltiming for near 7 years now in our 40 ft Dutch Star, and have never run into a size based restriction at any campground; 2- I know you’re not Fulltimers, but that few extra feet of interior space will manifest in some small spaces that make a big difference. When it comes to your own perception of optimum and convenient size, “Too big” will last about a month. “Too small” will last forever.
I’d go with the 40 ft.
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