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Old 10-26-2017, 09:05 AM   #1
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Any 37 DP owners wish you got a 40 or longer?

Any 37 DP owners wish you got a 40 or longer? Yes, bigger is always better - looking for our first DP. Is the 40 stability & ride that much better +/- TAG? Understand the obvious maneuverability and storage issues and leaning towards the 37 DSDP.
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Thank you for starting this thread. We are considering purchasing our first RV Class A. Husband wants washer/dryer. I think the 30-34í might be easier to drive and park. Very interested to know others experience. We are retiring and need to make our first RV our last as well.
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What is your driving background? Do you have experience in driving anything like this? If not I would suggest going to a dealer and taking a drive in one on a windy day. The dealer has nothing better to do and this could be very eye opening for you.

My 2 cents: The tag adds a LOT of stability.
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:25 AM   #4
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My 2002 DSDP is just over 41 ft. I'd be just as happy with one around 38 ft. Depending on the floorplan. If we replace my current coach I'd go a little shorter. No endorsement on your license, in a lot of states, and a few more camping spots to park it in. JMHO.

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No experience driving except cars. Newbie question: what is a TAG?
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Here's a few more thoughts. If you've never driven a class A, don't expect that you will get "comfortable" driving one by just going to the dealer and driving one. I've driven recreational trailers and fifth wheels for over 30 years, but had never driven a class A motor home. A big class A is a whole new cat. Pick a day and place thst is "light" on traffic and take your time. The only way you will get comfortable driving a large motor home is with experience. JMHO.

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Old 10-26-2017, 10:55 AM   #7
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I am a "newbie" and purchased a 40' MH with the tag. I drove both and the tag was noticeably better handling in windy conditions. I purchased in Palm Springs area where it is always windy!
I tried to make my first purchase last and I think I hit the mark! I know I only have about 6000 miles under my belt and I enjoy driving the MH as does my wife. It seems to me if you like something in the 40 or 43 range go for it! If you really like the 37 buy it, but don't buy it because you think it will be easier to handle. I think my 40 with a tag is just as easy if not easier to drive than the 37.
My wife loves to drive the MH, but does not like to drive the diesel 3/4 ton pick up! When driving the MH you will be aware of your limitations and 3-6 feet will not make a difference. That is just my opinion, but I am a newbie!
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A tag is a third axle, typically with just two wheels, that is mounted just to the rear of your powered tandem axel. Coaches with a tag tend to be more stable on the road with an overall smoother ride, but this may not always be the case. They also add a lot to the Cargo Carrying Capacity of your coach.

Downside is higher costs, higher maintenance, and when you have to buy tires you are buying eight instead of six.
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Old 10-26-2017, 12:12 PM   #9
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Driving is not the only factor in the choice of the length and height of your motorhome. Another important consideration is your lifestyle - what you enjoy seeing and doing while you are camping.

Do you plan on staying mostly at RV resorts or National Parks? RV resorts usually can accommodate long and tall RVs with towed car (TOAD) without an issue. National Parks usually do not have accommodations for large motorhomes, and if they do you better speed dial the second they open up their reservations for the camp you want to stay at.

When we still had a house as a base we purchased a Leisure Travel Van Libero (they do not make the Libero anymore) and we put 60,000 in 3 years going to see National Parks and many other off the beaten path sights. We then sold our house and purchase our current Class A. We love our Class A for it has all the comforts of home packed into about 510 square feet when the slides are out and is also functional (can get to all the drawers and cupboards) when the slides are closed. At about 60,000 pounds with a 5,500 pound toad behind wind does not phase it, nor do trucks passing by. BUT we cannot get into the places we so enjoyed before or similar places we would like to explore.

We are retired now so we tend not to take the interstate highways from one destination to another. We enjoy seeing this great country we live in at a slower pace on the byways. Our coach has a 37’ turning radius but that still gets a bit dicey in small town intersections or up in the mountains where the smell of the Ponderosa pines fills the air.

So the bottom line in getting a coach is not only choosing the length and floor plan that fits your needs, but that can also easily get to the destinations you plan on going. That is why I am on this forum. The New Aire is a coach that we think may better fit our needs of being able to get to and into those smaller camping spots (once Newmar provides a larger engine than the ISB6.7).

Just pointing out another thing to consider when buying your coach.
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Tag addon

As a followup to the tag answer some coaches have a steering component w the tag that allows for slightly better steering than without. Foe example the 2017 ventanna does.
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Reminds me of when I was shopping for a live aboard sailboat 30 years ago. A sailor Friend of mine told me: Buy the biggest one you can afford. And he was right. I applied the same rule when shopping for RV, and ended with a DS 4369. Me and DW canít be happier with the coach. Even if we stretched the budget slightly above our intended number.
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We are very pleased with our 37'. So, to answer your question, no we don't want to go to a longer coach. We retired then bought our coach. It is supposed to be our one and only coach. The floor plan was what we wanted. The size allows us to go where we want to go and do what we want to do. I've fit into state parks with 35' max length sites.

With Comfort Drive, stability in any wind that you would drive in is not an issue. When the wind is excessive get well off the road and sit it out. We don't have a tag, but think I that this couldn't help but improve stability. But, once again, I don't have any concerns about stability in our 37' coach.
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If you plan on living full time I'd probably go big with a tag .. We have a 32 ft wide body no slides just me and the DW . We mostly travel week or two at a time , seems to be plenty of room for us at 32' and with a toad we can perty much pull in any where and park or fillup. We bought ours with the intention to just try it out and if we liked RVing we'd buy a bigger newer rig , But we really like this unit and is doing a great job of doing what we want it to do. But we do not live in it we travel in it. Good luck hope you find what your looking for ! PA Ours is a 1995 Dynasty with about 78,000 miles on it.
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A tag is a third axle, typically with just two wheels, that is mounted just to the rear of your powered tandem axel. Coaches with a tag tend to be more stable on the road with an overall smoother ride, but this may not always be the case. They also add a lot to the Cargo Carrying Capacity of your coach.

Downside is higher costs, higher maintenance, and when you have to buy tires you are buying eight instead of six.


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