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Old 04-20-2019, 08:38 AM   #15
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Having had a 40' DSDP & now 2 43' MADP I would go with the 43' for these reasons: 1) gives you a longer wheel base resulting in a better ride. 2) gives you more room inside (you'll really appreciate 1) & 2) if you travel 5-7 months a years as we do). 3) gives slightly more cargo weight capacity & area. 4) gives you heavier ply tires- 24 ply. 5) with the new passive steerable tag they really turn tight.

We have not found campground access to be a problem as most RV campgrounds have upgraded to 50 amp & longer sites to accommodate the Big Rigs.

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Old 04-20-2019, 08:53 AM   #16
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Go big or go home....

This is your last hoorah. Make it count.

You won't regret the longer coach...

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Old 04-20-2019, 10:39 AM   #17
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Owned both a 37’ and now 43’ (4369) Ventana. Do not see a difference in where we can go. Just back from 7,000 mile trip to California and Texas. No issues.
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:56 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Fitztrux View Post
Go big or go home....

This is your last hoorah. Make it count.

You won't regret the longer coach...
Right ON!
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Old 04-20-2019, 11:26 AM   #19
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We really like the 3717 floorplan. A dedicated parlor, a dedicated dinette area, a king bedroom, and a spacious kitchen for a smaller coach! However, the small bathroom is just a bit too small for us. The sink size appears unusable.
If you are seriously considering that floorplan, you must spend a good deal of time in it. If unavailable, go see the bathroom in a Ventana 3412. It is the closest in dimensions, shower size, and sink size to the 3717.

We were about ready to order a 4369 but life intervened. If I had to choose between the 2 floorplans, the 4369 wins!

Good luck with your decision and enjoy whichever coach you choose.
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:00 PM   #20
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We previously owned a 38’ coach & now a 43 ft Dutch Star. I find with the passive steer tag I can actually make tighter turns than with our previous smaller coach. We have yet to have any issues finding campgrounds to accommodate us. Typically I search on Allstays app for sites. Also in some cases when reserving sites I mention we are 40’ if that’s Max they allow and have never had any issues fitting in.
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:14 PM   #21
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For what it's worth, we've have yet to be in a state park or commercial campground where a 43 ft. coach would not have worked in the sites we've parked our 40 fter.
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:33 PM   #22
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We have a 4369 and previously the 4032. Having a full bath is wonderful, if there were any regrets I’d bet most people would want bigger.
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Old 04-20-2019, 04:12 PM   #23
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Is the 40’ no longer a consideration?

In any case here is my opinion if you are NOT a pack rat, a 40’ will serve you well but I think if you want a bath and 1/2 a 43’ would be nicer as for parking so far all the places I parked my 32’ or the new to us 40’ I could have parked a 43’

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Old 04-20-2019, 05:05 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Busskipper View Post
Not to be argumentative - But if you boondock - Madison is one of many you can stay in - and is pretty central - https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/madisoncg.htm.

Here we are - in YNP/Madison for 10 days - Insomuch that OP is traveling over half the Year this is a strong possibility. JMHO.
I think you missed the point of what I was saying.....I was trying to show, that even if you can't get into a park, you can still go see it.
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:20 PM   #25
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All - I am 67, been doing this since the early 80's not full time, weekends until we retired. Just before we got a 40' motorhome. It has everything, including some issues it took 8 years to show up and fix. Regardless, it was not that big a deal to drive it and park in most RV parks. As I get older, it's getting more trouble to find places and drive through large cities with 60 feet out there. We are going smaller, looking forward to smaller. We spent 10 months in ours one time, and it got small after a time. No national parks for something that big, many state parks are also out of your league, and if you do, some campground membership parks are out of your league as well. Even some parks (encore comes to mind) where trying to back that in, would not work. I don't want to rain on your parade, but see if the 40' would work, easier to maneuver, etc. 3 feet won't make that much difference, but driving it will.
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:46 PM   #26
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We’ve spent the past 8 months in our DS4362 and we love the extra room and the floor plan. The three extra feet really equate to comfort, storage, and TAG axle maneuverability.

The key for us is planning ahead—look for quality parks with big rig access, check on google maps/RV Park reviews/Allstays/google photos and make reservations well in advance.

We’re now transitioning back to sticks and bricks and will use the coach more on a weekend and occasional use basis, the large coach advantages will be less critical, but sure will be nice!

Perhaps like a pickup truck, I’ve never heard someone say: “I wish I had bought the V6” but lots of folks with a V6 will often say “I wish I bought the V8.” I recommend the 4369 (aka, the V8).
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Old 04-20-2019, 06:16 PM   #27
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We had a 37 foot Canyon Star and now have a DS 4369 and love the space, it maneuvers almost as good as the 37 foot, has the steerable tag axle making it very stable in wind, and we have not come across a campground that turned us away. Good luck, Go Big!

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Old 04-20-2019, 10:43 PM   #28
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Granted we only had a 40' but places we've stayed would have easily accommodated a 43'.

We especially enjoy dry camping in public parks and have found big sites in Yellowstone at Mammoth, Madison, Bridge Bay campgrounds. Grant Teton has many big sites in Colter Bay and Gros Ventre campgrounds. We've also stayed in many other national parks and tons of state parks and national forest campgrounds. Also, Corp of Engineer parks along with county and city parks. We rarely made reservations.

If you're only looking for RV parks then it would be super easy.

Just our opinion but we full-timed for 16 years with only one bath and never felt a need for an additional. But that's just us.

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