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Old 03-09-2016, 11:51 AM   #1
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40FDDS vs 36FDDS

We have narrowed down our MH search to an Alpine - preferably a 36fdds or 36fdts. We both like the layout of the 36 (N S queen bed), but the 36 is much harder to find. We found a great 40fdds locally (1 owner,very low miles, always stored indoors), but my wife is concerned about the tight quarters handling of the 40 vs the 36. We will be full timing and are planning on doing a lot of dry camping off the beaten path. We both like the additional basement storage of the 40, but don't need the king bed. We haven't found a 36 to test drive without traveling across the country. If anyone has driven both, I would like to have your input.
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:32 PM   #2
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We have narrowed down our MH search to an Alpine - preferably a 36fdds or 36fdts. We both like the layout of the 36 (N S queen bed), but the 36 is much harder to find. We found a great 40fdds locally (1 owner,very low miles, always stored indoors), but my wife is concerned about the tight quarters handling of the 40 vs the 36. We will be full timing and are planning on doing a lot of dry camping off the beaten path. We both like the additional basement storage of the 40, but don't need the king bed. We haven't found a 36 to test drive without traveling across the country. If anyone has driven both, I would like to have your input.
If I was full timing I would want the 40' but with the mid door. Three reasons we bought mdds 36. Convenience of getting to the kitchen area, the concern of having minor accident causing the front door to be jammed and entry being under the canopy. 9 yrs of use and still believe we made the right choice. Now we have 24' Prism/Mercedes and wonder what happened!!!
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:12 PM   #3
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Something to consider--starting with early to mid-2003 Alpine coaches, WRV went from a 48 degree drivers wheel cut to a 52 degree cut. Cant say its a fact but suspect a newer 40ft with 52 degree cut might turn equal to or better than an older 36 ft with a 48 degree cut.....probably need to drive both to know for sure. Personally, I agree with Beagle--a 40ft with a mid-door is a very comfortable coach to drive and live in.
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Over the last 16 years we've had DP's I haven't found there to be much difference in low speed maneuverability between the 38', 40' non tag units and now 45' w/tag. In fact I can put the 45' into the same spots as I could the 40' much to the surprise of the campground host. I put it into the same spot beside the stick house but I do need to level the spot more since I don't have jacks, just the air leveling.
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If you are looking at dry camping in corp of engineer or forest service parks a 40 footer will usually not fit. For instance at Juniper in CA they have nicely placed boulders or did some number of years ago so it is almost impossible to maneuver our 36/37 foot alpine into a space. We do a lot of dry camping, and many of the off road sites won't handle a 40 footer and we have problems with out 36 frequently. I believe most of these areas were designed for 30 to 34 feet and not sure that they are being modified due to budget constraints. Rocky Mtn. park was hard to get into, but our 36 did. You will find that even if there are some spots available for a 40 footer our experience is that the number of spots at any given federal campground will be limited.
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We had both a 99 36' (really 37') side door and now an 07 40' and we can make turns we couldn't in the 36'.
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I may have replied to your previous post on the same subject, but I don't remember for sure.....or you may not have gotten it if I did. In any case, my wife and I live close to New Orleans, and have a 2007 36FDDS. These coaches drive like a dream, are extremely quiet on the road, (when the road is decent) and are very maneuverable. At one point, some years ago, we lived aboard a 40' sailboat and cruised her for 15 yrs. We are now planning to sell out and move aboard our RV and do much the same thing again, so this ain't our first rodeo. We are toying with the idea of moving up to a 40' Alpine. Maybe we should talk. You can reach us at either of these #'s : 985 264 8131, (Dudley), or 985 778 7767, (Melanie). Email lilsugar148@outlook.com
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We've owned 4 coaches over the past 15 years. A 40' Alpha, a 40' Holiday Rambler Scepter, a 40' Monaco Windsor and a 36' Alpine. The alpine is clearly the best built and easiest to drive and I swear it has the most room. It's also now for sale - health problems of a 75 year old. See Craigslist for Skagit County, Wahsington.
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