more time needs more space
We have been looking for a very long time at coaches to buy. In the DPs we have driven it makes little difference from the drivers seat if it is 37, 40, or 42 foot. Sure you have to be a little more careful of the rear wheels clipping a curb when you turn but that is something that comes pretty quick. IMHO 37 is too short to spend much time in. We initially started saying we wanted a short coach, about 36'. But the price for used 36' and 40' is pretty close. And there seems to be no downside to getting a longer one. We in the end have chosen a 42' because we thought there was a big benefit to putting the closets and drawers at the back wall. The benefit is that it makes the bedroom a lot bigger. So now on our new coach we have to rooms you can actually live in. Meaning on long trips my wife can be in the front and I can use the computer in the back. Many shorter coaches are tight in the bedroom even with 3-4 slides. We chose to go with 42' and only two slides. And yet there is plenty of room. Seems like more than some 40 foot CCs with 3-4 slides. We like only having two slides. We specifically did not want a front passenger side slide because it makes the outside patio awning area more difficult to use. And we like the access you get to the basement from the side with no slides.
As far as CC going chap 7. It is something to think about. But many of the good coaches are made by now deceased companies. For example Bluebird and Alpine. Country Coach was so universally liked and recommended by almost everyone I would guess something will happen to have them come partially back. The thing about the RV industry is it is not the Auto industry. The RV industry is mostly assembly operations. So you can bring one back from the dead. Car companies have many many unique parts. Once they are dead they are usually dead. But keep in mind, that Packard went broke many decades ago. Their old cars now sell for very high prices. My guess is that when the RV industry really gets back on it's feet that some form of Country Coach will return. But that will have to be seen.
Bob & Barbara
2002 Country Coach Affinity