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Old 12-06-2015, 05:16 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by palehorse89 View Post
Interesting Ron, I never have heard of that one..........always thought most all states went by the weight of it. What states go by the length ? Just wondering and learning.
I think there is only 1 state that makes special requirement based on motorhome length...California:
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This is one of the very few perks CA drivers enjoy...
CA VC: "Any housecar up to and including 40' may be operated with the basic class license"...regardless of GVWR.

Most states that have an RV requirement use weight and even CA has special requirements for the bigger towables.

So in summary, by the time you get to 40' + 1", you are probably well over 26,000lb GVWR, and many states require a special license.

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Thanks for the reply's! Learn something everyday on here.........

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Thanks to all of you for your replies. Very helpful indeed.....
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The Entegra Aspire 40P must be a completely new model. I went online to their site: Aspire luxury motorhome from Entegra Coach looked up the 40P floor plan and clicked on "View Specs" it lists a GVWR of 38,600, which seems a bit light for a tag axle, and on the GAWR weights it lists Tag Axle as "N/A".

I Google'd the model to see if any dealer has one or even a picture of one, but came up empty. Apparently they can be ordered, but there's not even a picture of one.

So this leaves the Newmar Ventana and Dutch Star as the only 40's that are driving around today...at least that any of us have seen.
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Entegra does NOT make a 40 ft tag. They have a low production volume Aspire 40 ft without tag, not to be confused with the 42 ft Aspire with tag.

The only 40 footers currently in production. Know of are be Dutch Star and Ventana. I drove a DS4018 tag in 2012 and thought it was a nice driving machine.

Country Coach and Monaco used to produce 38&40 ft tag models.
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Almost all of the 38-40' Monaco Dynasty's built since 2000 have a tag axle. If you can live with a used coach, these were especially well contructed.
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Interesting Ron, I never have heard of that one..........always thought most all states went by the weight of it. What states go by the length ? Just wondering and learning.
Ca for sure. No weight restrictions but any coach 40' or longer requires class b non commercial license.
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Ca for sure. No weight restrictions but any coach 40' or longer requires class b non commercial license.
I taught emergency veh operation and I believe that any rig 40' long and 25,000+ and air brakes REALLY needs additional training I have watched newbees young, old, and antique that buy a new motorcoach and just try to drive out and go down the road. Trouble looking for a place to happen.

Almost anyone can learn with a few helpful hints and save beceau dollars in repairs.

I have CDL and have had one for 40 years driving fire apparatus. I asked for hints when I went to the tag since I had not driven a liftable since our ladders had steerable rears. I found a tag is really easier to run down road than two axle and you only need to lift tag in really tight turns where you might tear up blacktop and mess up sidewalls.

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