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Old 03-27-2014, 07:05 AM   #1
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40' vs 42' Coach

I'd like to know what problems I would have with a 42' coach vs. a 40' coach with regards to RV parks, campsite spaces, etc. I'm told that many RV parks will not allow anything over 40'. I'd like to hear from those who have 42' coaches as to what problems they have finding camp sites.

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Old 03-27-2014, 07:27 AM   #2
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I have only had one RV park tell me that they didn't have a site for my 43' MH. Often state parks have length restrictions. Other then that there is no problem.

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Old 03-27-2014, 07:36 AM   #3
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I have a 42 dynasty when I call corps of eng parks I tell them I have a 40' (their max) and I tow a pickup with motorcycle so what is there largest site that will work with large slide outs. Have never had an issue. I have had issues making corners that I had to raise tag and swing way wide and have branches scrape top.

Commercial parks I ask for a site with a road in and out that I do not have to trim trees they laugh and understand what I am asking.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:54 AM   #4
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Other than the wider turning radius there doesn't seem to be much of a difference. Backing up is no problem. I have my tag to auto dump n reverse. I have had to unhook mid turn in one state park but I don't think I could have made that turn in a 40' either. I don't have a personal comparison of of highway driving, I only know that mine is very stable in windy conditions. One thing to remember is that tail swing is at the drive axle, not the tag axle? It's really easy to mis judge that when looking at the coach. Luckily it's only going to cost me a can of polishing compound.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:55 AM   #5
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In the real world, the times that 2' extra house will make a difference are few and far between. Yes, there are some places with a 40' published limit, but in our experience those with a limit are much less than that, maybe 30'. Most of those are in parks developed decades ago when our cars were bigger than the RVs we drive today.
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We have not encountered any more problems with size than a 40' would experience also. perhaps a price difference at certain parks???
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:09 AM   #7
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40' to 42' is a non-issue for RV parks. There are enough parks that accept any size so it's not a problem. I pull a 26' trailer behind our 43' MH and sometimes have to search for a park that can handle us without unhooking. Have always found one with a few phone calls. The improved ride and handling of a tag coach far outweighs any concerns of locating a camping spot.
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I also went from a 40' to a 42' pulling a 24' enclosed trailer, I haven't had any issues in parks. My 42' actually has a much sharper turning radius (10 years newer) than my old 40'. Unless you are doing a lot of State Parks, I wouldn't worry about the difference between them. I enjoy the added room, extra 1/2 bath, tag axle, aqua hot, heated tile floors and extra TV.
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Pick the floor plan that fits your needs. I loose a bay with the TAG but gain stability in high winds on the Interstate and county highways. I don't think I can put enough "stuff" in/on and get near the 44,000lb limit (and still be ok to have 10,000lb dragging behind). The wife can take as long of a bath as she wants (AquaHot. i.e. on-demand hot water) and I can still use the 1/2bath.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:32 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by bmdwelle View Post
I'd like to know what problems I would have with a 42' coach vs. a 40' coach with regards to RV parks, campsite spaces, etc. I'm told that many RV parks will not allow anything over 40'. I'd like to hear from those who have 42' coaches as to what problems they have finding camp sites.
It's called, let's do it and say we didn't when necessary. I mean there's those with all kinds of stuff on the back sticking out and when we carried our 2ft hitch haul back there, we didn't say that we had a 38ft coach vs 36, we said that we had a 36 and many times put it in a 30ft space with plenty of room to spare and don't know what kind of measuring stick they use. Especially when a concrete stop is used, with no consideration to how much might be hanging over.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:39 PM   #11
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:40 PM   #12
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Go with the 42. The tag ride is worth the very slight need to look at resorts more critically for size restrictions. Most parks will be able to accommodate you. Be sure to check ahead of time and make reservations. This will make your life easier.
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I went from a 36 ft towing 24 ft trailer to 42 ft towing 24 ft no problems
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in CA anything above 40' requires additional drivers license certifications. That wouldnt prevent me though if I found a 42 I wanted.

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