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Old 03-30-2015, 12:25 PM   #1
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40 vs 45?

My wife and I are looking to go semi-full time and have always had trailers. I have driven coaches, but not extensively. My question is: we like two plans, one is a 40 foot and the other is a 45. I know the basic pros and cons of both, but we are eager to hear other folks' thoughts who have lived this already. Many thanks in advance.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:31 PM   #2
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45 will be a Tag, the 40 may or may not be a Tag.

I'd recommend the 45 if you are going semi full-time for the space. Also, the 45 ft Tag will possibly have a higher hitch rating.

I've had both. The 45 ft with a Tag will likely be more stable driving down the road, but slightly more difficult in low-speed maneuvering. My 2 cents.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:32 PM   #3
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+1 !!
We just went from a 40' to 45' and I really don't notice that it's any harder to drive although I do need to remember to lift the tag for tight turns.

The 40' had a 6,000# hitch and the 45' is 15,000#
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. Any issues with a 45 getting in to campgrounds/parks, or with a lack of storage in the 40? I run pretty lean so don't have plans to take the kitchen sink, but I'm sure there items I forget about too if we are going to be traveling for 6-8 months at a time.
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We love our 40'er! Plenty of space and four less tires to buy!
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Joe ..... Have'nt we gone through this before !!

2 extra tires !!!!!
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Joe ..... Have'nt we gone through this before !!

2 extra tires !!!!!
I thought a tag axle had two wheels on each side!
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On a semi, or dump truck. One tire per side on a coach, or bus .
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More space is always handy, but only you can figure how much you need to be comfortable. Bigger coach means more weight and more fuel consumption as well as more space, so it's not free.

I don't think you would feel deprived in the 40, but I can't guess how much more you might like the 45. If they are both larger than your previous trailers, you are gonna think you are in heaven no matter which you choose.

FWIW, we spend 5-6 months/year in our 40 footer and never felt cramped.
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I'd buy whichever you like, regardless of length.


Once you've hit 40' there will be few places you'll have access to that a 45' coach wouldn't too.
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First, I think you need to define "campgrounds"....with rv parks, either coach is very common.

We went from a 25' TT to a 35' entry level DP with two slides. It worked well for us for 6 years and I never regretted buying it. But we too spend 5 - 6 months in the motor home and that 35' coach kept getting smaller and smaller as the time wore on....and that so called queen bed also tended to shrink.

Two years ago, we decided that if we are going to spend this much time in the mh, that we needed to get something larger. Started looking at 40 footers and then I drove a 45 with a tag and was surprised at the difference in road personality. The 45 was like riding on a cloud. Unfortunately, since we only wanted a new coach, the 45's were out of our budget. We compromised on our current coach...almost 43' feet but has the tag, four slide outs, bath and a half, stacked W/D, dishwasher, fireplace......and a king size bed (well, maybe not as long as our Cal King at home) that make a much more restful sleep (which at our age means a lot!). Our Phaeton has about the same amount of basement storage as a 40' Phaeton (due to the tag), but more than enough for our needs. I would have liked a side radiator and a smart steering wheel, but I make due with what I have. Driving it is a dream....

If your choice is between the 40 and 45...get the 45. However, a 42 or 43 tag is a great compromise.

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either way you are a winner

fwiw make sure you get a tag axle either way, I am at 42 feet and no problems, 45 will almost certainly be a bigger motor and tranny combo, a little more weight, slightly more fuel consumption, if you are not towing much the extra engine is a waste imho, 500hp and up has power beyond what is required, likely both have aquahot and big gennys, three roof airs are nice, lots of batteries and big inverters,

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The hitch rating has more to do with coach maker than length of the coach. Our 40' AC has a 15k hitch rating.
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The hitch rating has more to do with coach maker than length of the coach. Our 40' AC has a 15k hitch rating.
if you are referring to my post and the mention of towing I was referring to engine and transmission, not coach length or manufacture


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