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Old 10-23-2012, 08:21 AM   #29
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I have had both a 40 and now a 43 ft. Length is not the primary limiting factor in camp sites, leveling is. Unless you want to carry a lumber yard with you to level the unit, then a 40 ft. or larger will be difficult to level at some campsites, especially state campgrounds. Just consider your intended use, ie, commercial campgrounds, state parks or dry camping.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:34 AM   #30
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lol... 42 footer owners' pockets are deep they don't go walmart
Uhh-I resemble that remark as we are sitting in one right now
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:53 AM   #31
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I'll agree with others- if you can't get in with a 42/43 then you probably don't want to take your 40 there either.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #32
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Uhh-I resemble that remark as we are sitting in one right now
i hear ya...lol... i always admire my neighbor driving a new mercedes 600 and frequenting a 99 cents store. once he whispered to me "a lot of good deals there"...
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:49 PM   #33
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I always like the line:

"RV Enthusiast = Someone with a $300K rig, towing a $50K SUV, looking for a free place to camp"

Didn't Ben Franklin say "25 bucks saved is 25 bucks earned"?
(Adjusted for inflation)
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:30 PM   #34
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For us, it was weight and length that paid major input to our choice and I picked the 40'....WRONG CHOICE. On the Tiffin 40' Bus with the Freightliner chassis, the weight on the rear axle without user loading is way too high. The chassis was built with a 17,000 pound rear axle that was waived by the manufacturer to 19,000 pounds. No changes, just a stroke of the pencil. When rolled across the scales, the rear axle was running close to 20,000 unloaded and well over 21,000 when I first loaded it. By very careful weight distribution I was able to keep the rear weight to just over 20k loaded, but it was a hassle. A tag axle gives you an additional 10k pounds which is needed for these high end heavy coaches. I chose our 40' length based on our enclosed pole building width of 40'-6". We'll take delivery of a 43' Tiffin Bus in a few weeks, and I just finished the 6' addition to the pole barn for the new bus. Cost me 2 weeks work, working alone and about $1000. A much better choice and the additional 3 feet will probably not keep me out of an RV park I've used in the last 6 years.

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Old 10-24-2012, 05:49 PM   #35
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I notice the direction this post has taken has turned into a Tag Vs a single axel instead of 40 vs 42ft. I started with a 42+ coach with single axel and now have a 40ft. I found the 40ft has more space for living than the 42+ did. The 40ft has a turning radius that is worse than the 42. The slides was deeper in the 42 and the power of the engine was less. I doubt that I have been in a campground with the 40 ft that I could not get into with the 42. The 40 or the 42 have been in spots that a 45 would never venture!
My suggestion is to find the right floor space that fits you and not to worry about the 2 or three ft difference!
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:05 PM   #36
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Haven't seen the Newmar 40' tags (or any other recent coaches under 42' with tags), but I'd worry that you'd be trading weight for space.

Every time the subject of tag vs. non-tag comes up, someone (probably a non-tag owner!) is quick to point out the basement space you "lose" with a tag. I've always contended that's a non-issue, since most tags are 42' and up, vs. non-tags 40' and lower. So essentially, a 42' tag has about the same basement space, but way more CCC, than a 40' non-tag. For us (43' tag Mandalay) that's meant more than enough space AND weight capacity. But if we lost 3 feet of length (and basement storage) by dropping to a 40-footer, I'd actually have to learn how to pack! Think of it this way -- you'd have a 40' coach with loads of CCC, but the basement of a 37-38-footer. Yes, lots of folks travel happily, and even full-time, with that much space, but your experience may vary.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:10 PM   #37
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I always like the line:

"RV Enthusiast = Someone with a $300K rig, towing a $50K SUV, looking for a free place to camp"

Didn't Ben Franklin say "25 bucks saved is 25 bucks earned"?
(Adjusted for inflation)
Just because I drive a close to 300,000 coach and a 40,000 toad doesn't mean I plan on openning my wallet for every Tom Dick and Harry that thinks my hard earned money should be his /her easy money .
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I have a 12 year old( soon to be 13 non-tag DP. I LOVE IT. BUT.... If I could afford a newer 42 or larger tag axle, I'd be there in a heartbeat. I will be the first to admit, having never drove one, I want one. Until I am somehow able get one, I really do love mine.
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We a fulltimers in a Winnebago Journey 42E. Moved to this from a vacation-only 28' fifth wheel. After white knuckling for a few miles, we relaxed and now are quite comfortable with our decision to get the 42 foot. We planned for a 40, but the one we wanted was gone the night before we made the purchase. In hindsight, we wouldn't want anything less than a tag axel, and we LOVE the 1.5 baths that initially seemed excessive. Except for warranty "bug" issues, we love our life in this big rig. We are Oregon State park hosts, which means most months we are in "campgrounds", not RV parks. Haven't accepted a job yet that couldn't accommodate our length. Sometimes we need to drive carefully through the trees, but no problems to date. We are much happier living in the beauty of a campground than the asphalt/cement of RV parks, though we are thankful when we need one. Personal choices abound!
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