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Old 02-11-2011, 03:17 PM   #15
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The extra 5 foot is just more storage space for HER crap.

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Old 02-11-2011, 03:55 PM   #16
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I can count on one hand over the past 4 years the number of times we were in tight spots or had to disconnect the toad. And we have been in CGs north, south, east, & west.

Go for 45.


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Old 02-11-2011, 03:59 PM   #17
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I can. Mounted a 8"pole in Rapid City. $5000
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:14 PM   #18
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On the east coast I seem to recall several parks that had a 40 foot limit. Based on some CGs we've been to that state they are Big Rig friendly, I wouldn't attempt at any that had a stated limit of 40 feet. Making some turns in a CG can be a challenge.

We wanted the space of a 40-footer and a tag axle. So, we have a 42-footer. The extra weight capacity and driving comfort are a plus with a tag.

I believe CA limits MOST of their roads to RVs that are 40 feet or less. Oh well, there are 48 other states to explore :-)

As others have pointed out 50A service may not be available, especially in state parks. That's not a length limit, but may be an indicator of small sites and/or tight roads.

No regrets here for exceeding 40 feet and I don't really think the fuel mileage difference, if there is any, should weigh in on your decision. BTW, the HP you have available doesn't really drive fuel mileage, HP used does.

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Old 02-11-2011, 04:21 PM   #19
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We camp in California State Parks once a month and has been mentioned before, they don't allow over 32 ft. We tell them ours is 32 and they never question our 34.9 coach nor my sons 36. For us our 34.9 is very adequate. We travel alot but don't spend more than three months at a time in it at a time. One thing about the shorter coach is that the engine in ours is the same as the 40 foot coaches which gives it great performance, if that matters.
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:33 PM   #20
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Just aboutall of 45' MHs use the ISM-500, the Cat C-15, the Cummins ISX-600 or the Detroit Series 60 motors. These motors all have a B50 longevity rating of a million plus miles which is way above all the other motors used. If you compare a 42' to a 45' MH you will see the extra length shows up in the bedroom and the livingroom area. I am real happy I bought my longer MH and would do it again in a flash.
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:47 PM   #21
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I agree with all that has ben said and that it all depends where you want to camp. Resorts are pricey to say the least and you would definitely not be able to manever in a lot of campgrounds. I think your best bet if you buy a 45' would be Wal-Mart or truck stops.

The main concern I have though, your name stated that you were a Newbie. Does that mean you are new to motorhomes? If so I wouldn't hop in a 45' motorhome with a toad and drive it. If you do please let me know so I'll be off the road.

Another thing do you intend to fulltime in it? If you do then fine if not what a waste as you really wouldn't need all that room. We are 2 people and do just great in a 33 footer in fact we drove to Alaska and back with it and did just fine.

Lastly take one out to drive it before you buy it and remember 45' is a lot rto turn around some rural streets..

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