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Old 11-13-2012, 12:38 PM   #15
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We're starting with the former...slowly leading to the latter! (down the road). Trying to buy "our last coach, first".

Also curious about collapsing ladders that I'm hearing are common in basements. How often are you all getting up on your roofs?


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Old 11-13-2012, 12:52 PM   #16
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-Have two large bays, with slides. Yes, some lost height storage, but would not be without them.
-On half bay pass thru. No slide. Works well for outside carpet, step ladder, and other long items. With careful packing, I can also store the emergency flashers, small ramps, wood, etc. to one side. These are items not taken out very oftern at all, with exception of the ladder, which is the 'dividing' piece.
-We are at 40', with tag, and frankly would like to have another bay of storage. The Catch22 of the tag's extra CCC capacity, is that lost of storage space to use it! A 42-45' usually gets you the extra bay that may be missing in a a 40'.

It is surprising how non heavy items can really jam a bay storage up quickly. Chairs for example, take lots of room but have very little weight.

I would not change what we have done. We went with the 40' for pur home parking when not un use, and it sticks out just a bit more then is legal...So for now, with this home storage area - 40' is our max...

Suggest you decide how you will use your coach, make your Pro's and Con's list - and decide what works best for you.

Best of luck, have fun, be safe,

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Old 11-13-2012, 06:43 PM   #17
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Look at the net carrying capacity. We may have a huge basement but besides a few essentials would be overweight if filled.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:21 PM   #18
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We have a 27,500 GVWR. When we bought it, I spent so much time making sure the vehicle was sound, I neglected to check the GVWR. I have been reluctant to get it weighed, but I suppose I will soon, before we full time. I'm going to try and limit the basement stuff to chairs, table, grill, ladder, compressor, some basic tools, and some cleaning supplies. I am not able to do much work anyway, so it might not matter.

I guess I should get it weighed huh?
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:48 PM   #19
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Back in the 70's when I was planning my first long motorcycle trip I was advised to take half of what I thought I needed and twice as much money I thought I needed. Seems to be good advice for RVers too as I've found out.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:49 PM   #20
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MarkofSJC asked "Also curious about collapsing ladders that I'm hearing are common in basements. How often are you all getting up on your roofs?"

I carry a couple of the collapsing ladders, not for getting up on the roof but for getting to high things on the front, rear or sides of the RV such as the top of the windshield, windows, the top removable panel to the refer, etc. Seems like there is always something up high that needs to be addressed.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:33 PM   #21
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You have to have room for spares. Murphy dictates if you have a spare alternator,fan belt,fuses whatever, you won't need them. But if you leave them behind,or don't take that special tool you're screwed.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:39 PM   #22
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We have lots of extra room. I keep eliminating the 'stuff' we don't use by emptying the basement every spring, and getting rid of what we do not use.

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