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Old 07-21-2012, 07:01 AM   #1
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What are the significant disadvantages in a 45 ft. Coach? We plan to use it through most of the year, and not sure how much actual traveling will do. Plus towing our jeep wrangler. At what point might I wish we stayed with the 40.

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Old 07-21-2012, 07:23 AM   #2
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Depends what type of camping/ campgrounds you want to do, stay at If you want to stay at state parks, Coe, or some natl' parks might be some issues. If mostly staying at private ones no problems finding places to stay. Pulling your jeep you won't even know its back there.
For me and mostly what I do bigger is better. Jmo

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Old 07-21-2012, 08:12 AM   #3
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Check with local DMV for driver license requirements and endorsements. In CA 45ft requires a special license, with increased fines and penalties no matter what you are driving at the time of infraction. 40ft just a standard class C.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:20 AM   #4
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Good advice so far. License requirements and limited access in state and national parks.... although with these parks 40' is an issue too.

Other than that, bigger is better.

Rick, Nancy, Peanut & Lola our Westie Dogs & Bailey the Sheltie.

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Not any noticeable difference. We traveled in a 40 ft MH and now in a 44 ft MH. 6" wider and little longer, CG we plan ahead call research the site maps etc. The main difference is the added room and comfort for my DW and our two pets. Have fun.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:53 AM   #6
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Five more feet to hit something.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:32 AM   #7
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I have a 45ft and stay in State Parks on a regular basis. Have not had a problem to date. I do a little research up front but for the most part, the majority of State Parks have 50amp and enough room. Well worth the extra room and comforts.
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We have had both 40 and now a 43 ft. and I rarely encounter any campsite limitations that are unique to the 43 vs the 40. We use a lot of state campgrounds and the usual limitation is leveling. We have found that our 43 ft. Newmar has a greater range for leveling than our previous Freightliner 40. Just do the research, as was recommended above and the length will not be a major issue.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:18 AM   #9
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I have also never had a problem in State or national Parks that I have been to so far. I am 44' 10" long. Have not found a campground that has turned me down yet. I believe that most campgrounds be private or a Park has realized by now that there are big rigs out there and have updated their sites. I still run into just 30 amp shore power but that is mainly way up North in Maine or the UP where you dont need to run but one AC unit at a time sometimes. Just came back from a 3500 mile trip and never got cabin fever because it was too small. The only disadvantage is turning right at a intersection in small towns. Sometimes I start the wide turn then wait until the person coming the other way backs up.

Let me add a story on this last trip. Went to Niagra Falls which was wonderful. Came up from Buffalo on I-190 and following the signs and GPS to Niagra Falls Goat Island parking Lot #2 for RVs. Turned off I-190 onto Robert Moses Pkwy on a cloverleaf. In the middle of the curve there was a warning sign (the first one) saying the overpass that I was going to immediately go under had a 12' clearance. My MH is 12' 6" to the top of the SAT dome. Then another sign with flashing yellow lights and 12' warning. This overpass is right there with no warning coming off the clowerleaf. I stopped in the right hand lane with my flashers on and got out to take a look. Nowhere to backup and couldnt without disconnecting the toad and having the police stop traffic. There are actually three bridges right together and the middle one is the lowest. I climbed up the bank to look at my 12' 6" MH and it looked close. I dumped my air suspension and put my wife out there with the walki-talki. With the suspension dumped I cannot turn the front wheels because it will hit the body and crack it. I watched my DW's face for bad indications and none seen so I went under the bridges. I made it OK. We went on to the Falls and parked and I walked over to a tour bus driver and asked him about the overpass. He just looked at me in amazement. Said they didn't go that way. Gooing back the sign says 11' 8" clearance but you make a turn before the overpass so you don't have to go under it. Just as a warning to people going to Niagra Falls. It was worth the heart attack. Rode the Maid of the Mist and it was great.

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