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Old 03-05-2015, 05:41 PM   #15
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we went from 30ft class a to 38ft A and I really dont notice a difference driving or parking to be honest

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Old 03-05-2015, 06:22 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Nomad Mike View Post
Does that 5' really matter from 34' to 39' in regards to driving and parking?.......

Yes. No. Yes. No. Maybe. Two part question, three part answer.

Driving: the length itself will be nothing; you will get accustomed to it in a matter of a few days. But it is fairly probable that in a 34 ft you will run into that array of handling difficulties that seems to plague so many in this and other fora. At 34 ft, the mfgr may still be trying to use the smallest chassis he can, and that will translate to issues for you. At 39 or 40 ft you won't run into this, your ride will likely be smoother and far more stable and balanced.

Parking: we bought our first ever MH (40 ft) 3 years ago and have been full time since. We have NEVER gotten to a CG or RV Park and had a problem finding a spot. Twice in 3 years- twice- we had to change the plan for that night because the CG we had randomly selected turned out to be too small. But we learned this the day or morning before, and solved the problem with a phone call. Falcon190 has had some difficulties, but that's no shock-- heck, you can park 19 ft damn near anywhere! He became twice as long and about 35% wider! That's like going from a VW bug to a Town Car and being surprised by the parking difference.

Living Space: you'll be "full timing" like many of us, but only you can determine exactly what that means to you. Will you be camping all the time, or living in your MH and "camping" some of the time? In any case, the extra living and storage space in the larger will make your life much more comfortable and relaxing, particularly if a guest may be involved, whereas you may start to chafe at little inconveniences that could come with the smaller space. Think this through carefully in advance: "Too big" will only last for a few weeks until you get accustomed to it, but "too small" will last forever.

Whatever you decide, good luck, and Welcome!

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Old 03-05-2015, 07:00 PM   #17
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Of course it does, you have to anticipate that much earlier in all regards.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:09 PM   #18
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Thanks for the great advice everyone, and have a lot to think about. And thanks for the welcome.
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Old 03-06-2015, 03:49 AM   #19
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"Too big" will only last for a few weeks until you get accustomed to it, but "too small" will last forever.
Different strokes for different folks, but my experience has been just the opposite.
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:33 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by panheadpaul View Post
Thanks to all for the comments. We are looking to go from 34 to 40+ and was concerned about parking.
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We are in Concord NH ready to list the house and hit the road. We started out with 37 foot pusher & now up to 39. No issues with being too long.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:27 AM   #21
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When we were shopping for our current MH we looked at a lot of different sizes. The biggest difference in comfort & space was going from a 34'/36' to a 40'. Not much difference in handling or parking but a big difference in living area. Try some on for size & go with the one you are most comfortable in. You will probably spend more time living in it than driving it.
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Had 36' coaches for many years. Traded for a 40' last July. The turning radius is the biggest thing I noticed. Took a couple days to get use to. Getting in and out of those small fuel stops is somewhat a difference.

Campgrounds have not been an issue. We love the bigger coach. Less wind issues. Ride much smoother. So don't worry about big. You will love whatever you get.

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Welcome, glad to meet you!

We have a 45 foot coach and have always found a place to park it. The better ride ALL the time and the larger space ALL the time quickly offset the lack of getting into EVERY space in EVERY park.

As far as driving, much more comfortable ride. The larger chassis are heavier and thus ride better. Compare a small car versus a large car. Better ride. Our heavier coach is much more stable in high winds, or when being passed by large trucks.
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:07 AM   #24
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Does that 5' Really Matter?

We have been F/T for 3 years, the first 2 in a 32ft A. It was all we ever wanted in form, fit, and function, and we were totally comfortable with it.
But adding 10 feet provided us with a suite on wheels that turns tighter than the 32 due to wheel cut, and is easier and more comfortable to drive (tag axel!).
Fueling is not an issue.

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You better not test drive one.
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:43 AM   #25
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We went from a 35ft gas to a 42ft DP. So far we have only found one park that we could not find a place to park . We always plan where we are going next and check to make sure they are able to take a class A this size.
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We went from a 28' to a 35' too. We also like BLM, NF, NPs and state park camping. I've been planning a trip for this summer and can tell you that there are quite a few campgrounds that look great but do not have spots big enough. Some may have actual sites that could accommodate us but the interior roads are tight and have low hanging limbs. That said, there are usually privately owned CGs that are nearby which are suitable.

You can check out the majority of campgrounds on reserveamerica.com. There are descriptions of the campground and specific sites. You can search based on length which narrows down the sites to what you're looking for.

Would we go back to the smaller coach? NO WAY!
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We went from a 19' B to a 27' C. Limited ourself to under 30' as most of the places we like to camp in the Northeast and the campsites we like don't allow anything over 30'. Some have larger spaces but they are not usually the better remote camping sites on the water. We don't do the RV parks unless it's just an overnight while traveling.
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These 'is x too big' threads are very common and are always filled with 'no problem, you'll get it in there' comments. And usually you will, depending. But it's simple common sense that the larger and taller the unit the more likely you're going to run into a problem. If you have a high tolerance and skill set for maneuvering the vehicle and tend to frequent larger parks then a 35-40-foot unit will not be a problem at all, and if you have a low tolerance for dealing with such issues and prefer mostly smaller state and national parks then you will be limited by a larger unit, and anyone telling you otherwise is doing a disservice.

Ultimately there is no right answer for 'how big is too big' since the answer is subjective and personal based on skill set and the intended use of the RV. It's kind of like asking 'what's the right RV for me?' Do you need an apartment on wheels and is comfort more important than that cute spot down by the lake away from everyone else? By all means get a 45' tag and enjoy yourself, they're wonderful. Do you like small quiet state parks and the ability to get off the road anywhere (urban or rural) and explore without concern, and are willing to accept less living space in exchange? Then you don't want a 35'+ Class A. Physics is physics and you do not get to have your cake and eat it too.

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