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Old 03-05-2015, 02:06 AM   #1
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Does that 5' Really Matter?

Does that 5' really matter from 34' to 39' in regards to driving and parking? I've been looking at 34' but it seems the better deals are at 39'.

My main goal is to stick to BLM, NF, and the once or twice a year NP's. How hard is it to find space for 39' in a NP? I will be full time and solo with a toad. I could even live in a pretty small RV, except I like a nice bedroom and bath.
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Old 03-05-2015, 02:14 AM   #2
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Does that 5' Really Matter?

A few years ago I went from a 19' Class B to a 40' Class A and believe me, it's a LOT harder finding space for a longer rig. Especially in National Parks. I think (from my experience) that at 34' you shouldn't have too much of a problem. I know at 40' there's many places I can't get into at all.
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I went from 32' class a ro 37' class a and they drive way different. That said I had a 40' 5th wheel for 10 yrs prior and always found a place to camp. Get what you like and everything else will work out
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I went from 32' class a ro 37' class a and they drive way different. That said I had a 40' 5th wheel for 10 yrs prior and always found a place to camp. Get what you like and everything else will work out

I agree " Get what you like and everything else will work out." We went from 25' to 37' and love having a bedroom and slides. Wouldn't trade it!
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28' to 37'. Love the space. We find a way to make it fit.

Planning on a 40' next.
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There may be some places you cant get into sometimes.
But that will be offset by having way more room all the time.
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There is your answer. If a larger coach is what you want, there will be some spaces that will be too small, but that's the trade-off for the additional length. We don't use primitive camping, but our rig is 52 ft. with the race car trailer and it is extremely rare that I have to disconnect in a commercial campground.

Here are some people who boondock in a 40 ft. rig Wheeling It | Living the Fulltime RV Dream with 12 Paws, 40 Feet and the Open Road (I notice in one of their IRV2 posts they commented about getting a smaller coach).

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There may be some places you cant get into sometimes.
But that will be offset by having way more room all the time.
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Does that 5' really matter from 34' to 39' in regards to driving and parking? I've been looking at 34' but it seems the better deals are at 39'.

My main goal is to stick to BLM, NF, and the once or twice a year NP's. How hard is it to find space for 39' in a NP? I will be full time and solo with a toad. I could even live in a pretty small RV, except I like a nice bedroom and bath.
I dont think the driving of it is much different. Parking may be a bit more difficult but patience generally will overcome most issues.

5' will make a difference if you are building a bridge! LOL
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Thanks to all for the comments. We are looking to go from 34 to 40+ and was concerned about parking.
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Went form a 28' gasser to a 35' DP. The interior room difference is huge. The only thing I've seen as a negative is that you need to plan your fuel stops carefully to make sure you hit a station you'll fit into.
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Only in tight fueling stations and some state parks. Oh, and when you wash and wax it.
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Does that 5' Really Matter?

Having gone from 25 feet 40 feet I can tell you there's a big difference. When you get 40 feet you need to have a toad. So you're really 55 feet. The extra space is wonderful.but here in Washington and Oregon on the national parks are problematic and even a few of the state parks.

Being 13 feet high also makes a difference it's really hard to find parks bit of trim their trees well enough to let you in without scratching your coach up.

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We went from 24 feet to 36 feet to 45 feet. Does make a world of difference in your living space and comfort. Driving, not so much. Parking yes, but if you take your time, you will be fine. Are there campgrounds that won't allow anything over 35 feet? Yes, but, I bet down the road there is one that does have spots for "big rigs". Just have to plan ... I'm learning as well - but it is fun, and I'm getting fairly comfortable with our 45 ft coach. You said state parks and national parks ... take a look at the ones you really want to go to - do they have spots big enough for you? If so, then there is your answer. If not - then that might be your answer as well! Personally, I wouldn't go back to a smaller coach. Good luck in your decision.
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