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Old 09-13-2016, 03:30 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by marknpeg View Post
True, but we started out looking at 28. Then said well, 32 isn't much more and is more stable. Then said well, 36 is only a bit more and has a lot more storage options. Then said well, we really like a couple of the 38s we have seen. I have to draw the line somewhere because at this rate I'll end up in a 45ft Newell!
Sounds like my waist size....I wear a 36, but a 38 feels so good I buy a 40.

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Old 09-13-2016, 04:15 PM   #30
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We moved from a 32 foot Tiffin gas Class A to a 40 ft. Monaco when we decided to go full time. It's bigger, but still relatively easy to drive. The DP is definitely better on the road for handling and ride. The 4 slides in our DP make it very roomy. We've had some tight fits but always able to get into a site with careful manuvering. The sharper turning radius of the dp over the Ford chassis is a big help. Pick the floor plan that works and then worry about the care and feeding its had from previous owner(s) before deciding.

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Old 09-13-2016, 05:52 PM   #31
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When we were seriously looking for purchasing a Dutch Star we were zeroing in on a 36-38'. After driving them and the 40' we did not hesitate to choose the 40'. The difference in wheelbase made the 40' a more comfortable ride.

While full-timing public parks were always our first choice and even with a 40' we had no problems fitting in places that we wanted to be including many national parks, national forests, Corp of Engineers, state parks, county and city parks along with finding awesome boondocking sites up to 20 miles off pavement - in the West.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:04 PM   #32
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If you look at a coach with 7'6" inside ceiling you will see lots of storage for the seasonal items...and you wont bump your head on the slid-out
' Had a London Aire..350hp sparton chassis... with all the good stuff from the time.. Just traded for a 2007 Alfa gold!! ya and picked up yesterday 9-24-16
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Old 09-14-2016, 07:25 AM   #33

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I wouldn't overlook Winnebago - we purchased a used 2011 Journey Express DP. It is 35' long, excellent floorplan, fits in all kinds of National, State, and County parks - never had a problem so far. We went through the same size creep - started out looking at camper vans, then Sprinter class C's, then 25 - 30' gassers, swore we would not go above 30' - that is until we drove the Journey :-) Haven't looked back since, drive as many as you can then get what feels right!

Edited to add: If you are concerned about parts availability and long term support, no one is better than Winnebago. Every single wire and part is coded, and you can diagnose most anything yourself with access to their comprehensive model library. Even roto molded tanks for a 20 year old coach can be remanufactured at Forest City. This is a huge advantage over almost all of the other brands, even though their competitors may have higher end components and arguably better build quality.

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