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Old 05-01-2015, 07:14 PM   #15
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Yea but there more like rolling brick than a rolling cooler. Wind better be pretty strong to do much.

I have a rolling cooler but have just as much fun! (probably more)
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:22 PM   #16
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We have the Canyon Star 3610, which is a gas model. But we got it on a 26,000 pound chassis as an upgrade. It has the 22.5 tires, and comes with some extra suspension items as well as a longer wheelbase than the stock model. It drives great, tracks well, does not get pushed around by the wind or big trucks, and has plenty of power. We have no concerns over the ride and have driven both the gas and diesel models of Newmar. Our MH in the diesel version Ventanna, with the same basic floorplan and ammenities was about $100,000 more in cost. I can do all my own maintenance on the gas model, and they all get you the same place.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:28 PM   #17
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I can do all my own maintenance on the gas model, and they all get you the same place.
Almost anybody can do their own maintenance on a DP too. I pretty much do everything but engine/transmission overhauls.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:12 PM   #18
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Our 34' handles pretty nice. Got the 26k chassis, little longer wheel base, and the 22.5 tires. Handles so much better than our first 34' with the 19.5 tires and shorter wheel base. I would buy another one that had the smaller tires.
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:11 AM   #19
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I can not tell you how they base the ratings but I can tell you this

First: Many folks here on the forums complain about the way their coach handles..... I am NOT one of them.

Second: ON my first cross country trip it was a hard drive.. When I got to Las Vegas (Leaving Detroit) it was a relief to drive the towed.

On my SECOND trip.. That same towed was much harder to drive.

There are three things that can be done (4 or 5 actually) to improve handling

SWAY,, Side to side rocking of the motor home (Think fans swaying to the music at a rock concert holding up their BIC's).
Some chassis makers do not put enough SWAY CONTROL bar on the chassis.. Mine did.

WAG (think of a dog wagging his tail side to side) This is caused by leaf spring suspension allowing the body to move slightly side to side over the axle.. If the front moves left as the rear moves right, then they swap you wag.. PAN HARD bars or TRACK Bars (same thing) stop this 100%.. These are a standard component in Indpndent Front Suspension (What makes it so good in fact) and in STRUT suspension. But not in Leaf Spring with solid front axle (motor home).

Steering Stablizer.. This tries to keep you going straight ahead.

All 3 can be added as needed.... I added the last 2.
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Drive great

We had a 34 gas now a 40 DP. There is no comparison when it comes to driveability. The DP is outstanding. Our friends have a 36 5er, we can turn around in half the space his rig takes. The rigs you mentioned are all DP you will be pleased with any of them.
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We had a 34 gas now a 40 DP. There is no comparison when it comes to driveability. The DP is outstanding. Our friends have a 36 5er, we can turn around in half the space his rig takes. The rigs you mentioned are all DP you will be pleased with any of them.
We went to Alaska last summer and some of the roads I won't feel comfortable on in my Honda CRV but the 40 ft DP pulling the CRV handled it without a problem.
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I have a 32' gas and it drives fine. Sort of like a large box truck. Of course when the wind blows it can be a little unnerving. i have no idea how the large D's handle in the wind but they do provide a larger sail. lol
....that sail is usually 10,000 lbs or more heavier ie gas versus diesel and though nothing is really a match for the wind but the extra weight makes it just a little harder to push around.

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