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Old 04-28-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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Question Driveability of Class A

Having driven a 5er for 8 years we're thinking of switching to a Class A.

Given our wants/needs were looking at an Entegra Aspire, Newmar Ventana or Tiffin Phaeton. I've been doing the research and ran across the rv.org site an got looking at the ratings they provide.

My question is - "Are the road handling ratings accurate simply based on the ratio of wheelbase to overall length?"

I'm inclined to go with the smaller end of these brands but need a significant towing (10k) but the 'poor' driveability is a concern.

Any thoughts?
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:12 AM   #2
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Are you looking at new 40' coach's? If so, I don't believe you'll have any handling problems. My Dutch Star is 15yrs. old and handles great.
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I also have a 40' Fleetwood Revolution and it drives like a dream compaired to the 36' HR I traded in for the FW. The HR was gasser the FW is a DP. Big defference. Good luck and happy trails
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I've heard that the bigger the coach the better it will handle. We went from a 36' 5er to the 40' 2002 Windsor and it drives like a dream!
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:55 AM   #5
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Well, we haven't owned one of the bigger (38+) class As (outside our budget) But have owned 2 both were 36ft. 1st was a gas 2 slides (noisy & not enough room) this one is a 2010 Phaeton DP, 4 slds, and it drives wonderfully. First "big" trip was from IN to NC through Smokies on I-40 had no issues pulling the toad.

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Thanks - I was concerned that the handling would get sloppy if the total length gets too large - looks like it's not an issue with the newer coaches
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Each drives differently, but I don't think you'll find any of them "sloppy". And, there are ways to tailor the rides to suit your preferences.
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Both our 2000 38' and 2002 40' Dutch Stars DP's handled fine. The previous 35' Santara tag axle gasser, not so good.
The present Magna is a totally different animal and will put you to sleep or lull you into thinking you're going much slower than you are. Ergo: first speeding ticket in 25 years.
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The present Magna is a totally different animal and will put you to sleep or lull you into thinking you're going much slower than you are. Ergo: first speeding ticket in 25 years.[/QUOTE]


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My Entegra Anthem 44 ft drives and handles so much better than my 36 ft Fleetwood Excursion .... feel like we actually have control and it feels safe, stable. Wouldn't go back to a smaller Class A ...ever! May be the tag - but much, much better. IMO
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We moved from a 29' gasser to a 35' Ventana and the difference is amazing but most say that the longer the coach, the better it handles. Of course, the Ventana is longer & much heavier with bigger tires compared to our gasser and that contributes some to the difference in handling. I think our Ventana has a 5,000 lb hitch rating but you should be able to have a different hitch installed if your coach can handle the weight. Just make sure it's installed correctly.

Our Ventana has "Comfort Drive". If you aren't familiar with it, please search for numerous threads that discuss it's advantages. We were skeptical that it made that much difference but are believers now.

Ours is the shortest of the the coaches you've listed at 34'10". I don't think either of the others are that short. Sometime, less is more.
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We went with a tag just because we too are towing close to 10K ..... can't compare to the 40s w/o tag ... but our handles great ... hardly even know the trailer is back there .... I think if you stick to major chassis builders, you'll find them to handle very nicely .... We're on a Spartan ... & love it ........
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My question is - "Are the road handling ratings accurate simply based on the ratio of wheelbase to overall length?"
No, it's just a rule of thumb: In general, a long coach with a short wheelbase will generally not drive as well as a long coach with a long wheelbase, or a short coach with a short wheel base.

However, every coach is different, as are every driver's expectations. The only way to determine if you will like the handling of a particular coach is by you actually driving it.

Someone may say their coach drives like a dream, but they may have lower expectations than you, and if you drove it you might not like it. Similarly, someone may say they don't like the way a particular coach drives, but they may have higher expectations, and if you drive it you might like it.

There is no simple answer: to get the definitive answer you will have to drive the coach yourself.
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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
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