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Old 08-22-2016, 10:26 AM   #15
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I am planning to go full-timing in the next couple of years and have been doing research on Class As in the 30'-35' range. I've been doing some reading of the RV Consumer Group materials about wheelbase to length ratio and how that can contribute to handling that is difficult or fatiguing. I am a small-ish (5'5") woman in my late-50s so the idea of wrestling with a coach could be an issue. I am wondering if there were any other women out there who can comment.
Hi OnWisc: This is off the record, but being a UW Alumni and rabid Badger (and Packer) fan, I had to say I love your user name. Regarding your actual question, my wife loves driving our 35' DP, we both get fatigued the most when it's very windy, requiring focused steering control and increased concentration. As others have said, the longer the wheelbase and heavier the coach, the more stable it is in general. I will also say that I used the RV Consumer Group materials, but would never had gotten the coach we have now (which we absolutely love), if I listened to them :-) Your best bet is to get out there and start test driving some of them!
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Katherine has driven our coach with no real issues and she's 5'2" and 115 lbs. That's her in the Miata to the left so you can see she's pretty small. We both find the coach more fatiguing to drive than it was driving our pickup pulling a 5th wheel. The only problem she's experienced is the steering wheel doesn't adjust low enough for her height. Add the fact that the seat is all the way forward and it's just a little awkward for her which limits her time behind the wheel.
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getting used to your coach is important... the more comfortable you are, the longer you can drive. I would make sure your coach drives well handling wise.
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getting used to your coach is important... the more comfortable you are, the longer you can drive. I would make sure your coach drives well handling wise.
Good response as well as some others. Only you can be the judge of how long you can sit behind the wheel. There is no embarrassment having to pull over and take a break. Who out there knows how long you have been there anyway? As you get used to the driving the length between stops will become longer. Your size and shape won't matter as much as your mental attitude and stamina. Let it come to you without forcing yourself and you will become more and more comfortable as time goes on.
It's like doing push ups. No one is going to break the world record on their first try.
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My bladder would never last that long. LOL
Yes, you know your getting older when you stop more often for bathroom breaks then you do for gas! LOL
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.... Personally I've driven the Class A 800 miles without getting out of the seat and didn't feel fatigued at all.

Wow! Y'know, years and years ago I worked on some government contracts. After I'd get back from some trips my boss might pull me aside and tell me, ... On this one we're gonna need an enhanced descriptive. Enhanced descriptive. For the record, my government career was short-lived.

Even at an average 75mph, 800 miles would be 10:40 in the seat. Almost eleven straight hours at 75 mph.

Possible enhanced descriptive?
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Yes, you know your getting older when you stop more often for bathroom breaks then you do for gas! LOL

With a 150 gal tank I've got a useful range of a thousand miles or so. Even when I was 25 I don't think I could outlast that! 😃👍


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Yes, you know your getting older when you stop more often for bathroom breaks then you do for gas! LOL
My problem is Janet keeps bringing me drinks. I say "Draw One". She says what would you like? Coffee? Soda? Water?

I say BEER! She says "Not going to happen"!!! LOL

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My wife is 5'7" and 120 pounds. She has logged 100k miles in our 33' super C while towing a 24' trailer behind it and about 15k miles in our A class while towing the same trailer. She definitely prefers the A and also prefers to have the trailer hooked up behind it. The coach handles much better and feels more planted with the trailer behind it. She regularly logs 400 miles at a shot. While I prefer to drive at night, she doesnt care for it at all so it works for us as we will go non stop from Chicago to southern Florida or to California. Depending on how rested we are, we start getting tired after about 300 t0 400 miles behind the wheel and if we do have to stop and take a nap, its Flying J or walmart for us. Our current coach is a gasser but we have both driven DP's and agree they are much more relaxing to drive and will switch as soon as possible.
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Another Tiffin red 33aa owner, who's wife also drives.......
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DW couldn't drive any of the rigs we considered (<5' tall), so I ended up the only one doing the driving. I get buttock cramping after about 3 hours in the seat of any vehicle and after a walk-about I'm limited to about another 90 minutes. We planned our trips with driving days of no more that 250 miles. That worked fine for the 4 years we had our Class A.
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Thanks everyone - this was really helpful information! I appreciate it!
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