Originally Posted by Cherokee180C
Thanks for the quick response. I have just started my research and quickly zoomed in on Newmar as a quality brand. Hard to get use to the warranty being so limited in the industry. 2-3 years seems to be the norm. The price differential makes a lot more sense to me now. Quick question on size. Does the smaller 35' / 36' rv's make a big difference in the number of camping sites that can accommodate you vs the 40'-43' rigs? Does the smaller size make any real difference in gas mileage, mostly from gross weight I imagine? This will be my first Class A after only owing a 27' TT in the past. Looking to part time 4-5 contiguous months per year.
This is a very personal opinion.
My wife and I started with a 40'. Her, I, two small dogs. We found it bigger than we needed. Lots of empty space, hard to keep cool, navigation was a doosey, and in seating we were always seperated (her couch, my couch)... coupled with the cost of repairs and maint., we decided to downsize.
Now, in downsizing, I find our 28 footer with no slides a little
cramped with dogs under foot, but I can totally live it... it's not bad enough to make me want to change it. I enjoy not having an engine, and I enjoy not having slides, and I LOVE the interior and big wrap around windows, plus the couch is very conducive to snuggling and TV watching, something we value.
In my mind, were I to own another Class A, which I might, it would be 36 feet and with the least problematic slide setup I could find.... that might mean only one slide, or no slides.
We did find that some state parks weren't nearly as easily to deal with in the big RV. Sometimes it was tight roads/short spots... sometimes it was low hanging branches.... and some state parks were a flat out no... but our trailer can darn near go anywhere.
The last thing I (that's me personally) would want to do is add another 3 to 5 feet on the end in crossing the 40 foot barrier, but I can certainly see why the tag axle could be handy. Back in the day Country Coach made a 38 foot tag, and they are still so darn nice looking... always the same floorplan though....
So you have to decide for yourself.... are you a "bigger is better and badder" type, or are you a "treehouse" type? Are you solo? Big dogs, little dogs, no dogs? Kids? Grandkids? so forth.. It's all about what makes you feel fuzzy....
Stepping off the ledge of a high dollar new unit can be quite an experience... you should fully anticipate the possibility that the unit *could* be out of commission much of the first year, and plan for the possibility of driving to the factory for some help - then cross your fingers that doesn't happen. But this stuff does
happen in real life. Units with problems right off the lot, and then incredibly long wait times for repairs you're hoping were done right.
Get referrals on dealers, that's for sure.