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Old 02-13-2016, 01:01 PM   #29
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Thanks everyone - we pulled the trigger on 2017 Coachmen Mirada 35BH - its on order due somewhere around the first week of March.

I have used a 5Star Tuning solution in the past to address the shifting challenges of the V10 to great success - sounds like I may be looking into that as well.

We went to the Houston RV Show yesterday and saw the 35BH's brother/sister. They didn't have the BH there so we put one on hold for us to review when it arrives. The BH is a bath in a half with bunks.

And now we wait.

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Old 02-13-2016, 01:33 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by cmalberto View Post
And now we wait.
The hard part!!


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Old 02-13-2016, 02:40 PM   #31
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Amazing how these threads always turn into a gas vs diesel pizzing contest. No where in the OP did he say a thing about diesel. His question was how long can a gasser be? The longest one I've seen recently is 39'-11". So just shy of 40'. I'm enjoying my gasser. Does what I want it to do. Pretty good on the highway considering it's 37' long and 13' tall. Why does this always have to turn into this argument? Seems to me there are a lot if people just trying to justify their diesel. Go figure. It just depends on how you plan on using it.
It's not a gas/diesel pissing contest, the OP asked what length a gas could be. The answer is subjective and since I have owned both, feel that my opinion is worth something. In my opinion the Ford F-53 chassis might be fine for a 27-30' but adding 10 ' and 10k pounds exceeded acceptable drivability. Too much rear overhang, poor weight distribution and subsequent poor handling. If not driven much it will be fine for some people, thus to each their own. For me I had high expectations and was sorely disappointed in the product. So I bailed and moved on. Gas isn't for everyone, diesel isn't for everyone, just like TT and 5th wheels have their place and desirability.

I'm glad the OP is happy with his purchase and decision. That's all that counts in this matter.
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Old 02-13-2016, 02:55 PM   #32
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My 39' foot gasser is actually close to 40" and runs and handles just fine.

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Old 02-13-2016, 02:56 PM   #33
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So how big is too big for a Class A gasser? Seems the bigger they get the longer behind the rear wheels they become - which makes sense - but I am just worried the length becomes an issue with handling as well as other potential issues as they get bigger. So what is the magic number to move to a larger chassis such as a Pusher?

I like the some of the bunkhouse models but we are getting in the 35-38 foot and thought I would ask how big I should go.

Thanks for your opinions.

It's all about weight. The Ford class A chassis is available up to a max of 26,000 pounds GVWR, with a wheelbase of 21 feet. There is only so big a box you can put on top.
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These websites might be helpful:
Ford fleet MH chassis , you must do your own math. It also explains how length affects driveability.
rv.org recommends a ratio of 70% , saying 60% is substandard.
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I really do not like saying the same thing over again but... Folks rear overhang and weight whatever. It still comes back to a matter of physics. Wheelbase ratio, weight distribution and tire size. Everything else is an emotional opinion.

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