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Old 12-23-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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How long is too long?


Still trying to decide what to buy for our first full-time RV. Have decided we want a winter package, workhorse chassis, low kms, king bed if we can get it, 22.5" wheels, and a floorplan that suits our needs (although we're still not sure what that is :-)) Anyway...another question we have is...length.
We have been looking at 35 - 37 footers. Under that seem to be too crowded for full-time living and we're worried that too long will mean difficulty finding parks that have spots for longer vehicles.
At what length does it become more difficult to find spots in a park to stay?

Only two months until retirement...gotta make a decision soon.

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Old 12-23-2011, 09:04 AM   #2
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ours is a 38 footer, haven't had any problems with it yet finding spaces anywhere we've been but you need to do your research when going somewhere new...

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Old 12-23-2011, 09:04 AM   #3
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Be sure you have enough storage for full-timing. What small appliances will your wife want to take along? What tools do you just have to have? Will you be carrying wardrobes for all seasons?
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:12 AM   #4
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I have a 35ft Allegro Bay with two slides and find it has plenty living area and storage for me and DW. DW likes to pack lots of stuff and we have room for all of it.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:16 AM   #5
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39 foot with 4 slides. Never had a problem finding a spot. Love all the extra room.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:38 AM   #6
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If you can live with a 35 it would be a lot easier to find spots. I lot of places we liked to go is now off limits for us with a 41 footer. My brother has a 35 foot and is always able to find spots but not us, We like the beaches around here, over 35ft spots are hard to find. But if you need room cause you haul lots of stuff like us, the bigger the better.

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Old 12-23-2011, 09:45 AM   #7
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29.8 ft vintage Pace Arrow. Wife and I are just fine with no slides and very comfortable.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:09 AM   #8
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We previously had a 36' DP and moved up to a 44' with a tag axle. My DW was initially concerned about the length but now we are used to it and love it. Never have had a problem in getting a spot. Because of the length and tag axle I have never had a problem with the smoothness of the ride or the stability in crosswinds or trucks passing. No white knuckle driving for us. Have not had to spend big bucks on any chassis modifications for a better ride or stability. You have to check the floorplans and see what you loose with a shorter mh. Sometimes you loose bathroom or bedroom area and loose a pantry. We are not fulltimers but go on the road for months at a time and never get cabin fever. If you don't get the mh you want to start with you will end up spending more money in swapping it out for the one you wanted to start with
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:25 AM   #9
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42' and also a great handling unit with the tag axle. Extra weight capacity is also a plus. Never a problem at any state parks so far.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:43 AM   #10
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Buying a RV for full-time living is a BIG investment and a poor one at that. However, since it is going to be your home, length should not be a worry versus a workable floor-plan, storage, must have's versus wants. Remember that once you purchase the RV, if you decide for whatever reason it doesn't work for you, you will LOSE money on the transaction when purchasing another one that does work for you. So it's far better to make sure you do it right the FIRST time.

I did my research ahead of time and chose a year make and model, then went looking for that one rig that fit my criteria. I eventually found it 3.5 hours from me and I have had no regrets. It will be the last one I own unless it sustains a catastrophic accident.

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Old 12-23-2011, 02:57 PM   #11
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I have found that 38 ft is comfortable and manageable in State parks. Not to long and the perfect amount of room.
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:15 PM   #12
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We love our 38' Berkshire (see profile pic) - 4 slides and loads of inside room... Plus tons of basement storage.... Plan on going semi-full time.. 6 months out; 6 months in... Can put it anywhere we've wanted to go - state parks, nat parks; plus mercedes engine gives us 9.5 - 11mpg...
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We are also planning to go full time, just traded our 40ft. for a 42ft. with 4 slides. Did we need to trade? Probably not, but we are very happy with the extra capacity, water, brakes, black and grey, and cabinets. This is our fifth DP and have been happy with all. Remember....there is NO perfect camper. Look carefully, and sit in one at least three hours without the salesperson! Good luck
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42 Foot, Tour Master, ditto on the Mercedes, can't beat 1000 ft lb torque. Never had a problem getting in, except ONCE!
Some CG owners simply do not understand what you need to maneuver. Had the same problem with a Fiver too, so, buy what you can afford, and have FUN!!

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