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Old 01-30-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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is 38' big enough?

We are looking at a 38' Foretravel, we have been looking at 40', but this one is in great shape, and the price seems to be more in our budget.
We are new to RV-ing, and probably will not be able to be gone, for extended periods (1 month or more) for a few more years.
Are we going to miss the extra 2', for $30,000.00 difference in price?


Looking foward to the road!
Any advice will be appreciated!
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Bill and Kim...

In my opinion it's a tough call. If you're thinking of using this coach for the next few years and are open to trading up if you need the space, I say go for it. On the other hand if you're buying a coach with the thought of some day going full time in it... you might want to really think about giving up that extra room.

Many, many people full time in less than 40 feet and like it just fine but it would be worth the money for an extra two feet for us.

Good luck...

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Welcome to iRV2 and I agree with Rick.
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We are very happy with our 38' and will have few problems full timing in it. Had a 35' previously with no slides and that would not have done it for us. Guess a lot depends on the floor plans and what you get for the extra 2'. $30K seems a lot to me for that 2'.

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We are looking at a 38' Foretravel, we have been looking at 40', but this one is in great shape, and the price seems to be more in our budget.
We are new to RV-ing, and probably will not be able to be gone, for extended periods (1 month or more) for a few more years.
Are we going to miss the extra 2', for $30,000.00 difference in price?


Looking foward to the road!
Any advice will be appreciated!
Bill & Kim
Dodge City, Kansas
Not to beat a dead horse, but it really comes down to floor plan. A 38' with the right slide outs can be much roomier than a 40' with less slides. We have a 34' 11". Slides in it's quite cramped, slides out, it's a whole different animal! We have a full wall slide on the drivers side plus two more opposing slides on the curb side. When it's opened up, it's a lot more usable space than a couple extra feet in length could ever give you.
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:55 PM   #6
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Hi getoutof,
Welcome to iRV2. You don't say much about the coach floor plan. Are there slides? 1 bath or a bath and 1/2? etc. Spend some time in the coach. Put the coach in the travel mode. Slides in, if it has slides. Put the coach in a living position, slides out. Drive the coach on highway and two lane roads. Have the automotive and coach systems check out by properly certified techs.

Floor plan sells the coach. It's really floor plan combined with the personalities of the individuals. Because you are new to coach ownership, you will not miss the 2 feet. One will not miss what one has not had. In several years you may or may not want to get a larger coach. Only time will tell. Don't sweat the 2 feet. Purchase the one you like the most.
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location location location
or in rv talk
floorplan floorplan floorplan

2' is nothing if the layout does not work for YOUR NEEDS

folks have a 38 ' bounder triple slides its pretty bug opened up


our 40' damon has 6 slides and is like having three rooms

short answer is whatever makes you happy and fits your needs
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:46 PM   #8
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Thanks to everyone! This motorhome has 2 slides and is very good condition, from all the coaches we have looked at, this one "seems" to fit what would fit us best. Maybe I just need the extra support to take the plunge! My concern would be....if and when we would decide to spend more time in the coach, than at home, will the 38' have enough of a demand, not to lose to much money? I know I can get a 40' in other coaches, for the same money, but like the Quality, and feel of the Foretravel. Thanks Again to all of you, and hope to see you on the road.

p.s. Honk if you see a happy couple in a SHORT BUS!
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:56 PM   #9
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We have a 36', but it has 4 slides and it has plenty of room for us. We could easily fulltime in it. My DW loves the floorplan. So, consider all of that, not just the length.
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Ours is almost 38' with two slides and is plenty of room for us. As mentioned the floor plan slides make the difference. If the floor makes sense to you go for it, I don't think the 2' would be any concern.
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When you have a fight, 38ft or 40ft makes no difference - either length is too close for comfort.

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Old 01-30-2011, 07:53 PM   #12
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We spend 6 months in our 36' with 2 slides.Met a couple living in a scamp so anything is possible.We made sure everything was usable with the slides in.The floorplan is more important than the length.If you pull into a rest area and can't get to the bath or use the kitchen without putting out the slides the length won't matter.
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We have a 38 with a single slide (kitchen and living room together) and it's awesome. Love our coach and has been said here....it depends on your life style.

We're used to Airstream TT's so having a slide is awesome! 3 or 4 would be great, but we're not about to spend more than our '01 HR.
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We have a 38' with no slides and full-time...... Floor plan is the key... we have a H U G E Kitchen and lots of actual and real counter space... therefore we love it.....
Very difficult to find a "real" kitchen in coaches with slides.... don't understand that... as soon as they design a slide, it has NO counter space.... we love our kitchen....
Probably depends on personalities... if worried about the "space", you may need the extra 2 feet.... course, at $15,000 a foot, I'd think real hard!!!!!
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