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Old 08-28-2015, 08:19 AM   #15
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Went from a 37' to 34', triple slide to double slide. Wanted to downsize but stay diesel. Love the floor plan. DH calls in tight, I call it cozy. Was amazed we got most of our gear inside and in basement with no problem. I hate things piled upon each other and did not have that happen.


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Old 08-28-2015, 08:19 AM   #16
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I think that smaller is better.

Our campground of choice is any National Forest Campground in the Rockies. We do not full time and we do not stay in RV resorts.

What don't you like about your 2015 Thor ACE?

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Old 08-28-2015, 08:45 AM   #17
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How did that add go: The bigger the burger the better the burger the burgers are better at the advertiser's place of business.

the bigger the RV the more room you have but yes, I have been to a few parks where my 38 foot model is not going to fit in all the sites... Never had a problem finding a site.. Just had to be a bit more .. Selective.. as it were.

OH, and if there is a bath and a half option.. TAKE IT.
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:04 AM   #18
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I think that smaller is better.

What don't you like about your 2015 Thor ACE?
We really like the ACE and other than some cosmetic warranty work haven't had any issues with it. It seems to be a great MH for weekends and occasional trips, but our 2015 lacks some of the features/functions we'd like to have. For example:
- Inverter
- auto-gennie start (we do quite a bit of boondocking)
- black tank flush
- double sink in kitchen
- awning over coach entry door (petty but important when raining)
- integrated AV system

Yes, some of these things could be added/mod'd but at what cost?

The 27.1 only has a dinette - no sofa. It's our first MH and when purchasing we thought this wouldn't be an issue for us, but after a couple trips we realized sitting/lounging inside at the dinette (due to rain, bugs, etc.) just isn't comfortable for anything other than eating.

At this point we're considering: Thor Challenger, Allegro, or a Bounder.
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:44 AM   #19
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Every time we have increased the size of our RV, we have liked it more but gave up a bit of flexibility. We have not felt "limited" in any absolute sense, but our choices are different with the larger rigs.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:39 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Tireman1 View Post
Bigger is better.
Ditto. Bottom line, get the floor plan you like.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:49 PM   #21
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That's how we got the 45' but it was me that said "what's an add'l 5'?"!

Only about another $65,000
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:40 PM   #22
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Is anyone aware of a resource that lists out a bunch of state/federal parks along with length restrictions?

I know it's possible to get a feeling for any single park by looking it up. I was wondering if there was some way to quickly get a broader overview.
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Old 08-28-2015, 11:18 PM   #23
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Our first coach was 36'; our current coach is 40' and while I am glad I went bigger as we start spending more and more time on the road, the larger coach has presented problems....living with the bigger coach hasn't been without some extra effort.

We really like to stay at Corp of Engineer parks, and have successfully found a spot at every one we have visited, but I will admit I have had more than a few "white knuckle" turns, and parking efforts...and one I won't ever go back to (and yes, I put a note in the campground forum about this camp).

My wife has to work real hard at scrubbing the data listed for parks to make sure the site is big enough when she reserves them....on our last trip out we made advanced reservations and stopped at 12 COE parks -- 3 reserved sites were not as described and the parking spots could not accommodate our coach -- but the camp host always spotted the problem at check-in -- BEFORE I got to the site and they helped me choose a better spot that would accommodate "Elvis" before I left the check-in counter. (Thank goodness for such great professionals). The biggest problem I have encountered has been the locations are too tight to maneuver in the available space....for example there isn't enough turn radius available to back into the spot...the narrow road with a large drop off, combined with large trees located at JUST the wrong place sometimes make it impossible to make the back-in turn into that precise spot without a front wheel falling off the ledge or hitting a BIG tree...but one just a couple spots away works fine...and the camp host usually knows which ones will work for me and which won't)

There really is no way we could be full-timing in the smaller coach....I know others do and do it well, but my wife and I really need the extra space our 40' offers us. The increased driving challenge has also made me realize I will never go any bigger. 40' meets our space needs and so far, with some extra effort and pre-planning, we have fitted into all the campgrounds we have reserved.

Bottomline, I'm happy we went bigger, but I sure do notice that maneuvering my 40' requires more attention and care than my previous 36'. I whipped that 36' around though parking lots, and other tight spaces with little reservation....this 40' isn't quite so lithe and fluid....he has found himself in spots where disconnecting the toad and backing up was the only choice! Inconvenient, but I still am glad we have the 40'.
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Old 08-29-2015, 12:53 AM   #24
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Were at 41 feet and we have camped in state parks and federal campgrounds this year in Or, CA, and AZ without a problem. But, you do have to spend a few minutes checking just as you would an RV park. Especially in CA! The extra space just makes the trip more enjoyable and helps eliminate storage concerns.

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We spend a lot of time in our coach. Went up to 38' bunkhouse (bunkhouse for grandkids). Ours is 38' (about as long as you are gonna get with a gasser) with a bath and half. We stay at State/Fed parks and have found that we can get spaces - just barely. I have seen 40' units but they are "wall to wall". For us the 38'er is just right.

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