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Old 03-23-2019, 07:48 AM   #1
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We have a 32 ft.motorhome and are looking to upgrade to a diesel pusher. I have been advised that having a "Tag Wheel" makes for a much more stable ride. The "Tag Wheel" appears to be available Primarily on 45 ft. motorhomes. I have heard that there are a lot of campgrounds that won't take a 45 ft. RV , especially National Parks. What is everyone's experience with the larger motor homes?
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Are you looking at used or new DP's?


There are older DP's with tags that are shorter. I know Monaco build several different 40' models.
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:01 AM   #3
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We have a 2015 Newmar Ventana 4002 40’ DP with a tag. So far no problems with any campgrounds. Tow a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited. Absolutely love both!
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State and National parks can be tight to unavailable to you. However, plenty of them have room for coaches that size. All it takes is a phone call to where you want to stay to find out. You might want to share your camping preferences.

Tag axle coaches have their pluses and minus as well. You do lose some storage space so in the shorter lengths, the single axle coaches are better in that regard. You should be able to find tag axles available in 40', 42', 43', and 45' configurations.
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I've never driven a coach with a tag axle, but our 40’ is very stable to drive. My suggestion is to test drive one of each configuration and make your own decision regarding what you want.
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My 40' non-tag rides great, you'd have absolutely no complaints at all. I pull a 4000 toad and don't even notice it back there. My rig has a 10,000 pound hitch limit and a 1,000 pound tongue weight which my toad barely touches, maybe with a bigger trailer, a tag might be helpful. But a tag also complicated matters with more tires, more shocks, more brakes, etc, as well as the loss of compartment space.
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Take a look at the inventory at Kenai Coach. They have a 36’ with tag. In general, a coach over 40’ will have a tag. At 40’ some do, some don’t.

The main reason for the tag is to support more weight. A 40’ without one may not have much capacity to hold your stuff. So look at axle ratings a cargo carrying capacity on those models. A tag adds a few more components and a bit of complexity, so overall maintenance and operating costs may be a touch higher. A tag also uses otherwise available storage space.

If going big will cramp your style, consider coaches in the 34-40’ range with multiple slides.
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We had two 40' non-tag coaches that I thought rode and handled great. Then I bought our current 43' coach with a tag. Big improvement in ride, stability and handling in cross winds. I will never go back to a non-tag coach. We like the extra interior space and the ability to load anything that will fit, plus hook up to a 12,000# trailer and never worry about overloading the coach or rear axle. I pulled an 8,000# trailer with our loaded 40' Allegro Bus and was over the rear axle rating. Our current coach has a 22,000# rear axle and a 13,000# tag for a 35,000# total rear capacity. We have never been more than 28,000#.
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Tag axles are used to carry extra weight, not to improve ride or handling. That's why you find them mostly on larger (heavier) coaches, typically 41-45 ft but not always. There have been some ultra-heavy models in the 36-40 ft size.


Frankly, though, I think you are vastly overestimating the handling benefit of a tag. Most any DP is going to ride and handle much better than your existing coach - the chassis and suspension will be greatly superior. Buy the size coach that suits your needs and the campgrounds you plan to utilize and don't worry about tag axles.
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I have had both tag and no tag, no comparison in handling in high winds with tag axle, plus tag also improves braking with the extra set of brakes.
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My next rig will have a tag. Recently went for a drive in my buddy's during a wind storm just to see the difference as he has always told me there is no comparison. We had a windy day here, so I called him and off we went for a 60 mile round trip on the freeway, my motorhome is a joke compared to his driving down the road. I have a 36', his is a 45'. Absolutely no comparison between the 2. The winds were 20 with gusts to 35. I live in the desert so we have strong winds many times a year. I drive the Columbia River gorge on I84 many times a year in my RV, and it is windy most trips, with white knuckles on windy trips. The tag made a huge difference..
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I have had both tag and no tag, no comparison in handling in high winds with tag axle, plus tag also improves braking with the extra set of brakes.
Same here. Plus the tag axle coach is barely affected by big passing trucks. The 40 foot non-tag damn near got blown off the road when a truck passed. The difference is like night and day. I will never again have a DP without a tag.
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We had two 40' non-tag coaches that I thought rode and handled great. Then I bought our current 43' coach with a tag. Big improvement in ride, stability and handling in cross winds. I will never go back to a non-tag coach. We like the extra interior space and the ability to load anything that will fit, plus hook up to a 12,000# trailer and never worry about overloading the coach or rear axle. I pulled an 8,000# trailer with our loaded 40' Allegro Bus and was over the rear axle rating. Our current coach has a 22,000# rear axle and a 13,000# tag for a 35,000# total rear capacity. We have never been more than 28,000#.
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Safety is a big thing and not having to worry about the tires on the rear near as much is a plus also
The only down side to the Tag is no matter what brand it will cost significantly more
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I’ll always have a Tag. At 43’ I have not encountered a CG that I could not get into.
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