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Old 09-07-2014, 04:47 PM   #1
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Long VS Short Driving Experience

Just looking for input from those who have had both long and short class A DPs as to whether or not there is a noticeable difference in the ride, control etc.. of a short rig (say 32') vs a longer rig (say 36'-40'). Coming home today from Hatteras N.C. in cross winds (15-20 mph) I noticed a little push in my 32' DP. Nothing that moved it out of the lane but it probably cold have if I was not anticipating the push. Just wondering If the next one should be a longer rig.
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:56 PM   #2
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Too Slow 90,
We have a 36 Discovery which handles quite well. Yes, side winds do push but as you noted, you learn to anticipate and control wind drift with your rig.
A point that we have noted is that with a longer rig the number of campgrounds that can handle bigger rigs is limited. Plus, with a bigger rig traveling on out of the way roads can be a challenge.
Take your time to find the rig that really fits you.
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Too Slow 90,
We have a 36 Discovery which handles quite well. Yes, side winds do push but as you noted, you learn to anticipate and control wind drift with your rig.
A point that we have noted is that with a longer rig the number of campgrounds that can handle bigger rigs is limited. Plus, with a bigger rig traveling on out of the way roads can be a challenge.
Take your time to find the rig that really fits you.
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JimB,

Thanks for the input. I am really just looking for opinions now. We are happy with our rig for now but in a few years we will make a change.
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I have had a 32 journey and a 36 Itasca Meridian. (both are DP) Same Freightliner chassis, but 180 wheelbase vs. a 228" wheelbase. Pretty big difference on handling. Its true, longer = better.
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We had a 33'Beaver then went to a 44' DutchStar. Hard to compare apples to oranges but the only words I can say is Size Matters!!!!
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