Originally Posted by Candy Girl
Folks, I need some thoughts. We currently own a 38 foot 2000 Dutch Star and like a 2016 Ventana that is 40 feet 10 inches long. It does not have the tag axle. We are concerned about the added length. Would it be harder to drive??? All advice is much appreciated!
IMO, for your case comparing those two DP's, the overall length is nearly insignificant. As others have already mentioned I think the wheel base and front wheel cut are going to be the factors that make a difference you would notice in tight quarter handling. Longer wheelbase = larger turning radius. Higher wheel cut = shorter turning radius. Compare the specs of the two coaches, the new 40 may have a much better wheel cut.
That said, even assuming the 40 has a longer wheelbase and the same wheel cut I doubt it would be a problem for you. We went thru something similar with our current coach. Went from a 39 to a 42 tag both with a 55 wheel cut and I was a bit worried about the 2' longer wheelbase. Even though I do notice I can't turn quite as tightly as before, it is in fact a non issue and we have no problem getting into the same places we got into before including all our favorite state parks.
For many other reasons our 2013 42 is MUCH easier and pleasant to drive than our 2006 39 freightliner.