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Old 10-10-2015, 01:07 PM   #1
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Motor home length

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!
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Old 10-10-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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Doubt that you would even notice the difference. Only talking about 7-8% change.
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Old 10-10-2015, 01:29 PM   #3
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Just a thought but my 44ft Entegra turns tighter than my old 40ft Monaco because the newer Entegra has a 55deg front axle. A newer model 41ft might turn sharper than an older 38 ft. As for harder to drive, longer generally drives better. Tag axle models drive better than dual axle models.
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:43 PM   #4
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Candy Girl.....You may want to check the Newmar website....all 2016 40' Ventana's have a tag.
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Candy Girl.....You may want to check the Newmar website....all 2016 40' Ventana's have a tag.
Might be the Ventana LE line ?
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:18 PM   #6
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I think the answer is "It depends"

If you go bigger and you add a tag axle and/or independent suspension it will drive MUCH better" than a 37'. But if you go bigger and you buy a lesser coach it might not drive as well as that it could be overweighted.

We did that with a purchase of a 05 tiffin phaeton.

Later we bought a 06 American Eagle and then a 12 American Eagle. Both of those drive like a dream.

The only negative of going bigger is where you can fit in from a campground perspective. We built a website that documents all the sites reviewed by other 40+ footers that are easy to get into as well as all the cool things to do across the U.S. - www.mhrig.com
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As others have suggested - your worry will not be the impact of the extra length on driving the larger coach with a tag axle - but rather bumping into weight limits of the large single axle coach. Driving a coach with a tag axle will take you all of about 5 minutes to get used to.
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:08 AM   #8
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Motor home length

I am sorry. I did not specify. The Ventana model is the LE.

I think the weight bearing of the axle should be ok. It's NCC is 6700 lbs.

Yes, campgrounds are another worry. Thanks for the web site!
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Many manufacturers measure the length and height before adding mirrors , roof ladder, satellite dishes and other options. So you really cannot take the brochure's word for it. Best check it yourself on flat pavement using plumb bobs and measuring tapes.
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I guess that it comes down to how you intend to or think you will use your coach. There are size restrictions in some/most of the National and State parks. Some seem to top out at around 25', others at 35', and some much higher.

Our nominal trip length will be 2-6 months (at least that is the plan for now). We have comfort items like golf clubs, photographic, and art supply needs so storage was also a concern. Lastly, but certainly not least (per DW) was the absolute requirement for stackable washer and dryer.

Taking all of the above into consideration, we chose a Class A diesel pusher that is just under 37' long. It rides and handles terrifically. I recently stayed at a State Park with 35' max length. Our coach fit it like a glove. A 40' coach would not have fit in my space or any others.

I did not drive a coach with a TAG. The coach that ticked our boxes that had the TAG was just over 40'. I don't doubt that it would handle VERY well on the road. Maybe better than ours. We just wouldn't have been able t put it into the park(s) that we wanted.

It is all a personal choice weighing wants with needs.

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The wheelbase will matter when it comes to maneuverbility mor so than overall length.
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go big ... we around 160 days a year in ours so size was everything. me, wife and twins all have to have there personal stuff along with car, 2 golf carts, 2 kayaks and tools to keep it all running. most nice campgrounds can fit a big rig set up like mine with the proper planning and sometimes dropping the trailer
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I am sorry. I did not specify. The Ventana model is the LE.

I think the weight bearing of the axle should be ok. It's NCC is 6700 lbs.

Yes, campgrounds are another worry. Thanks for the web site!
I'd worry!! Our '02 DSDP had an advertised NCC of 5,300#'s so I wasn't worried. Didn't order the full tile floor, nor the washer/dryer combo, had them remove two doors and walls too. When it was delivered we had a CCC of 663#'s and ALL of that was on the rear axle. The rig was actually overloaded by 50#'s on the front axle when we filled the fuel and propane tanks BEFORE we ever loaded it or even got in it.
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Check wheelbase ./. Overall length. Look for 55% for stability.
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