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Old 08-05-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Need Basic Info on New MH

Hello All,
This is my first post so I hope you can help me with a little info on the purchase of a new MH.
It is my understanding that these items help the drive abilty of a MH let me know if you agree or not.
1-longer the better they handle?
2-Tag axel they handle better?
3-Heavy MHs handle better?

I have a travel trailer now and want to upgrade to a MH and dont want to make a stupid first choice
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:10 PM   #2
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These 3 things are generally true. The longer coach generally has a wheelbase that is a larger % of total length with a shorter rear overhang which are important to handling. The tag axle tends to dampen the side to side motion caused by wind and passing vehicles. The heavier weight is just about taking more force to over come its momentum.
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:34 PM   #3
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I have noticed that the longer wheelbase and the low clearance has anyone ever hung up a motor home going in or out of an entrance to a parking lot?
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:06 PM   #4
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Hello All,
This is my first post so I hope you can help me with a little info on the purchase of a new MH.
It is my understanding that these items help the drive abilty of a MH let me know if you agree or not.
1-longer the better they handle?

Yes, in theory. If you're overwhelmed by the size, it will never feel right.

2-Tag axel they handle better?

General consensus is yes, ask me again in mid Sept. I'll give you my take on it.

3-Heavy MHs handle better?

To a point. If it is overloaded an any axle.


I have a travel trailer now and want to upgrade to a MH and dont want to make a stupid first choice
Thanks
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The key to finding what you're comfortable with is test driving. Go out there and try a few, you'll know quickly what you like and dislike.

When we bought our 38' I had the chance for a 43', I just didn't feel comfortable with that size as a first coach. 4 years and over 30,000 miles later we're trading the 38' for a 43'.

Looking back, I still wouldn't have done it different.
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:27 PM   #5
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I have a travel trailer now and want to upgrade to a MH and dont want to make a stupid first choice
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Are you looking for gas or diesel pusher MH?

Handling concerns between the 2 may be different.
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I have noticed that the longer wheelbase and the low clearance has anyone ever hung up a motor home going in or out of an entrance to a parking lot?
In Wytheville, VA I saw a motorhome hung up when it was coming out of a service station.
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I have noticed that the longer wheelbase and the low clearance has anyone ever hung up a motor home going in or out of an entrance to a parking lot?
The length of the wheelbase is not as big an issue as the rear overhang is ...distance from rear wheels to rear bumper. The longer that distance is, the more tail swing you will have when turning (which can cause you to hit a vehicle beside you on the left when making a sharp right turn, and vice versa ...trailers have this same issue), AND the more likely you are to drag the tail in a dip. You can greatly reduce the likelihood of dragging the tail by hitting such dips in driveways, etc at an angle. And yes, it is possible to get hung up in a dip,to damage the rig/and or make a gouge in asphalt.
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It will be a diesel pusher.
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