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Old 10-21-2015, 03:24 PM   #1
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New Motorhome height

I traded my 2001 Tropical in for a 2015 Tiffin Allegro 32SA. We love the motorhome in almost every respect. However, when it comes to washing, the thing is so high that I have to get a ladder out to get at the upper reaches of it despite the telescopic pole that my brush is on. Just about all the new rigs out there are pretty high as well. Inside, there is enough headroom for a basketball player. I think most of us are average height; 6'2" or less. My wife has a bad time reaching for stuff up in the cabinets and the freezer, consequently, has to use a stool all the time.

I think the manufacturers are using this extended height as a marketing ploy. They have forgotten that most of us are seniors, and seniors have a bad history of getting hurt on ladders. Further, the additional height creates more frontal area which hurts fuel consumption. I never get up on the roof anymore. It's not worth the hospital bill.

How do you folks feel about this?
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Old 10-21-2015, 03:28 PM   #2
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When my brother is out of work he will wash and wax mine from top to bottom for $120.
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:42 PM   #3
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When my brother is out of work he will wash and wax mine from top to bottom for $120.
Can you send him over here?
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:46 PM   #4
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Can you send him over here?
I don't think he will move a muscle if it doesn't greatly benefit him financially, but if you are ever in the Phoenix area let me know as he doesn't usually hold a job for too long.
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:59 AM   #5
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I would get a Shurhold 855, 9' telescoping pole or 833 6' telescoping pole and appropriate brushes. I use both poles and multiple attachments both on my motorhome and boat. I've been using them for over 25 years, only replaced 1 brush in that time.








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Old 10-22-2015, 11:11 AM   #6
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I picked up a 12 fl expanding pole at walmart.. It is only about 5ft long when closed up.. works wonderful with a soft brush on it.. I agree though that they are pretty high.. when it comes to waxing it is stepladder time.
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Old 10-22-2015, 12:13 PM   #7
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I have a touch of laziness in me. I stop at the truck wash. Usually $90 wash and wax.
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:57 PM   #8
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I'm with Geritol, normally I pay to have it cleaned and hand waxed. Bad back..
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Old 10-24-2015, 08:13 AM   #9
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Marketing ploy, not likely, consumer demand driven. With each generation we're getting taller. Better nutrition, medical care and general standard of living for the average American has increasing the statue of each successive generation which is driving demand for taller interior heights of recreational vehicles. The average American male is 5' 9 1/2" today an increase of 4 inches in 100 years or about an inch per generation. Also higher ceilings give a feel of a bigger space. Builders can't move outwards due to width restrictions but they can go up a few inchers before roof accessories hit the 13' 6" interstate standard. A fifth wheel with the higher ceilings in the living area is a good example while the lower ceiling above the hitch pin fells more like a class A.
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I love the interior height. Of course I am 6' 7".
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Old 10-24-2015, 09:40 AM   #11
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It's all about the basement height. Everyone wanted more in the late 90s. Monaco had the best one but that made the headroom in the coach about 6'2" which is cavelike. Alfa made a huge one years later that had big spaces everywhere. Now they are all huge. I like them bigger except when climbing up all the stairs.
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Yeap, taller basements (more storage), plus more interior headroom for the percentage of customers who are tall, has led to ever higher coaches. Mine (2004) is about 12'6" to top of a/c units. Some newer ones are 13+.

Short people can mange in a tall coach, but a tall person won't buy a coach that lacks headroom. And who can blame them?
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:19 PM   #13
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If you want to wash your MH yourself, get a Swobbit extension pole and head. They are not cheap, BUT they are quality and the pole will extend to about 12 ft, and the head is lambs wool. Mine is about 5 years old, and I would not want to be without it. It is far superior to the typical brush and aluminum pole.
Get one and it will make washing your MH almost a pleasure!
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I bought a 15.5' Xtend & Climb ladder from Home Depot, wasn't cheap at about $250 but it'll take at least 250#'s and is long enough to get to the top of our 13' high rig
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