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Old 03-27-2014, 08:07 AM   #15
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The biggest difference will be in maneuvering. I went from a 26' Safari Trek to a 28' Trek, and the 20" increase in wheelbase made a definite difference while turning 90 degree residential corners; especially while towing my 20' car trailer. The 10 ft longer coach will never be as nimble as the shorter one but, as everyone has already said, it's nothing that you can't get used to. Neither choice is better or worse than the other, just different...

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Is there as much difference as one my think in driving and manuevering a 26' Class A such as a Safari Trek vs a 36' Class A such as a Mountain Aire.

Or does one in time not really notice or think about how much coach is behind them when driving?
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Our bus-driving instructor told us "On a 30-footer, turn right when the curb of the street you're turning into is directly off the front of your right shoulder. In a 40-footer, it needs to be just behind the back of your shoulder.

My first trip with a 40' rig was though downtown Everett in the evening rush hour. Everett has a lot of tight intersections, but I didn't hit anything or cause drivers coming towards me to take evasive action, so I was reasonably comfortable after just one trip. I never dinged a bus in over 2 years. I was what they call an "extra-board" driver, substituting for folks off sick or on leave, so it was never the same route for more than 2 days in a row. It was a useful intro to big vehicles and has paid dividends with our 32' rig.
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:25 AM   #17
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I had a 34 and 36 for over 100k miles each. Have a 42 now as well as a 24 foot. There are places I would not take any of the bigger coach's as no room to turn. But just driving the 42 is the easiest. So it depends on what you want to do.
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I had a 34 and 36 for over 100k miles each. Have a 42 now as well as a 24 foot. There are places I would not take any of the bigger coach's as no room to turn. But just driving the 42 is the easiest. So it depends on what you want to do.
Why is the 42" the easiest? Is it because it is a very expensive coach?
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Why is the 42" the easiest? Is it because it is a very expensive coach?
42' would have a tag, long wheel base and heavy which makes highway handling pretty good. Yes... It could be expensive too. LOL
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Sky boss gad it right. Longer and heavier and the tag makes a huge difference in stopping power, CCC and directional stability. I do not feel the trucks passing any more and when you will stop because of the wind I can keep going. Out west in the afternoons it is always windy. If it is not enough to shut down it is enough to not fight. Expensive is not an issue in this. In fact my 36 foot cost more as it was new and this one was a few years old when I got it. It just fit.
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I didn't find it to a problem at all. Just remember the huge swing of the rear when making a turn and a bit wider a right turn track as the coach gets longer in length. Obviously you have to keep in mind that when parking a 36' coach it won't fit in a 24' spot but that's just common sense. Good luck and I'm sure if you are having a problem you'll get it worked out in short order.
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