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Old 08-23-2014, 09:38 AM   #1
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Over 40' long...too long?

We are planning to full-time within the next few months. We have a 38' 2000 Adventurer with one slide which we bought nearly 4 years ago. We have taken it for several long trips and really like it but are seriously thinking we would be happier with more slide-outs (minimum 3) and a diesel engine (for power and storage). We have done (and are still doing) a lot of research and have looked at quite a few pre-owned coaches. As a result, we have narrowed our search and have seriously looked at (among others) an American Eagle, a Tiffin Phaeton and a Discovery in the 2004-2007 model years (we need to stay under $100k and would like to stay well under that number!). Are there manufacturers and models we should stay away from? Also, how much more difficult is it to find places to stay with a 43' coach than a 40' coach? We plan to vary our life in that we will be at our favorite Florida location for about 4 months but will be doing extensive driving and stopping throughout the country (stopping at our kids' and other family member's places as well as parks, etc.). We are seriously looking into some workamping, too. I really appreciate this forum with all the valuable wisdom and insight the members have!

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Old 08-23-2014, 09:45 AM   #2
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We moved from a 34' gas to a 42' diesel, both with 3 slides, and love all the space. I especially enjoy the large amount of basement storage! We have not had any problem finding places to stay. We went to Alaska with our 34' in 2009 and plan on going back to Alaska in 2015 with the 42' I know that we will not be able to stay in all the provincial parks but there are lots of parks that have space for 42-43 footers.

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I have never had a problem to find a place to stay in our 45 foot coach. I can even fit in many SP and NP facilities, but I find that commercial parks generally have more sites available that are larger so we can enjoy our patio side of the coach more.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:16 AM   #4
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In general, the larger coaches (40 and over) may have a bit more difficulty negotiating tighter turns in some parks (a few FL State Parks come to mind). Everything is a compromise. You'll need to decide what your priorities are ... maneuverability vs. living/storage space. My next purchase will probably be a 4-slide 40 footer without bath-and-a-half (I want the storage and not the bath).
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You looked at three good brands ....American Coach, Tiffin, Winnibago. You should add Newmar to your list also.
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Over 40' often means a tag axle. Lots of goodness to a tag, but also increases the price.
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Over 40' long...too long?

For all practical purposes, you won't have any more difficulty with a 42ft than you did with a 38.

We've run across perhaps 6 campgrounds or RV Parks in two years that we had tentatively planned to use but then learned that they could not accommodate us. In every case the limit exceeded was in the 30ft range, so it wasn't even an almost. We've had no difficulty at any place we've actually gone to.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:30 PM   #8
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Hi ,

Why not look at the 38 footer Winnebago Adventurer. It has 3 slides and one is a full wall slide. I have a "14 35 footer and it has 3 slides including a full wall slide.
The only problem that I can think of is manevuring (sp) in the campground with trees etc.
Some campgrounds limit size to 35' put you probaly could get into a pull through site.

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Old 08-24-2014, 06:55 AM   #9
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Thanks so much to everyone! It is so good to hear we will probably be no more handicapped by a 42' coach than we are with a 38"...and we have really not had any trouble so far. Really appreciate your thoughts!
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I can't imagine any real issues if you do a little pre planning. I am currently a work kamper at Rutledge Lake RV park near Asheville and see more 40-43 foot rigs that shorther ones. Plus I have a 40 ft plus tow a 20 enclosed car hauler and have had no major issues. I am leaving here in 3 weeks and have a trip through New England planned and all of the parks I have reservations at have sites long enough to handle my rig without unhooking my trailer.
Be safe and enjoy the extra room

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