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Old 03-04-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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Tag Axle vs. Non-Tag

Great discussion and some good information over on the FMCA forum. Motorhome With Rear Axle vs Rear Axle With Tag Axle? - Type A motorhomes - FMCA Motorhome Forums
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The ride and handling is superior in my opinion with the tag. Adds stability. Just compare a 40 w/o tag versus a 43 w/ tag in the same brand and see what you think.
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The ride and handling is superior in my opinion with the tag. Adds stability. Just compare a 40 w/o tag versus a 43 w/ tag in the same brand and see what you think.

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Wish I could add a tag to my 38 foot
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Agree. Tag adds stability. I wish I had one.
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Newmar is putting TAGS on all new 40 footers now. they said it will mandatory soon so they are beating the crowd to the idea.
it takes away a little storage supposedly and adds to tire costs and maintenance but likely very worth it.

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Newmar is putting TAGS on all new 40 footers now. they said it will mandatory soon so they are beating the crowd to the idea.
it takes away a little storage supposedly and adds to tire costs and maintenance but likely very worth it.

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Why do they say it'll be mandatory? They changed the Federal laws last year to allow heavier weights on single axles. I think they can now go to 24,000 on a single axle rather than the 20,000 before that.
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There is nothing legally "mandatory" about a tag, now or ever. It is there solely to handle extra weight, above and beyond what a single axle can legally carry. That legal amount was 20,000 lbs and now is 24,000 lbs (on the national highway system - some state highways still have lower maximums).

What Newmar is talking about is that coaches are getting heavier and heavier, so they are adding tag axles to handle the extra weight. At one time a 38-40 ft coach could easily stay under 20,000 lbs on the rear axle, but tile floors, more & larger slides, and other goodies have steadily increased weight until even 40 footers need more GVWR.
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Why do they say it'll be mandatory? They changed the Federal laws last year to allow heavier weights on single axles. I think they can now go to 24,000 on a single axle rather than the 20,000 before that.
maybe they meant it was newmars view that they they needed TAGS on all coaches. post above explains it well. that's more likely what was meant.

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Tag= More weight, more rolling resistance, more fuel, more tires, more maintenance, more expense, more to worry about. Benefits too little for me.
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Tag= More weight, more rolling resistance, more fuel, more tires, more maintenance, more expense, more to worry about. Benefits too little for me.



True......But the benefits are FAR superior for me.
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Anyone who doesn't feel a tag is needed in order to handle the additional weight merely has to look back at some of the earlier class C's that were 30+feet in length. Mfg's simply welded stingers to the factory frame and piled on the weight and now most are sagging badly.

As was previously mentioned, while the weight limit has indeed been raised on a tandem axle on Federal highways, it has not been adopted by all States on routes in their State. Newmar and others are simply CYA's so as not to produce a coach that inherently illegal. Just my opinion, yours of course may vary.
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Tag axel adds more stability to the coach. I bought an older (98) and was looking for a tag axel when I bought mine. Big rigs passing don't bother me at all. I have seen other people when we travel that do not have tag axels really having a problem with big rigs passing and just average wind gust. Wouldn't trade mine for one without a tag. Just my $.02
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I have a tag and still get some wander. Would shudder to think what it would be like without.
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