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Old 10-02-2013, 05:05 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the responses.

One of the reasons I am not particular on slides is, space inside when the slides are closed. I figure there will be plenty of times I am on the road and might not have room to "open up" you might say. I also would like to avoid the maint cost. I know I give up space but it will simplify my travels at times.
I thought the same thing when shoping for my first RV, The Rogue.
However, it has a perfectly useable floor plan with the slide closed. But when I am able to open the slide, it is amazing how much more space is gained!
Personally I would search for an RV with an open floor plan and single slide just for those times in which you can open it.

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Old 10-02-2013, 06:11 AM   #16
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So I think I'm going to tske the plung and buy the'94.

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Old 10-02-2013, 06:15 AM   #17
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And when I finally get the estate money I may give the '94Georgie boy to my younger brother and fly out to buy the '98 GB Pursuit.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:18 PM   #18
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What is a tag?
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:21 PM   #19
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What is a tag?
I don't know who you are asking but in rv terms a tag is a axle behind the rear axle on a coach or class A rv, it allows you to carry more weight or a motorcycle on the back hitch of rv
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:08 PM   #20
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Look at this Barth

I own a Barth 32' Regency DP with a cummins 8.3. I love it. There is a 34' Regency wide body for sale with a cummins, allison trans, and no slides in Alabama. You can see pictures of it at barthmobile.com and click on the tab "Barth Sightings" and then click on "Is This Another Sovereign Barth". Barths are rare quality and are all aluminum.

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Old 11-08-2013, 02:03 PM   #21
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Look at a tag. I regret not getting one first. If you budget would allow I would recommend. I have a 02 Newmar Dutchstar 3852 with a 330 cat and it would be in you price range at upper end. Great coach with lots of carrying capacity but I sure wish it was a tag.
This is so true! We wasted a lot of time and especially money on our first coach. You'll find the tag handles better and has a far greater towing capacity. Generally, age does affect this point! Good luck the search is a lot of fun.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:23 PM   #22
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[QUOTE=scoobysmak;1750727]Thanks for all the responses.

One of the reasons I am not particular on slides is, space inside when the slides are closed. I figure there will be plenty of times I am on the road and might not have room to "open up" you might say. I also would like to avoid the maint cost. I know I give up space but it will simplify my travels at times.

When our MH is in the shop the slides (2) are in. One is the bedroom slide the other is the dining/living room slide. We have showed the MH to our family and friends who have come out for a visit and they are astonished that the MH even has slides. Everything is as usable as if there were no slides at all. But, when the slides are deployed you would be amazed at the extra space you get. I wouldn't be without them now.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:01 PM   #23
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Years ago when we were looking at our first "new" RV...I loved the brand new Bounder with no slides. I gushed on and on about how shiny and how we did not have to think about how previous owners might have damaged it. Hubby pointed out that for the same money, we could have a slightly used Newmar with a slide out. He convinced me and we have never looked back. That 1995 Newmar gasser was the first big rig that we owned. It had a tag axle (which was way too heavy for the engine... but that is another story...) but it was a great RV. The floorplan was the best for us and we could get around when we did not deploy the slide.

Since we do a lot of boondocking and need to stay overnight in parking lots, we have always been very aware that we need to have an RV that will allow us to have "walkways" even when the slides are in. When inspecting a new RV. sit in the rig with the slides out and also with the slides in. Make sure that you are comfortable with it in both configurations. Sometimes you will have to spend a night or two without the slides deployed and you need to know whether you can live in it. Can you get to the bathroom, the bedroom, the fridge???

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Old 11-10-2013, 06:09 PM   #24
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Also looking at going to Class A from Class C

After 17 years of class A rv'ing we've retired & would like to trade in our Coachman Santara & travel more. National parks are our love - is there a DP recommended that meets length limits to camp in the NP? We're relocateIng to Indiana from California so rv manufacturers are abundant here!!
Any advice welcome
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:07 PM   #25
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You may not think it now, but on extended trips I found that interior space got a lot more important. My first MH was 40' with two smaller slides. It was fine for a week, then got a bit snug.

Since you're looking at towing more than 5000 lbs, you'll want to look at diesels, whether that means a Super C or a Class A. I prefer the engine in the back so it's nice and quiet up front. Many diesel Class A MHs have 5000 lbs of towing, so you'll want to check that. Unfortunately for your parameters, the bigger ones tend to be able to tow more. Mine is roughly 43' long and can tow 15000 lbs.

IMHO, smaller RVs are okay for short trips, but I like my space. Beyond a one week stay, I want lots of room inside and that means slide outs. The Monaco Dynasty you referenced in your original post is similar to what I like, though I prefer a floor plan like the Winnebago Tour 42QD. When I bought it, the other manufacturers had nothing to compete, but now almost everyone builds something similar.

Longer MHs with a tag tend to handle better in wind. My first one was a handful in crosswinds. The second, also 40', was better. My current coach is much more stable in winds that would have produced a white knuckle drive in the first one.

I haven't had a problem (yet) getting 43' into any sites, including dry camping at a friend's bar & grill in IL. It's a breeze to drive and has huge fuel and waste tanks.

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