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Old 01-04-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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Wheel Cut

I am about ready to purchase a new MH. It would be on a Ford 22,000 Lb chassis and have 22.5" wheels. According to the Ford Web site this combination will only have 42 degrees of wheel cut. (most of the other combinations have 50 degrees of wheel cut)

Has anyone experienced any major problems with the lesser wheel cut?
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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Hi and

Hopefully someone with experience with this will chime in soon. We have a 40DP with I believe 56 degrees of cut and it sure is nice to have.

Best of luck.

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
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I think the wheel cut debate is over done. You won't be able to tell the difference between 42 and 50 in the real world.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:30 PM   #4
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Mine (37', 252" WB) "only" has 45º of cut and I can back it into my driveway off of a narrow dirt county road. I'm sure more is nice but I'm amazed at what it will do.

If that's the only concern and you like the coach I'd grab it.
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We have a 40DP with I believe 56 degrees of cut and it sure is nice to have.
Same with us except we're 41' long. I use the full cut to get into my driveway and have to use the full street width too. Any less wheel cut and I'd have to back up and try again.
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When we went from 45 to 56 we were amazed how well the newer (and larger) coach turned when we really needed it. Was the 45 bad? Certainly not. But we could definitely tell the difference. If you ever have to make a U-turn or back into a narrow site from a cramped campground road, you will love the extra wheel cut. As I recall, my first motorhome had 42-43 degree wheel cut and we managed ok, but each subsequent one was a noticeable improvement.

But would 42 degrees be a deal breaker? That's a much harder question. I would surely consider my alternatives, though. Is it some particular chassis option that is causing the reduction? Extra large tires or something like that?
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:37 PM   #7
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If you are a first timer, then none of this will be noticeable to you. I've graduated from a 32' Ford with 208" wb to a 35' Ford with 228" wb to a 40' DP with a 268" wb. I believe the wheelbase is a more important factor in maneuverability than the curb cut. The shorter wb coaches were definitely more maneuverable than the 40 footer. A 40 footer has to have a greater cut than the shorter coaches, or it would not be drivable. The difference between 55-60 cut is just marketing hype, IMHO.
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Hi walkerlv,
Welcome to iRV2. Wheel cut importance depends on what one needs. My coach has a 57 degree cut. I need every bit of it to back into the pad next to my house. It's like insurance one will appreciate it when one needs it. If you camp in pull through sites and can store the coach easily, cut is no big deal.

Is it a deal breaker, I agree with RV Roamer, it's a tough call only you can make.
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Thanks for all your input, it really helped.
I have decided that the 42 degree wheel cut is not a deal breaker.
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As the coach wheelbase gets longer, a greater wheel cut helps compensate for the greatly increased turn radius of the longer wheelbase.
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The turning degree gets even more important when you are towing, you can't really back up and every once in a while you gotta do some manuevering! sometimes it's at night and sometimes not in the best of places.
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