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Old 12-17-2015, 08:27 PM   #1
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Why So Many Big-un's for Sale?

I've been surfing used motorhomes for sale while recovering from a small health issue. I've noticed there seems to be a lot more DPs in the 42-45 foot range offered than 40.

Anyone care to venture a guess as to why or impart some wisdom on the subject?

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I think several things are going on:

1) a lot of first time buyers buying their first and then upgrading for more amenities...and specifically the bath and a half models that became more prevalent 2013 and later.
2) Folks that have been doing it for a while and want to downsize from a driving or getting into state and federal campgrounds easier perspectives.
3) innovations are coming out hot and heavy in a market where there are more buyers than several years ago, thus upgrading
4) movement to tag axles at greater than 40 feet are better handling and a better ride.

That's a few I can think of. You really have to look at new and used and decide which of these innovations you really want or you, too, will be upgrading. On the other hand, makes for a lot of late model, good used coaches for sale.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:42 PM   #3
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I've been surfing used motorhomes for sale while recovering from a small health issue. I've noticed there seems to be a lot more DPs in the 42-45 foot range offered than 40.

Anyone care to venture a guess as to why or impart some wisdom on the subject?

Thanks,

Keith
Probably 3 main reasons:

1) folks are getting older and getting out of their dream (last) motor home or downsizing to a smaller unit

2) dumping a problematic unit for another one.

3) downturn has left them financially unable to maintain and they are getting out or downsizing.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:58 PM   #4
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Most DP's sold now are 42-45 so there are more out there. Mine's a 37' and it's one of the last years they made anything less than 40 (and that was 20 yrs ago).
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I told my wife the same thing. I can find a 40+ footer all day long. But finding a 36' took me about a year. Once you find a good deal, you better jump on it, they seem to go fast
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Mainly they are not making quality sub 40' Class A's. The 40' + are generally comfortable but are a pain in the butt to shoehorn into public CG and older rv parks. Many folks are totally taken by all the "gee wiz" gadgets in these units and forget to look at the fact that they actually have to take these things down the road. "The Interstate System was designed not to see the country." Charles Kuralt and a 45' coach 102" wide needs a lot of road.
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We've noticed the same thing. A lot with 20 coaches will have 10-12 40+ foot units with tag axles, 6-8 40 footers and one shorter unit. We're looking for a 36-38 footer and they are hard to come by.
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Money. The people buying the big coaches have money and are buying new ones. Read specific forums like Entegra and see how many are going from 2014-15 or older and going up to 2016.
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Money. The people buying the big coaches have money and are buying new ones. Read specific forums like Entegra and see how many are going from 2014-15 or older and going up to 2016.

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I've been surfing used motorhomes for sale while recovering from a small health issue. I've noticed there seems to be a lot more DPs in the 42-45 foot range offered than 40.
Anyone care to venture a guess as to why or impart some wisdom on the subject?
Thanks,
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Me thinks that is a result of the fact that many buyers simply realize they made a mistake when they purchased their 42-45 foot coach.
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Me thinks that is a result of the fact that many buyers simply realize they made a mistake when they purchased their 42-45 foot coach.
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Very little of that in my opinion. Most people who trade are trading up to a bigger coach for the better ride, space and amenities. Which is why new diesel pusher coach sales are nearly all 42-45 feet. Very few DP's are sold in a shorter length than that, which is why shorter ones are hard to find in the used market.
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Most DP's sold now are 42-45 so there are more out there. Mine's a 37' and it's one of the last years they made anything less than 40 (and that was 20 yrs ago).
Actually that is not quite correct. I am in a 38 foot tiffin Allegro Bus and it is a 2005 model so it is only 10 years old
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...new diesel pusher coach sales are nearly all 42-45 feet. Very few DP's are sold in a shorter length than that, which is why shorter ones are hard to find in the used market.
For me, somewhere in the 39-41ft range is the perfect compromise, not too big, not too small.....just right. Tiffin has started with adding more to their Allegro Bus/Phaeton floorplans in that range. I wish more would follow suit.

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One should look closely at the newer longer units and really do a careful comparison.

The old units had steering cuts in the 50 - 55 degree range. A new 40+ with tag will turn the same or better with the tag raised and the 65 degree wheel cut.

The limiting factor in some of the older parks now is the length of the space and in some cases the width of the roadway. Occasionally I would consider the overhanging trees but there is not much difference in unit height between a 38, 40 and 45 foot MH.
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