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Old 10-14-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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40' MH too big?

I am looking to buy a DP MH and have possible found something that I "desire". It's a 40 footer, and I am not sure if that size has too many complications, as far as where one can go or stay, on it to be worth it. This will be a full timer for me, with the ability to stay on a relatives land in the warmer months when not traveling.

Are there many of you here that have made a mistake of "too big"?

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Old 10-14-2014, 09:54 PM   #2
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Not us, looking to move up to a 43 - 45' unit now.
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Unless you plan on going to a lot of State Parks out west, IMHO it is not too big, especially for full timing. There is such a thing as going too small also.
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:57 PM   #4
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I thought I wanted a 45 but have decided that a 40 is fine. If I ever went to a tag axle coach, I would go to a 42 to make up for the lost storage bay.

I don't worry about state parks because usually they are overgrown with trees hanging over the sites, the sites are small and the roads narrow
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:29 AM   #5
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Thanks for the responses.
Obviously the larger, the more complex to maneuver on smaller roads. Have you found that there are some roads that are just too tight to consider, ones that you may have in a smaller unit? I'm thinking of some of the tighter dirt roads in NH. Is it know of larger units that get themselves in such a situation that a tow truck is needed?
I know it's all relative, .. but curious to any input here
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We used to travel to autocross events with a buddy who had a really long motorhome, and a long enclosed race car trailer. After I would make a particularly neat maneuver with our small motorhome and short trailer, my wife would say "Chuck could never do that".

There are those of us who like smaller rigs, and those who say bigger is better. Another friend has a Prevost conversion coach and a big stacker trailer and loves it. There is not one size RV that suits everyone

A good rule of thumb, regardless of what you drive, is to never get into a situation where there is no apparent exit (ask me how I know...).

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There are roads you are not going to feel comfortable at all on (twisty mountain roads come to mind here) -but - they're the reason we pull a toad!

As far as regular hiways and byways, you should be fine. Construction zones, and some of the roads we found while traveling in the east (narrow,older) are no fun, but you just adjust your speed. Other RV's and tracks will have slowed as well.....
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You'll be fine with a 40 - it easily moves through parking lots, small roads, back roads and such.

i do agree that a 31 footer would obviously be easier by nature of course, but I've put my 40' in some tough spots and been just fine. I was nervous about it at first just like you, but it really handles things very well.

When going into tight spaces, you just gotta plan ahead a little. Like pulling into walmart or something... if you simply plan ahead, you will have no problems.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:21 AM   #11
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It's actually pretty surprising how maneuverable a 40 foot coach can be. Ours (with ZF-IFS) has a tighter turning radius than my daily driver GMC pickup. Gotta watch the tail swing, and get used to sitting ahead of the front wheels, and learn how to use the mirrors and cameras, etc., but that is part of the adventure! \ken
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I guess I would add that I drive a lot of narrow mountain roads out here in Colorado. The issue I face most often is not road width or road curves (these you slow down for), it is tree branches. And tree branches will scrape a 40er just as well as a 32er, no matter how slow you go. \ken
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I fulltimed in a 40' MH.

Anything smaller didn't have the room and features that I wanted in my fulltiming MH.

40' was not too large.
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No sweat!
I drive a 42.
Study the CDL training guide. Knowing how to make button-hook turns and such makes it all easy.
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