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Old 10-21-2019, 06:15 PM   #1
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Choosing RV size

Want to purchase a new RV. Currently have 38' class A and would like to go to a 40-43'. Any ideas on best size or does it just depend on how it will be used?
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Old 10-21-2019, 07:26 PM   #2
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Most folks buy based on floorplan and layout.
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:48 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. ONce you get into that size floor plan, quality of build and $$$ all factor in.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share.

Enjoy the adventure!
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Not sure what state your in, but some have additional requirements to drive anything over 40'. Calif for example requires you to get a non commercial license.
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Are we to assume you want to stay with a Class A or are you looking at other RV types (5th wheel, Toyhauler, Super C, Truck Conversion...etc.)? If you provide more info, we could provide more specific advice.

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Old 10-21-2019, 10:50 PM   #6
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If your drivers license is valid in your home state then it's valid in all states. There may be restrictions on certain roads though. My MH is 45' long so some roads in CA are off limits to me.
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Old 10-22-2019, 06:32 AM   #7
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My class A measures just over 35' cap to cap plus ladder. My next coach maybe a 40 Dutch star @40' 10". However this morning I can start to rationalize the 43XX floor plan at 43' 10". It is only 3 feet longer . .
Where does it end ? Plus the 43' allows you to get the 150-gallon fuel tank.
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Most people point to floor plan as the deciding factor and then go on to add lots of stuff to improve the ride. My number one criteria is how the coach handles on the road because we bought it to travel.
Larger or smaller will depend on how many people you travel with, where you want to go, and whether you always want to stay in an RV resort or prefer state and national parks. There is no one size fits all answer.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Depends on how much room you want! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Unless you are going bigger just for bragging rights, it's all about your space wants and needs. Why do you want a bigger RV? Larger lounge, bigger bath (or a 2nd bath), king bed, etc? Determine what you want and the floor plan that provides it, then buy the coach big enough to have it. Don't set some arbitrary length limit unless there is a show-stopper reason, e.g. the length of your driveway.
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Old 10-22-2019, 01:33 PM   #11
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My class A measures just over 35' cap to cap plus ladder. My next coach maybe a 40 Dutch star @40' 10". However this morning I can start to rationalize the 43XX floor plan at 43' 10". It is only 3 feet longer . .
Where does it end ? Plus the 43' allows you to get the 150-gallon fuel tank.
5 to 6 mpg ? Could support the 156 gallons of fuel .
To me it's about the floor plan.
Maybe I only drive 200 miles or so per day so I may fuel up sooner than later
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Going to 43' or 45' will get you to a tag axle.
They handle WAY better going down the road. Once you get used to the extra room, you can't go back to a smaller unit.
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