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Old 05-04-2015, 02:26 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Toad Haul View Post
JACWJAMES: Not high-jacking here and will PM you. But, would love to know how you carried two kayaks on your Class C. That's my current issue....

We carry a kayak IN our class A - it's an inflatable SeaEagle. We bought it last year and love that it's comfortable, sets up in minutes and doesn't require two people to carry. It easily fits in an outside bay.

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Old 05-04-2015, 02:27 PM   #16
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For us a 35 to 38 class A feet is the sweet spot. Just the 2 of us with 2 goodsized canine companions. Probably could go smaller in a fifth wheel but the advantages of a class A sold us

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Old 05-04-2015, 02:39 PM   #17
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we went from a 37+ gasser to a 44+ DP.Love the extra space. I call ahead to the park we want to stay and to make sure that they can accomodate 45 ft and 4 slides. If they can't, then I move to the second back up one. Most parks unless they are super old can tuck us in. I am more concerned with 50 amp as we are totally electric. I use the "RV parky" or "Good Sam" apps on my phone and i have a Big Rigs book that have good sites. I lived full time in the 37 ft coach and it was ok for me and the dog. Once hubby moved in, it was to short. We needed a bit more space since we are planning on doing more traveling now that we got the S&B built to come home to. I perfer the 45 ft with tag to drive compared to the one I learned on. Much easier to handle the big boy.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:20 PM   #18
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Went from 31' to 38'. Not once have we had a problem getting into a park. I'm sure there may be a few older CG's that have not upgraded to fit the bigger rigs, but I would think they are very few.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:26 PM   #19
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We full-timed for 16+ years; 10 years with the 40' motorhome and the rest with a 33' 5th wheel.

Our first choice are always public parks - national, state, national forest, COE, county and city. We've used the same parks with our 40' as we did with our 33'. Honestly, we have never been turned away because we didn't fit.

I will say this, that you need to do research before attempting to just drive into a campground. If we couldn't find our answer online and it was questionable, we would park outside the campground, disconnect the towed vehicle and check out the roads and campsites. Even by doing this, we never left. We fit.

We've stayed in major national parks - Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Bryce, Zion, etc.

Saying this, I don't think a 45' would work in our circumstances. 40' would be the tops for public parks with a few exceptions.

Another thing to do is to find some RV bloggers with a 40' motorhome. Read and find out where they stay. Here is an excellent one who mainly uses public parks and boondocks a lot.

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Old 05-04-2015, 05:06 PM   #20
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Our only regret in buying a 40' was, well none.
Can't even say we wish it was bigger.

Well maybe the next one will be!
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:22 PM   #21
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Went from a 43' 5er to a 42' MH. Was able to get the 5er into any campground I wanted. Do not expect any issues with the MH.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:49 PM   #22
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We had a 36' DP for almost ten years. We go to Yosemite every year at Thanksgiving and know what sites we fit in. This year we went to a 40' DP and it fits in all the sites the 36' did. I know there will be some places that will cause us to plan ahead. For example, we leave for Yellowstone in two weeks. We like staying at Fishing Bridge and they have a limited number of 40' sites. We had to plan ahead to get one.

I've learned that when I call for a reservation, I often tell them it's 39'. For some reason, people get a little weird when they hear 40!
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:47 PM   #23
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Went from 30 ft no slide class A gasser to 38+, 2 slide DP 370 hp and have NO regrets. Its not just the length. Its the bigger everything...tanks, battery bank, inverter, tires, real toilet, etc. If smaller was better, we would all drive a class B.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:56 PM   #24
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I went from a 40 to a 45 and have zero regrets. The greater space and storage and carrying capacity more than make up for the few places that we can't go. Walmarts can take any size.

Be sure to drive a tag axle coach before you decide.The difference in drive comfort once you get a tag axle is amazing.
We also went from a 40' to 45' and found that we have about 30% LESS storage space. The Dutch Star had a lot of thought into storage and the CC went of looks. I find lots of spaces that could be used for more storage are covered up with fancy woodwork. In the bedroom they took one whole cabinet and made a clothes hamper out of it, nice slide out tray and canvas bag but it's 3' away from the washer. Beside the bedroom TV is a panel about 8" wide with no access to the area behind it. all it has is the wires from the sat receiver and DVD player to the TV. Also there's a pair of nice 120V breaker boxes behind a door front. Easy to access but lots of wasted space blocked off. Under the bath sink there's a section blocked off. I removed the panel and yes, there are wires and plumbing in there but there are several cubic feet of storage.
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Old 05-05-2015, 04:38 AM   #25
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Thank you all

Thats what I call a majority rules
We really wanted to be in the 38 to 40' range. The DP was a much nicer drive and it didn't have the tag axle. Tag axle might not be in the budget unless we can find a good deal on a used unit.
The garage storage was much greater than our gasser also.

We look forward to posting in the "New Rig" section in about a year. We are doing a LOT of shopping this time as our needs have changed and our business has grown.

Thanks again

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Old 05-05-2015, 06:25 AM   #26
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I highly recommend you get a 40' DP! We love our Windsor!
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:42 AM   #27
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The only regret I had on moving up to a 38 foot is it did not have a tag axle. Moved up to a 43 ft with a tag and what a difference in driving and handling. However the 38 ft served us well for 10 years, but wish I had gone to a tag first.
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:03 AM   #28
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We went from a 37' to 45' when my SIL started traveling with us and we all really like the extra room in the coach and for storage, but there are places we can no longer get into such as many state and national park campgrounds, especially when the toad is included in the length. Fortunately most of the newer places are gearing for the larger rigs.

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