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Old 05-05-2015, 08:50 AM   #29
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Close to 40' REGRETS

Had a 28', now a 37' (38' measured). We have been able to get it in everywhere we wanted. Next coach at retirement in a couple years planned to be in the 40' to 42' range.

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Previously a 2002 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37A and a 1995 Safari Trek 2830.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:07 AM   #30
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We're new to RVing ... debated long and hard about what would be the right length for us. With an eye on becoming full-timers (or at least near full timers) when we retire - we were looking at 40 footers. Once we started digging into the net carrying capacity numbers - the idea of going longer in order to add a tag axle started to look like a good idea. We ended up with HR Endeavor 43' DFT ... which according to the brochure is 44' 3" (not counting the ladder). It's definitely a large coach - but so far, we haven't had any problems maneuvering it anywhere we've wanted to go and haven't run into any "fit" issues at the parks we've visited. Now, after having used the coach some - I doubt we'll encounter size issues that we wouldn't have run into with a 40' unit. At this point - we're happy with our decision.

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Old 05-06-2015, 10:01 AM   #31
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"We are looking at upgrading to a DP. We were trying to stay around 34' max."

40', no regrets.

Who makes a 34' DP? A pusher tag on a 34'?
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:19 PM   #32
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Tongue in Cheek???

How can you have 40' regrets. If you had a 34 and went to a 40 the max regret you should have is 8'. LOL!!!!

I know what you mean but the difference between a 34 and 40 can be very small. With the new cuts on the steering axle the 42' tag will turn as tight or tighter than a 40' single.

It takes a little practice, possibly some training, some thinking and if you take your time you can pretty much get to where ever you would like to go.
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:29 PM   #33
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I wouldn't mind being shorter than 39' and change, but for our lifestyle it hasn't been an issue. I will freely admit that I will squeeze my coach into places with inches to spare at times, and I've parked more than once with the engine/transmission hanging out over grass past a concrete thingy (you know, like you have in parking lots, or in campgrounds to keep your tires on the asphalt).

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Old 05-07-2015, 05:46 PM   #34
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Close to 40' REGRETS

We go the other direction. We went from 31 to 28'. We have tons of storage and are completely self contained, including solar. We have everything we need and can get up and down the mountain easy. We stay mostly at National Forest Service Campgrounds at high mountain lakes which have length restrictions. We seldom stay at an RV resort unless there just are not any campgrounds nearby. Just what we prefer. We also have a small inflatable catamaran boat 6' x 11' with electric and gas engines. Many alpine trout lakes no longer allow gasoline motors. We are happy campers when we can watch the deer, bear, Eagles and fish Hawks. If it can store a couple fly rods and a good assortment of flys, a granddaughter or two it's big enough.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:30 PM   #35
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Well, we're happy with what we have, at 36'.

Having said that.

I have decided that our next coach must be exactly what we have, but with a tag axle and aqua hot.

My wife has decided that our next coach must be exactly what we have, but with two vanity sinks, and at least one slide.

We have both decided that we are not interested in a longer coach.

Our coach is in excellent condition. We realize that anything we buy will not be in as good condition as what we have.


What to do?

What to do?

Jim & Kate
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Canada, eh?
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Old 05-09-2015, 02:46 PM   #36
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Nothing left but a few payments

Its official, we just signed the papers for our "new to us" Coach.

We found what we thought to be a good deal on a slightly used and in very good shape Winnebago TOUR 40WD.
See new rigs for photos.

1st new coach "2014 Thor Hurricane 34j"

Shawn, Tori, Ryan and "Paw's Memory"
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