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Old 05-04-2015, 04:39 AM   #1
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Close to 40' REGRETS

We are looking at upgrading to a DP. We were trying to stay around 34' max. We have walked in only a few and they just seem small. We currently have a 34j hurricane and it just feels bigger inside.
Our concern and question is.........
How many of you have purchased a 38 to 40' coach and regretted it due to?
Our concerns are finding places to allow 40'
Driving it in and on smaller spaces.

The next 5 yrs our coach will be used for cross country trips from florida to see our country. We 50/50 use CG and WM parking lots.

Example, this summer we will be taking a 5700 mile 21 day trip to see GC, HD, Vegas, Zion, Four Corners.
Next year we hope to take it to Alaska and be gone for about 2 months.

1st new coach "2014 Thor Hurricane 34j"

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Old 05-04-2015, 04:54 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 05-04-2015, 05:26 AM   #3
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Two MH's ago we went from a 31'Class C to a 38' Class A. Wow what a difference it was! While there are some places that we used to boondock in that we can no longer get into, we adjusted just fine. Would we were go back to a smaller MH, NO! I believe the trick is to find a MH that has most of the options that you would like to have. Just be ready for a 'large' learning curve.
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:52 AM   #4
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The feeling of regret usually goes the other way in that people wished they would have bought larger, not smaller.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:58 AM   #5
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Upgraded from a 35' gasser to a 40'DP... no regrets. Those 5 extra feet feel great! Ramets brings up a good point--it seems that bigger really does seems better, however I think that 40' is about at the sweet spot if you don't want to be restricted in site sizes. Having said that, I do see myself upgrading to a 45' someday.
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:08 AM   #6
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There will be some, mostly public, parks/campgrounds that will no longer be able to accommodate your larger coach, but we've always been able to find a place to stay anywhere we wanted to visit. We wanted the maximum amount of full time comfort that we could afford.

We do find ourselves planning more for our trips, yet others with rigs every bit as large as ours will tell you they never make advanced reservations. I just like there to be no doubt I'll have a place to park the "mobile mansion" when I get to my destination. I'll typically have all of our stops, including fuel stops, planned before we leave home (although it's not unusual for adjustments to be made along the way). At that point all I have to "worry" about is all the things we want to do once there.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:10 AM   #7
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We owned a 31' Class C for +10 years and it served us well, however, quarters were cramped. We upgraded to a 38 PKD Monaco Windsor (39'8") with 2 slides which has provided ample space and storage. I doubt that we would ever go back to a smaller RV and if I could find as good of deal as I did on the last one we would upgrade.

Huge advantages with the new one including more fuel, fresh, gray & black water storage. Huge storage space both in basement and throughout the coach. Large battery bank with solar & inverter, so we can go extended times without running generator. !0k towing capacity.

The only thing I miss about the Class C was that I had been able to figure out a way to carry 2 kayaks on top. Haven't been able to do this with the Class A.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:14 AM   #8
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We upgraded from a 35 ft 3 slide gasser to a 4 slide 42 ft. We had made a list of must haves in our new coach. Lucky for us, it had everything we wanted. We cannot get into the campground we used with the 35 ft but that is the only one we have found that we cannot get into. NO we have no regrets going to a larger coach.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:17 AM   #9
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While not a MH, I went from a 28' trailer to a 38' fifth wheel and have no regrets. Was there a bit of learning curve, yes, but I've had no trouble going where I wanted to go.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:38 AM   #10
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We went from a 37' fiver to a 40' DP and have NO regrets. Once you get to the 40' single or tag axle, the ride is so much better than the others we test drove. I have no regrets and have never NOT been able to find a place to park even with pulling a 20' car hauler behind it. Some state and fed campgrounds have some restricted space but if your pulling a toad you can disconnect and back in almost everywhere. NO REGRETS
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:57 AM   #11
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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....

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Old 05-04-2015, 01:55 PM   #12
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Why not 'rack' the toad and car top carry the kayaks?
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:14 PM   #13
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I have yet to find my 38' MH to be too big for a campground or just in general.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:20 PM   #14
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Went from 32 w/2 slides to 42 w/4 and tag. Fulltimers.
Pure luxury to drive!
Newer parks work out fine. Older parks not as good but still get in.
38 or 40 + 4 or 2 feet makes no difference.
Get what you like and have Happy Trails

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