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Old 06-05-2012, 09:52 AM   #15
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Kathryn:

You asked about the differences with a tag axle. We are full, full timers and when we first started out we had a 40 ft. motorhome without the tag axle. We thought it was a good move for saving money when it came time to replace tires. Well,...we found out that without the tag axle, there's a big difference between the weight you can carry, and you'll find after full timing awhile, you would appreciate that extra carrying capacity. So, in addition to an improved ride you'll have with a tag (as mentioned above), the significant difference, we feel, is being able to have more flexibility in carrying capacity. Ya might think this is unimportant to you, but you'll likely discover after full timing for a bit that you'll wish ya had the tag.

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Old 06-14-2012, 06:42 PM   #16
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In my search for the perfect RV, I knew that if you had a MH over 40' in length that you could not stay in many of the campgrounds and resorts, or at most of the State and Federal park and wilderness areas. I figured that was okay, I could just drive thru and stay somewhere close. Then I found out you can't even drive the larger MHs on many state roads INTO the park areas, and many scenic routes like 101 on the California coast are restricted against any vehicle over 40'.

But there are a couple of 42' plans I really like!!! And since I will be living in it full-time, I would think the bigger the better.

How about it? Do you folks with the bigger units find those restrictions ... well ... restricting? Or do they not affect your travels that much?

Let's go back to my original post ... I agree - full time means the bigger the better, tag axle is better than not, more storage space is great, I could choose to ignore road restrictions since tickets are rare and I could always claim "ignorance" ...

Several of you posted no problems with 40' ... my actual concern was restrictions for OVER 40' on the roads, in the parks and federal lands, and even in MANY campgrounds, both public and private. Anyone have any experience with that?

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Old 06-14-2012, 07:08 PM   #17
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we've had our 41' DSDP and have never really had a problem going or staying where we want, realizing that older Forest Service and state campgrounds are not big enough. Really not a limiting factor though.
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Some one correct me if I'm wrong but I believe I read an article about national parks increasing their limits due to the popularity of the larger rigs. Now days you can get 47' 5ers. My rig is a 40 with an 18' trailer which puts me just shy of 65' which is the legal limit in many states. You may want to consider that as well. We only stay at private campgrounds. Most state and national parks rarely have adequate hook ups and can restrict your length of stay. We typically stay places for a month or two. IMHO get the bigger rig if you love it, you will make it work and be fine. And yes some stuff is just not meant for rv's, I wouldnt do going to the sun in a 32'.
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:12 AM   #19
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I am 40ft + 20ft and research the roads I plan to travel. I have also heard about big rigs going to a campground that supposedly can handle them, only to find that they will ruin their paint on tree branches or have to disconnect the trailer/toad to get in. Here is a helpful site I bookmarked for myself.

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We are staying at Cotton Hill RV in Ga. next weekend ,the max size is 36 ft. we are just under 41

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We are staying at Cotton Hill RV in Ga. next weekend ,the max size is 36 ft. we are just under 41

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Did you make reservations? What did they say about your length?

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Old 06-16-2012, 02:28 PM   #22
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40 Feet...more than enough

After several years of planning our RV purchase we now own a 40' Beaver Santiam diesel pusher. This was a major compromise as we had set a 35' max limit for fears of being turned away from many government campgrounds. The reason for the larger size was the extra bay door in the basement storage compartment. For any fulltimer or person traveling for extended periods of time, it's the storage and tank capacities that matter...not livable space. I would never...I repeat ever purchase over 40' and exclude myself from the campgrounds of some of the most beautiful places on earth. The National Parks, Monuments and Forests are the "Crown Jewels" of our country and to exclude them from any RV expericence would be a crime. Why even own an RV if your not in search of this country's beauty.
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For any fulltimer or person traveling for extended periods of time, it's the storage and tank capacities that matter...not livable space. I would never...I repeat ever purchase over 40' and exclude myself from the campgrounds of some of the most beautiful places on earth. The National Parks, Monuments and Forests are the "Crown Jewels" of our country and to exclude them from any RV expericence would be a crime. Why even own an RV if your not in search of this country's beauty.
This really points out how needs vary among us.

Sure, we love the storage provided by our 40DP. But, the four slides and livable floor space was a bigger selling point for us than the storage room. Then again, we were full time with three dogs.

As for " Why even own an RV if your not in search of this country's beauty"... well, I don't think owning a big rig is inconsistent with enjoying this country's beauty. We've stayed at CGs nearby many State and National Parks and used our toad to enjoy their beauty.

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Ah, yes, I don't think we were referring to the section in downtown San Francisco as I don't know who in their right mind would take a large vehicle through there , but I stand corrected.

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Did you make reservations? What did they say about your length?

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We have stayed there four times before, you can reserve a site . we have all the good ones marked .
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This really points out how needs vary among us.

Sure, we love the storage provided by our 40DP. But, the four slides and livable floor space was a bigger selling point for us than the storage room. Then again, we were full time with three dogs.

As for " Why even own an RV if your not in search of this country's beauty"... well, I don't think owning a big rig is inconsistent with enjoying this country's beauty. We've stayed at CGs nearby many State and National Parks and used our toad to enjoy their beauty.

Just another point of view.

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Rick, but your rig is only 40' and that is fine for most places. It is the 41-45ft range that has the road restrictions and such.

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Kathryn, where do you inquire about road, camp, restrictions? I have never seen a sign ever regarding MH length ie MH over 40 ft not allowed. I have heard about campsite restrictions but I assume if you make reservations they would tell u then. We never do state parks and I have seen some big rigs at Walmart.
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Rick, but your rig is only 40' and that is fine for most places. It is the 41-45ft range that has the road restrictions and such.

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I'm unfamiliar with road restrictions for 41 to 45 foot rigs being a significant issue too.

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