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Old 06-11-2011, 07:57 PM   #15
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Boats seem to go the other way though. The length should be bow to stern along the keel. Most tend to cheat to make them sound larger than they are. Molded in bow pulpits and swim platforms are not supposed to be included in the length but they routinely are. A couple had a 27' cruiser in the slip adjacent to our 26 footer years ago. If the two were aligned when docked it was obvious our boat was longer.

Got me thinking we need to get the tape measure out for our MH now.
This is absouletly correst in how they measure a boat and how they cheat on actual size with swim platforms. Chapperal boats were one of the 1st out there to designate the actual size with the added plat forms instead of the actual hull at stern. I have had several boats and I always measured from bow to stern. My current is a 22ft Mariaha Talari 1995 with a 7.4 454 bravo3 outdrive. Last of he wll made boats with only 198hrs and in mint condition, and a 2001 22ft champion DC with a 1995 200 mercrusier built to a 300hp.

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Old 06-11-2011, 09:06 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by TXiceman

The main thing is whether it fits your needs. If it works for you, length is not an issue.

I've always said the same thing.
Wait....are we still talking about RVs?

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Old 06-11-2011, 09:26 PM   #17
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I've always said the same thing.
Wait....are we still talking about RVs?

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Old 06-11-2011, 10:46 PM   #18
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I bought a 40 footer and then measured it at 41.5 ft. The specs say it is 41.5 too but it was sold as a 40 footer. I contacted them and was told they are measured without the end caps. I believe as mentioned basically a bumper to bumper thing but I do not have a front bumper. Just a cap. Things like mirrors don't count either. So measuring those distances I do come up with 40 feet. As for boats they often build them a couple of inches short to satisfy or cheat insurance or on board required devices.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:58 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by WheelingIt View Post
I've always said the same thing.
Wait....are we still talking about RVs?
OK so it was a little about boats. Don't shoot!

Our RV is a 40' but the brochure specs are 39'8". Still need to get out the tape measure.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:40 AM   #21
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Regarding reservations, they're just trying to get an idea/mental picture of what you have from what I've seen. They could care less if you're a 27.5' vs. 30' or a 39 vs. a 42'. They're not interested in the detail, they're just trying to avoid stuffing a 40' into a space where a 22' would fit nicely.
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I think it's the frame length.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:06 AM   #23
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Mine says it is 37'. We had to measure for a trip on the ferry and it was exactly 37' bumper to bumper.

The ferry system also includes the hitch so we removed it before measuring.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:14 AM   #24
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My '88 Jamboree S26 model is really 26'11", according to the brochure (yes, I actually have the original 1988 brochure!), though I've never actually measured it myself.
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:39 AM   #25
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When measuring make sure the party holding the "smart" end is not the party that should be holding the "dumb" end. Possibly this accounts for the difference in lengths.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:20 PM   #26
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My Coachmen 310MB is close to 33ft. overall. In my state the state campsites say the max length is 30ft. so that is what I tell them my length is. The caveat is if I can't get it into the site it's my problem. That has never been an issue.

BTW I have a pair of suspenders that must be made of the same tape they use to measure with, it's all in how tight you pull the tape!
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:36 PM   #27
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Maybe they pace it off with human feet.. some have clown feet like I do ( the rumors may or may not be true about big feet I'm not telling!!! hehe ) or some have smaller more normal feet.......
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:02 PM   #28
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I am wondering the same thing. We are trying to find a Class A that fits into our shop, which is EXACTLY 38'6". So many of the RV's we have really wanted, show the overall length, but we are not sure if this includes the mirrors that stick out in the front. Do mirrors fold in? If it's measured bumper-to-bumper, does it include the ladder and mirrors? Anyone know? I am looking at Monaco's in the 35-38' size range.

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