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Old 01-09-2014, 07:59 PM   #29
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Is bigger better for FT - The short answer is no. But that doesn't rule owning the biggest rig out there. What really matters, imho, is getting the best floor plan for your needs. Your needs dictate how you will use the coach and what size is appropriate for you and only YOU can answer that question.

IF a 45' coach meets your needs and has the floor plan you like than I say go for it.

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Old 01-09-2014, 08:38 PM   #30
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I think any thing 40' or above is fine for full timing. There are many in smaller rigs but I don't think that would work for me personally. If you plan on traveling a lot then I would recommend a tag axle which would put you in a 42' or 45'.
Pay more attention the the floor plan than the size. Things like how many baths, TV placement, mid or forward kitchen, and amenities included. As a side note I would highly recommend heated floors.
Take a driving course, even the short ones like that offered by Lazy Days in Tampa are a terrific help. One of the biggest things we learned is that backing is a team effort and how to use hand signals. When backing I pay attention only to DW no matter who else may try and help. I turn the wheel and press on the peddles, she is totally responsible for getting the coach in safely; and she always has.

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Old 01-10-2014, 06:16 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by CampDaven View Post
To those that choose bigger, it is better. To those that choose smaller, it is better. Everybody wins!
Yup, that pretty much nailed it as far as I can see.

For some folks a 55" TV and a recliner is the preferred way to pass their days, for others going inside is the exception not the rule.

I have a good friend who along with his DW lives on a 30' sailboat (a lot less space than RV when it has 2 pointy ends) and has for years. They really only go inside to use the facilities, do some (but not all) cooking and usually (but not always) for sleeping.

I'm constantly amazed at the number of folks who follow warm weather around, then stay cooped up in an RV for all but a brief period a day. Makes no sense to me.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:02 AM   #32
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Here's a good outlook "If you like what you have, you have arrived". While I sometimes think this is the "Must have 45 ft DP, tag axle behemoth, Forum", it really depends on what you want, and you really only need to please yourself.

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Over a 3-year period we studied what was available and what we needed.
We F/T in a 33 foot A...And what we aint got, we dont need...If you like what you have, you have arrived.

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Old 01-10-2014, 09:23 AM   #33
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Hi, A 45 footer may be nice for fulltiming but in my estimation a 35' to 39' would be sufficient and you still would be able to go in all the campgrounds.
Do you intend to tow a vehicle also? That would be a problem getting in and out of all fuel stations other than flyin J's or truck stops.
Are you going to do your own maintenance as DPers cost more to maintain than gas ones do?
Do you know about air brakes? As a first timer I would check out everything before making that decision. You might want to try a used coach first as there are a lot of them out there including gas jobs either with the new V-10 or an older Workhorse with Alison Transmission.
It is nice to have a bigger coach but there are a lot of things to consider plus one last item, a lot of coaches will not hold up as a fulltime residence.
Finally look before you leap and get all the information you can and even go into campgrounds and talk to RVers.

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Old 01-10-2014, 09:26 AM   #34
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Oh, and, as a 2 year veteran of being a USFS camp host, the "won't fit in state/federal parks" isn't about "fitting in" it is about getting in and out period. Same with private campgrounds.

A lot of spots, even if they are technically long enough, aren't positioned for you to be able to get your rig in and/or out safely. We have had people put themselves up against trees, take out large branches, hit the dumpster covers, take out windows on their rv's, Mess up their tires rounding corners and hitting the guide posts/rocks (the do-not-drive-here type), get stuck because they ended up going off path attempting to park, and had someone completely take out the information board at the entrance trying to go around the corner. I've seen people take over 20 minutes just to get into a spot because of their size (MH's, TT's and 5ers).
X2. That pretty much matches my experience ... many State Parks have sites that can handle a 40' rig (a site that specs as 15' wide and 65' deep for instance) but the road to get to the site is gonna' put some rashes on your paint! Lie about your actual length at your peril ... just sayin'. Google Earth is your friend.
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Getting a tow truck to come and pull your coach out from between a rock and a hard place will START at $700.00. Getting stuck will damage your RV. Pulling it out of where you got it stuck will cause more damage, possibly rendering it undriveable. It's a cinch it will ruin your stay at that campground. It could even total your RV. Don't lie about the length of your coach.

Stop thinking about the length anyway. Look at the floor plans. Maybe look as small as 36 feet even. By the time you add in 3 or 4 slide outs, length is not so important.
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The heck with buying a coach I'm gonna get a tow truck. LOL.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:20 PM   #37
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Thanks to All for your input

I can't thank everyone enough for your comments and observations. DH and I went to Alvarado a couple of months ago to look at motor homes. We were both disappointed as we looked at numerous makes and models until we stepped into a 45 ft Thor Tuscany. We were about 5 feet into the MH when we looked at each other with big smiles on our faces. I know, sounds corny but that's us. We loved the Tuscany floor plan that actually lets you sit directly in front of the TV instead of sitting at a table or twisting sideways(I've had 2 fusions in my neck). Additionally, we have to have a king size bed and 1.5 bath. At this point I believe we can both be happy with the 42 or 45 Tuscany. Now we need to get the house on the market, sell DH's car as we'll be using my 2008 Acadia as a toad. I no doubt will be asking more questions and checking in often. Thanks, again.

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