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Old 09-09-2007, 04:27 PM   #1
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One thing I have noticed is that useable square footage in a coach is not published.

As I look at all the floorplans out there, it seems there is a trade off w/slide outs, i.e. longer/deeper slide means shorter slide in another area. Almost like there is a square footage limit that must be adhered to.

I know w/park models there is a 400' limit to qualify as an RV per RVIA.

Is there something similar for coaches? Or are there structural limits on chassis? BTW, I do know that kitchen side slides are always shallower b/c of the extra weight.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:27 PM   #2
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One thing I have noticed is that useable square footage in a coach is not published.

As I look at all the floorplans out there, it seems there is a trade off w/slide outs, i.e. longer/deeper slide means shorter slide in another area. Almost like there is a square footage limit that must be adhered to.

I know w/park models there is a 400' limit to qualify as an RV per RVIA.

Is there something similar for coaches? Or are there structural limits on chassis? BTW, I do know that kitchen side slides are always shallower b/c of the extra weight.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:32 PM   #3
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I do not know the exact number; but, there is a max sqare footage. RVIA hame page should have a contact # and they should be able to give you the specifics, Ken,'04 DSDP...
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Old 09-10-2007, 07:42 AM   #4
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The 400 sq foot limit does not apply to motorhomes - the limit for recreational trailers is there to provide a breakpoint between RV construction standards and the much more stringent manufactured home standards.

To the best of my knowledge there is no sq foot limit for motorhomes, which by definition are not "trailers" and therefore not subject to manufactured home standards. I think what you are seeing is simply practical engineering trade-offs in each company's floor plans. There are some really roomy models, though. Rexall makes several models with two full wall slides (the T-Rex).

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Old 09-10-2007, 09:12 AM   #5
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JavaJelly, You'll see by my signature I have a Rexhall with 2 full length slides, would never have anything else. Both sides are the same depth. They were also the 1st with 2 full length slides. The build quality is heads up on all other builders till you get to Prevost. I don't know if Prevost even uses the vacuum press method for the wall construction that Rexhall does. All the OEM equipment is of hugh standard as well.

They started with a dealer network and for whatever reason dropped them to sell out of their own lot at Lancaster,Ca. In speaking with them recently, I was told they are in the process of setting up dealers again. ( I'd love to be one.) The very interesting thing about them is that the brother who does the designing often sends a new design to the factory for a one off build. Since we lived very near when we bought ours, we stopped in occasionally just to see the wild and wonderful new ones.

I will highly recomend to anyone in the market to look at Rexhall, what ever that requires, before you buy any other brand just to save kicking yourself when it's too late.
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