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Old 04-03-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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Handling characteristics of a 30+' Class C

Considering a bunkhouse Class C at about 32'. I originally wanted something around 27-29' but considering I have a family of 5 traveling I think I need to go a bit bigger to keep them happy.

I am concerned I will end up with a rig harder to handle and get around in. I'll be doing a lot of driving I would like something that handles well. We want to stay in National Parks and I don't want a toad.

Any insight would be appreciated.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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I have visited many National Parks with my 30 ft. C. Driving around in the parks is sometimes difficult. Parking even more so. Specially during peak tourist season. Generally the campgrounds can accomodate a 30 foot unit. I use the park transportation systems whenever possible. Many parks have tours which free you up from the hassle of driving and parking. They allow you to enjoy the scenery. I have rented cars on occasions when I want to explore on my own. I use Enterprise, which will deliver a car to you or I pick up a car on my way to the National Park. Most of the more popular parks have car rental agencies nearby. With good shocks and an alignment, your C should handle OK. It will not handle like a car though.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:24 PM   #3
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At 32 ft, your wheelbase will be about 210 inches. The wheel cut angle is not as tight as a class a, so maneuvrability is a bit hampered.

I have a class A with a 220 inch wheelbase and a 50 degree wheel cut angle. It can turn inside of what my 23 ft C could.

Just providing a perspective. I'm sure others with more knowledge will chime in.

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Old 04-03-2013, 09:01 PM   #4
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At 32 ft, your wheelbase will be about 210 inches. The wheel cut angle is not as tight as a class a, so maneuvrability is a bit hampered.

I have a class A with a 220 inch wheelbase and a 50 degree wheel cut angle. It can turn inside of what my 23 ft C could.

Just providing a perspective. I'm sure others with more knowledge will chime in.

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I have considered a Class A, but would like to stick with the C.

The 32' Bunkhouse C is a beast, if I did go with that I might as well be in an A. But considering we want to be in the National Parks, I'd like to co small as I can be and still be comfortable. Also, height is an issue from what I have read, the C is lower.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:34 PM   #6
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Ted I had a Ford Econoline High Top Van now I have my 30' Class C
Drives fine. No different really then the van, JMO.

I do the majority of the driving so far and being female and small I have no problems driving the RV. Love it!

My husbands cousin drives semis and he told me I could drive either he was sure but since I was use to driving the big van he thought the class c was the best way for us to go to start out. So I took his concerns into the purchasing of our first RV.

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I have considered a Class A, but would like to stick with the C.

The 32' Bunkhouse C is a beast, if I did go with that I might as well be in an A. But considering we want to be in the National Parks, I'd like to co small as I can be and still be comfortable. Also, height is an issue from what I have read, the C is lower.
There are some low profile A's.
Mine is 10.5 feet to the top of the A/C
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Our greyhawk drives easily and gets into tight spots. I think it is 11 feet. We are State park folks, no issues at all! We don't tow though.
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We have a 32ft Sunseeker, probably similar to the Greyhawk. I find that it is a very easy vehicle to manoeuver. I predominately do most of the driving, she likes to drive on the open highway only. If you've ever been to Charlottetown, PEI. Canada, the streets are very narrow, I had no problem getting through there with the rig. We tow a 2006 Pontiac and I have to turn on the rear camera every once in a while to see if it's still back there. It is such an easy vehicle to drive for it's length. The only thing that you have to remember is that you have about a 10ft swing at the back so you can't tighten your turns at all. We love our rig and there are only 2 of us. Off to the keys in 2 weeks. Can't wait!
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Swapped from a 24 Ft C to a new 32 ft 2013 Forester 3011 DSF and yes there is a difference in turning radius. In tight traffic I have to allow an additional 6 - 8 inches of curb clearance, drive an extra foot out prior to turning and turn gradually in tight traffic or risk clocking a car on the left or a sign post on the right. Like anything big once you know where your corners are and stay aware of them you'll be fine. I will say that my 32 ft handles better over the road and rides smoother than the 24 ft ever did.

I looked at Class A's as well. The turning radius is tighter and I liked sitting over the front wheel. but the green house of a windshield will cook you and you have to be very aware of the rear overhang when turning tight. Other things to consider is that with a family of five you'll likely be over capacity fully loaded, especially if you hope to ever dry camp. A class C bunkhouse has about 1500 - 1800 lbs Cargo Carrying Capacity where a 26000 lb A will have closer to 4000 lbs CCC. They'll get about the same gas mileage and the A will have a more open floor plan. Don't discount the ability to use the driver and copilot chairs as furniture when camping.

The main drivers for me getting a C were the overhead bunk, cost, and a lack of facilities in the area capable of servicing the chassis. I can work on a C with the tools I have currently but an A requires a whole other level of tools and grunt work that I am not prepared to deal with.
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29' class c

Hey Guys and Gals, Wanted to add my 2 cents.picked up a 2000 model 29' c class gulf stream last year.Got to use it a little and realy enjoyed the whole experence.could not ask for a better handling mh.looling to retire in june,cant wait.Later Bobby
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There are some low profile A's.
Mine is 10.5 feet to the top of the A/C
What name brand?
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The only problem we have is the LOW sitting rearend. Have dragged it across a couple of shopping parking lot driveways. Turning just got to take your time and watch mirrors. Have a spotter when backing until you feel comfortable backing. Remember TAIL SWING!!!
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Thor Serrano. No longer made.
The Palazzo is 11 ft 10"
I think the Alegro Breeze and Thor Avanti are also low profile.
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