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Old 10-17-2018, 08:48 AM   #1
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Hello all here we go. Do any 41 foot owners wish they went to a 44 foot coach and vice versa. DW thinks 44 could be a problem I am not so sure there would be a giant noticeable difference I do like the bigger bath at the rear rear. If there is allready a thread on this my apologies! Thank You!
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We went from a 38 ft to 43ft. We have had zero issues and love the longer length and would not go shorter anytime soon (when getting next coach in a few years). I'm guessing your talking about problems when it comes to getting in campgrounds? If so we haven't found one that we can't fit in that we went to previously. I do mention a lot of times when booking that we are 40 or 42 feet as no one usually would know the difference. Also when it comes to having a steerable tag, I can actually make tighter turns with my 43 ft compared to our previous 38 ft.
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:37 AM   #3
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We went from a 38 ft to 43ft. We have had zero issues and love the longer length and would not go shorter anytime soon (when getting next coach in a few years). I'm guessing your talking about problems when it comes to getting in campgrounds? If so we haven't found one that we can't fit in that we went to previously. I do mention a lot of times when booking that we are 40 or 42 feet as no one usually would know the difference. Also when it comes to having a steerable tag, I can actually make tighter turns with my 43 ft compared to our previous 38 ft.


Interesting observation on the steerable tag. Thank you!
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:43 AM   #4
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Lifting and steerable tags will have the same turning radius if wheelbase and wheel cut are the same.
My 45' CC with lifting tag will turn as sharply as my previous 40' Dutch Star with no tag.
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:44 AM   #5
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We went from a 34' Baystar to a 40' Ventana and now have a 45' Mountain Aire. The favorite to drive has to be the 45' MA with the least favorite the 34' BS. That of course would be the diesel vs gas chassis. The change between the 40 and 45 in driving was pretty minimal but I would still say that the 45 is easier. As far as campgrounds we haven't had any problems yet with the longer coach. Best of luck on your search.
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We went from having five 45 ft coaches to a 34 ft and absolutely love the smaller coach. It has all the luxury of the big coaches but Iíd so much more maneuverable. Much easier to handle in heavy traffic, RV parks , parking lots, and especially fuel stations where the truck islands are busy and filthy, and often times more expensive. We often fill now in smaller, cheaper stations. Plus it opens up many parking spots that we could not get in before. You will be fine with either and we loved our big coaches and never had trouble finding fuel or RV parks. Great choices and just get what you prefer. All JMHO
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Which 34 foot rig do you have now? Your profile still shows the 45.
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Hello all here we go. Do any 41 foot owners wish they went to a 44 foot coach and vice versa. DW thinks 44 could be a problem I am not so sure there would be a giant noticeable difference I do like the bigger bath at the rear rear. If there is allready a thread on this my apologies! Thank You!
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Size does matter. We went from a 40' single axle Newmar DP to a 43' Ventana tag axle and love the additional space and storage. The 43' tag axle is easier to navigate tight quarters because it has a steerable tag. No regrets going bigger.
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It all depends on what kind of camping you are planning on. If you like state and national parks, then smaller is better. We went from a 38 to a 43. The 43 requires a bit more planning as some parks have few big rig spots available. If you are going to many of the higher end RV parks, youíll have no problem. As far as turning, itís all determined by the wheel cut of the front tires and the wheelbase to the drive axle, a tag isnít going to help you turn tighter. We love our 43, but I can see Newaire possibly in our future if we continue to be on the road as much as we are.
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Iíd put my 43í+ 4369 DSDP up against anything in maneuverability. The combination of front wheel cut and steerable tag makes it as nimble as any short gasser.
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I’d put my 43’+ 4369 DSDP up against anything in maneuverability. The combination of front wheel cut and steerable tag makes it as nimble as any short gasser.
i respectfully disagree....

the new aire will turn circles around it...no contest....

so will a 37' DS.....just not as small a circle....

it really comes down to the floorplan that suits you, and the type of camping you want to do....

you want state / national parks, and more options in places to stay, you gotta go smaller.....if you are willing to compromise on that in return for comfort (defined as space), then go big or go home....

i would love a NA or a 37' DS, but i'm not ready to give up the space yet....and i also love the ride of the 43' tag....we've had a smaller gasser and a smaller pusher.....so my choice has been made....i love what i got....

but DW is constantly killing me with the "oh, we can't stay there, though" line....

and then i retort with "yeah, no one with a bath and a half and lots of storage really can, either, let's make the kids and the dogs sleep in a tent..."

and then she says "you wanna sleep on the couch tonight ?"

and then i hang my head and say "no, honey....."
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:58 PM   #12
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It really depends on how much time youíre going to spend in it.
We are in our 6-7 months consecutively each year. I wouldnít want to be in much smaller.
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i respectfully disagree....

the new aire will turn circles around it...no contest...."

Ok. Another DP, but a gasser would be a good contest! Coincidentally had a dude with a gasser next to me in a SP last weekend, and he was amazed at how relatively simple it was for me to back into my site in one shot. Said he had to yo-yo into his space.
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Ok. Another DP, but a gasser would be a good contest! Coincidentally had a dude with a gasser next to me in a SP last weekend, and he was amazed at how relatively simple it was for me to back into my site in one shot. Said he had to yo-yo into his space.
the big tail wag on a gasser is an issue, for sure...

i had a 37' georgetown XL...it had it's challenges....but it was really manoueverable in reverse...turning going forward, you had to watch that swing....
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