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Old 01-18-2012, 02:31 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by docj View Post
The coach weighs ~11,400 on the front and ~21,500 on the rear with side to side differences of less than 100 lb. We're riding on Michelin XZE2+ LRJ which means that the tires are running at ~100 psi in the rear. The combination of all of this provides for a great ride and handling. The C-12 in the rear seems to be enough of an anchor for crosswinds not to be even noticeable until they get to ~45-50 mph range.
Thanks Doc, It is nice to know you can be under 12,000 lbs on the front axle. A year ago when I first started looking I started out looking for a Beaver only thing was the models with a tag were out of budget range and I was hung up on wanting a tag. Long story short I settled in on a Sig. then last week we looked at a center door Marquis and my other half fell in love. Since this is a full time retirement move my feeling is very soon down the road we will be unhappy and sorry I did not hold out for the Sig with the tag. Like Twomed said she looks above the waistline.

Thanks everyone for you thoughts. You have confirmed my thoughts.

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Old 01-18-2012, 02:37 PM   #30
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To Tag or not to Tag. Here's an article that may be of interest. Justifying A Tag Axle On Your Next Coach!
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:23 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by SteveSkinner View Post
Get the tag
No debate
It's not just about weight, the extra axle makes a huge difference in cross winds and passing not to mention a better ride

( with a tag)
A big Amen to that. Even though we are now 2nd class citizens in a fifth wheel, the two tags we had were much more stabile in windy conditions that our non-tag Vectra.
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:53 PM   #32
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Tag or No Tag

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I think the people who say you need a tag to get good handling have simply never driven a well-designed 2-axle MH. We have absolutely no handling problems at any speed in our Beaver. The coach tracks straight, rides well; couldn't ask for anything more. At 40' we've not had any places this past year where we can't go.
My Excursion is more stable than all but one or two of the ten or so 2-axle MH's I've driven. Recently, a buddy and I were camping together, each of us has the same year of Spartan chassis with similar mileage. His is a tag, mine is not.

DW agreed to drive ours on one of our legs, I had a chance to jump out of mine and right into his.*

The tag made the rig feel a little more solid, I enjoyed the slight reduction in diesel whine, even though the Excursion is very quiet (73 dB on rough road at 65 mph).

Our next rig was chosen for its suspension, basement storage and floorplan; the fact it is equipped with a tag is just a happy coincidence.

* Similarly, I went directly from driving mine to driving a '96 Prevost Liberty, enjoyed the heavier and more solid feel of the tag-equipped rig.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:18 PM   #33
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All the above. The only done side is they love you at the tolls
I don't know about that as I went thru a toll the other day and raised the tag just for kicks and she only charged me for 2 axles.
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