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Old 09-07-2018, 04:37 PM   #1
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Stepping over the line

Now that we have our toad in hand so to speak (bought our toad last month), we are getting more serious about the MH purchase.


We have been casually looking at 38-40 ft DPs which has been our target length. However, I come across several 42'ers with tag that would be within our budget. So my question is, besides cost to operate, interior room, ride and ability to get into certain campgrounds, what should we expect if we went with a 42' vs 40'. It seems like that is the cut off point between large and extra large.
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Now that we have our toad in hand so to speak (bought our toad last month), we are getting more serious about the MH purchase.


We have been casually looking at 38-40 ft DPs which has been our target length. However, I come across several 42'ers with tag that would be within our budget. So my question is, besides cost to operate, interior room, ride and ability to get into certain campgrounds, what should we expect if we went with a 42' vs 40'. It seems like that is the cut off point between large and extra large.
Don't sweat the campgrounds..Yes there are a few that you would have a time getting into BUT...
There are always others that you will fit into..(and use the toad to go see the sights)
The longer the wheelbase normally better the ride (tag axle even more so)
The extra 2 ft of length means more storage,and a little more spread out of the interior.
Driving/handling maintenance is same same..Don't sweat it.. 25 miles later you will be mellow..
What ever You end up with.. BE SURE to have an independent inspection done BEFORE you lay down any money..(Ugly surprises are no kind of fun)
Buy the QUALITY & DESIGN...NOT the BLING distractions..
Just somewhere to peruse....


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I have close friends, stated with a 38 ft. went 2.5 years, felt they liked it very much.
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I moved from a 40' to a 42' (nearly 43') tag last year in June. Went from Ontario/Quebec/New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Maine/New Hampshire/Vermont/New York/Ontario and it drove much better than my 40' when I did the same trip.

I never had a problem with a site and stayed at both public (state/provincial parks) and private campgrounds. I just checked to make sure they were big rig friendly on good sam or other sites. You can put your length in when booking state parks (I use Reserve America), though you may only get 30 amp which is really minor.

We now have four slides and are not close to being fully loaded with all our stuff though DW keeps trying!

The only con is that I have two vice three storage bays but still have plenty of room. The PO pretty well had the MH optioned out and we are very happy with it, planning our first snowbird season.


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I started at 36 feet because of posts on forums that was Max for public campgrounds. Did not take long to learn that is BS so traded for a 40 foot single slide DP. Once we started snow birding went to a 42’ tag with 4 slides and 14 years later upgraded to a 45’. During the summer we use mainly public CGs...USFS that do not take reservations our favorite.

Once you drive a tag axle coach you will not go back to it now tag coach.
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[QUOTE=saddlesore;4388745]Don't sweat the campgrounds..Yes there are a few that you would have a time getting into BUT...
There are always others that you will fit into..(and use the toad to go see the sights)
The longer the wheelbase normally better the ride (tag axle even more so)
The extra 2 ft of length means more storage,and a little more spread out of the interior.
Driving/handling maintenance is same same..Don't sweat it.. 25 miles later you will be mellow..
What ever You end up with.. BE SURE to have an independent inspection done BEFORE you lay down any money..(Ugly surprises are no kind of fun)
Buy the QUALITY & DESIGN...NOT the BLING distractions..
Just somewhere to peruse....

Yes, I am reading through other posts like the buy one 1,000 miles away. I certainly do intend to have a professional inspection and fluid analysis. Thanks!
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Depending on the state in which you reside, you may need an endorsement on your driver's license for a motor home over 40'.
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Check out RV.org. They rate RV and have information to help with the selection and making a deal process. Good RV hunting.
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Depending on the state in which you reside, you may need an endorsement on your driver's license for a motor home over 40'.

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Depending on the state in which you reside, you may need an endorsement on your driver's license for a motor home over 40'.

Dot laws I have seen are over 26,000 lbs gvw, or air brakes, or 10,000 trailer

Only in SOME states require non commercial cdl cdl medical card not required Out of state what ever your state and lic plates on riq require.'

I have had cdl for 40 years and it might be a good idea for any thing over 30' or air to have the training
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Thank you all for your input!


My DW is asking if it harder to drive/maneuver a 42' vs 40' or 38'.
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Depending on the state in which you reside, you may need an endorsement on your driver's license for a motor home over 40'.
Even tho I would have no problems passing a test for a "RV" enhanced drivers license or having the coach pass an safety/enviro inspection, (have held a CDL for over 50 years) We are still planning to call SD as our residence state..

The less gov interference/taxes and regulations the better...
It seems that there is always "too much month at the end of the money"..
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Thank you all for your input!


My DW is asking if it harder to drive/maneuver a 42' vs 40' or 38'.
Not much, just takes a few miles/days of driving to adjust...don't sweat it.
Once "on the road" the ease and comfort factors will "over rule" any anxieties..
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Thank you all for your input!
My DW is asking if it harder to drive/maneuver a 42' vs 40' or 38'.
NO, NO, NO a 42’ will have a tag axle which gives a tighter (better) turning radius because of the shorter wheel base to the drive axle. On the highway it eliminates any porpoising and being pushed around by trucks or a strong crosswind. NO WAY would I go back to a non-tag axle rig even in a shorter length. Monical did make a bishop floor plan in 38’with a tag axle which would decrease some of your storage area in that short a length.

Pretty sure Colorado does not require a special license to drive a large motorhome… Look on the back of your license and it should tell you. If you are not familiar with airbrakes it would be worth the five minutes to have someone explain their operation and how the dual air system works. Also, that you have to manually set the parking brake every time you you get out of the drivers seat.
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