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Old 12-03-2022, 11:20 AM   #1
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Trading 34B for 45’

Seriously considering trading 34B for 45’ . After driving the 45’ and looking at available rv site options in some of our fav places I am wondering if we would regret getting the larger one ? It drives like a dream but it is a lot longer. We previously had a 40’ and decided to downsize ; now we wish we had more space . Based on experience with either size would you do? 🤷*♀️
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Old 12-03-2022, 11:30 AM   #2
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Pulling a toad?
Got to figure that in your calculation.
I went from a 33' class C to a 37' class A and we pull either a 24' car hauler or a Chrysler T&C on a dolly. Our thoughts are, 6 for drinks, 4 for dinner and 2 for sleeping. Never had a problem finding a pull thru site where we go. Gassing up is a whole nother story. Google Earth is our friend.

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We went from a 36’ to 44’ and have no regrets. Yes, you have to be a bit more mindful in navigating but no major hurdles in CG spaces.
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Old 12-03-2022, 11:37 AM   #4
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When I purchased mine about 2 1/2 years ago, pre covid, It was way bigger than I wanted to go, but was such a steal, I pulled the trigger. Since then, we have spent over 100 nights camping and have crossed the country two times. There have been two occasions, when we either could not get into a campground because of our size or could not fit into our space. One occasion when we had to unhook the toad in order to turn around. Ironically, low hanging trees have been a bigger issue than campsite length. Going down the road, the length is not an issue, and with the double rear axle, its way more stable than a single axle. Prior to my 45' Renegade, we had a 30' class C. So, I have no regrets and would do it again. We love the power, stability and room. We would have a hard time going back to something in the 30' foot range.
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Old 12-03-2022, 12:39 PM   #5
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We went from a 36 DP to a 40DP to a 40gasser. Wish we had the 36 back for the convenience and ease of handling on crooked narrow roads.
I expect that 45 will ride smooth and steer straight with the extra axel but some of the places we have been scares me to think of them.. . . like 89A from Sedona to Flagstaff. Ignorant and could turn around once we got started in the switchbacks going north
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We went from a 36 DP to a 40DP to a 40gasser. Wish we had the 36 back for the convenience and ease of handling on crooked narrow roads.
I expect that 45 will ride smooth and steer straight with the extra axel but some of the places we have been scares me to think of them.. . . like 89A from Sedona to Flagstaff. Ignorant and could turn around once we got started in the switchbacks going north
I don’t think I’d take any MH into Sedona. Last time I was there we stayed off of old Schnebly Hill Rd in the National Forrest before it gets rough and then took the smaller vehicles into Sedona.
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I went from a 40’ to a 45’ and I see almost no difference in handling. If an RV park can’t accommodate my coach I find one that can. No big deal. We love the room the 45 footer gives us.
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As long as you aren't disappointed you can't get into sites at your "fav places" you mentioned, go for it. If you really want to be able to fit in those sites again but want more space, split the difference & go back to a 40ft'r with at least a FWS.

I can tell you my Phaeton had really deep slides. Although it didn't have a FWS (which from what I've seen are not as deep because they are much longer/heavier), that 41ft was VERY spacious with all 4 slides deployed. We could ballroom dance in the salon.
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We went from 33' to 40' with no issues fitting in our favorite public parks. However, I don't think we'd fit in the same ones with a 45'.

It just depends how you RV and what kind of campgrounds you like. Public parks would be more difficult than private ones.

What, really, does a 45' give you that you couldn't live in a 40'?

Also, the more slides, the less spaces you'd fit in a public park with trees on both sides. We purposely only wanted 2 slides and they had to be on the same side.

Again.... it's up to you only.
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Somebody mentioned refueling problems with a 45' coach. Always use the truck pumps will solve that problem.
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Go diesel and use the truck stop pumps! Makes maneuvering almost easy.

Read up on Open Roads card - in a nutshell you can usually save about 40 cents a gallon.

I have no regrets with our 45 foot coach
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You seem to be of mixed mind. First you wanted to downsize 40-->34 but now you are dissatisfied with the 34 and want to jump way up to 45? You need to decide what is more important to you two, spacious comfort or a broader selection of campsites. Driving 34 vs 40 or 45 isn't much different, but each step up in size limits your campsite choices a bit more. If you cannot decide, the compromise at around 40 ft seems a wise choice. There are models in the 39-42 ft range too.
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Yes over a period of many years we are of mixed mind lol The main thing is the shorter coach is not a plus on the windy plains , slows us down and sometimes the tail wagging the dog so to speak. We have decided better road handling is more important to us. We are towing 2021 Silverado 4x4. We have a opportunity to get in a Newmar with comfort ride and have decided we will give it whirl �� . We had a gas Mountain Aire in 2000 but haven’t had a diesel Newmar . The only thing stopping us has always been the price �� ; but we did it. Traded 2021 Berkshire in on 2013 Newmar King Aire ; couldn’t be happier ���� . Thanks for all the input.
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Yes over a period of many years we are of mixed mind lol The main thing is the shorter coach is not a plus on the windy plains , slows us down and sometimes the tail wagging the dog so to speak. We have decided better road handling is more important to us. We are towing 2021 Silverado 4x4. We have a opportunity to get in a Newmar with comfort ride and have decided we will give it whirl �� . We had a gas Mountain Aire in 2000 but haven’t had a diesel Newmar . The only thing stopping us has always been the price �� ; but we did it. Traded 2021 Berkshire in on 2013 Newmar King Aire ; couldn’t be happier ���� . Thanks for all the input.
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