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My house is at the end of a cul-de-sac. The street ends in a circle with a 6 inch curb and grass in the center. The circle is 39 feet in diameter. The pavement around the circle is 22 feet wide. There are mailboxes on the outside of the circle, just off the pavement. I would like to be able to bring my rv to my house to load and unload, but I want to be sure I can go around the circle without hitting any mailboxes. I have a 40' Monaco Dynasty (actually 40' six") tag axel. I called Monaco in Oregon, but they said they could not tell me the turning circle of my coach, and in any case, they probably wouldn't have data that would take account of the swing. I could set up a test in a parking lot, but my cones are too low to simulate mailboxes and I'm on my own on this one (wife says don't do it, you'll get stuck - so of course I'm going to do it if I can). Does anyone have any wisdom, experience, to share (other than listen to your wife)?


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It sounds like you should be ok. Just take it slow and watch. If it starts looking too iffy, don't get too far that you can't back out. I have driven around circles like that with a 34' fifth wheel with no problem.
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Our MH is 36' and we also live in a cul-de-sak. Even with cars parked on both sides and as long as they are not in front of our house I do not have a problem pulling in and backing into our driveway. I do have to pay good attention to the cars so I don't swing out and hit them. I know if I had a 40 footer I would be able to do the same.

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Posted: 07/26/07 10:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Go to a large parking lot then mark and measure the inside and outside of the track where you turn. That will tell you for sure before you get stuck in the cul-de-sac.

Also lifting the tag will make a tighter turn.


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Is their any way to just pull straight in and then back out. I live on a court (martinez) and that is how I get in and out with my 40' MH. I also have the issue that my court ends just before a 90 degree turn. So I go staight in and then back out to the J part of the street and then I can get out. With cars parked on the side and/or coming in the court it gets dicey but I used to have my wife with the 2 way radio walking the street but I have done it enough now that I can do it solo.


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Posted: 07/27/07 07:06am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yeah, the parking lot thing can't be beat for measuring YOUR turning radius. Place some sticks in your cones or better still, rig up a couple of bags of sand or bottles of water like hourglasses on the front and rear corner of the coach. Or, if you have friends (I don't ) have one or two of them mark your circle with chalk.

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You're in what sounds like a traffic circle, not a cul-de-sac. I went around one just like that once in our 40 footer, and hopped the inside curb. I could do better next time by staying further to the right...but any car or mailbox parked there would block me. There's only one way to tell...go do it!


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Take her to a big empty parking lot, cone it off like your cul-de-sac and give it a try; if you knock over a cone you will know for sure you can't make it.


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I live at the end of a cul-de-sac also. My neighbor (also at the end of the cul-de-sac has a 2004 Monaco diplomat 40 ft. (40'4") He has NO problem whatsoever making that turn radius. My neighbor down the street also turns his 40 ft. 2004 Monaco Windsor on my street without problem.

From what I have seen and read, Monacos all have the same turning radius. The 2007-2008 models I believe now have a 52 turn radius, older than that, they were a 50 radius.(although I don't know about one with a tag axle). Given that most other mid-range to high-range DP's have a 55-60 turn radius. The 50 does turn tighter than I thought it would (watching my neighbors do their thing!)

I on the other hand with my gasser and wider turn have to back up couple times to make the turn.

One way to know is, give it a try. You can always back up in someone's driveway if you can't make the turn. Of course, that island in the middle may prove a possible problem?? GOOD LUCK!


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Nothing that a brand new Newell wouldnt fix . 45' coach 37' turning radius


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