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Posted: 01/03/12 07:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When did they sart making the widebody Motor Home? I have been looking at the adds and somewere around 90 on some but later on others. Was it just high end in 90?

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Our 96 Southwind is a wide body. I know they made them prior to that year so, around 1990 is probably about right.
Hopefully someone else has a better answer.

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Our '87 is a 102" - would not think that 6"s would make that much difference but going into a 96" wide non-slide unit is noticeable.


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Posted: 01/03/12 10:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think the regulations were changed to allow them in 85-86 (plus or minus). Most manufacturers needed a few years to make the switch. I know that some made the switch sooner than others. So, its really a manufacturer specific question. But, most of them were likely offering some sort of wide-body by the early 90's. That does not mean, however, that ALL coaches offered after that timeframe are widebodies. To be honest, I don't think that all of them are wide-bodies even now (but I could be wrong on that).

FWIW, my 1990 Winnebago Chieftain is a narrow body and it was close to top of the line for Winnebago back then (if I am not mistaken).


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Our '96 Georgie Boy Cruise MAster is a wide body I believe 108". Bought it new in 4/96 still have it we just couldn't find a unit we liked better than this one over the years -- have never been unhappy or sorry with our choice all those years ago.


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Rog & Nan wrote:

Our '96 Georgie Boy Cruise MAster is a wide body I believe 108". Bought it new in 4/96 still have it we just couldn't find a unit we liked better than this one over the years -- have never been unhappy or sorry with our choice all those years ago.

Is it a chevy drivetrain? Does it have the kitchen on the drivers side and small folding table on the passenger side?
Open bath with toilet closet on drivers side?

I looked at a few GBs that vintage and really liked the no slide floor plan.

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102" outside is the maximum width that you can go legally.


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wny_pat wrote:

102" outside is the maximum width that you can go legally.
X-2, I seen my first wide body in a RV in 1997. Prior to the 102" the 96" was the thing. I've never heard of anything wider except in off highway applications which are illegal on any highway in the U.S.

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wny_pat wrote:

102" outside is the maximum width that you can go legally.


"On the National Network, no state may impose a width limitation of more or less than 102 inches. Safety devices (e.g., mirrors, handholds) necessary for the safe and efficient operation of motor vehicles may not be included in the calculation of width." In most cases, RV awnings have been included in the mirror, handhold exemptions.


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Posted: 01/05/12 01:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are NO handhold or awning exemptions , just not prosecuted .

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