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I’m contemplating getting a motorhome. I live in CA and I had couple of questions.
I see this builder building 53 foot motorhomes (http://www.powerhousecoach.com/coch22ext.html). I like to believe there must be some extra permit/licenses involved as CA limits the max length at 45 feet. Do you know any one that owns these rigs or do you own these type of vehicles? Can you post what’s required to register these?

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http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/publications/size_regs_final_rpt/index.htm#bus

http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/publications/size_regs_final_rpt/index.htm#rv

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We would not accept a reservation on a 53' motorhome. I have no idea what kind of park road navigation problems such a monster would have and I wouldn't want to find out with a commitment to take it in place. On a walk in basis, maybe we could get a better idea if it was feasible or not. I also would have concerns over the weight and electrical consumption. After all it is 20% larger than the largest rig currently on the market. If it also uses 20% more services and weighs 20% more it may not be worth having in the park.

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From a usable space standpoint, because this is a Super C, you "lose" all area from the captain's chairs forward to the front bumper. Offhand I would guess this is on the order of 8' which means your actual living area probably isn't significantly different than you would have with a 45' Class A. With our 40' MH we've never had a problem finding a site and most of the time there is room for the toad as well. However, that wouldn't have been the case if the coach was another 13' longer.


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Posted: 02/14/12 12:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Eeeeeeek! I expected something elegant that would blow my socks off, but when I clicked on the picture it looked more like a moving van or a horse transport!

Some really nice 42 - 45-footers available that actually look like motorhomes. Unless that much space was absolutely mandatory for whatever reason, I'd stick with the 'shorter' ones.

Plus, westernrvparkowner makes some very valid points.

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53 feet and only a queen size bed ...


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Thanks guys,
Here are some measurements: The cab to front bumper is appr 10 feet (std)that includes the driver's seating area. So the usable space is apporx 43 feet at the very best.
In the end my question is, can I get "special" permits etc to drive this thing on CA roads?

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To be correct these are not Super C motorhomes. They are Truck Conversion motorhomes. Truck conversions were being built as early as the mid 1990s. The first use of the Super C name was in 2004 with the Class 5 chassis mororhomes with the Gulfstream Endura being possibly the first.

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To each his own but we don't want to hear any whining from someone with a 53' MH because he can't find a suitable site in a national park campground.


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