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Posted: 06/16/12 03:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thinking of trading for a 40ft. coach or 42/43 ft coach. We prev. had a 40ft. Phaeton and would run into tight spots occasionally and was wondering if 42/43 ft would be harder to maneuver, back, turn etc. We know the ride would be better but was wondering on the maneuverability?


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Posted: 06/16/12 04:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has alot to do with distance between axles, wheel cut and how chassis is mounted (fore or aft) on frame. Then add in driver skill. Some 42+ footers could handle better than some 40 footers and visa versa.


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Posted: 06/16/12 04:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 42 with the tag axle and since the tag axle raises in tight spots, I have no trouble parking in most all spaces that 40' units can get into. Big plus is the stability and ride you get with the tag on the 42.


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Agree with RolinHome... I'll also add that it's possible the rid will not be noticeably different then a 38-40' with tag unit.

If the wheel bases are very similar, sometimes are, between the 40' and 42-43' coaches, then the only real concern would be the tail will be sticking out that much further. So factoring pivot tail swing could fit in.

If the 42-43' do have that much longer wheel bases, then the turning radius could still be comparable to some 40' rigs without tags, and maybe some with tags, depending upon the degree cut allowed by the front suspension.

IMO - The driving differences between these rigs, would be more dependent on the quality of the chassis then the length.

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If the tag axle will lift, then a 42' will have a better turning radius than a 40' single rear axle. The distance (wheelbase) from the front axle to drive axle is shorter on a 42'. In some of the NP's my 42' becomes a 40' as that's the max allowed. Even if it did not turn as well as a 40', the stability of a tag axle coach would make it worth while.


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Posted: 06/16/12 07:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Welll, personally I don't want anything longer than 37 or 38' absolute maximum. Any longer than that, tag axle or not, a wheelbase that long means there's some places we like to go that you can't get into, or you risk getting stuck trying to get into.

Its not the physical size of the campsites. Its frequently the roads getting to the sites and their steep inclines and tight turns with trees close on each side that becomes the problem.

One of our favorite campgrounds up in the mountains, you almost never see anything longer than about 36' there. There is a reason.

Guess it all depends on where you plan to camp, but for us, we got no use for anything that long.


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Ivylog wrote:

In some of the NP's my 42' becomes a 40' as that's the max allowed. Even if it did not turn as well as a 40', the stability of a tag axle coach would make it worth while.


Aghhh and here I thought I was the proud owner of the only magical shrinking coach in the known universe.

Absolutely could not agree more about the tag. The difference is substantial.

My vote, go for it!





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willald wrote:

Welll, personally I don't want anything longer than 37 or 38' absolute maximum. Any longer than that, tag axle or not, a wheelbase that long means there's some places we like to go that you can't get into, or you risk getting stuck trying to get into.

Its not the physical size of the campsites. Its frequently the roads getting to the sites and their steep inclines and tight turns with trees close on each side that becomes the problem.

One of our favorite campgrounds up in the mountains, you almost never see anything longer than about 36' there. There is a reason.

Guess it all depends on where you plan to camp, but for us, we got no use for anything that long.


Well since the OP already has a 40 foot he has already gotten over the phobia of 38 foot max or you just can't go anywhere.

Get the tag you will love it.


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The only people that say the tag is no biggie, are the ones that don't have them......I think you will find the tag a major plus. Just make sure it's an adjustable tag that lifts....the turning radius on the Exec (45') is better than it was with the Dynasty (40').....you will also find the CCC is usually more with the tag..only downside is you have to buy 2 more tires every 6-7 years.....Dennis


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I see it stated over and over about dumping air/lifting the tag axle to make short turns. I do not think this makes much differance at all. I never dump the tag air for tight turns. With approximately 19k on the drive and 7k on the tag, when push comes to shove, which axle will win?

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