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Posted: 07/01/13 09:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In our constant search for a new rig... the one we like the best so far is of course - 45 feet - tag. Right now we have a 36 foot 5er. Our other choice is a 41 footer, but it's not the same quality.
Is there a big difference in driving/backing such a big rig than say... the 41 footer? Or, are we going to regret driving around such a giant house?


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All class A motorhomes are fairly easy to drive. You may run into a problem with some states only allowing 40' homes. Extra slides can make a big space difference. I have a 43' Allegro bus with 4 slides and have had problems finding spots long and wide enough.

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My coach is 38 feet long. Another seven feet wouldn't bother me at all.

My class A is easier to park than any trailer I ever had.

I'd say go for it.


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Currently in YELLOWSTONE N.P. and my 35' Super "C" looks like a giant amoung all the travel trailers and Cruise America "C's". I did have a chore parking a Super "C" at Fishing Bridge RV park in the N.P.

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oubruceb wrote:

All class A motorhomes are fairly easy to drive. You may run into a problem with some states only allowing 40' homes. Extra slides can make a big space difference. I have a 43' Allegro bus with 4 slides and have had problems finding spots long and wide enough.


I know some roads won't allowed motorhomes over 40', but states? What states don't allow 40+ ft rigs?


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45 feet is allowed in all states. The commercial motor coach I used to drive was a 45 foot and it was allowed everywhere. Maybe you meant state parks? The thing you need to watch is wheel base, a camper in the park that I am hosting at right now came in this last week and cut a corner too short and hung up on some large boulders, destroyed 3 compartment doors and the surround fiberglass around his rear tire. The coach was on it's first trip out brand new. He had traded in an older motorhome that was only 5 feet shorter but a lot shorter wheel base so it turned around in a lot smaller space.


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I think he meant roads. There are no states that ban 40+' motorhomes.

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royl wrote:

45 feet is allowed in all states. The commercial motor coach I used to drive was a 45 foot and it was allowed everywhere. Maybe you meant state parks? The thing you need to watch is wheel base, a camper in the park that I am hosting at right now came in this last week and cut a corner too short and hung up on some large boulders, destroyed 3 compartment doors and the surround fiberglass around his rear tire. The coach was on it's first trip out brand new. He had traded in an older motorhome that was only 5 feet shorter but a lot shorter wheel base so it turned around in a lot smaller space.


I cringe at the thought - I can only imagine how the owner of that fancy rig felt when he heard or felt the fiberglass ripping off. Especially on a brand new rig on it's maiden voyage!


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Size does matter...:..45' is not too long...that said, you will have to rethink your camping agenda. With a large rig, most of us like the creature comforts..i.e. full hookups, 50amp service etc. etc., so we don't do a lot of boondocking. Obviously the larger the rig, the larger the holding tanks etc. but...We've found our limit is about 5 days before our tanks are full. If you like State campgrounds your choice is somewhat limited. Check where you are most likely to go and see how many sites they have available for big rigs. With a small rig, you can just jump in and go...you'll fit almost anywhere..the 45' not so much.

As for the turning radius, check the unit you're considering closely. My tag lifts making the turning radius much less than if I leave it down. We went from a 27' Winnie to a 40' to a 45' and don't regret it for a minute. The extra 5' may not seem like much but it's huge. Same with the tag..driving it is a breeze. The tag provides more CCC but you sacrifice one storage compartment.

We stay off Interstates when possible and have been mostly on two lane roads and some single lane roads with no problems. I do scout the CG when we arrive to look over the road situation, mostly for my comfort zone. There have been very few CGs that I would not fit into. That said, those that I felt I couldn't fit into, I wouldn't want to anyway.......

My advice...drive a 40' tag and a 45' tag and see the difference. Also, check your State's drivers license regulations. Some States require a different classification for anything over 40'....Dennis


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I would acquire the Big Rig Best Bets book. The authors have personally visited each RV park listed (hundreds in every state and many in Canada). They also list fuel depots and nice restaurants they have visited. Take a look.

I own both the 2012 Printed version and the 2013 Digital version.


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