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Gjac

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pianotuna wrote:

I think 27 feet is the ideal size. It will drive much like a car. My own RV is a class C of 28'5" and I find the extra length means a LOT more tail swing.
Don, in your opinion will a 24 ft Class C have even less overhang and have a more car drive?

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Gjac,

If the 24 foot is on the 176" wheelbase, then yes. If not, then no.

My first class c was 27 feet on the 176" and I had zero problems with it.

My current ride is 28'5" and tail swing has been an issue where I've caused damage on six occasions. I did replace the puny bumper after the first incident so fortunately there has been almost no resultant repairs to the RV.

* This post was edited 07/06/19 10:02am by pianotuna *


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Just to be clear, it's a bit of hyperbole to suggest that most any class C drives "like a car." Cars are not eight feet or more wide, and accelerate much more briskly, and brake more surely, and turn more sharply and with less tippiness. That's not to discount differences between motorhomes, of course.

My experience with my 32' class C has been that the width takes the most getting used to and is the biggest concern. Tail swing and general maneuverability in tight situations does require some planning ahead in gas stations and parking lots, but is of little if any concern when actually driving down the highway. It is, of course, necessary to drive more conservatively and think a little farther ahead to give plenty of time and space to brake or turn.





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Our 2004 Tioga 26Q Class C fits our basic age 80 needs/wants. It is actually 27 feet long, has no slides to leak or give problems. It has "most of the comforts" of home but does require care in backing into campsites, handling on twisty mountain roads, and has stock Ford E-450 drive train and suspension. The rear springs are stiff and give a harsh ride on cupped interstate highways, I'm looking into Koni "FSD" type rear RV shocks to help soften the ride. We have never towed a vehicle or felt a continued need for it, not wanting awkward parking and backing, etc. Will rent a car if ever really needed. Our rear queen bed is east/west type with access on right and bottom sides only. We use two sleeping bags zipped together so don't have to "make" beds.
The 26Q model was discontinued in 2008 ( I think). It has a large rear cargo area with mounted spare tire and wheel. More recent rigs may have more advanced electronics and comfort features.
You might look into Phoenix Cruiser and Lazy Daze Class C's for best build quality and support.

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More advanced electronics scares the pants of me.

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And it can be hard to find an expert RV electronics/electrical systems fixer.

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lucy6194 wrote:

Did to health reasons (husbands) have decided to sell the 5th wheel. Looking at class cs. Narrowed down to under 30 feet. Would prefer 27 or 28. Considering used. Looking at coachman leprechaun 260 d's or Thor Chateau 28z. Any recommendations,suggestions would be appreciated.

One thing I would consider is how well taken care of the used vehicle is. Leprechauns tend to be better built than Thors but if they haven't been maintained, then you have issues.

I like the Phoenix Cruisers myself. Finally bought a 2551 after years of searching used. They're extremely well built. It's about 27 feet but lives larger than most 30 footers. Has great closet space too. At 27 feet the Leprechaun 240 FS is a good plan with extra closet space too.


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lucy6194, To answer your question, I have a 2018 Leprechaun 26ds on a Chevy chassis. After a year and a half, and over 11,000 miles, I'm happy with this motor home. Quality seems good, I've have very few issues. The Chevy chassis handles extremely well, it's quiet and I feel no engine heat at all. Winds and passing trucks are no different than the 43 foot tag axle I use to own. I hope this helps.......Bruce


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    I’m a 55-year-old single woman and I struggle with fibromyalgia. I started with a 32’ Sunseeker in 2007 and traded it in for a 2014 Coachmen Freelander. I liked the ease of driving a shorter rig and the backup camera was great too. But as I used for the last 5 years, I found the hookups to be literally painful. I traded it in just a couple of weeks ago and took it to a campground for the shakedown over the fourth. The placement of the wet bay is perfection. The waste master hose that came with it is terrific. The full view back up camera is amazing and the dual mirrors are wondrous. Between those features and the side view cameras, there isn’t a blind spot anywhere. Finally, traveling is stress free and hookups are a breeze.

    I also found driving it wasn’t as hard as it used to be for that size of a rig.

    Look around. Let yourself embrace all the potential. Fall in love.

    On edit: I never changed my profile picture when o bought the Freelander - so that’s my first Sunseeker. Great memories.

    * This post was edited 07/09/19 04:49pm by Sunseeker2007 *





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