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TheLostDutchman

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So here is the story... We've been RVers since the late '70s. Started in a van conversion, moved up to a small class "c", then up to a 30 foot fifth wheel. We are shifting away from our current camping style - a good deal of which was spent primitive (dry) camping and trail riding in the back country interspersed with long, cross country sight-seeing trips.

We have now decided to go full time this year and pretty much stick to cross country sight seeing. We've spent several months shopping around and paring down the list of coaches we like and have narrowed it down to two. But they are both in the 40 to 45 foot range.

We will probably move around a lot in the new rig, but stay in any given area long enough to really check out all the local sights and offerings. We may stay in one place a couple of days, or maybe a month. Just depends.

We keep hearing rumors that many people regretted moving up into units that big and that begs the question: How big is too big?

We really like the 45 footers but do not want to stay in big, expensive luxury resorts... not our style. And we will have a 4X4 toad that will get us to the places we want to see. I know we won't fit in most state and national parks, but should be able to find a suitable RV parks within a reasonable driving distance... Are we shooting ourselves in the foot here?

Please share your experiences, thoughts, and advice... We only get one chance to do this right... can't afford a mistake. Thanks in advance.
Bill & Nettie.


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You have been RVing for longer than us so I don't know about giving you any advise but I'll share a couple thoughts. We went from 36', to 40', to 44' over 20 years and have zero regrets. We chose the size of rig we wanted to live in over where we go with it.


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I stay in standard RV parks that are not expensive luxury ones. They can easily accommodate 45' rigs. If you like the floor plan etc, go for it.


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Thank you both for your quick replies. We were just at the Phoenix Good Sam's RV Show... Spent a week there and found exactly what we think we are looking for. Glad to hear neither of you have regrets or issues.
Thanks again. Bill

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Mr. Bill,

We have been RV'ing regularly since 2007 owing a 42' coach for 7.5 yrs. and now the current 45' coach just over 2 yrs. Very few times have parks not been able to accommodate us.

The Denver area has always been the most difficult place to get a RV park reservation.

We like RV resorts as they usually are gated and guarded and are in fun cities to visit. But, we have stayed in everything else in between!

I have to say, I can tell a difference in the 3 additional feet. I have to be a little more careful making tight turns and watching rear swing. But, it's worth having the extra space and a bath and a half.

Because of our size, I also have to watch for low tree branches which you would with any larger coach.

Good luck,
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One place of which I know is: Hwy 140 from Yosemite to Merced, CA has a bridge with a 40 foot limit. Also potentially it may be hard to find an RV park with an available long space, mandating good planning.


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Hopefully you can keep your smaller units for those back off the grid places you like so well... Nothing wrong with having both unless going full time does away with your home base idea where you can keep extra things stored...

I never made it to the big items but I imagine I would not be able to keep up with maintenance and added costs involved with those hugh machines...

We are in our mid 70s now and still like the RV CAMPING idea verses the RV TRAVELING idea... This keeps up for the most part within 200 miles or so around our home base with maybe a couple of longer trips down to the Myrtle Beach and Gatlinburg areas to visit with family...

My younger sister and her hubby had the hugh 5th wheel and traveled all over with it so I got to hear about all of the expenses involved keeping all of that up in good shape. Then they started staying in West banks of FLA for several months a year and finally got rid of the 5th wheel and got a winter home in FLA. Now they drive down and spend the winter months there in the FLA home...

If you gots the resources go far it haha... We are back to tent camping this season until we find some good prices of our battery bank replacement costs. Kinda looking forward to that haha...

Thats what we lived for back in the 60s and 70s especially when we was living in the Arizona area going to the high country alot there...

Nothing wrong with this setup for sure hehe...
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TheLostDutchman wrote:

So here is the story... We've been RVers since the late '70s. Started in a van conversion, moved up to a small class "c", then up to a 30 foot fifth wheel. We are shifting away from our current camping style - a good deal of which was spent primitive (dry) camping and trail riding in the back country interspersed with long, cross country sight-seeing trips.

We have now decided to go full time this year and pretty much stick to cross country sight seeing. We've spent several months shopping around and paring down the list of coaches we like and have narrowed it down to two. But they are both in the 40 to 45 foot range.

We will probably move around a lot in the new rig, but stay in any given area long enough to really check out all the local sights and offerings. We may stay in one place a couple of days, or maybe a month. Just depends.

We keep hearing rumors that many people regretted moving up into units that big and that begs the question: How big is too big?

We really like the 45 footers but do not want to stay in big, expensive luxury resorts... not our style. And we will have a 4X4 toad that will get us to the places we want to see. I know we won't fit in most state and national parks, but should be able to find a suitable RV parks within a reasonable driving distance... Are we shooting ourselves in the foot here?

Please share your experiences, thoughts, and advice... We only get one chance to do this right... can't afford a mistake. Thanks in advance.
Bill & Nettie.

When we were shopping for an "A" in the 34-36 foot range, we bought a 40' and never have regretted it. I don't see if another 4-5 feet would make a difference. you are moving into the type of camping we do, stop in an area we want to see, and spend Time checking it out.


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A few states have, or at least recently had, a 40' limit on legal motorhome length. In practice I doubt you'd be cited for a 45' rig anywhere unless you were doing something ill-advised with it (i.e. going down a road where you're clearly too long for the conditions). But, if you want to be legal anywhere in the US, you should probably limit the length to 40'.





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Forty-five feet is only two feet longer than I am hooked up.


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