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Cobra21

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I currently have a C, 21' and am considering a 33' class A for some extended travel. Do you think I would be disappointed with the size difference for general getting around. We need some space and comfort, but is this a big sacrifice in maneuverability?
Thanks, Brian

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Small town parking is a pain. U-turns? Forget about it. A "toad" may be needed.

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jdc1 wrote:

Small town parking is a pain. U-turns? Forget about it. A "toad" may be needed.
Not only "Needed", but extremely usefull, not only in small town but in getting around in general, not to mention the PITA of tearing down & setting up every time you want to go see something, plus the economics of touring in your toad at 30-38 MPG +/-, vs 7-8 in your MH.


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Maneuvering while driving you won't see much difference.
If you don't have a toad and want to use the A for local travel you will find it is not very practical.
You will enjoy the extra room and storage with the Class A.

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It's hard to make things bigger on the inside without making them bigger on the outside. If you want more room, go for it. 8' longer and maybe 6" wider, you'll get used to it in no time.





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One nice advantage of driving a Class A is that you sit about 3 feet higher so, IMO, you can see (forward) much better than in a standard Class C. The larger more vertical windshield helps too.

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Cobra21 wrote:

I currently have a C, 21' and am considering a 33' class A for some extended travel. Do you think I would be disappointed with the size difference for general getting around. We need some space and comfort, but is this a big sacrifice in maneuverability?
Thanks, Brian

we've been doing this MH thing since 1986 in three different motor homes....a 1985 26' class a, 2000 35' class a and presently in a 2016 40' class a. we didn't start towing a jeep until 2003 so for the first 18-years we used the MH to run errands, go sightseeing, etc. it wasn't much of a problem in the 25" MH we just had to adjust our routines. parking wasn't generally a problem. i even parallel parked it in downtown Metropolis IL.

it became more problematic with our 35' MH. parking in small town store lots became more difficult so we adjusted our shopping routines to early mornings or late evenings. sightseeing was more difficult as we like to pull into scenic overlooks and not just breeze on by. we rented cars when or where possible but even with delivery it was a huge PITA.

so we made the decision to buy a toad and boy did that make our lives on the road much, much easier.

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My toad has only 2 wheels and gets about 70mpg
Full-time ... Love the space and the storage


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In terms of just maneuverability, the class A may even be a bit better than the class C. Class C's often have pretty horrid minimum turning radii.

My experience with my 32' class C has been that the size and maneuverability is not frequently a big issue. Partly that's because I opt not to take it where it would obviously be problematic, such as downtown in large cities. But even so, I have very seldom found it impossible to park reasonably near to where I want to go in rural or suburban sorts of areas. It may require crossing the street or staying at the outskirts of a parking lot, but in general nothing not manageable with a couple minutes of walking.





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Our first rv was a 28'6" long 96" wide class A,currently we have a 32'5" class A that is 101" wide. The first rv we drove for several years including a 2.5 month trip to AK without a towed. That convinced me before we made another long trip that I would buy a towed. Now with a longer, wider rv, I find it an absolute necessity. For us a 4x4 is best as we boondock, a mid-sized truck is very convient. For several years we had the rv, a towed and two daily drivers, now my daily is a GMC Canyon that is our towed.

Our current Moho is nimble but not like the first one. Not small town friendly. Right turns onto narrow streets are a problem, tail swing is horrid and dirt roads, I avoid them like the plague.

The three Suzis we have had were great the GMC is okay.

I reccomode the towed.


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