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Posted: 08/18/21 03:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Finding a pull thru is'nt always possible as you well know, or will find out. A friend of mine has one of those Behemouths. He wises it were smaller. Heck, it's our camper and your money. Do what you want. I would just as soon go shorter and I have only 28 ft. Can I assume it's a tri axle? If so it wont's turn as good in parking.More tires to buy, harder on springs and frame as it turns in cramped corners.

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Cruise the forums & see how many wish they had or have downsized rather than upsized to 40' plus monsters.

If you look carefully at floorplans all you are really getting is more floor space. The monsters will have the same fridges, the same stoves, the same furniture as a mid 30s 5er. They may have a bit more storage but other than that it is all floor space.


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We started with a 35 ft toyhouler, went to 40 ft Raptor and now we have a 45 ft Seismic. I really did not noticed any differences. I do know the truck makes a world of difference.


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Veebyes wrote:

Cruise the forums & see how many wish they had or have downsized rather than upsized to 40' plus monsters.

If you look carefully at floorplans all you are really getting is more floor space. The monsters will have the same fridges, the same stoves, the same furniture as a mid 30s 5er. They may have a bit more storage but other than that it is all floor space.

I'm of the mindset find the floor plan that you like and be sure to buy a truck capable of towing it within its ratings.
Length is way down on my list of determining factors.
My next rig maybe larger or smaller in terms of length.
I have no restrictions or limits either way.


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This will NOT come into play with a 42' fiver..... There is NO WAY someone towing a 42' fiver will be over the 65' number..


this is very true. I have a 40' 5th and a 21 foot pick up (crewcab long box) and I come in at 56 to 57 feet long.


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Length isn’t really the greatest factor because it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s heavier? The 42’ River Ranch isn’t as heavy as some 38 footers because of its use of composites and some other weight saving materials.

And I don’t know about downsizing? If you downsize and end up with something that really doesn’t work. Then what good is the downsize off all it does is get you into a couple other state parks?

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Mondooker wrote:

Length isn’t really the greatest factor because it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s heavier? The 42’ River Ranch isn’t as heavy as some 38 footers because of its use of composites and some other weight saving materials.

And I don’t know about downsizing? If you downsize and end up with something that really doesn’t work. Then what good is the downsize off all it does is get you into a couple other state parks?


Totally agree! We went from a 26'TT to a 28'TT Toyhauler, to a 35'TT Toyhauler, and now have a 42' 5er. We moved from trailer to trailer to accommodate our needs. I can imagine going smaller now. BTW, this is our retirement home away from home. Love the space.


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Hey Bad Brad, That’s exactly right… Whenever we were going to our 40’ motorhome we always had to decide what we can’t take. With a 42’ fiver with 4 to 5 slides very little consideration has to be given to that. It’s more like a 2nd home as you said.

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We started with a 28ft, then a 35ft, and now a 40ft.I couldn't get in many spots in Smokey Mt Nat Park with the 28ft., so no great loss with the 40ft. Right now I'm sitting in a state recreation area in Illinois with plenty of room. I have maybe 10ft of RV hanging over the end of the site driveway. We have stayed at many state parks and COE campgrounds. You do have to "shop" wisely though.


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