We thought a 40' length was right for us, but we saw some 42' models we may be able to afford.
So what's the difference? Why would we get a 42' instead of a 40'? What are the Pros and Cons?
- Stability of the ride (especially in cross-winds and when tractor/trailers pass) is improved
- Easier and a better drive than the 40'
- Tag axle makes turns easier, almost impossible to overload
- More interior living space and interior storage
- Weight distribution on chassis is better
- Hydra Hot (unlimited hot water) is standard equipment
- 10,00 generator is standard equipment
- Quite a few 40' owners who got a 42' wish they had started with a 42'
- Even though the hitch is still limited to 10,000 pounds, (1,000 tongue weight), you can tow anything there without having to worry about overloading the axle.
- Three ducted AC units have 33% more cooling capacity over the 40'
- Three AC units help with redundancy in case one of the ACs go down
- Price: could be $30,000 (or more) for the same 40' model
- Heavier and larger than a 40'
- Gas mileage not as good
- Less access to RV spaces in older state parks and campgrounds
- Higher maintenance costs with extra set of tires, maintanence, wiring, air pressure systems, etc
- Possibly less storage space underneath
- Because of the tag axle lever-effect, some weight is transferred to the front axle, therefore getting the front axle close to it weight limit.
- May need to have larger tires
- More expensive tolls, (may have to pay for the extra axle)