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scbwr

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Our Bay Star is in the 33'range and I wouldn't travel in it without having another vehicle for getting around, sightseeing, etc. I don't have any experience with a class C, but having owned a Dodge dually that was about the length of your class C, I'll say that there is a big difference in maneuvering a 21' rig versus 33' class A.

Having owned 2 travel trailers and then getting our Bay Star a little over 2 years ago, I will also suggest that you think about a travel trailer/fifth wheel with a good truck for towing it. I love the advantages of our class A, but even owning a gas class A comes with a price in terms of service and maintenance.

Also, once you get into towing a car, whether 4 wheels down or on a dolly, it can cost quite a bit for the gear and installation. You may be able to save quite a bit if you can handle the installation of a base plate and required wiring.


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We have owned everything from a class B van to a 34’ class A. DW and I both drive the 34” class A. We both agree the length makes little difference. The height and width matter as far as driving goes. I doubt you will find much difference in driving what you have now.


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Define "getting around" and "maneuverability". If you get to a CG and stay there then I think you will find travelling and getting to a destination not much different than your class C. But if you are going to use it for sight seeing and a grocery getter, then you are going to have issues. While you can park a Class A in a grocery store parking lot, you aren't going to be able to take it downtown, most restaurants, a lot of local attractions etc. Maneuvering in any downtown area will not be a fun experience, let alone parking. Then there is always the thought of having to break camp every time you want to go somewhere. You can rent a car if a service is available but when we had our Class A, we never went anywhere without our TOAD. It's so simple to hook up, it just makes no sense not to be without one. But most RV's beyond 20-ish footers are not "nimble" and can't really be used like a car.


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Thank you for all the great comments! The 21 with out a slide is difficult for 2 people exchanging places with in. I don't think we could take much over a week in it. Have owned it over 10 years. This is probably a trade off worth the while. We have a 32 in our sights.
Thanks Again, Brian

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