Before we bought our '02 Georgetown Class A, we looked at a number of 4 to 5 year old Class C's. What bothered me, with the 30' and 31' rigs, was the amount of tail overhang. We finally got to take a Forester 31-footer on a test ride. I stopped at a State Patrol weigh station and got front and rear axle weights.
With two of us in the front seats, no water, grey tank or black tank contents, no personal gear and only about 1/3 of a tank of gas, the rear axle load was within 75 pounds of its maximum rating. Added to that, the amount of overhang aft of the rear wheels was a serious concern. I didn't have a feel for how the sideways motion in turns would affect pulling a toad.
In the end, we decided that long Class C's weren't for us. We finally found our current rig in the local paper. The original owners were having to sell for medical reasons and we got a very good deal (about $6K under KBB). It's in pristine condition, and only had 12,000 miles on the odometer and 48 hours on the generator. It has two slides (bedroom and dinette).
We've put about 6,000 miles on it since we bought it and two more hours on the Onan. Unfortunately, on a limited retiree budget, and with current gas prices (with about 8 mpg fuel burn), we're finding this one to be a bit more than we can afford, so it might be up for sale soon.
Frank and Eileen
No longer RVers or FR owners