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Old 07-24-2016, 06:01 PM   #11
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We've narrowed our search for our first rv to either a gt3 30x3 or a gt3 24w.

We like the shorter coach length of the 24w for its ability to use smaller spaces - it's very similar to the FR3 25ds.

But some are telling us the drive will be squirrelly on the road especially when past by big rigs and in wind.

We are also wondering about the folding mattress.

How much difference is there in handling between a 158" and a 190" wheelbase?

Any observations about the folding mattress would be appreciated!

How important are the extra 5 feet in length to keeping the wife and I from getting on each other's nerves after a few weeks on the road?


We have a Georgetown 324 TSF and absolutely love it. Longer is better. We went from a Sunseeker 3050 to our Class A. You won't regret the bigger Coach.


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Old 07-24-2016, 07:27 PM   #12
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Very rarely have I heard some one complain that their rig was too big, but I hear many complaints that it is too small. The biggest issue with size is with TT and 5ers, and that is due to the tv being too small to pull what they have.
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Old 07-24-2016, 07:42 PM   #13
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Bought small 24 ft Thor Siara and hated being cramped. Fr3 30 ds is much more comfortable.
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Old 07-24-2016, 07:57 PM   #14
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We have the 190" Wheelbase Gtown. Love it for the convenience of parking and handling since we do NOT use a toad and it is just the right size for the two of us.
I didn't like the folding King used in one of the other models and we are quite happy with a non folding Queen in ours. We DID add a steering stabilizer up front after a few months of ownership and it smoothed out the steering and reduced the impact of big rigs blowing by us. Occasionally we get a bit of side to side rolling on mostly back roads with a crown and I'm thinking about adding a rear stabilizer bar to cure this but it is expensive for only an occasional problem. If you like the layout of the larger unit...go for it...the F53 190 is a good chassis and you'll easily get used to the longer length within the first few weeks. Also look carefully at underneath storage as there will be differences there you may need as well. Good luck with the decision making.
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We've narrowed our search for our first rv to either a gt3 30x3 or a gt3 24w.
We like the shorter coach length of the 24w for its ability to use smaller spaces - it's very similar to the FR3 25ds.
But some are telling us the drive will be squirrelly on the road especially when past by big rigs and in wind.
We are also wondering about the folding mattress.
How much difference is there in handling between a 158" and a 190" wheelbase?
Any observations about the folding mattress would be appreciated!
How important are the extra 5 feet in length to keeping the wife and I from getting on each other's nerves after a few weeks on the road?
Longer. And about getting on each other's nerves??? I've been wanting to teach my wife to pull our 34' fifth wheel in case I need to fly home to get away from her for awhile Sometimes even our 3200 square foot home isn't big enough.
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Old 07-25-2016, 04:55 PM   #16
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Thank you fellow forum members!
You've given us some very useful insight and we really appreciate it (this is the wife writing).
Looks like we'll be getting the 30x3. Luckily for him I'll be learning how to drive it too
We're looking forward to the adventures ahead. Currently we are exploring Norway for three weeks and then we'll be saving for the purchase of the RV. In the meantime well keep looking through the forum for tips
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