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Old 08-30-2016, 04:48 PM   #1
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As some know, I use an RV as my lodgings on projects I do in far-flung places around the country. Normally I use a travel trailer, but am considering trading that out for a Class A. Typically I'm 4-5 days in the trailer, then home for the weekend, then back again the next week, and so on. A project I'm considering would take me to the west coast and I'd not be able to go home for months at a time, so I could use this to travel around that part of the country on weekends and such.

This one in particular has peaked my interest:
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I drove one this last weekend and was surprised by the great road manners and it didn't seem as huge as I had envisioned.

I think it has good bones as a base for electrical upgrades down the road.

What do you think about the placement of the battery bank on this one (@3:02)? Note the exhaust pipe running beneath the battery tray. Would that concern you with lead acids or AGMs? I like that there is room for 2 more batteries.

The inverter is a Magnum 2000. Looks like a bigger model could just be swapped out if desired. That compartment also looks like a great place to mount a large solar controller.

The large compartment under the bed (~5' x 5' x 2') could be a great place to mount a large lithium bank.
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The door for the power loft switch doesn't stay open on it's own? All the other cupboards seemed to stay open, that seems suspiciously cheap.

I would be concerned about the exhaust heat if you have lead acid batteries. Could get a lot of off gassing which would require more maintenance.

Looks good and would be fine for living in for your purposes.

I personally don't like how big A's are, but I like what they offer. I like being able to park my B where ever I wish (for the most part) and being very maneuverable.

My question is, why not upgrade at the time of purchase? They might be willing to do it for a lower cost to make the sale, doesn't hurt to ask.
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The loft bed is not something I would order, so that small cabinet without a strut is not really a concern.

The kitchen cabinets open up like that, but they have struts to hold them open.

My dealer knows nothing about solar or lithium batteries, so I'd seek that out elsewhere. Most of it I can do myself and save some money.

What I don't really know is "how hot" that compartment could get. It looks like there is a heat shield around the exhaust, and it is open to the outside. Perhaps that battery area could be protected/insulated some way if it isn't already. I'll have to examine it a bit more closely at Hershey.
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Have you ruled out a compact C? A View/Fuse/Trend would provide a lot of space for a solo traveler and it might be small enough to drive for work as well.
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Have you ruled out a compact C? A View/Fuse/Trend would provide a lot of space for a solo traveler and it might be small enough to drive for work as well.
Yes I have, and I've ruled that out. For a full time situation, I really want the space. Especially the storage underneath.

I'm also prohibited from driving an RV to a jobsite, nor would I want to.

Most likely I'd tow a Jeep or some such vehicle to drive to work and around town.

Amazingly, this pusher is a terrific value. Brand new and with all the options, it's still about $50k less than an ARV, and still less than a CS Adventurous!

FWIW, I'm still keeping my van with no plans to get rid of it. I have plans for it later.
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Glad you are keeping the van otherwise we would miss you on the B forum
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Hey. I hate to break it to you, but that is not a 'B'...

I don't have any good input for you on the rig, as something that large makes my head spin. Way above my pay grade (and my wants and needs too), but looks like it would make an awesome part time home. Wife and I always laugh at big class A's, but at the same time, understand how well it might work well for old full-time retired folks snowbirding to big lots for months at a time... (or even part time working folks doing the same )

Looks like the lap of luxury, and super functional too. The coolest part is you can use your Travato for a Toad! AND, the paint matches!

You are single aren't you? So hard to imagine all that space for one person after being in 'B' mode for so long, but it Looks Beautiful from here...

Good on you, looks like fun!
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Do salmon colored jump suits come standard with that Class A?

I hope you are posting this question in some Class A forums. I can't relate. I would just get a bigger trailer.
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Do salmon colored jump suits come standard with that Class A?

I hope you are posting this question in some Class A forums. I can't relate. I would just get a bigger trailer.
I'm more partial to robin's egg blue. Looks great with white loafers & belt.
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Did you end up buying the Class A ?
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