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Old 12-03-2018, 03:28 PM   #1
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hello all ....
have gotten a bit of a travel bug and plan on looking into options for just how to do that ...vehicle wise ...
had spent a bit of time in an OLD class C...years ago 74- 77 ...and now think a B + is what could likely suit my needs, best...thus
would like to get some feedback from those a LOT more experienced

i am leaning towards a sprinter chassis and a unit w/o slides
for the most part, just me...travel about w/ golf clubs and guitars...on the road for no more than 3 weeks at a time is how i currently view it ...
quality / dependability are more my issues ...have lived in small spaces
the class C, boats...and
tho i want a queen size bed, minimum, other creature comforts are easily manageable

so , would appreciate what others have to offer ... i'm thinking new, that however is not writ-in-stone

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Old 12-03-2018, 08:49 PM   #2
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hello all ....
have gotten a bit of a travel bug and plan on looking into options for just how to do that ...vehicle wise ...
had spent a bit of time in an OLD class C...years ago 74- 77 ...and now think a B + is what could likely suit my needs, best...thus
would like to get some feedback from those a LOT more experienced

i am leaning towards a sprinter chassis and a unit w/o slides
for the most part, just me...travel about w/ golf clubs and guitars...on the road for no more than 3 weeks at a time is how i currently view it ...
quality / dependability are more my issues ...have lived in small spaces
the class C, boats...and
tho i want a queen size bed, minimum, other creature comforts are easily manageable

so , would appreciate what others have to offer ... i'm thinking new, that however is not writ-in-stone


Welcome to the forum RooDie55!


An extended Sprinter will likely be the only "b" with an 80" long queen bed. Most other beds are 72" to 75" regardless of whether two twins or single.

For one person, or two, I think a 24ft. class "b" will do the job. You'll be tight on space, but plenty of room for gear, food, and clothing. And remember: "You don't live in a class b, you live out of a class b."

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Old 12-03-2018, 08:56 PM   #3
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RooDie,
If you're looking for a top of the line B+/small C, consider Leisure Travel Vans. I'm the satisfied owner of an LTV Free Spirit, a Class B no longer in production. https://leisurevans.com/
Pleasure-Way, another Canadian company, also makes a good rig. https://pleasureway.com/
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:56 PM   #4
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i am leaning towards a sprinter chassis and a unit w/o slides
for the most part, just me...travel about w/ golf clubs and guitars...on the road for no more than 3 weeks at a time is how i currently view it ...
quality / dependability are more my issues ...have lived in small spaces
the class C, boats...and
tho i want a queen size bed, minimum, other creature comforts are easily manageable

so , would appreciate what others have to offer ... i'm thinking new, that however is not writ-in-stone

Be sure to also take a look at the Chevy Roadtreks. We have a 210P and the storage compartment was sized to carry a bag of golf clubs. We really like ours over the 8 years we have had it. There is a facebook forum for Chevy Roadtreks. Of course the members are biased but you can get a sense of what the vehicles are like and the pros and cons.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/252621115223541/
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Old 12-04-2018, 04:28 PM   #5
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having "just" begun, i did see in this brief time the pleasure-van, and it caught my eye ....will look further into that 1...thanx
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Old 12-04-2018, 04:31 PM   #6
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ooops " pleasure-way " and did like the others, tho, leaning towards vehicles WithOut any slides
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:46 PM   #7
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yeah, so Pleasure-Way and Leisure Travel van...
both seem to have the bigger B's or is it smaller C's
that i find appealing ....would enjoy hearing from any owners of those
pros / cons etc ...

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Old 12-07-2018, 03:03 AM   #8
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I know you mentioned a new Class B+ but I certainly would not shy away from a lightly used pre-owned motorhome since nothing wrong with being frugal and saving some significant coin on depreciation plus someone else has gone though the new teething processes. I would also recommend the LTV Free Spirit if you could find one, nice looking rigs. I don't want to necessarily run down certain brands but 'build quality' is what I would be looking for number 1 and once you get into that then your list becomes considerably shorter very quickly in my opinion. I just went through this process and after researching several manufacturers and looking at their build quality we eventually decided to go with a Pleasure-Way Plateau. We wanted a 20 foot motorhome but we are now in the middle at just under 22 feet that gave us a slightly larger bathroom with small vanity sink. The bed is larger than queen but not quite a king

Take a look at the Neil Balthaser reviews on Youtube for research ideas https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHh...pyWNHd1JuuofWw for some good reviews on Class B campers.

Also Pleasure-Way themselves have some good Youtube videos on their build quality and what to look for when buying a class B.

I would also look at Advanced RV as I think they are probably one of the best custom builders around and they can build anything you may want. I wouldn't worry too much about lithium batteries in any van as they are a nice to have but the money they cost could perhaps be spent on other things. Unfortunately it seems that buying a motorhome in North America is built on trade offs. We boondock most of the time and have set our van up to be self contained in the free campsites and although our van has a generator we don't really use it or our rooftop air conditioner while camping but since they came with the vehicle they are there if needed. We definitely use our automotive cabin air conditioning while traveling though. I looked at the B+'s and found a nice one but my wife did not like the wider and longer size and insisted on a narrower vehicle that she would feel comfortable driving occasionally and could easily park.

Our previous vehicle was the original class B a VW Eurovan Westfalia hightop (15.5 feet and very rare in North America) and we wanted a separate built in washroom with hot water shower, regular height countertops plus more inside storage and a quality build like Westfalia.

Good luck in your selection process. I also suggest you join the facebook Class B forums and some of the specific manufacturer closed groups (access by request) such as both Pleasure-Way and Roadtrek. There is a great knowledge base for the tapping without the self serving sales games of some RV dealerships. I would also recommend the Roadtreking Blog at https://roadtreking.com - there is some great buying advice in one of Mike and Jen's Blogs plus lots of helpful hints.
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Old 12-07-2018, 01:54 PM   #9
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thanx ..... having read a "few" (close to) horror stories, regarding slideouts ... i have found myself shying away from any model w/ them ...a LTV / Unity and pleasure way each have such units, thus far my leaning is in that direction
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You did not state a budget - that could potentially constrain this discussion considerably.
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