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Old 01-18-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
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Now that you have had the B+ for awhile how about a comparison to your RT.
Does the size make a big difference in power, mileage, driving, places to fit and anything else ??
How about a list of +'s and -'s and overall thoughts for anyone thinking of going that way.

Not just for Marko but anyone with experience.

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Old 01-20-2008, 04:31 AM   #2
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Markopolo..... Now that you have had the B+ for awhile how about a comparison to your RT.
Great idea to explore this.

First off, I think there are more similarities with B+ and B RV's than most people realize. There is no "step down" to the cab area like there is in C units. The floor throughout is relatively level like a B. My B+ lacks the "basement storage" most C's have. I buy camping accessories that fit my limited storage space just like I had to in my B. At 23' my rig is shorter than Winnebago new Sprinter B. B+ units tend to be shorter in height in than C units. B+ units do not have the over-the-cab sleeping that C units have and you have to make up a bed at night.

Comparing the two:

There is a difference in the quality of my Trail-Lite B+ and the Roadtrek 190P I owned. That said, there is also a noticeable difference in price (especially when new) Itís an apples to oranges comparison though. Roadtrek is at the top of their market segment and R-Vision's Trail-Lite is more of an economy line.

Plumbing:

My Roadtrek - Pex tubing with high quality fittings. Tested to be able to handle sub-freezing temperatures.

My Trail-Lite B+ - A real mix of tubing, reinforced hose, hose clamps etc.

I have not experienced any plumbing problems in either rig.

Electrical:

My Roadtrek - Flexible copper wiring, neatly bundled, high quality components (e.g. Tripp-Lite inverter)

My Trail-Lite B+ - A real mix of solid and flexible copper wire sort of randomly bundled. (Parallax converter)

I have not experienced any electrical problems in either rig.

Cabinetry:

My Roadtrek - a mix of simulated maple plywood and real maple. Screwed & glued.

My Trail-Lite B+ - Minimal real oak, mostly a "paper oak" covering on some type of wood. Some screws, lots of staples.

I've had to cover up minor damage to the paper oak from the previous owners.

Chevy:

My B+ doesnít have the keyless entry, compass or adjustable lumbar support that my Roadtrek had.

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Does the size make a big difference in power, mileage, driving, places to fit and anything else?
At just over 1í longer I can pretty much go where I went in my B. Power is definitely adequate, no problems on hills etc. My RT had more power though. My guess(timate) re: mileage is that Iím getting 2 mpg less at 12mpg. Driving on the highway is great but driving in city traffic requires more effort. At 8í wide I ďfill a laneĒ.

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How about a list of +'s and -'s and overall thoughts for anyone thinking of going that way.
Pluses:

8 cu. ft. fridge, large bathroom and propane oven all make ďlivingĒ in the RV very comfortable. Rainy days are not a problem.

Repairs and modifications will be easier as components are not as tightly fitted.

Minuses:

The larger RV is harder to clean and the roof will require periodic inspection and maintenance.

Iíve lost the use of my RV as a second vehicle. Itís certainly doable and other B+ owners do but Iím not comfortable with using it that way because itís harder to park. I also need space to get out of a parking spot given that the rear swings out when I turn.

My thoughts:

If you ďtourĒ and like to visit cities a Class B RV is the way to go. Smaller is better for getting around.

If you prefer to camp in one place maybe moving once or twice per week the extra space in a B+ will be welcome.

There are higher quality B+ units available. Iím still happy with my choice though. I think the structure is sound. Thatís important.
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Markopolo,

Thanks for the information. It was good to get the comparison. I wasvery unsure about the differnences between the Class B and B+. It's a little clearer now.

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The manufacturers got carried away with the B+ designation. The RV's got longer and you can find a 30 footer called a B+ and it is clearly a Class C.

B+ is a made up category. There really is only Class A, Class C & Class B sometimes they are referred to Type A, Type C & Type B.

Basically, if the RV base vehicle is a van then it is a Class B. If the RV base vehicle is a cutaway chassis then it is a Class C.

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Are the Trail-Lite B+ still being made? I cannot find the manufacturers site on line.

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I think Trail-Lite is out of business....
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I've a 2014 Pleasure Way Pursuit 22 (22 feet). Some call this a class B, others Class C. It does have a small step-down into the cab, and it is boxy like an ambulance (!), but that extra space makes living more comfortable due to its 9 inch wider frame.
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According to the RVIA definition, you have a C, built off of a cutaway chassis. B+ is just a marketing term
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What is mine?
I have been calling it a B+ wide body.
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That's an odd one, but I kinda like it.

A B-? lol
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