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Old 08-09-2018, 05:05 PM   #11
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We have been looking at class B's. What amazes me are the sales lots and salesman trying to sell class C's as class B or B+. According to RVIA there is not even a class B+ .
We own a Rialta right now and so many of those are being sold as class B when indeed they are a class C. Apparently salesman and customers have it in their head a class C is only an RV with a cabover. When a class c is a cab cutaway with the coach built on to it and the class B is built within the confines of the van body..
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Old 08-09-2018, 05:55 PM   #12
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Because of our budget my husband and I are going to have to purchase a class B that is more than 10 years .Does anyone have any suggestions about which brands are better than others ? We will be living in it full-time and traveling quite a bit .
Love my 2004 Pleasure Way Class B..put some $ into it, but nothing outrageous!
My DIY FIXES: Replaced old nasty carpet with waterproof flooring from Home Depot, seats recovered, redid countertops to match my Texas Longhorns Theme, and most importantly, new tires..old ones had tread, but when I had a huge blowout on I-10 in MS, I got new ones..am in process of adding tire pressure monitoring system, and there were a few mechanical issues, but it looks and runs great!
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We bought our 1995 Roadtrek Popular 190 (Dodge chassis) about three years ago for $12,000. It had just over 100,000 miles on it and had been well cared for. We have gradually improved on it with new exterior paint, new windshield, new tires, new generator, suspension work, etc., but it was usable the day we bought it. We are delighted with it and have no regrets. Ours seats and sleeps three, which is just right for us. One big advantage is that the rear area is configured in such a way that it can easily be used as a van for many large things, such as 4x8 sheets of plywood.
If you don't mind me asking. How much was the paint job and where? Thanks.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:15 PM   #14
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I have a 1987 Coachman high roof class b with even hot water and a shower and I love it.
It is also cheap to fix because it is the last year of carbeurator.
Just check maintenance on an older the vehicle and make sure any rust is minimal. Mine has none.
It only has 60 thousand miles too.
That said, if you are really gonna live in it I would suggest a very small class a or class c, or a b+.
I also have a 1988 b+, which is a Chevy Astro minivan on front with a class c style rear. It's an allegro. It doesnt have the bunks over the front which makes it more aeorodynamic(and what makes it a b+) not a class c.
It's a fuel injected 4.3 Chevy and it does 70 with no problem while getting 12.5 mpg and it's WAY roomier than a class b, and it even came w air ride.
Class B's are very narrow and cramped for 2 people and have ZERO storage space and are worse insulated than anything else because you can't afford to lose any width.
Trust me, I've had, or presently have, every size and shape of motorhome and trailer and a B is great for one person and a dog or for vacations, but for living in full time w 2 people anything else even in the smallest size you can find one in is better than a class b. If you insist on really small then let me again suggest one of the allegro b+ campers. I love mine and lived in it for three years with my labrador retriever and it was way more comfortable than a class B simply because of that little extra width and it has a fully functional shower/bath that is small but not tiny.
Another option to consider would be a truck w a slide in camper. Those r cheaper and roomier and are better insulated and can be set up on a 4x4 and still have enough power to pull a trailer and the only downside is not "being one" with the drivers compartment.
I know this is a class b forum, but 2 people full time and four seasons in a class b is a SERIOUS project in camping MINIMALLY.
I would say the most expensive and troublesome way to do it to be quite honest.
The only exception would be if y'all are gonna never stay more than 2 days in a place and r gonna put 30 thousand miles per year on, then a diesel sprinter class b might be the right choice.
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Someone commented that a b+ is not a real category, which is technically true but meaningless.
A minivan with no bunks over cabs that is a cutaway has more in common with a class b than a full size can cutaway with a bunk over the cab.
The same is true with a smaller and narrower sprinter camper addition without a bunk over the cab.
Technically they are all class c cutaways but again the smaller ones have more in common w a class b and hense why people.have sensibly started calling them B+.
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Oh, and my class b is a Ford van w a V8 that gets worse milage(10mpg) than my v6 b+ but it does have a little more power.
I bought these for 2500.00 each, which left money for some updates.
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Someone commented that a b+ is not a real category, which is technically true but meaningless.
A minivan with no bunks over cabs that is a cutaway has more in common with a class b than a full size can cutaway with a bunk over the cab.
The same is true with a smaller and narrower sprinter camper addition without a bunk over the cab.
Technically they are all class c cutaways but again the smaller ones have more in common w a class b and hense why people.have sensibly started calling them B+.
So the Chassis is of no or little importance concerning the differences?

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The chassis on a class B and on a B+ are gonna be exactly the same.
In fact, the chassis on a class C is the same as a class B except that they spec a heavier front and rear suspension and rear end for the added weight.
They all start out as vans.
There are different "weights" of vans though, from a "250" to a "350, 450, 550, and 650" in the case of Ford's for instance.
But a b or a B+ are gonna typically be between a 250 and a 350.
My class B is a 250(3/4 ton) and my b+ is a custom from a LESS THAN 3/4 ton Chevy Astro minivan w a custom rear air suspension on a Chevy single wheel rear end.
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Hello, I have a 1992 dodge 350 - are you with the company will this work on my roadtrek?? thank you
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The chassis on a class B and on a B+ are gonna be exactly the same.
In fact, the chassis on a class C is the same as a class B except that they spec a heavier front and rear suspension and rear end for the added weight.
They all start out as vans.
There are different "weights" of vans though, from a "250" to a "350, 450, 550, and 650" in the case of Ford's for instance.
But a b or a B+ are gonna typically be between a 250 and a 350.
My class B is a 250(3/4 ton) and my b+ is a custom from a LESS THAN 3/4 ton Chevy Astro minivan w a custom rear air suspension on a Chevy single wheel rear end.
That's a bunch of double talks LOL
They are the same, except, they are not the same?
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