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Old 06-17-2019, 12:57 AM   #1
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Hi everyone! My husband and I are about a year away from downsizing to a smaller house and buying a class b camper van. I've been doing a lot of looking and reading for the past few weeks. There doesn't seem to be a lot of stock in the Ottawa area Ontario, Canada. Especially for used class b's. also when looking at dealer pricing the price difference can be over 30,000 and I am looking at Canadian sites when comparing. I have looked at the road trek Zion, Pleasure ways lexor, Winnebago travato and the coachmen crossfit. I wouldn't want to go over 100,000. We are hoping to use the van for long weekend travel and hopefully longer trips of a month or two down the road. So excited to be here and start this journey.
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Hi everyone! My husband and I are about a year away from downsizing to a smaller house and buying a class b camper van. I've been doing a lot of looking and reading for the past few weeks. There doesn't seem to be a lot of stock in the Ottawa area Ontario, Canada. Especially for used class b's. also when looking at dealer pricing the price difference can be over 30,000 and I am looking at Canadian sites when comparing. I have looked at the road trek Zion, Pleasure ways lexor, Winnebago travato and the coachmen crossfit. I wouldn't want to go over 100,000. We are hoping to use the van for long weekend travel and hopefully longer trips of a month or two down the road. So excited to be here and start this journey.

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Any of the vans you've mentioned should serve you well. However, with Roadtrek's recent receivership and subsequent asset acquisition by Westfalia, there would be no factory warranty on the Zion (or any other Roadtrek or Hymer model) for new models sold after February 15th.
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Be sure to look at Safari Condo in Quebec.
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Hi everyone! My husband and I are about a year away from downsizing to a smaller house and buying a class b camper van. I've been doing a lot of looking and reading for the past few weeks. There doesn't seem to be a lot of stock in the Ottawa area Ontario, Canada. Especially for used class b's. also when looking at dealer pricing the price difference can be over 30,000 and I am looking at Canadian sites when comparing. I have looked at the road trek Zion, Pleasure ways lexor, Winnebago travato and the coachmen crossfit. I wouldn't want to go over 100,000. We are hoping to use the van for long weekend travel and hopefully longer trips of a month or two down the road. So excited to be here and start this journey.
Love our Safari Condo XL Flex. Well made, well thought out.
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Love our Safari Condo XL Flex. Well made, well thought out.
And not much over 100,000 Canadian brand new! (For the ProMaster, anyway) It might be very tough to find one used, though.
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Hi everyone! My husband and I are about a year away from downsizing to a smaller house and buying a class b camper van. I've been doing a lot of looking and reading for the past few weeks. There doesn't seem to be a lot of stock in the Ottawa area Ontario, Canada. Especially for used class b's. also when looking at dealer pricing the price difference can be over 30,000 and I am looking at Canadian sites when comparing. I have looked at the road trek Zion, Pleasure ways lexor, Winnebago travato and the coachmen crossfit. I wouldn't want to go over 100,000. We are hoping to use the van for long weekend travel and hopefully longer trips of a month or two down the road. So excited to be here and start this journey.
Class B's are very popular and there's less of them in circulation. People know that and ask pretty high prices. I would definitely advise purchasing one used between 4 and 6 years old with as low mileage as you can find.

Next, decide whether you want gas or diesel; I might have chosen gas if I knew how expensive diesel is, but, there's always trade-offs.

Good luck....narrow down your list, test drive as many as you can and check NADA.....realize that NADA is just a guide..

Finally, its a hugely depreciating asset.....don't get hung up on this. It will make you crazy.
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Class B's are very popular and there's less of them in circulation.
Class B's "very popular"?? I don't think so.

There are fewer of them in circulation precisely because the are NOT particularly popular. There may be an imbalance between supply and demand (I really don't know), but if so, it is not because they are "popular" overall.
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Class B's "very popular"?? I don't think so.

There are fewer of them in circulation precisely because the are NOT particularly popular. There may be an imbalance between supply and demand (I really don't know), but if so, it is not because they are "popular" overall.
As much as it pains me, I have to agree with Avanti on this one.

In the big scheme of the 400,000 new RV units delivered in 2018, only about 5,000 of them were Class B coaches.

There IS however a significant demand for lower-priced (under $50k) B-Vans, and the demand far outstrips the supply. It's truly a seller's market there.
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So now we're reduced to debating class "b's" are not popular, on a class "b'" forum no less?

I like this forum a lot better when we aren't parsing single words in someone's post for critique.
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So now we're reduced to debating class "b's" are not popular, on a class "b'" forum no less?

I like this forum a lot better when we aren't parsing single words in someone's post for critique.
I tend to like it best when the record left at the end of a discussion is accurate, so as not to mislead future novices. Given that, the fewer words, the better.
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