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Old 03-25-2015, 04:14 AM   #71
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Joined this forum exactly a month ago and just now discovered the intro thread. Just ordered a new 2015 Roadtrek CS Adventurous to replace the current Class C Forest River Forester. That rig was just getting a little too big for us for the kind of traveling that we are planning to do for (hopefully) the next few years and then one of our kids or grandkids will be able to have it.

Started Rv'ing about 50+ years ago with a truck camper, then a succession of campers, trailers and finally a motor home with a toad. Traveled twice to the east coast from Southwest Washington, once to Alaska - maybe 50 miles north of Fairbanks, Across the Canadian provinces, several trips to California and Texas. With the other rigs have visited every state except Hawaii, but did go camping there once without an RV.

We live here in rural Southwest Washington but just a short drive to Portland, Oregon, though there isn't much to attract us there very often. Have done a lot of mods to our rigs in the past but now as age creeps onward needed to look for something that didn't need much in the way of adding much. The Roadtrek seemed to fill that bill. We sure are looking forward to that new rig and hope it will arrive sometime in May. We do plan to travel to Ohio and Minnesota this fall and maybe a few other places as well. We will see how well the Roadtrek fills our bill. Also looking forward to keeping up with the several Class B forums that have sprung up lately which this one seems to be one of the better ones for being a little more technical. Good stuff!

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Old 03-25-2015, 02:05 PM   #72
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Hi all. My name is Yvan. I found this forum with Google. I don't own a RV yet but hope to buy one in the future. Hope to learn a lot from all of the experienced owners on this forum.
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Greetings! My name is Will. I've been on this forum for a few weeks now and have already benefited from some good tips and knowledge. We are located in South Puget Sound and currently have a 2002 Dodge Roadtrek 190V.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:35 PM   #75
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Hello, my name is Brian, and live outside Baltimore, MD. My DW and I both grew up in camping families, starting with those heavy canvas tents. We spent several years in Europe tent camping with our little Kawasaki 550 motorcycle for transportation. In-laws are full-timers with a 35-ft Suncruiser.

Like so many others here, I am going into full-time retirement soon. DW and I both would like to spend time seeing and re-seeing the USA, and neither of us wants a land cruiser after years of hearing about the adventures of the in-laws...like how toll booths can be a challenge with awnings. We also had a Toyota Dolphin years ago that didn't work out well. Bottom line, we wanted a vehicle we could use in our daily lives, drive and park painlessly, get necessary parts easily, easy to maintain, and not upset the HOA.

While visiting our son in California in October we saw several of these Chrysler/Dodge minivan-based Jucy rental campervans on the road...couldn't miss them in their garish green and purple livery. We coincidentally parked next to one at Sequoia National Park and peeked inside. Two German fellows renting the vehicle introduced themselves and were kind enough to give us a tour. Really a brilliant little vehicle, designed by Aussie yacht builders used to maximizing tight space. (BTW: My brother's boat shares many parts.)

Months passed and we perused the usual websites for the usual vehicles - either too many miles, or a bit rough at the edges, or too much $$$. Looked at various vehicles at the RV shows, too. Then there were the scam artists on Craigslist and other sales consolidator sites. One almost caught me...Caveat emptor.

Anyway, two surplus Jucys came up for sale from reputable dealers. Didn't take much convincing, and the asking was reasonable. Had all maintenance records and clean Carfax. My mechanic looked at all that and said it all looked good. The dealer was a good guy, and we worked out a deal - yes, sight unseen. My wife, daughter and two granddaughters flew to Utah and drove the vehicle home to Maryland. It ran flawlessly, and averaged about 30 mpg. (Dealer put on a new set of name-brand tires as a surprise goodwill gesture.) Undoubtedly, we now have the only one on the East Coast.

We've not had a chance to give it a camping run yet. We have tested all the equipment and all is working fine. The refrigerator was sufficient to keep frozen custard frozen from Ohio! I've added a Sirius radio, a back-up camera, and a few other small bits. I've got a few other things I'd like to do. If we run to schedule, we will take a weekend run before we head off to the "Big One" - a two or three week trip to Nova Scotia via the St. Lawrence, then down the coast home.

So, while not running a "common" rig, we are interested in what the diminutive Class B-class veterans do to gain the most enjoyment from their vehicles.

Nice to meet you all.
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What type of Van do you have? Where are you from? Are you looking into getting a Class B RV? How long have you been RVing?
My husband and I live in Oneonta NY. We were SNOWED IN this year - and have been dreaming all winter and spring about converting a MB Sprinter for escaping and fun excursions - but as we come down to the wire of the actual buy - we are changing our minds from Sprinter to Transit.

Factors are:
1) I checked out future prices for diesel - I understand that diesel tax will go UP in the US - significantly.
2) The Eco Boost engine seems like a good idea.
3) I like the way the Transit handles
4) The wider sliding door make the van feel much more wide open
5) Where we live, its hard to get to a Mercedes dealership - would be rather a hassle to get it serviced.

So - we are excited and will buy within the next month - hoping we can find something that meets our specs. We plan to build very light and will have a couple of modifications that might be considered unusual.

1) I'm interested in designing what I'll call an "airdry" toilet. The "Compost toilet" is not likely to become accepted by RV'ers - confuses people who might think that you have to be a vegetarian or live in Seattle to use one.
2) We'll start with a Goal Zero solar system & slowly build a working solar system.
3) We have an idea for a bed that can be used as a couch that faces forward
AND backward.

In other words - we are having a lot of fun pondering and designing. More to come!

Looking forward to talking with folks who know a lot about Class B's.

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See above - I'm not sure anything has gone through yet - this post if just for my own education. Thanks for your patience.

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This is a Jucy Campervan.



And to think one could have this too.

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Got your eye on that one, Davydd?

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Might as well say hi too. Wayne and Paula..both retired teachers. Have 90 lb mountain dog. Just traded down from WB View to WB Travato 59k. Getting used to a van again..had turtle top and Road trek before. Putting miles, 2500, on already...heading up to Nova Scotia soon. Be safe out there. ..
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