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Old 08-21-2013, 03:59 AM   #1
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Default 10 Years of Sprinter based Class B RV's

I think Leisure Travel introduced the first Sprinter based prototype Class B RV, the 2003 Leisure Travel Free Spirit 210A, at the Hershey Show in 2002 with an MSRP of $72,000.

2003 Leisure Travel Free Spirit 210A


The GulfStream Vista Cruiser MB was introduced in 2003
Forest River's MB Cruiser came out in 2003 or 2004
Airstream's Interstate Touring Coach made its debut in 2004
Pleasure-Way introduced their Plateau model in 2004 (I think)
Great West Van introduced their Legend in 2004 (I think)
Roadtrek introduced their RS Adventurous in 2005

Base MSRP prices were much lower back then ........... Most were in the $70,000+ range.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:22 PM   #2
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Impressive, and ironic how prices have doubled on those things in ten years. I wonder how the "B" market will shift in the next few years when the Euro-vans are the norm, not the cautious exception. Great find on that. Some things change, some things still stay the same, because a T1N model "B" in decent condition that is 8-9 year old still sells for over 50k where I live.
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Default Re: 10 Years of Sprinter based Class B RV's

Prices haven't doubled. The LTV Free Spirit is about $108,000 MSRP today. That's just a 50% increase. Most of the 20th Century had an doubling inflation rate every 10 years. Unfortunately, it is wages that have stagnated lately.

In our BEE Social Group we still have a few people driving those original LTV Free Spirits.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:47 PM   #4
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.............................................. I wonder how the "B" market will shift in the next few years when the Euro-vans are the norm, not the cautious exception. Great find on that. Some things change, some things still stay the same, because a T1N model "B" in decent condition that is 8-9 year old still sells for over 50k where I live.
I'm looking forward to the next few years. We should see are really interesting mix of layouts and options.

The resale value on the older Sprinter units have held up really well. Back in 2006 I researched buying a new Winnebago View from Lichtsinn's. You could get them in the low $70,000 range - msrp was higher but that is what purchasers were reporting. It is not uncommon for me to see a used 2006 Winnebago View listed at $60,000 today in Canada and around $50,000 in the US.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:30 PM   #5
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That is definitely true. I have seen -one- Sprinter based "B" under the $50,000 mark in my neck of the woods since I've been eyeballing the used market, and I decided not to pursue that one further due to likely rust issues (it spent most of its life on beach-front property.) I also noticed some of the photos were of other "B"s on the Internet of the same model, so that got me suspicious.

I wouldn't mind an older T1N "B", provided it was self contained and the gen/AC were in good shape.
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