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Old 10-10-2014, 02:56 AM   #1
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Hi.im new to the forum, so please excuse if this is in the wrong place.

I've been looking for our first RV and I have reached a state of "analysis paralysis". I am hoping maybe some of you fine folks can assist.

Some background: my wife and I are close to the half century mark in age, with 3 kids - a junior and a frosh in college and a sophomore high schooler. It is our plan to retire sometime in the next 8-10 years and full time RV - at least for a few years. In the meantime, we would like to get started with weekend trips (at least 1x per month) in the upper south and mid Atlantic and north east and a couple of longer trips per year (we are in the baltimore/doc area so likely Florida/LOuisiana/tx for the Christmas holidays and "out west" for a 2 weeks during the summer).

Now for the first issue...I've been looking at class b, b+, and c rvs. I'd like a diesel sprinter based ones. Right now I like the roadtrek CS, the era or the navion as well as several others. The problem: my philosophy is to buy an RV that is not specifically designed for the whole family - figuring for the immediate future the college kids will not be traveling with us majority of the year. But, I'd still like to drag them along if need be. My wife thinks we should have an RV that can lug everyone in comfort. So, that elimates every class b I know about. So, does anyone have any experience in a class b with kids around these ages?

My thoughts on Using a class b with the whole group: get a tent for the big kids and/or use the class b as a "people mover most of the time and stay in hotels. Realistic?

There are also some features I'd like in the RV but I guess I learned quickly about compromise:
- diesel
- solar
- I would like the heated floor and heated tanks since we live where we live and I don't have the option to go south for the winter.
- prefer the "annonimity" of the class b style - it doesn't screen RV, easy to drive and park in normal places, etc.

In all honesty, I suppose I know deep down that the navion (24j) is likely the best option (compromise) but if was just me and the wife (as it will surely be in 5 years) I'd go with the roadtrek Cs.

I would like to buy new so, the top end of the budget is a new roadtrek (but sadly not the ts or, even more sadly an andvanced RV or coach house)

Really anyone's thoughts- good or bad- would be really helpful. I'm at the point where I'm going to say the heck with it and buy an airstream and a Ford F-250.

Thanks much.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:40 AM   #2
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if just 2 people- the Roadtrek CS with full e-trek package is the best roadtrek has
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:44 AM   #3
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You're right ... option paralysis. Hits particularly hard when there is not ONE right answer, but several acceptable ones. Affects us at work as well. Take the sensible way out. Class B is not for a family of five. Get a used late model Class C now, move to a Class B in 5-6 years if you want.
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I can tell you right off a Class B or a small Class C based on the Sprinter platform is NOT going to be suitable for 5 (essentially) adults. The capacities cannot handle 5 people of any age. When you are ready to admit you are not going to drag your kids along with you then a Class B might be ideal if you like to tour (moving on every day or two) and not take destination vacations.
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I am sure that Davydd intended to say that a Sprinter platform is NOT going to be suitable for 5 adults.
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Fixed it. Sometimes my mind goes faster than my fingers even when I can type more than 90 words per minute.
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Since you'll experience an immediate depriation on a new Class B, buy the one you want long-term. The Sprinter has pretty good towing capacity, quite adequate for an inexpensive small trailer or pop-up for when you bring the kids along. If you stay in campgrounds with facilities, the tank capacities won't be an issue.
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http://roadtreking.com/towing-a-travel- ... -roadtrek/
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Belzars advice is good. you'll have the B and can use the trailer. a pop up might be best
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At this stage the OP's suggestion of a Ford F-250 and an Airstream trailer sounds a lot better.
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