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Old 06-25-2017, 06:16 AM   #1
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My wife and I are considering full-timing in a B. Any opinions on which van is best for this purpose (volume producer models like Winnebago, etc). I like Advanced RV but that is just out of my price range!
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Old 06-25-2017, 07:48 AM   #2
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Winnebago Travato 59K or (if you can stomach the 16 month wait) Safari Condo Promaster XL Flex.
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Since full-timing is a big commitment, perhaps you should consider buying a used B to: 1. make sure a B works for you, and 2. learn about what floorplan and features you may like. The nice thing about a B purchase is that you should be able to sell it for about what you paid for it, if you are a little patient and get one at a good price.

You can also use it while waiting for your new B to be built.
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B is not a good platform for full timing.
it is small even for 1 person
let alone two

Don't get the B with a convertible sofa-bed design
it looks good
but a sofa-bed is never comfortable for sitting
and worse for sleeping
the are designed for weekend trips
and the occasional week-long trips


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In this instance, other opinions don't mean much. The only one that matters is yours.
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That final choice has to be made by you and your wife. We can input those things that we like about our B's. Check out U-Tube, there are couples who full-time in a B - it can work, if you both want it and work well together. One couple made a memorable statement "when one person is working in the rear, don't crowd that tiny space....you can get there in a few minutes." Another mentioned that when they plan on buying something for their B, something has to leave. I suggest you take a look at www.roadtrekker.co - he offers some really sound advice and things to improve your B. Remember, there is a Walmart on every corner, so keep it minimal, build as you go! i really envy you and your spouse; do it and enjoy the journey, sites, memories. Ron
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What kind of full timing have you planned?

Stay in the city and work full time?

Retirement? Cross country touring?
Hoping from a campground to another campground?
Go to the desert and boondock?

Different travel plans might dictate the type of RV you should look at.
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My wife and I are considering full-timing in a B. Any opinions on which van is best for this purpose (volume producer models like Winnebago, etc). I like Advanced RV but that is just out of my price range!
Hello,
Suggest you look at a used Pleasureway plateau RB on Mercedes chassis. They were only made in 2012- 2013. The RB has a fixed bed which is slightly larger than a queen. Also ,nice wood doors partition the bed from coach for privacy or stealth camping. Has the best storage of any B that I know about. Front seats swivel ands forms lounge area with removable table. Built in credenza or work area On driver's side. One tv in front/ one in back. In the spirit of full disclosure, we have one for sale on this site/ rv trader . I have not seen anthor plan that is more suited for two people with some privacy. The Travato comes close but does not have as much storage. The front legroom is better than most. However, go see various models because every one is not the same. My email: okpete42@aol.com. Do your homework, nice way to see the country.
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I want the ability to stay anywhere without having to make campgrounds a central focus. For instance, if I am in the city, a B allows pulling over on the street and staying for a night. If you do that in a B+ or larger, then I think harassment becomes more of a problem - and campgrounds become the destination instead of serendipity.

I think the same scenario applies in a lot of national forests with poor road quality and the ability to easily access small pull-outs overnight. You can just get into places on the spot that a larger RV cannot.

I've looked the Winnebago Era70M but the slideout is on the driver's side and that would not work in a city as it would extend out into traffic - assuming it would be ok the park there any way (you lose stealth).

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What kind of full timing have you planned?

Stay in the city and work full time?

Retirement? Cross country touring?
Hoping from a campground to another campground?
Go to the desert and boondock?

Different travel plans might dictate the type of RV you should look at.
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As mentioned above it all depends on you and how you want to use it. We made a list of how we wanted to use it and the options and setup (e.g. Normal generator or underhood? Propane or no propane? Fit in a regular spot or longer ok, dual zone layout or fixed bed?). Once you make those decisions and trade offs your van selections and manufacturers will become narrow pretty quickly.

Also it is possible to full time in a class B... heck people full time in VW popup vans and they are much smaller with less amenities. All depends on what works for you. Do you have experience with a class B? If not rent one for a week and see how it fits. We love our SS Agile for two people but other people might find it tight. All depends on what works for you and you can decide.
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