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Old 04-05-2018, 11:50 PM   #1
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Default Class b cabin noise

We rented a 24 foot 2015 class b this past week to see how we liked it (planning to purchase one or build one in the next year). The layout was nice but we realized we donít need one that big.

The model we rented was pretty noisy with the cabinets squeeking and rattlling most of the trip. It made me realize the importance of build quality as we look at models to purchase.

Can anyone give me their experience with squeezing (or not squeezing) cabinets/rattles with the Roadtrek or Pleasure way models (both gas and diesel)?

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Old 04-06-2018, 12:01 AM   #2
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Have a Chevy-based Lexor. Driving in a small city with many bumps, we do hear a decent amount of noise. However, there is virtually zero noise while cruising on the highway. We use ours primarily for travel on highways, so noise not an issue at all. If you plan to use on bumpy roads, gravel roads, or in a small city with bad streets, you will mostly hear noise based on my experience. I also read one of your prior threads. Our van seats 6 and sleeps 4. For my family, this is a great layout and hard to find layout these days.

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Old 04-06-2018, 12:36 AM   #3
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I have a 93 Pleasure-Way. The only thing that squeaks is the bathroom door latch. I haven't bothered to adjust it.
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Old 04-06-2018, 01:39 AM   #4
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Don't worry, you will learn to add felt to doors jams, or add rubber stoppers to drawers, or slip cloth in between things. You will survive.
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Old 04-06-2018, 03:14 AM   #5
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Yea, I am sure I can quiet the squeaks once we purchase one. Just interested in opinions on the build quality, and if that impacts the squeaks/vibrations, of different models to help us decide which ones to focus on.
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Old 04-06-2018, 03:50 AM   #6
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I cannot comment on the mfgrs you asked about, but in my opinion the build quality and choice of cabinet and drawer hardware matter. Comparing relatively recently rented/owned Winnebago to Leisure Travel Vans to ARV, even accounting for differences in packing of silverware and dishes, the sound level on the road went with the cost.

And BBQ is correct, even the ARV could be made to be noisy if you don't derattle the silverware, the glass plate in the microwave etc. But it isn't that hard to derattle.
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Old 04-06-2018, 12:57 PM   #7
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I recommend paying more attention to non-attenuated road noise than to build-related squeaks and rattles. It sounds like you may have been previewing Sprinter-based models (you said 24 feet). Remember, Class B vehicles begin their lives as cargo vans, and the quality of the cab soundproofing may vary among manufacturers (and between model years of the same manufacturer). It's easier to shim and tighten cabinetry than it is to go back in and deaden the cab (see here for a partial example).
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:26 PM   #8
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I recommend melamine forks.
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:45 PM   #9
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Our bathroom door squeaks a lot! It drowns out all the other squeaks. But our van is almost 20 years old so I would expect some squeaking.

I plan on adding industrial toggle clamps to get this resolved:
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:52 PM   #10
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I know you asked for Roadtrek and PleasureWay-specific responses, but would like to chime in, if you don't mind...

Our Crossfit is on a gas-powered 22ft Ford Transit XLT chassis. It is the quietest vehicle we own (or have owned, anyway, since I sold my 1986 Mercury Marquis). The only rattles were the microwave plate, covers for the sink and stove, and the little chain that dangles down from the TV. All were silenced within five minutes using a dish cloth for padding or (in the case of the chain) a bit of tape.

Some people don't mind the noise, but those squeaks and rattles are one of the main reasons why we did not buy a Winnebago. WGO uses sliding doors and we couldn't find a way to silence them.

Also, I agree wholeheartedly with InterBlog regarding the quality of the chassis having a tremendous impact on the interior noise level.

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