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Old 08-08-2018, 03:16 AM   #1
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Have you ever considered anything else besides a Class B unit???

On the one hand...the Class B's are pretty much smaller than most other RV'S... the benefit of being mobile, manueveable and getting superior fuel economy.....I'm very glad I purchased a Class B.....

Probably the biggest deficiency is the lack of space and limited water supply.......we just take less stuff.....

It's interesting to note that the limited space is not usually a weight problem....at least for my rig with the dual wheels and Sprinter 3500 chassis.....

A lot of other larger RVs offer lots of space... but more easily get overloaded with stuff.... causing them to handle poorly and get terrible mileage.....
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Old 08-08-2018, 05:11 AM   #2
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We considered everything. We went to a couple of RV shows, sat in all kinds of rigs, from Class A's, to C's, B+'s and B's. We had a small toyhauler before the class B, and we were looking to get a smaller footprint that would be better for getting into remote campsites.

So first we looked at the Class A and C toyhaulers, but while we wouldn't need to tow a trailer behind them, they just felt huge and counterproductive to our goal. Then we started looking at smaller C's and B+'s, but most of them were really lacking in cargo capacity, which means lacking in real world towing ability.

So on to B's...

Then we found the Winnebago Paseo, with almost 2K lbs of cargo capacity. No problem pulling a 2000 lb trailer (300 lbs of tongue weight comes out of that 2K cargo capacity). We drove it, loved it, and bought it...
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Old 08-08-2018, 12:35 PM   #3
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We owned a cabover for several years, followed by a Class C for several years, and we have towed trailers (rented) and slept in tents.

Now that there's just the two of us, we don't need a lot of space and wanted something for travelling, rather than taking the kids someplace and camping for a week. The Class B is just so much easier to deal with.

The 22 ft is a compromise. I think 24 ft is MUCH more livable and the 20 ft is MUCH easier to get around in, but the downside to each of those options was greater than the benefit.
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Old 08-08-2018, 01:25 PM   #4
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I haven't had a fifth wheel yet but can see getting one some day. They'd have more storage space than most trailers. The other types of RV's have all served their purpose for us.

You don't have to limit yourself to owning only one type of RV at a time if you enjoy the lifestyle.

How much you spend on fuel is probably conveniently overlooked by some Class B owners when thinking about the poor MPG numbers associated with large motorhomes.

It is all very much dependent on usage of the RV. One way to look at it would be nights away from home.

Think of the couple who gets away for 6 months every winter in their large motorhome. It's likely 3 days to their wintering ground and 3 days to return home. They have a total of 6 days driving at 7 mpg and maybe 80 days car usage at 20 to 30 mpg running errands and sightseeing etc.

180 nights away in a Class B might mean 80 days van usage at 12 to 18 mpg.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if the fuel cost per night of RV enjoyment is similar if spending a significant amount of time each year away from home.
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My first rig was/is a travel trailer. Worked perfectly when I was doing renaissance faire stuff. However, the TT is too big and awkward to take most places, and I live in an urban area, so the TT sits in storage.

I would have definitely gone with a "B" several years ago, if it were not for some job stuff (one company merged, another company imploded.)

I have looked at other things over the years:

Class "C": Nicer inside for space, but wide, and some roads I take are narrow, and are often traveled by semis going around weigh stations. Two wide vehicles on a two lane road with no shoulders and steep embankments either way is just asking for trouble. Class "C"s also seem to be made cheaper with more doodads that break, than meaningful improvements. With the average "C" having a rubber roof, they require constant checking of the caulk, or else you will pretty much are assured of a leak eventually.

Gasser Class "A": Too odd for me, as if it breaks, the auto company will point to the RV maker, and vice versa.

Truck Camper: Only real viable alternative to a "B", but I have not been impressed with the quality of TCs I've seen.

Which pretty much leaves "B"s, because an automotive place designs and builds them, which has far greater economies of scale than a RV maker.
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:07 AM   #6
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Tried the C for a while but since we're older and only 2 of us plus the dog even if we take a grandchild along we easily fit in a B. With the better MPG and maneuverability a B was the only choice.
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My first rig was/is a travel trailer. Worked perfectly when I was doing renaissance faire stuff. However, the TT is too big and awkward to take most places, and I live in an urban area, so the TT sits in storage.

I would have definitely gone with a "B" several years ago, if it were not for some job stuff (one company merged, another company imploded.)

I have looked at other things over the years:

Class "C": Nicer inside for space, but wide, and some roads I take are narrow, and are often traveled by semis going around weigh stations. Two wide vehicles on a two lane road with no shoulders and steep embankments either way is just asking for trouble. Class "C"s also seem to be made cheaper with more doodads that break, than meaningful improvements. With the average "C" having a rubber roof, they require constant checking of the caulk, or else you will pretty much are assured of a leak eventually.

Gasser Class "A": Too odd for me, as if it breaks, the auto company will point to the RV maker, and vice versa.

Truck Camper: Only real viable alternative to a "B", but I have not been impressed with the quality of TCs I've seen.

Which pretty much leaves "B"s, because an automotive place designs and builds them, which has far greater economies of scale than a RV maker.
Automotive design build was a huge factor for me..... as well....

The "cheaply made" Class C's are everywhere...I'm not saying that you can't find a good one, but, it's harder to do...and the roof on Class C's are definitely more maintenance intense....

When we almost purchased a Winnebago Navion...the sales guy said...the roof is guaranteed against leaking for 10 years... but, not seams..... yikes, the seams are
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As far as space, fuel efficiency and drivability... it's pretty hard to beat a Class B....
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We owned a TT when the kids were growing up, recently bought a B now that the kids are moving out as our life style is more about traveling. I can see getting something else if our life style settles down, but right now there are a lot of places I still haven't been to, and the B works well for traveling.
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Old 08-09-2018, 03:14 AM   #9
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Our kids are grown, so there was no question, it was always a class B for us.

We take driving vacations, never camping more than one night in the same place. Driving a class B is a non-issue as it is powerful enough, maneuverable, and parks anywhere. Most importantly, it can park in my driveway at home for the 10 months out of the year we're not using it. But at 15 mpg highway/10-11 around town, it does get use as a second car from time to time.

As for those worried about the confined space in a "B", someone smarter than me said "You don't live in a class B, you live out of a class B."
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I love class Bs but I've always loved Chinooks!!
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