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Old 10-14-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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I want to know which Class B you would get if able, the floor plan, and why. These are our favs after endless searching.
First Fav: Airstream EXT Grand Tour. Holy cow, love this! Beautiful! Love the front work station and open feel in the front. Love the decent tank sizes for a B: B-15, G-27, F-32 (26 fresh and 6 hot water tank). Love the large fridge!! Love the large storage behind the back sofa. Don't see any others like that? Love all the windows on camp size. Love the screen doors. Very comfortable seats. Love the cool microwave drawer, yes a draw that you drop stuff from the top into the microwave. Love every single thing about it. But HATE the price.
Second Fav: The Pleasure-Way FL. Love the open feel inside. Love the front work space. Love the screen doors. Very comfortable seats. Fairly decent tank sizes for B, B-12, F-30, G-35. Love the length 22 feet. And did I say pretty.
Both of these two models have somewhat similar floor plans, with a front work station type set up, lots of windows on passenger camp size, leaving them open and large for a class B. So sad they don't make something similar a little more affordable with similar floor plans. Do people actually pay $150,000 for the Airstream? OR do they know a trick I don't know of. I have been looking at the Promaster Travato but the tank sizes are sooo small. I'm going from a B+ possibly down to B and I don't know if I can do it. But at least it's more affordable!
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:33 PM   #2
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:35 PM   #3
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I want to know which Class B you would get if able, the floor plan, and why. These are our favs after endless searching.
First Fav: Airstream EXT Grand Tour. Holy cow, love this! Beautiful! Love the front work station and open feel in the front. Love the decent tank sizes for a B: B-15, G-27, F-32 (26 fresh and 6 hot water tank). Love the large fridge!! Love the large storage behind the back sofa. Don't see any others like that? Love all the windows on camp size. Love the screen doors. Very comfortable seats. Love the cool microwave drawer, yes a draw that you drop stuff from the top into the microwave. Love every single thing about it. But HATE the price.
Second Fav: The Pleasure-Way FL. Love the open feel inside. Love the front work space. Love the screen doors. Very comfortable seats. Fairly decent tank sizes for B, B-12, F-30, G-35. Love the length 22 feet.
Both of these two models have somewhat similar floor plans, with a front work station type set up, lots of windows on passenger camp size, leaving them open and large for a class B. So sad they don't make something similar a little more affordable with similar floor plans. Do people actually pay $150,000 for the Airstream? OR do they know a trick I don't know of. I have been looking at the Promaster Travato but the tank sizes are sooo small. I'm going from a B+ possibly down to B and I don't know if I can do it. But at least it's more affordable!

CJ- i don't know if you know this but RVDIRECT sells these airstream grand tour. they are listed under motorhomes not b''s. you might be able to get good price from them



http://www.rvdirect.com/models.asp?type ... model=3757


i got a price quote for you-all options $124,500
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In some considerable detail our favorite is this...

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Old 10-14-2014, 09:20 PM   #5
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cjscott,

You said the Airstream Grand Tour has a large refrigerator/freezer. Do you know the manufacturer/model number? It looks to me like they may be stacked separates from Nova Kool. The other Airstream Interstates use a Nova Kool 3100 and the Grand Tour refrigerator looks like a Nova Kool 3100 without the small inside freezer. I am not sure what model the freezer is. Of course this is based on the units being separate and stacked.

If I am right, then the cubic space is much less than a one piece NovaKool RFU6800 which is wider than the 3100
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I have an Airstream Interstate and love it! It was the only nicely finished 24 foot Sprinter B-van available when we bought it in mid 2013 that meet my wife's tastes. The competition was the cheaper Winnebago ERA. We wanted the 8 seat capacity since this van serves dual purposes for us as a people hauler. Roadtrek is now offering the 24 foot Sprinter so it is definitely a contender.

We like the four front seat arrangement and use it as a lounging area when we are camping. Just finished a three month, 12,000 mile adventure to Alaska. I have some storage built on back of the drivers seat so it stays in place. We rotate the passenger seat to use as a hassock. The rear lounge is kept as a bed, but with a bed roll of memory foam and pillow topper that gets rolled up to provide some seating in back if desired.

I added 400 watts of solar panels which turned the Interstate into a useful camping vehicle that is a big improvement on Airstream's stock configuration.


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Thanks for all the replies, great info and ideas. Thanks gerrym51, never knew RV Direct sold the B vans. We actually are considering a Solera from them BUT really like the idea of going smaller if we can afford. ;o} Davyyd, from the prices I've seen they're even higher, but very nice, can't wait to see the final pics. I have to add Coach House Arriva to the group too, LOVE the new floor plan, think I could put some things into the bathroom while driving. We have 2 fold-up bikes and a blow up kayak we need to have storage for. Also would like to bring 2 gravity chairs, but could live with our smaller camp chairs.
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With our Great West Van Legend we were able to carry two inflatable kayaks (Advanced Elements), two zero gravity lounge chairs, two camp director chairs, a screen tent and more miscellaneous stuff under and behind the tri-fold sofa/bed. My plan is to be able to carry even more with our extended body Advanced RV.

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I want to know which Class B you would get if able, the floor plan, and why.
I went with Advanced RV. I like the quality of the work I've seen and I have total control over the layout and other design elements. I expect to take delivery of my rig in early spring. I'm about 2 month's behind Davydd's Alvar on their production line.
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Aeronie,

Has your Sprinter been delivered yet to Advanced RV? We drove out to look at ours and spent two days going over all the details again. Since then I have been doing my own CAD drawings and sending to them to explain my plan and details intent. The overall plan layout was not much different than my former Great West Van Legend so I did not have to venture off course too far. The bed area for them is like a blank canvas and they have designed just about everything for people. Very few seem to be the same. The tri-fold sofa and the twin bed layouts seem to be the most popular. Yet the twin bed layout has varied a great deal from B to B right down to the one with under bed dog kennels. I only have one cat to worry about and I can't believe the amount of time I have spent designing around her.
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