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Old 03-26-2014, 10:25 PM   #1
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Great West Vans posted 6 photos of their Promaster Class B they label as the "Classic" on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 885&type=1
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:29 PM   #2
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More photos at their website but no spec sheet, plans or details yet.

http://www.greatwestvans.com/new-model/
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:25 AM   #3
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It's good to see another manufacturer build on this chassis. I like the bed arrangement better than the Travato, but I have no use for the extra chairs. Can't wait to see some specs.
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A few things I see:

The bed is a dinette? I assume one sleeps width-wise then. For someone taller than six feet, this may pose a problem.

The rear passenger chair seems to be in the way when entering. I wonder if there is a way to pull it out and have a narrow wardrobe (something that doesn't impede entering/exiting) put in, just for storage of additional shirts and coats. Even a mini-closet with 4-6 inches and a pull-out sliding hanger would come in handy. It can also function as a pull out pantry.

Other than that, specs, stats, and maybe even quirks would be nice to know.
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The rear passenger chair seems to be in the way when entering. I wonder if there is a way to pull it out and have a narrow wardrobe (something that doesn't impede entering/exiting) put in, just for storage of additional shirts and coats. Even a mini-closet with 4-6 inches and a pull-out sliding hanger would come in handy. It can also function as a pull out pantry.
One of GW's strengths (and a big reason we went with them for our new van) is their willingness to customize. They offer a 4-captains-chair option on the Legend, and it works exactly as you describe. You have a 3-way choice among (a) the four chairs; (b) a low chest of drawers with a window above; and (c) a tall hanging closet, losing the window. I wouldn't be surprised if they did the same on the Classic.

In our case, we are having them sort of blend (b) and (c): they are converting the chest of drawers to a hanging closet and making it somewhat taller (but not as tall as their normal closet). That way, we can have a (somewhat smaller) window and still have the hanging space that we desire. I would really miss that window while driving.
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This B appears to sleep four in the back. The lower level with the dinette table is a typical twin bed design. The upper bed which looks like a full bed lowers down from the ceiling. Thus four seats is appropriate for this B.
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This B appears to sleep four in the back. The lower level with the dinette table is a typical twin bed design. The upper bed which looks like a full bed lowers down from the ceiling. Thus four seats is appropriate for this B.
I guess you're right. I wonder if the rear dinette seats/beds in the back have seat belts?
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I doubt there would be seat belts sitting sideways in the back which is illegal in some states I imagine. Besides four seats up front is enough for the capacity of that B.
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Well, my 2005 Airstream Interstate came with four seat belts on the front couches/beds, FWIW. I was just wondering because if there were practical travel seats in the back, then a 4-sleeper/2 captains chair configuration might make sense. I don't think sideways seating is all that unusual.
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Maybe it is just the pictures but I get claustrauphobic just looking at those pictures.

There is only so much space in a small van. A dinette, bed and 2 extra captains chairs seems a little much. That really looks cramped. Sometimes less is better.
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