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Old 07-26-2018, 08:10 PM   #1
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I'm a newbie and thinking of the Serenity as a first Class B. Does anyone have any pros or cons? Any experience with one? I can't do new, but looking at 3 or 4 years old.
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:13 AM   #2
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The Serenity is a Class C not a B. You will get more info on the Class C forum. We owned a LTV for 11 years. They are quality products and I can highly recommend the company and their customer service.
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Thank you, Gail -- shows you how much of a newbie I am. I was also thinking of the Era with the four captain's chairs. I want something I can use alone as a camper (with my little dog Emma) but can also use as a people hauler when my children and grandchildren go away for a few days. I guess I will continue my search.
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Old 07-27-2018, 02:00 PM   #4
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The dealers like to call it a B+
The name sounds more attractive than a C. Nobody wants a C in school.

We have a B+ forum, you can post your questions here:

B+ General Discussion - Class B Forums




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Thanks so much -- it just has such a nice floor plan for what I'm hoping for.
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Thanks so much -- it just has such a nice floor plan for what I'm hoping for.
It is a tough choice.
I am a confirmed long-time B-vanner, but got to spend a week traveling in Iceland in a C-van with a floorpan similar to the Serenity. The tradeoffs are stark:

--Our Sprinter-based B van is FAR better to travel in, especially in urban areas. Smaller, more parkable, less truck-like. There is just no comparison.

--OTOH, the class-C was FAR better to live in. Spacious, convenient, plenty of storage. There is just no comparison.

With a B-van, you will never forget you are living in a truck. With a C, you never forget you are driving a truck.

Just stating the obvious...
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I have had the Serenity for many years. I originally had the Class B Vista Cruiser from Gulf Stream, but taking the wife on a cross-country trip was the end of that vehicle. I had been looking for a vehicle that got the same or similar gas mileage so it was going to have to be a T1N or a pre-2007 Sprinter, but it had to have all the amenities of a real RV. That left the choice to the Winnebago View B, J, or V or the Serenity which came out in 2007.

I found one used a few years after they were new and got it for 1/2 off.

WE LOVE IT.

It get's 18+ MPG, has a full-time double bed that's 82" long. A separate toilet and shower. The water heater NEVER runs out of hot water, especially with the 50 gallons of fresh onboard. No slides mean no weather issues, full fiberglass body means no dings you cannot bang out w/o disassembling the interior. Lots of storage inside and out, fits in a 10' garage because the rear AC has been mounted low in the roofline. Skylight to climb out of or up thru to watch your surroundings (at say, an air show, or when you hear something moving outside). "Sexy" frameless tinted windows per Dean. I have added a macerator and an inverter to make it more modern. Wanna keep this one the rest of my life!

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I am so torn -- I think the Serenity would be perfect, especially with the electric corner bed/sofa, but then I think we'll have two engines to worry about (regular car and this one). I also really like the Little Guy Max trailer and if I upgrade my CRV to a Pilot it will tow without a problem. It's just me and my little dog -- decisions, decisions.
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I am so torn -- I think the Serenity would be perfect, especially with the electric corner bed/sofa, but then I think we'll have two engines to worry about (regular car and this one). I also really like the Little Guy Max trailer and if I upgrade my CRV to a Pilot it will tow without a problem. It's just me and my little dog -- decisions, decisions.
Huh?

"but can also use as a people hauler when my children and grandchildren go away for a few days"
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That's just it -- with the Pilot I can (and only have one vehicle to worry about) but if I want to go camping I have to learn how to tow -- I'm older and not sure you can teach this old dog any new tricks. It would be SO nice to travel with a kitchen and bath, even if we just go away for the day.
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