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Old 05-03-2019, 01:54 AM   #1
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Brand new to the RV world and we love the class Bs. We will be driving it to tailgate and on trips but unlikely we will ever spend the night in it. I hope to find a used one around 4 years old. I have heard good things about Pleasure Way and bad things about Coachmen. Would love to hear from someone with more experience. I looked at a gorgeous Midwest but may be too rich for my blood as is the Airstream. There seem to be an awful lot of used Airstreams for sale, is there a reason?
Would the 19.5 Sprinter be better to start with? Who makes good ones on the shorter chassis.
Should I be looking at Winnebago?
Would love to hear opinions on the different brands. We do want a Mercedes chassis.
Also help with where to look and what to offer if we find one. I'm a little leery of private sellers because I'm not sure how to get used ones inspected and concerned I will offend them with a low offer.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
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What do you require in your class B? Washroom, shower, single bed or twins?

And also what price range are you looking at? The Pleasure Way Tofino is a lower cost unit that would be good for day trips and tailgating. It has no toilet or shower but almost everything else you would want.
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Brand new to the RV world and we love the class Bs. We will be driving it to tailgate and on trips but unlikely we will ever spend the night in it. I hope to find a used one around 4 years old. I have heard good things about Pleasure Way and bad things about Coachmen. Would love to hear from someone with more experience. I looked at a gorgeous Midwest but may be too rich for my blood as is the Airstream. There seem to be an awful lot of used Airstreams for sale, is there a reason?
Would the 19.5 Sprinter be better to start with? Who makes good ones on the shorter chassis.
Should I be looking at Winnebago?
Would love to hear opinions on the different brands. We do want a Mercedes chassis.
Also help with where to look and what to offer if we find one. I'm a little leery of private sellers because I'm not sure how to get used ones inspected and concerned I will offend them with a low offer.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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As Bruceper mentions, you need to decide on your requirements. Including how many seat-belted positions for passengers, do you need roof a/c, generator, etc. in addition to his items below.

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What do you require in your class B? Washroom, shower, single bed or twins?

And also what price range are you looking at? The Pleasure Way Tofino is a lower cost unit that would be good for day trips and tailgating. It has no toilet or shower but almost everything else you would want.

If I recall, the Tofino is also red. Just like the Tide. Just sayin.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:51 PM   #4
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A few class B models based on Short Sprinter, 4 years old, from traditional RV class B makers include

Roadtrek SS Agile
Pleasureway Ascent

Itís a short list. Maybe some others can name more.

Airstream didnít start making the Airstream Nineteen until 2019.

Winnebago didnít start making the 4x4 Revel until 2018.

Not sure about Advanced RV.

Since about 2013 or so there has been a huge increase in smaller upfitters making adventure RVs many on shorter sprinters. But you probably donít need 4x4 to tailgate unless youíre playing Clemson again.
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There are few used Class B RVs in our area. There is a new 2018 Coachman Gallaria 24FLM for sale within driving distance. Are they good value resale reliability?
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Any RV based on the Mercedes Sprinter is likely going to be good quality. But most of the short versions do not have a second row of captains seats I think you would want in a vehicle for travel. On most, those seats will combine with the front seats to create a seating area around a small table. Combined with a back table and seating area, that would provide a couple places for people to sit out of inclement weather aat the game even if you don't have that many people actually traveling with you.

You might also want to consider one that offers an outdoor gas connection for a grill. I would look carefully at the storage and make sure it will handle the stuff you want to bring with.

I would not pay much attention to the shower, you probably will never use it. But an outdoor shower may be helpful for cleaning off outside. I think a toilet is a must. One of the great advantages during travel is not having to look for rest rooms.

The coach AC is the heaviest user of electricity. You can either run it off batteries or a generator, usually propane. When traveling, the chassis AC running off the engine will likely cool the whole class b.
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Midwest makes day tripper models that might be more to your liking. They are good quality. I don't know if there is a dealer in your area, but there are some used ones around sometimes.
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I agree! Our local Mercedes dealer has one. I went over and walked through it and drooled. My mistake was that I made it the first class B I have ever been in. It set the bar pretty high. Of course it is the exact floor plan I talked about. I found the 2019 model on a 2017 chassis a little confusing but I guess that is common. We are not near the same price point. I also want to look at Pleasure Way but there is only one in the whole state as far as I can tell.
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Brand new to the RV world and we love the class Bs. We will be driving it to tailgate and on trips but unlikely we will ever spend the night in it. I hope to find a used one around 4 years old. I have heard good things about Pleasure Way and bad things about Coachmen. Would love to hear from someone with more experience. I looked at a gorgeous Midwest but may be too rich for my blood as is the Airstream. There seem to be an awful lot of used Airstreams for sale, is there a reason?
Would the 19.5 Sprinter be better to start with? Who makes good ones on the shorter chassis.
Should I be looking at Winnebago?
Would love to hear opinions on the different brands. We do want a Mercedes chassis.
Also help with where to look and what to offer if we find one. I'm a little leery of private sellers because I'm not sure how to get used ones inspected and concerned I will offend them with a low offer.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
From our experience, Pleasure Way is on the top echelon of Class B quality. We currently have a Winnebago on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis and the quality is not as good and the MB Sprinter chassis is to costly to maintain and repair as well as the 3.0 liter turbodiesel's inability to handle B20 or B30. Would not recommend MB Sprinter chassis, especially where Diesel #2 or B5 biodiesel is not readily available. Cost is at least double to maintain and repair that chassis as well. Recommendation would be PW Luxor.

Used is the best way to go although PW does have a 5-year warranty. Contact NRVIA about an inspection. Not cheap but worth every penny.

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Also help with where to look and what to offer if we find one. I'm a little leery of private sellers because I'm not sure how to get used ones inspected and concerned I will offend them with a low offer.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
With regard to buying used: "where to look and what to offer".

rvtrader.com and use advanced search. This will give you what is available where and what approximate values are. Also PPL consignment motorhomes in Texas is not too far from you. We live in Daytona Beach and bought in Mesa, AZ to save just under $20k. Was worth it for us. Use NADA to figure price along with Rvtrader. Remember, diesel motorhome are not evaluated on mileage. Year and Condition is more important. Again, use NRVIA inspectors.
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