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Old 07-03-2013, 11:16 PM   #11
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The age of the users point is very well taken. Why replace a serviceable unit if you only have a couple of years of travel left. Sad, but reality. By the same logic, you wouldn't want to keep a rig that is getting to be a lot of trouble, especially as you get older and less able to cope with the on-road problems.

I know many folks have had very good service out of older class b's, but from what I have seen, once you get past about 17-18 years, vehicles start to deteriorate at an accelerated rate. The suspension gets harsh due to rubber age, motors and trans start to leak, hoses fail, etc. Sure, you can fix all these things ahead of times, but how far do you go? I certainly am not afraid of old vehicles, I just bought a 1996 Buick Roadmaster wagon as my driver, but if I were 75 years old (I am 64) and on the road, I think I would go for a bit newer. Probably less the 10 years old and well maintained.

Our 07 would be 17 years old when I hit 75, so we will probably get to address that issue! Or, by then, we may be driving a 40' diesel pusher, or sitting in the nursing home. Nobody knows exactly how it will all turn out.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:50 PM   #12
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Storage is decent, about the same as the RT version, except the pooper is behind the driver's seat, and RT has a slide-out sink which is nice for the bathroom. The reason I brought up CCC is that when I was looking at a SMB upfit, I'd have about 500 pounds CCC on the 2500 chassis.

Were it not for my curiosity about the Travato, I'd definitely be buying this rig (suits my needs perfectly), as the PW dealer is one I've worked with before, and would buy from him again. The biggest reason I'm waiting for the new van upfits is because I have the urge to do some serious modding to a van, and I feel less nervous about doing it to a generic domestic model gasser chassis which I can drag into Smitty's Beer Barn and Dodge Repair Shop, than a Mercedes where if I hose something (accidentally cutting a CANBUS line for example), I'm going to be out good chunks of cash.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:54 AM   #13
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I had an excellent 2005 Pleasure-way Plateau but traded up mainly because after 5 years of Class B RVing there were a lot of things I desired and the Great West Van Legend answered them the best for me at the time I was shopping. We all have desires. Most of us get used to and accept what we have. Unless you have a compelling reason there is not a lot of reason to upgrade. Only you can answer that question. I knew from experience what I wanted. I didn't have to ask.

As for the Ascent and the Agile, I wasn't in the market for them when they originally came out but did look at both extensively. The Ascent to me was hands down better than the Agile. I was kind of disappointed when Pleasure-way dropped them. Glad they are back for no other reason than I would like to see more companies take a look at that model size. I have a little difficulty with the size for two people mainly because I have developed needs and expectations, but think it would be absolutely ideal for one person. On the other end, I don't think I am ready to consider the 24 ft. extended Sprinters.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:18 AM   #14
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It's a really tough call, but at this time in our traveling lives, I think it's still a better investment to throw a few thousand into the devil you know now and then, even if it's replacing the suspension, the engine, the transmission, and so on. We can still deal with the perils of unexpected mechanical failures pretty well. That's what ERS is for, isn't it? (I also carry a selection of must have emergency repair tools and parts, for simpler problems and fixes)
10 years into the future, and who knows how we'll feel then? I hope we're still traveling and seeing things we used to read about online and in books. We love it that much.

p.s. Our Roadtrek is obviously over a decade old, and is still in pretty good shape, but it is starting to show some small signs of the wear and tear of extensive usage over the last 5 years. We'll have to see what it needs over the next few years, if we keep it that long. We would be approaching booster's suggested maximum overall reliability age range. The other factor in our decision of fix or sell, would be that we're still looking for an inexpensive and larger motorhome solution for our "snowbird" aspirations. We can probably do it in the Roadtrek for shorter trips south, but long term, it won't work for us.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:57 AM   #15
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One thing I'm curious, and not attempting to hijack this, but this is one reason I'm looking to buy new: How often do people get told to leave CGs because their rig is over 10 years old? Since people have older rigs, is this something that is a major party-pooper?

Here in my neck of the woods, the 10 year rule seems to be vigorously enforced everywhere except at state parks. I think it is because if they kick one person out, there is always someone there to take their space.
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Never heard of a 10 year old rule.
So, my answer would be never.
I can see some people being asked to move along, if the camper looks like it might not be able to move along at some point, but if your motorhome/RV looks like it's been well cared for, I'd think it wouldn't be invoked, assuming the campground had a 10+ year old exclusion rule.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:22 PM   #17
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I've never been to a campground with a 10 year rule. I understand there are some but they are generally expensive Class A big rig places and usually are rather expensive stays with full hookups and other "club" amenities. I can understand a premium campground desiring to protect an image of exclusivity like that. Some extended stay "snowbird" campgrounds might be like that too, but I avoid them. Just not my kind of places. I was all over Texas for two month this past spring. I guess I never saw any that way. The KOAs in South Padre Island and San Antonio were to me the best and most convenient places in those towns and they didn't have that policy. We stayed in what was a rather nice place in Houston near the medical center area, Lake View CG on Main St., and there were definitely older RVs including a vintage Airstream trailer. The private campgrounds around Big Bend were not that way. Texas has a lot of nice state parks for campers. I think I have now stayed in most of the best around the whole state and they were my preferred choices.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:18 AM   #18
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Mlts--I have test driven the new (2014) PW Ascent, and I have to say it is a pretty rig, and even without duallies, it holds the road well. Because of its shortness of length (19' 6"), it is a breeze to drive after driving our 22' 9" GW Legend SE.

PW (or perhaps the dealer) seems VERY proud of it, but it is missing a lot of amenities of the larger PW rigs and especially the amenities of the larger GW vans and there is not much reduction in price. It is much like the RT Agile. I think these units are a good fit for a lot of people, but because of their dimunitive size, they wouldn't be for us except as a 2nd "short trip" rig. Since we can't really afford to have 2 motorhomes, one is probably not in our future.

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Like the OP, I look at other vans often. Mostly online but I will go to look at a van if there's a chance of getting something better.
We like the outside of our van, the diesel engine, low mileage, the GM chassis, and that there's no rust on or under it and has been garage kept all it's life. We don't like the cramped / overbuilt / low ceiling height interior.

Any money spent on a renovating 1997 van is very unlikely to be recovered if we sell it so I look

I saw a 2000 Leisure Travel Freedom recently and really liked the interior. It had a power sofa in the rear and what felt like lots of room to move around inside. The shower was too small to use imo. It had tons of rear storage. The exterior of it was beginning to start that accelerated deterioration that can overcome a van that is left sitting unused parked outside on grass or gravel in all weather. The constant moisture from the ground seems to feed any under-body rust. Paint was peeling and there was evidence of lots of owner applied caulk. I'm not interested in taking on a project like that.

The interior layout was similar to new Sprinters


So, time to grab some tools and head out to the van to widen a bulkhead and remove or trim back cupboards to see if I can make what I have more comfortable. I'm hoping Class B production continues to increase and the new ProMaster and Transit vans help expand the sales of new Class B vans so that there are more units available in the used market in a few years. I'd prefer to buy something nearly new in maybe 5 years time - hopefully they're easier to find then.
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Like most big ticket items, it's all about supply and demand. Class B vans are relatively short in supply, and demand a higher price used. I agree about lets get more Winnebago sized companies into the game, producing more functional, but less expensive units, to increase the supply of older models. I'd like to think around 3-4 years old, will be the age of the next one we buy, if we last that long......
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