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Old 01-25-2013, 12:00 AM   #1
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Hi all. Hope you can help! My daughter is like the boy in the bubble from the 70s. We had a Born Free but it was just too big. I need to seat 5 and occasionally sleep 4 (no more than 1 night). 2 sleepers are kids. We can share space.
I'm worried about the safety of the couch seats vs. captain like chairs.
I'm considering a Pleasure Way Lexor MP, a RoadTrek Versatile 170 or Popular 190. I also will need to mount a mobility scooter on the back. Does the door mounted spare on the PW help with that vs the Continental mount on the RT? I also would consider Sportsmobile if anyone has input on them. Seems like a lot of work to make it perfect though.
I think the RT Adventurous or other 22+s are too big for everyday running, but perfect otherwise.
This would be our primary vehicle for everything as well as a few longer trips throughout the year. Without a vehicle like this she is pretty much home bound-can't go into stores, restaurants, gas stations and most hotels to use facilities so we stay home.
Thanks in advance for any and all help, suggestions and input! It's appreciated more than you know.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:43 AM   #2
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Sportsmobile might be good choice. You'd need to talk to them about the seating. http://www.sportsmobile.com/contact.html There's a very active forum here: http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/index.php

Do you want the kitchen facilities? (fridge, microwave, sink, stove)
Do you want a shower in the van?

A Roadtrek 170 might be too small. It would be great for everyday driving though. You'd have to see one.

Would you buy a new Class B? If so, Roadtrek might be able to do something semi-custom. It would be ordered through a dealer but I think they'd discuss it directly with you.
Roadtrek is not promoting their 190 Simplicity but it my understanding that they will build one if a customer wants one. Link to Simplicity: http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/vi...php?f=9&t=1697
I mentioned the 190 Simplicity because it would cost less than the 190 Popular. (less features) Brochure: http://www.roadtrek.com/_images/brochur ... ochure.pdf

Here's another Class B forum to ask for opinions: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fusea ... rum/21.cfm Lot's of knowledgeable people there also.

I think the sofa seating would have to meet a safety standard to be allowed.
4 seats up front for driver and passengers might be preferable for driving around as a family. (edit: I just remembered you need seating for 5)
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Thanks for the forum links. Seems overwhelming to design a sportsmobile, but will talk with them ASAP.
Yes, we need the kitchen, fridge is the biggest issue. Shower not so much. We have 4 passengers all the time, a 5th passenger occasionally. It would have to be new because of all of my daughters issues. We're in south GA so heat/furnace is a non issue, A/C more so.
I'll look into the Simplicity. Thanks!
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Looks like you can get a quote for a Simplicity here: http://www.dickgoresrvworld.com/invento ... icity.aspx

Also, get a quote for 190 Popular too make sure the "savings" is worth getting less features.
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Other than Roadtrek are there any current model Class B's that can sleep 4?

Would it be better for a family of two adults and two children to use one king size bed in a van for overnights? I'm thinking less bedding to carry and store.
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My money's on Sportsmobile. They will walk you through the whole process and will get you exactly what you need.
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when something needs to be special I'll say Sportsmobile is by far the best choice. It seems all others just have their own layout, pretty much take it or leave it which are fine for the average person/camper
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With sportsmobile, how much do I need to know to have them build one? Will they literally walk me through? I poured over their site today and am worried I will forget little details that would be included in a RT or PW. Their site has so much information and choices!
If the PW Lexor MP is almost perfect. RT 190P is close, too. I just don't know if they are good enough. Does that make sense?
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Yes they will walk you through the process. There are very good examples in the gallery section. Call them and find out.
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Here's a list of "talking points" to have handy when you call. Most factory converted vans will have these items.
Ask if it has / needs / what is it for / do I need it:

Isolator separates house battery from engine battery to prevent a dead engine starting battery
House Battery provides 12v power to the coach
House Battery Disconnect Switch disconnects the house battery to prevent discharge
Converter provides 12 volt DC and charges house battery when plugged into grid
Inverter gives you 110 volt AC from a 12 volt DC source
Generator used to provide 110 volts AC
110 volt electrical panel with breakers
12v distribution panel with fuses
Transfer Relay - automatically switches from generator power to grid power
Fridge
Stove top
Furnace
Thermostat
Water Heater propane or combo propane and electric, can DSI (lit automatically) or pilot light (manual)
Water Heater by-pass valve used when winterizing
Water Pump
City water connection lets you use campground water instead of onboard water
Fresh water tank
Fresh water tank fill
Fresh water tank drain
Waste Tanks
Waste Tank discharge valves black tank and grey tank dumping valves
Waste hose storage
Front seats may swivel to face rear of van extends the van living space
Propane detector 12v propane leak detector
C0 detector carbon monoxide detector
Smoke detector
Monitor panel showing propane, battery charge state, water and waste levels
Propane fill valve
Propane shutoff valve
110 volt 30amp power inlet
Cable TV inlet
TV outlet
TV, stereo
Shower
Air Conditioning (both for the coach and the cab)

I may have forgotten a few things so anyone please add to the list.
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