Originally Posted by Kenobeest
I am a live person, sorry took a while to get back to you. I rented my first RV from outdoorsy (30 ft Winnebago intent) for our family of five but have always wanted a class b (more of a kids sports stuff (swim meets primarily)), weekend trip to the parents (5 hours away) and weekend to week long road trips.
1. 4x 4 or all wheel drive (love the 2020 AWD transit although a bit miffed that it does not have greater clearance-just to feel better about the exposed parts below the chassis. We live in the midwest and would like 4 season use
2. I would like it to have 2 proper beds. I like what the MAD Passage has with the drop down bed, would think about special order to get it with the fold down couch AND bed instead of the bench seats. Other option would be one of those lofted beds or a Hapijac (which seems better as it goes flush to the ceiling) I would probably do one of these insta beds for one of the kids over the drivers and passenger seats that I see pleasure way makes
3. Ideally the medium body transit with high roof, or the sprinter with 144 in WB with high roof: a bit tight for 5, but then so much maneuverable and I think most likely to use. I would want automotive look
4. 4 season capabilities: like I said, weekend trips to Wisconsin to visit fam, use possibly a “cabin” when deer hunting shack on my families property up north is full, swim meets (these things are all year!)
5. Wet bath.
5. I have a BLUTEC GLK Benz, and like diesel, hand have had no major problems on 110000mi, but I see the reports of the Sprinter reliability issues and less service here in the Midwest so the transit is lower price base-I always have a bit of a concern about these turbo boosted gas engines but still considering the ecodiesel as well. As an aside, I think the sprinter looks cosmetically nicer
6. After lots of lurking, I think a used would be the best financial decision (depreciation, diesel isn’t broken in until 20000 anyway), but realizing I am too picky on the needs and do not see really anything like this except for some custom builds, most of which are the long body
family van (with seatbelts i the back a well)
Logan - Freedom Vans
With th hapijack added and seat belts at the back (hopefully 3 point but this seems rare as they are not DOT/crash tested?)
Or this baby-probably my favorite but seems overpriced to me:
There is no rush in this decision making, but I think this infatuation with van life is related to me getting older, so the tent camping I have done for years in not quite so comfortable. We love road trips and I grew up doing these nationwide as a child. And something of a life crisis. Or mid life crisis. As I joke to my wife-cheaper than an affair and more practical than a Porche!
I hope that doesn’t seem to much like a “bot” answer