Originally Posted by Viperml
Yes it is. Most people have an idea of the van/classb they are interested in. Most have it down to a few. They can easily rent the 1 or 2 they are most interested in. Also, it is reasonable during the time they rent they will definitely get some kind of feel for it. The only way this is not a practical way is for those people who never can make their mind up.
When we bought there were very few if any rentals I could find anywhere near home, so we did decide to wing it.
We started out looking for used on low end of price in case we didn't like the lifestyle and could bail out without major loss. It just didn't work out that way, though.
We had thoroughly looked at all the brands so knew what we thought we wanted and did stumble across a new one at a price that was very low.
We got it in late October in Minnesota and lucked out and got a nice warm weekend the week we brought it home. We went out totally without experience or driveway practice for a one nighter at state park. It was like a comedy, but we knew very easily that lifestyle would suit us well and that van we chose had the right floorplan and drove fine. We learned very quickly just how much we had to learn and some minor stuff we wanted to to make stuff more convenient and was not brand specific.
We have had that van for over 15 years now and still don't see anything we like better. So it can be done even without renting if you are careful, and maybe a little lucky.
Renting, of course, IMO could tell you plenty about the whole thing and if you are suited to class be traveling as some folks aren't from what we see around us. You will quickly notice if the floorplan works for you. Most of the rest of the stuff is just learning how to do it in a way that fits your style. We certainly found out over time, and still are, things to tweak to make it all even better but van choice wouldn't have changed any of that.
Spend lots of time in the vans you think you want, not at shows where it is a quick in & out, but at the dealers so you can close the doors and absorb whats around you. Imagine watching TV, cooking, sleeping prep and teardown, and all the other things you do in daily life on the road. Then do rentals of your top choice or choices to decide for certain.