Originally Posted by ruwth
Who can I trust?
Where do I find the information that I need?
Why are there so few Class Bs in Oklahoma?
When you are full-timing, what do you do if your vehicle needs work? I basically mean what do you do with your stuff? Does it stay in the vehicle while it is being worked on?
What price range would you all suggest I look at?
What years of vehicles would you expect to fall into that price range?
How low can I go and get something reliable? That is what I am wondering.
Welcome to the forum. Those are all very good questions.
I would start by reviewing all the online ads within the geographic radius that you would consider purchasing a vehicle. That will give you a feel for prices.
Low mileage (maybe less that 50,000 miles) and no rust would be at the top of my list.
Leave enough in your budget for repairs etc. For example you might need to get new tires and new batteries.
List your must haves. These are most of the items that are part of Class B's:
Isolator – separates house battery from engine 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
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
Water Heater – propane or combo propane and electric, can DSI (lit automatically) or pilot light (manual)
Water Heater by-pass valve – used when winterizing
City water connection – lets you use campground water instead of onboard water
Fresh water tank
Fresh water tank fill
Fresh water tank drain
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
Monitor panel showing battery charge state, water and waste levels
Propane fill valve
Propane shutoff valve
110 volt 30amp power inlet
Cable TV inlet
Nice to have for full-timing:
Inverter – gives you 110 volt AC from a 12 volt DC source
Solar panels on roof to charge the batteries.
Every situation is different.