Just wanted to drop a line to you about my recent downsize. We left Ohio a few weeks ago for Arizona in our new Cl B a 22' Dodge Sprinter Mercedes powered desiel converted by Airstream. Our previous 2 cl A's were a both desiels a 40' Phaeton and 38' Coachmen Cross Country. It was kind of a snap decision to make this switch but have not regretted it at all. Of course this would not be viable for most A owners but it definately works for us. If we were staying in our MH for the 3 months we are in Az I wouldn't have made the switch but the majority of the time we will stay in my sons house in Maricopa or daughters in Prescott. I think for the most part we won't be in it for more than a week at a time in the summer months.It was kind of stressful worrying about where to store all our cloths etc but it turned out there was room to spare. For the 2k trip out here I got 19.3 mpg but expect better going home because of the wind. Not having to pull a toad was GREAT!! Sinse we can park in our driveway at home I know we will use it much much more than the Cl A's and for the most part the dw go almost everywhere together may eventually get rid of my second car and use the B when needed. So to sum it up I would do it all again but would not reccomend this for most of you. BTW the DW thinks its the best thing we could have done.. Happy trails all. btw its a Airstream Interstate..
Congrats on your new acquistion....your going to love the B life!!! We have a RT190P and the ease of handling in traffic, shopping centers, quick setup and teardown - oh yeah, fuel savings...wow. If these fuel prices keep moving up we will see more and more B's around. We are in FL and as you travel I-75 and look at the dealers with the big A's in the hundreds I keep wondering how good of a deal could a person get right now??? Happy travels, Ron
I've seen the "A" & "C" classes, but what constitutes the "B" class?
A class B is a converted van. Some have small slides, and maybe a raised roof line, but are mostly a van body that's been converted into an RV.
A few also have a fiberglass rear half of the body like a class C, but are only slightly wider and have no above the cab bed. If they do have a manufactured body, it's only a few percent larger/wider than the original size of the van chassis. You can generally park a class B without hassle in places than ban RV's. (Such as your driveway at home despite an HOA's no-RV rules)
The Sprinter is a popular conversion chassis because of the Mercedes turbo diesel and high MPG, as well as a solid chassis underneath.
FMCA# F355513. 40 foot Safari Continental, one slide, Cat powered Magnum Blue Max chassis, PAC brake PRXB, Allison MD3060, Aqua-Hot, 7.5 KW Quiet Diesel, Howard PCS, Velvet Ride suspension. 2006 Jeep Commander.
They are usually referred to as "divorse in a can". They have a great size and handling advantage, but you really give up size, and comfort. Usually no bedroom, so you have to put up and down the bed everyday as it doubles as your table.