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RE: Bubble Top Van vs Roadtrek Style Gas Mileage

I agree about the handling. I avoided highways... and a passing 18 wheeler was a lesson in white knuckle driving. I would never own another one... in spite of the wonderful inside height and extra storage.
mumkin 04/24/16 03:30pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Bubble Top Van vs Roadtrek Style Gas Mileage

I had a 2004 GWV Classic Supreme and over three years, it averaged 14-15, if I drove at highway speed limits. If I went 55 mph, I could get better. This was the small Ford. With my current 2015 Chevy RT, I have averaged 17 at highway speed limits. Different era vans... and different manufacturers, but comparable results I think.
mumkin 04/23/16 04:45pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Thinking of downsizing

I seem to recall that the Zion was built for those that didn't want all the bells and whistles common on 190s? In any event it is now on the new RAM chassis... Not true. It has all the same bells and whistles as all the Roadtreks. It has two lengths... plus a new more stripped down, cheaper version. What it gives you over the Chevy based RTs is space. With the straight up sides it is much roomier. It is front wheel drive and handles very well. It gets better mileage than the Ford or Chevy... and it is gas, unlike the diesel Sprinter. I have had two B's and one C. Personally, if I was doing a lot of traveling and living in the rig for long stretches in the same place, I would go with a C. There is a large selection of lengths and floor plans. If I was the type to cover lots of area... and not spend much time in the rig, a B is great. I'd try to hit a big RV show and check out different sizes to see what will fit best with your lifestyle.
mumkin 03/21/16 12:02pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek Acquired by European Manufacturer

Not sure what you mean here Robert... in Europe, the Hymer groups has divisions that make Class A's, B's and C's... and small travel trailers. Erwin Hymer Group, has Burstner, Detleetfhs, Carado etc, they are like Fleetwood in the US, but pop out 35,000 Motorhomes, from their various brands. I would say that they are more like Winnebago... with the quality of Leisure Travel. :C
mumkin 03/08/16 10:53am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek Acquired by European Manufacturer

Not sure what you mean here Robert... in Europe, the Hymer groups has divisions that make Class A's, B's and C's... and small travel trailers.
mumkin 03/07/16 04:08pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek Acquired by European Manufacturer

I disagree. Hymer is a large and very experienced RV company in Europe with deep pockets. They build a quality rig more similar to our Leisure Travel, whereas Roadtrek is now more similar to a Winnebago than LTV as far as QC. I expect Hymer to demand that RT come up to their standards, not that they lower theirs to RT. As to prices... we'll have to wait and see. The Hymer unit being marketed in current shows is more pricey than the same unit in Europe.
mumkin 03/07/16 09:04am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek Acquired by European Manufacturer

Hymer is a big well-respected company that has purchased a number of European brands too. Those brands continue to be built under their original names in Europe. Hymer isn't stupid. Roadtrek is a known brand in North America. The Hymer name was added to the side of the Roadtrek factory... it did not replace the Roadtrek name. Those of us who have purchased Roadtreks in the last few years are hoping that being owned by a company with the reputation of a high quality builder will bring back the quality control that RT used to be known for... but has slipped quite badly while owned by an "investment company" which was more concerned about pushing out as many rigs as possible in the shortest period... letting the dealers and purchasers deal with all the problems. Many of us feel that this is very good news for Roadtrek and Class B's.
mumkin 03/06/16 03:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Hymer Van

Yes, an agreement has been signed between Hymer and Roadtrek, but they will be produced at the RT factory, which is in Canada. Hymer has the reputation of building high quality RVs in Europe. I'm hoping that they bring over more of their floor plans.
mumkin 02/13/16 07:59pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: RT 170 as a daily driver?

This is exactly what I did and there are quite a few of us doing this. I decided that with a 170, I could get rid of my other car that just sat for about 7 months of the year. So, I traded my small C and my Toyota Sienna in on a brand new 170. I get about 12 mpg in town and 17/18 on the highway at the speed limit. The Chevy is a comfortable drive. It fits in a standard parking spot, but of course, you are height restricted. I tend to still park far from the doors to save the sides from the usual dings. One bit of warning, it is very difficult to get insurance if you do not have a car. The company that had insured me for years... for about $1200 a year for the car and RV suddenly jumped the premium to about $2400 for one RV. It took about two weeks of phone calls and I found that companies like Safeco or Progressive or AAA etc will NOT even insure a driver with only an RV. I finally went to FMCA figuring that they had experience with this. The second catch was that there are a number of options for full-timers... but I wasn't eligible for those because I, like you, have two homes. And having a stick house makes you ineligible. The only option they could offer me was National General and raising it to the highest liability rate is about $1100. (but another person on Roadtrek Owners page on Facebook said that they refused her) Another person said that she got insurance with Farmer's Insurance. So don't expect to save much money on insurance. Another option which will give you more living space is to consider the new Roadtrek Zion SRT which is about a foot longer than the 170 on the Promaster chassis. But if you are thinking used, the 170 or even the 190 might work for you.
mumkin 01/30/16 09:56am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: GTRV Conversions?

Yes, there is some confusion here. GWV is now gone, with only the US and Canadian courts to likely pick up the pieces. There had been hope that some other manufacturer might have picked up their factory in Alabama, but nothing has happened as yet. GTRV seems to be no longer in business based on their website, which hasn't had any updates for about 5 years with some of the linked pages going dead.
mumkin 01/25/16 04:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: The 1959 Ford Thames campervan restoration begins.

Happy 2016 Kev!! Your work never ceases to amaze. I bet you are enjoying being able to just walk a few feet and be home rather than driving to the old shop. More time to get stuff done.
mumkin 01/10/16 07:20pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Planning on buying a Roadtrek -- Advice?

Lots of good advice. I am one of those who always buys new, so can't really speak to the age/price/condition issues. As to the seat behind the passenger, I added the Roadtrek optional cabinet... and many have had their own smaller cabinet built there to meet their needs. I personally prefer the Chevy platform as many of the old Dodge units had handling problems. I would add two bits of advice: First, don't restrict yourself to just Roadtrek. Pleasureway, Leisure Travel and Great West Vans all have some great units floating around out there. I have had a GWV Class B and an LTV Class C. In the early 2000s, GWV had many interesting floor plans that are not common anymore. I loved their old side sofa model which was great for the single traveler. Another option is Sportsmobile. There are often used units for sale on their website from happy owners who have upgraded. They will be unique units and the company can often do tweaks for you. Haunt the recommended sales websites. Second, if possible, you might try renting over a couple weekends to see what you do and don't like... or need.
mumkin 12/25/15 06:05pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Anyone live near Ramsey, Minnesota???

Unfortunately I am down in AZ for the winter, but I can tell you that Lake Region RVs are good people. I've purchased 3 RVs from them over the years. They are sincere about wanting happy customers and not prone to misleading people.
mumkin 12/05/15 06:39pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: How often do you drive your RV?

Mine is my only vehicle... so it is out about 3 times a week when I to to the gym and run errands.
mumkin 11/22/15 06:31pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: The 1959 Ford Thames campervan restoration begins.

The van looks like it immediately felt right at home in its fancy new digs.
mumkin 11/12/15 09:52pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Looks like Coachmen entering the B Market

As if we need another Sprinter converter. :R We need more Promaster and Transit options!! Gas... no diesel...
mumkin 10/26/15 05:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where are the tanks on a Sprinter?

Depends on manufacturer and can even be different with different floor plans from the same manufacturer. But yes... under the floor probably covers most all of them.
mumkin 10/24/15 07:24pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Bringing my Mercedes Sprinter Van to America

Great video of your trip. It certainly looked like you were having one helluva good time. Were you traveling with another Westie or just meeting up with people around the country. I noted that you do like the Classic American Chevrolet. :C
mumkin 10/19/15 03:20pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B Van Manufacturers

Yes we have seen that, but we are looking for a nationwide manufacturer...something that can be found within 100-200 miles away...not having to drive halfway across the country... There is no one else converting Chevys, other than Roadtrek, which is, of course, Canadian. But there are quite a few dealers around North America. Asheguy is right... what you call a "real van" is pretty much dead and Chevy is in the process of moving over to the European style van too. Even your local plumbers and electricians are soon "converted" over to the idea of being able to walk around inside the van instead of stooping over. I suggest that you head over to your local Dodge dealer and drive a Promaster. I think you will be surprised at how well they drive. It is the van that Winnebago and Roadtrek are moving into...
mumkin 10/18/15 10:20am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B Van Manufacturers

Great West Vans is out of business... don't expect them to be back as their bank closed them. There may still be negotiations going on, but... Leisure Travel no longer makes any B Class units... only small Class C units. They are top quality, but very expensive. I suspect that they may never be able to start producing their B's again... and they were all on Sprinters. (their Chevy Class B was stopped some years ago now) Pleasureway only makes small Class C units and one Promaster conversion. Your choice is either Roadtrek or Sportsmobile.
mumkin 10/13/15 04:34pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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