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RE: Buying a used Class B - what not to buy

My 2004 on the E350 handled HORRIBLY... but Ford thought it was just fine. My two Chevy based have been wonderful.
mumkin 08/20/17 08:39am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Worth buying a Hymer Sunlight and upgrading it?

The hardest parts for me to improve are the basic setup, the plumbing, the propane lines, electrical, the alternator, etc. However, there are some nice things that provide a foundation for something usable, mainly the 200 amp-hour lithium battery and the inverter. With that setup, I just need a portable generator that can be placed well away from the van, or perhaps placed on a front hitch mounted rack. I do believe that it has the underhood generator (2nd alternator) so you merely run the engine instead of trying to figure how to carry a portable.
mumkin 08/18/17 08:53am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Worth buying a Hymer Sunlight and upgrading it?

If length is no issue, I'd probably go with the Travato. Better quality, better galley. To me the advantages of the Sunlight is the shorter length and that underhood generator, but I don't live in the south. If you could do any re-builds yourself, it might be worth considering just to get the basic Promaster... Lithium batteries, inverter, underhood generator, AC, microwave, fridge (all of which are the same stuff in the much more expensive Hymer/Roadtreks)
mumkin 08/15/17 06:28pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Scored a NICE cargo van - let the fun begin!

I enjoyed reading your thread, but still can't view the latest photos. You have to be a registered member.
mumkin 08/14/17 07:30pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Serious lack of Bs in our area

I guess it depends on where you are. I see lots more B's on the road than I did when I first bought one in 2004. I see them regularly in Minnesota and in Arizona... and driving in between. Many of the Sprinter conversions are stealthy and you have to look closely to see the AC unit on the top.
mumkin 08/02/17 08:16am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Towing with a RoadTrek???

The other B group also told you no...
mumkin 07/25/17 09:09pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New Australian Class B manufacturer

Nice... like the kitchen that looks residential. LOL
mumkin 07/20/17 08:20am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Timbrens or SumoSprings?

I think you would notice a huge change in handling, especially in the wind. I have no issues in the wind with my Chevy. No adjustments made... everything stock. Is it just because I have the short 170? A previous rig on the Ford E350 was HORRIBLE... in wind... or from passing trucks... over 60 mph. But both my 170 and Libero on the Chevy 3500 had no issues with handling.
mumkin 07/09/17 03:20pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek Pricing

There are about 700 Freightliner dealers across the country that are owned and operated by the Mercedes that are happy to work on them. Unfortunately that is not really true. When I was deciding on platform, there was only one Mercedes dealer who would work on Sprinters in ND (nearly 300 miles away)... one in MN... and none in Montana or SD. So I started calling the Freightliner service facilities. All of them within 100 miles said that they wouldn't and didn't plan to ever work on them. I pointed out that Mercedes owns them both... and has sold Sprinters... and the managers still said no. One's final comment was... 'you wouldn't want my crew working on your pretty motorhome anyway.' :E
mumkin 06/28/17 08:08am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek Pricing

The price difference between the diesel Sprinter and the gas Chevy or Promaster models will buy years worth of gas for most. This naturally depends on how much one drives it. Also there seems to be more (and much more expensive) issues with the new diesel systems. There is also the detail that Sprinter service centers are often far away... and rare in the middle of the country. The Promaster platform seems to be liked (even loved) by the vast majority of those who are getting them. Seems true since we all know that the majority of posters on the net are the ones with issues to report. Most of the complaints online have related to the Roadtrek conversion rather than the van. But, that is true of all of their models. The new high-tech stuff is still pretty glitchy... seems to be a continuing learning curve with lots of user confusion and error added to the usual problems that come with new technology. As to discounts off MSRP, that depends on the models, how long it has been on the lot, one's negotiating ability, etc. Somewhere between 15-18% seems to be the average... the more options added, the higher the discount. RT's options are hugely over-priced.
mumkin 06/27/17 08:01am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Scored a NICE cargo van - let the fun begin!

Hail is an odd thing. I am on the south side of Minneapolis and we had none. Thank goodness as my rig sits in my driveway. I have already had one vehicle totaled by hail as I sat in it out on the prairie on I-94... back in 1985. Not a pleasant experience. :E
mumkin 06/21/17 07:03pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New Class B - $59,000 By Hymer...Sold at Camping World

Look like DYO Conversions. Hymer from Europe does not pump out anything this bad. I wonder why they allowed these to be built by RoadTrek? Allowed? Hymer owns Roadtrek... so they are the same company now. Hymer's build and Hymer's deal with Camping World.
mumkin 06/09/17 09:08pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New Class B - $59,000 By Hymer...Sold at Camping World

Well, it is on the short Promaster... and there is a cabinet on each end of both beds. That likely excludes the very tall people...
mumkin 06/08/17 07:57am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New Class B - $59,000 By Hymer...Sold at Camping World

Well, you could also use the bed as twins... and put your head towards the front... and your feet on the toilet side.
mumkin 06/07/17 07:28pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Scored a NICE cargo van - let the fun begin!

Do you mean Waldoch? They convert trucks and vans... and if you google Maldoch, you get Waldoch. They converted a Toyota Sienna for me back in 2008.
mumkin 05/23/17 06:41pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Definition of a Class B vs Camper Van?

I consider the terms interchangeable. I think Camper Van was the original term... and RVIA created the idea of Classes for commercial production. I'm just speculating...
mumkin 05/22/17 08:13am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Forget the Roadtrek, check out this class B before you die!

Very nice job. I wouldn't mind if it was camped next to me.
mumkin 04/25/17 11:42am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek 190 and 210 chassis

GM has been in negotiations about replacing the Express van for about the last 5 years, but in a search not long ago, I couldn't find any final answer. I do know that Roadtrek is have a difficult time getting platforms for conversion. So... your guess is as good as anyone elses. I don't think GM even knows for sure yet.
mumkin 04/02/17 10:24am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: where are the "B" people?

I'm with AsheGuy, there is nothing blurry about the difference between a B and C. It has now been clearly explained. I traded my first B for a small C and am now back in a B. (changes due to different needs) I found two comments in this thread confusing. One was the idea that a Class B doesn't have a generator. Even in 2004 when I bought my first B, it was thought odd that I ordered it without a generator and the dealer pushed me to at least put in the prep package because he was certain that the next purchaser would want one. (and sure enough... the first thing the buyer did was put one in) The other was comments that they didn't see B's on the road. I completely disagree with that. When I had my first one 13 years ago, I did rarely see one. Now I see them often... every day when I am traveling between MN and AZ I see a few. Lots of Sprinters which often don't really look like RVs since B people tend to NOT have those flashy (and I think ugly) stripes all over them. My little RT has no stripes and no words painted on it anywhere. It is just a tallish pretty silver van... with only the distinctive 3 windows on the front to show that it is a Roadtrek. And I agree that most of the B people seem to be over on Facebook, which is an irritating and highly inefficient way to discuss RVs and their maintenance issues. They also tend to be divided by brand.
mumkin 03/06/17 09:34am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: B-ing with a cat

I've known lots of RVers with cats. I even see leash trained kitties and a very few that let their cat wander a bit, but they stay close by. I've also heard a number of stories of the cat doing a runner and never seen again. So... you need to know your cat and handle its reactions.
mumkin 02/13/17 08:56am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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