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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
RE: Leisure Travel Vans

What is your take on the Winnie? It would seem that the Free Spirit's design is proprietary and Winnie has made a blatant copy? Maybe there is a collaboration? Your thoughts? I think I'll probably still look for a Free Spirit used in the future to save some $$. Love this vehicle. No way there is a collaboration. RV companies regularly "steal" each other's ideas. Other manufacturers have also copied LTV's murphy bed idea. But then, both of these ideas are probably already used in Europe and/or Australia. LOL
mumkin 09/22/15 08:56am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Beginning the search for our next B - Lots of Questions

Just for your info... GWV is no longer in business. We don't know if this is permanent or temporary. It seems it may be permanent.
mumkin 09/20/15 09:54pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Leisure Travel Vans

The problem was that they can't keep up with the orders of their small Class C units. When the waiting list got to between 10-12 months, that is when they suspended production of the Class Bs on the Sprinter. They had already stopped making them on the Chevy a couple years before. So many Class A owners decided to downsize and these are the preferred units of many. Thus far the labor shortages of that part of North America (low population and the oil boom) means that expanding or doubling their production line hasn't been possible. I doubt that they even know if or when it will start up again.
mumkin 09/08/15 09:52am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sprinter with Side Slideout

LTV has suspended production of all of their Sprinter B units, so one is limited to the Winnie for the foreseeable...
mumkin 08/30/15 06:23pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: The 1959 Ford Thames campervan restoration begins.

Gee Kev... can I come and live in your garage? :C
mumkin 08/16/15 06:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Feedback on LTV Unity 24MB

They are as good as they look in the photos. :C I had the Chevy based Libero rather than the Unity. I just downsized from an LTV and you would be hard pressed to find anything significant to complain about in any RV that LTV builds. My only irritating and expensive issue in the 4 years that I owned it was with the Onan generator. (will never own another one... LOL) Sadly a common problem that LTV can't control. I lived in ND not far from the factory, and they held my warranty. The people at the factory are great and stay helpful even after the warranty is done. The internet forum where I found the most Unity and other LTV owners posting was Sprinter forum If you can afford the price tag, you won't regret buying a Unity.
mumkin 08/10/15 08:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Firestone Vs Michelins

If you are a member of FMCA, they have an agreement with Michelin. I saved about $350 on new tires for my Libero. But they send you to particular companies. I was very happy that they sent me to a place just a couple miles from where I stored the RV... a Pomps Truck Tire service place in Minnesota.
mumkin 07/06/15 09:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sportsmobile

Since I've been around B boards, almost the only negatives that I have read about SM have been from people who don't like the basic industrial style... and assume that it looks "cheap" because it doesn't look "posh" as it seems that most of the B market is demanding that. Personally I've always liked the clean lines and everyone that I know who has had one has been happy with the quality of the cabinetry.
mumkin 06/23/15 08:38am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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