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Topic: 24. Or. 30

Posted By: Gaetan on 10/13/18 10:13am

We are looking for a 23 or 24 feet class C to replace our truck camper
Good floor plans are rare in that range we see more in the 28 to 30feet
We like the easyness of our TC and we think 30" is not easily parkable
Just any ware...? I would appreciate your opinions
Gaetan


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Posted By: azdryheat on 10/13/18 10:30am

It's an extra 4 to 6 feet, not a big deal. Pick the floorplan you like and learn to drive it.


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Posted By: enblethen on 10/13/18 10:39am

You will have much better choice of floor plans above 26 foot.


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Posted By: NRALIFR on 10/13/18 10:48am

Four to six feet not a big deal??? I guess it depends on how much you value the ability to park just about anywhere. I value it a lot, and have no need to drag around a dance hall.

Everyone needs to buy what they truly want, but my advice to myself is always “Go small”.

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Posted By: Desert Captain on 10/13/18 11:07am

"We like the easyness of our TC and we think 30" is not easily parkable
Just any ware...?"

Once you get above 26' in Class C there will be a huge difference vs what you were used to and obviously liked about your TC. There are lots of choices but adding 4 - 6' really does not bring that much benefit if you don't need all the extra interior space.

It depends a lot on how you plan to use the rig. We spend about 13 hours a day outside retreating to the rig just to eat and sleep. For us the drive/parkability of our 24' 6" C is priceless. We can easily shop, sightsee and park just about anywhere we go and we definitely will fit in any site.

Our non slide Nexus is 101" wide and has a full 7' of headroom throughout the coach making it one of the roomiest 24 footers out there. Marry those dimensions to a great floorplan and we have found what for us is the perfect coach. We have far more storage and payload than we can use and the V-10 powers our E-350 chassis without even breathing hard.

After 5+ years and 52K+ miles, we would never go bigger... just no reason to do so.
As always... Opinions and YMMV

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Posted By: wildtoad on 10/13/18 11:08am

If you’re not set on a short C class, you might try looking at a short A class. Newmar makes/made some very nice units in the 27-28 ft length. Much more comfortable to drive than C class (IMO), more storage, front seats can be used when parked. Can park them most places. Just don’t settle for 24-26 if you don’t like the floor plans. Hard to come up with a good one in that length.


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Posted By: lhenry8113 on 10/13/18 12:15pm

We recently bought a 2017 used class c-it's under 24ft. The big difference to me is seating areas in the camper. We have only the dinette area to sit in. The driver and passenger seats do not swivel. If you get a bit larger class c there will probably be a small couch as well as the dinette-more seating as well as the front seats might swivel. For my D.W., myself and a small dog the seating inside is adequate and being a shorter class c my D.W. feels ok driving it occasionally. Ours has the drivers side rear slide out for the bed. . It is a Chevy with a gas engine.

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Posted By: Newbiecampers on 10/13/18 12:24pm

azdryheat wrote:

It's an extra 4 to 6 feet, not a big deal. Pick the floorplan you like and learn to drive it.


For the OP:

I wholeheartedly disagree that the extra 4 to 6 feet is no big deal. Especially if you value the ability to go anywhere.

We were able to go anywhere we wanted with our 24 foot class C the last two summers. Places where that extra 4 or 6 feet would never have allowed. The size of our RV has never been a consideration when pulling into any campsite, restaurant, gas station, store, making a U-turn on a road, etc. etc..

We have camped in numerous and beautiful camping spots that would not have been possible in anything larger than what we have (24 feet).

We love to see signs when entering a forest service campground, or any campground for that matter, that say "max length 26 feet" (or less). That has usually meant few other people are there except some tents, maybe a couple of other small class C units, or someone pulling a teardrop-type trailer.

We have also gotten many a site in some popular locations (grand canyon south rim for one) driving in at the last minute with no reservations due to our small size when all other larger sites were sold out. Was able to get a walk-up site in Arches NP using one of those small pull-off the side of the main road type of spots. The ultimate was in Glacier NP last summer. No reservations, and scored an absolutely gorgeous spot due to a 25 foot lengh restriction combined with a hard-side unit only restriction due to bear activity. There were only 3 or 4 other people on that end of the campground.

Our payload is also a great benefit. 4500 pounds of cargo capacity. We can have full tanks of eveything, plus load up everything including the proverbial kitchen sink and we still have 1700-2000 pounds left.


Posted By: pnichols on 10/13/18 12:25pm

Desert Captain wrote:

"We like the easyness of our TC and we think 30" is not easily parkable
Just any ware...?"

Once you get above 26' in Class C there will be a huge difference vs what you were used to and obviously liked about your TC. There are lots of choices but adding 4 - 6' really does not bring that much benefit if you don't need all the extra interior space.

It depends a lot on how you plan to use the rig. We spend about 13 hours a day outside retreating to the rig just to eat and sleep. For us the drive/parkability of our 24' 6" C is priceless. We can easily shop, sightsee and park just about anywhere we go and we definitely will fit in any site.

Our non slide Nexus is 101" wide and has a full 7' of headroom throughout the coach making it one of the roomiest 24 footers out there. Marry those dimensions to a great floorplan and we have found what for us is the perfect coach. We have far more storage and payload than we can use and the V-10 powers our E-350 chassis without even breathing hard.

After 5+ years and 52K+ miles, we would never go bigger... just no reason to do so.
As always... Opinions and YMMV

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Gaetan (the OP),

I completely agree with what Desert Captain is saying above!

Our situation is similar to his ... the wife and myself (and a little dog) have traveled all over the U.S. in our 24 foot Itasca Class C that has no slides and is 101 inches wide with plenty of headroom (I'm 6'2") and storage inside and out. We cannot overload it because it's based on the heavier duty E450 Ford van chassis (small Ford based Class C rigs are usually built on the E350 chassis).

What really makes ours most usable is that the DW - with her bad back - has the entire rear queen bed to herself and I have the entire overhead cab queen bed to myself. (However, I'm blessed in that I can still, at age 76, easily get up into the overhead cab bed.)

We don't tow and don't need to, as we can quickly break camp and go into towns to resupply or visit. We can camp in the older campgrounds with small sites and we can camp without hookups whenever required with it's generous tanks with 12 volt heaters, large double batteries, generous sized propane refrigerator, and built-in Onan generator (we also carry along another small portable generator). We even take ours offroad out in the desert to explore, collect rocks, and sometimes boondock camp.

Here's the brochure on our Class C line - we have the non-slide 24V model with the rear queen corner bed: http://www.winnebagoind.com/resources/brochure/2005/05-Spirit-bro.pdf

P.S. Note that our 24V floorplan has a swivel lounge chair immediately to the right of the side entrance door (it swivels and extends back and forth) - in addition to the dinette - which can easily seat four (it has four seat belts) and also converts into a full sized bed.

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Posted By: garmp on 10/13/18 02:21pm

We have a Phoenix Cruiser 2100Phoenix Cruiser 2100. 22' long and room enough for the two of us. The floor plan is great with the dinette and a bed at the same time. No need to tow. Small enough to go most any where and large enough to be comfortable.
But that's us!


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Posted By: nightshift on 10/13/18 02:35pm

Newbiecampers wrote:

azdryheat wrote:

It's an extra 4 to 6 feet, not a big deal. Pick the floorplan you like and learn to drive it.


For the OP:

I wholeheartedly disagree that the extra 4 to 6 feet is no big deal. Especially if you value the ability to go anywhere.

We were able to go anywhere we wanted with our 24 foot class C the last two summers. Places where that extra 4 or 6 feet would never have allowed. The size of our RV has never been a consideration when pulling into any campsite, restaurant, gas station, store, making a U-turn on a road, etc. etc..

We have camped in numerous and beautiful camping spots that would not have been possible in anything larger than what we have (24 feet).

We love to see signs when entering a forest service campground, or any campground for that matter, that say "max length 26 feet" (or less). That has usually meant few other people are there except some tents, maybe a couple of other small class C units, or someone pulling a teardrop-type trailer.

We have also gotten many a site in some popular locations (grand canyon south rim for one) driving in at the last minute with no reservations due to our small size when all other larger sites were sold out. Was able to get a walk-up site in Arches NP using one of those small pull-off the side of the main road type of spots. The ultimate was in Glacier NP last summer. No reservations, and scored an absolutely gorgeous spot due to a 25 foot lengh restriction combined with a hard-side unit only restriction due to bear activity.


Newbie is spot on. If you go over 26 ft you're into a different world. We can park anywhere in our 24' Bigfoot. Many times we have boondocked in tight spaces that would have been impossible with a big rig. It all depends on what type of camping you do.

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Posted By: Dusty R on 10/13/18 03:39pm

We had a 2002 Itasca 24V, with a swivel chair behind cab passenger seat. A pullout sofa, could be made into a bed. Dinette in back left corner. Bath room back left corner.
We slept above the cab, didn't mind climbing up and down, until a few years ago, I had my prostrate removed, now I need to get up a few times during the night, so we swapped for a longer mh with bed down. We really liked that 24 foot mh. It was on the E-350 base.

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Posted By: BFL13 on 10/13/18 04:41pm

It all depends on how you like things. Going from a truck camper to anything can make the new thing seem really big. Not long after that, the new thing can seem too small.

We had an 11 foot camper on our long box extended cab Chev (22 ft) so the camper stuck out three feet farther back for 25 ft. The camper seemed very cramped to us, being used to our 28ft 5er we also had.

We had a 22 ft 5er at first, thinking it was huge compared with the 8.5 ft camper we started with. Nope. Too small. The 28ft 5er was perfect for us. Main thing is I get up early and she sleeps in, so there needs to be some room. Also we have some dogs and their kennels to keep somewhere.

We now have a 28ft Class C with no slide and it is just right. Almost as much space as the 28ft 5er and a good floor plan. We have looked at lots of smaller Cs and they just don't cut it-too small!

As far as driving it around, there hasn't been an issue. It is longer than the truck with the 11ft camper, but not much, maybe three feet. We park in mall parking lots, any provincial park campsite around here (on the Island) and at home. Goes where the 5er went in our yard. Lot shorter than the truck towing the 5er too!

So for us, no way would we want a 24 ft C, that would be as bad as the 11 ft camper in our minds, but really more like the 22 ft 5er that was too small.

It must depend on how you like to live together all day. If you like to read and she watches TV or do you both do the same things sitting next to each other a lot? Do you need some "space"? DW says she notices that people with smaller Cs bail out and sit outside as much as they can, where with a bigger rig people stay inside more. We think we know why that is.

Bottom line is don't go by your truck camper experience in judging how big the Class C or trailer is. Knowing how it went for us, I think it would be wise (20-20 hindsight) to rent a 24 ft C and get a feel for it for a two week trip. Then go sit in a 28ft C and see if you would like that a lot better or would be fine with the 24.

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Posted By: whizbang on 10/13/18 05:34pm

We were camper people too.

Get the 24 for sure. Outside, about the same as a big truck/truck camper. Inside, much more space, comfort and storage.

The longer C's are boat anchors. Parking for day trips can be difficult. If you end up with a toad, you are really long. The 24 is a lot more maneuverable and easier to park.

Here's a photo of our 24-1/2 Minnie on the square in Downtown Arcata. Try that in a 29 footer.

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Posted By: T18skyguy on 10/13/18 08:56pm

lhenry8113 wrote:

We recently bought a 2017 used class c-it's under 24ft. The big difference to me is seating areas in the camper. We have only the dinette area to sit in. The driver and passenger seats do not swivel. If you get a bit larger class c there will probably be a small couch as well as the dinette-more seating as well as the front seats might swivel. For my D.W., myself and a small dog the seating inside is adequate and being a shorter class c my D.W. feels ok driving it occasionally. Ours has the drivers side rear slide out for the bed. . It is a Chevy with a gas engine.


This was also my conundrum. The dinette is very uncomfortable to sit in all evening. I couldn't find a rig with both couch and dinette under 30 foot. Maybe I didn't look hard enough. My 22 footer was very nimble and easy to park, but then crowded and uncomfortable once set up. We ended up with a 32 footer. Yes it's a pain to park, but really nice once set up. If comfort at the destination is important, I feel bigger is better. If you can get by with smaller, than all the better.


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Posted By: D.E.Bishop on 10/13/18 10:01pm

We just looke at a 24 foot Class C Prism, lovely rig but we do a lot of sightseeing and use all sorts of campgrounds from disbursed BLM to RV Resorts and almost as many miles sightseeing as traveling. For us making and breaking camp everyday wouldn't work.

26 to 28 seems best for us, 28 seems to have dinette and sofa and we like that. We also tow a Sidekick for sightseeing. You gotta find what works for you. Rental agencies can be of help.


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Posted By: suprz on 10/14/18 05:22am

You have to do what feels right to you. PERIOD! We have a 31ft class c with a slide. The other folks that say you can't go everywhere are correct, you can't. It does take more planning. BUT... For us, the space is great, and we love the size. We carry my wifes motorcycle on the back for our toad right now, or rent a car when we get to our destination if the weather is bad, later we will probably get a car for our toad. Our feelings when buying this motorhome was it would be easier to trade down from a larger rig to a smaller one. (trade in allowance). We started with a pop up with a 12ft box and went straight to this class c, and have never looked back. You have to do what works for you.

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Posted By: Oldtymeflyr on 10/14/18 06:51am

We switched from an Outfitter Apex 8 which is on the smaller side to a Thor Four Winds 24 H/L. First, almost any Class C would be bigger. We really like the space. Our mobility off road has been reduced, but we go about anywhere on paved roads and most improved gravel roads. Around town its angle parked and on large city streets it takes two parallel parking spots, yes we regularly pay for two meters.

For us it works, we are about 3 feet longer than our previous camper which was in a 6.5 foot box. We are just a little longer than some of the really big TC.

A camper is a personal matter what you like. We like the mobility and comfort of our Thor Four Winds 24 H/L.

Good Luck and let us know what you choose.


Posted By: fugawi on 10/14/18 08:06am

We are considering this too. While I am still putting more weight on the shorter length, we are planning to rent each length this fall/spring to try before we buy. (We went from an 18' BP to a 26' BP to a 34' FW relatively quickly, and are trying to avoid that in the Class C [emoticon] )

We have also looked at 25-26'(like below) to get a little more seating/inside space.

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Posted By: BFL13 on 10/14/18 09:02am

No door to separate the bedroom from the front in either of those. The little one, you can't see the TV from the one comfy chair.(Who gets to sit there?) The big one, ditch the sofa bed and have two comfy chairs there. TV outside? The people in the next site must just love that! [emoticon]


Posted By: melandme on 10/14/18 01:03pm

We have owned a Minnie Winnie 25B for the last 3 years. We can usually find a place to park it without a problem. The only times I can recall not finding a place to park was in Yellowstone at some of the pullouts that were full and in a college town. In the college town we parked at a big box store and rode the bus. At 26 ft it is not to big, but does offer the sofa seating and sleeping option. DW got a tension rod and curtain to separate the bedroom from the cabin. It stores in the wardrobe. Only used it a couple of times. Not having a slide, we can over night in two parking spaces easily. Do get the E 450 chassis for the extra weight capacity.


Posted By: Jack Spratt on 10/14/18 02:03pm

We traded our AF 811 to get a Leprechaun 260DS
Theater seating recliners and “J lounge “ dinette are our favorite features
Truck camper was fun, but got to be hard on our knees.


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Posted By: lfcjasp on 10/14/18 02:12pm

We have a 24' 11" Four Winds 24C (I'm always saying it's 25' long...simpler and only one inch). We've enjoyed ours, a full bath, nice kitchen and it comes with curtains to provide privacy in the back corner bed (and I can make it up alright...just takes some figuring out how to do it as best you can) and the cabover bunk. It does have a slide for the dinette, wardrobe and pantry.

We'd like a bigger a roomier kitchen (more counter space really), walk around bed and I hate the u-shaped dinette. We've used it with family and it's crowded and the table is too little.

OTOH, this rig is so easy to park, seems to fit anywhere in any park, is usable with the slide in. It's been an emergency bedroom when the S&B house lost A/C, a hunt shack and served as an air-conditioned dressing room for our SIL at the races.

We do sit outside a lot....or did, until this past summer became a state-wide steambath. But we manage okay with the little space. Renting a small
class c for a trip and maybe a little bigger for the next is a good way to see what you like and help you decide.

ETA: Motorhomes are more likely to come with on-board generators and ours came in handy running freezers and fridges for us and a neighbor when Michael knocked out our power. Gotta love owning an RV!!!


Posted By: lfcjasp on 10/14/18 02:21pm

Jack Spratt wrote:

We traded our AF 811 to get a Leprechaun 260DS
Theater seating recliners and “J lounge “ dinette are our favorite features
Truck camper was fun, but got to be hard on our knees.


Love the recliners, and the "J lounge" dinette looks better...and you have night stands[emoticon]


Posted By: IAMICHABOD on 10/14/18 02:32pm

A lot of good suggestions so far.First off look for a floor plan you can live with. When I was looking for my next RV I had I had a few things that I wanted and did not.

I wanted to stay under 30ft so I could park at home and also be able to get into most everywhere that I wanted to go to. The one I ended up with was a Tioga 26Q. It measures out at about 27 ft. I have not yet found a place yet that it would not fit,it does take up 2 parking spaces in a lot with room on each end,all the national and state parks that I have been to it has fit.

The things I wanted was a fixed rear bed,I do not want to climb up into a cab over or have a jackknife sofa that made into a bed,had one in my last RV, they are terrible to sleep on and have to be made up each morning to have your RV back,also did not want a corner bed,they are hard to make and very hard to get into and out of.

I also did not want any slides,they add weight and cut into your carrying capacity,also they may or may not have problems but it was one less thing that I had to worry about.

As I said I got what I wanted with the fixed rear walk around on 2 sides bed,large storage area and a size that fit all my needs.

I would also suggest if you can get one that you like on a Chevy Chassis that would be a plus.

I did end up with what I wanted after a long and exhaustive search,it may be a Former Rental but I am happy with my choice as more than 100 other owners are.

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Posted By: winnietrey on 10/14/18 03:38pm

We have had our 24ft with a slide going on 15 years, we have taken somewhere around 15 to 20 road trips from 2k to 6k miles each. To each his own, of course, but we would never go larger, for the following reasons.

1) We are much more road trippers/explorers, than going to one location and staying
2) space, layout, matters much less to us, than the ability to go anywhere
3) we thoroughly enjoy, wondering what's up that road without having to worry if we can turn around.
4) In 15 years, we have stopped at many roadside attractions, restaurants, points of interest, towns, that sort of thing. Where anything larger than a 24 would be much more difficult to park, if not impossible. Even a 26 will overhang you to much, in some situations, where the lots are small and narrow
5) As we do not plan anything, we have always found if there are only 1 or 2 campsites left, we have a 95% chance of fitting. The larger you go that percent decreases

So in my humble opinion, if you are more the road tripper, non planner type, like us go smaller, if not go larger

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Posted By: Gaetan on 10/14/18 07:35pm

Thanks every one for your comments, from what I have seen so far. The 24' bigfoot would be my choice, they don't manufacture any more too bad
Gaetan


Posted By: pnichols on 10/14/18 07:39pm

winnietrey wrote:

We have had our 24ft with a slide going on 15 years, we have taken somewhere around 15 to 20 road trips from 2k to 6k miles each. To each his own, of course, but we would never go larger, for the following reasons.

1) We are much more road trippers/explorers, than going to one location and staying
2) space, layout, matters much less to us, than the ability to go anywhere
3) we thoroughly enjoy, wondering what's up that road without having to worry if we can turn around.
4) In 15 years, we have stopped at many roadside attractions, restaurants, points of interest, towns, that sort of thing. Where anything larger than a 24 would be much more difficult to park, if not impossible. Even a 26 will overhang you to much, in some situations, where the lots are small and narrow
5) As we do not plan anything, we have always found if there are only 1 or 2 campsites left, we have a 95% chance of fitting. The larger you go that percent decreases

So in my humble opinion, if you are more the road tripper, non planner type, like us go smaller, if not go larger


Outstanding comments!!

That almost exactly describes how we use, travel, sightsee, explore, and camp in our non-slide 24 foot Itasca Class C on a Ford E450 chassis. We even take it off paved roads out in the boondocks to hunt for rocks and camp. It's good ground clearance (we have over-sized tires on it) and low differential gear ratio combined with the V10 of the E450 make this very easy. We do not have to step up a floor height change to get into the rear bed or bathroom area - while still having a huge outside storage cabinet under the rear bed area - because the whole motorhome is of a "basement" design. This basement design also provides for 7 generous outside storage cabinets ... we don't need to carry anything on the roof (it has a built-in roof ladder) or carry anything strapped on the outside to the roof ladder.

The back corner bed has a pull curtain on a ceiling track to completely close it off. The other back corner contains the shower and toilet. The sink in this area is outside of the door that closes off the shower and toilet area so one of us can use the rear sink while the other is isolated showering or using the toilet. We have a swiveling and sliding lounge chair opposite the dinette and I let the DW use it while I use the dinette. I use the overhead cab bed so she can have the rear bed fully with her bad back.

We have double kitchen sinks, a flip-out to extend the kitchen counter, a microwave, a three burner stove, an oven, and a 6.3 CF propane/electric Norcold adjustable-temp refrigerator that so far has actully worked well in all outside temperatures that we have encountered. The MH came with an outside shelf for a small outside TV, and has a built-in outside radio, and CD player - all of which we rarely use. However, we sometimes use the outside 120V receptacle there. It also has an outside shower, with a remote switch for the water pump.

We can find a parking spot in most towns to sightsee and of course can hookup camp or drycamp in just about any spot, except for highly slanted tent campsites. We can just about go anywhere a 2WD truck camper can - that our 101 inch outside width doesn't prevent. For us small but fully equipped is the way to go for maximum flexibility and versability -> given that we're only two people and one small dog.


Posted By: txnese on 10/15/18 12:55pm

I purchased a 30ft Class C as my first RV. Maybe a little big, but I love it. Shortly after, my brother liked the ideal of RV'ing and purchased a 26ft. After 6 months, he upgraded to a 30ft. We both have 3 kids each and the extra room out weighs the park-ability.


Posted By: camperdave on 10/15/18 01:09pm

I just went from a 24' trailer to a 30' motorhome. I am already in mourning about the good spots I can no longer stay in lol. But other factors were at play. In a few years when the kids are in college I fully anticipate going to a 22 to 24' motorhome.


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Posted By: ron.dittmer on 10/15/18 05:51pm

azdryheat wrote:

It's an extra 4 to 6 feet, not a big deal.
4 to 6 additional feet "is" a big deal to some, including me.

We travel primarily to national parks, national monuments, national forests, and BLMs. An extra 4 to 6 feet would be challenging.

Another question is whether or not mobility outweighs interior comfort. If you like to setup camp and stay put for a while, then longer is better. But if you are on the move often, shorter is better.

ADDING: I should have also mentioned that our 24 footer accommodates just the two of us. We are seniors with a rear corner double bed and it works for us. But it's not for everyone. If you are a senior with limitation, an easy access bed is very important, and that is found only in longer units. A lot of senior couples appreciate twin beds which can be found in mid lengths around 25-27 feet. If we had a family of 4 or more, then a longer unit like camperdave just bought is going to provide a lot more needed space of all kinds.

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Posted By: Bordercollie on 10/15/18 09:54pm

Lovers of short Class C's are very vocal. You can park a 27 footer in most forest campsites. TC's and 22-24 foot Class C's are a little better at handling on dirt roads in primitive areas. As stated 26-27 footers offer much more comfortable sleeping with rear bedrooms, and auxiliary sleeping areas for kids, and MORE STORAGE SPACE. If you are in your late 50's you may NEED the rear bedroom, etc. If both you and your partner are in good health, no arthritis, athletic, and can sleep anywhere, you may do well sleeping in the front overhead bed, etc., of a short class C much like in your TC.


Posted By: RambleOnNW on 10/16/18 06:11pm

We rented occasionally for several years before buying, and had a variety of makes and lengths from 24 ft. to 32 ft, with and without slide-outs but mainly with slide-outs. 26' seemed to be the best trade-off between room and handling, however 26' units typically have corner beds.

When we went to buy and found a 28' dual slide model with walk-around rear queen we went for that. After some time has gone by an interesting phenomena has taken place: the rv seems plenty roomy on the inside but looks increasingly small on the outside. I have stuffed it in some small mini-mall parking lots utilizing backing the overhang over curbs/landscaping. It feels more now like a 24’ when I was first driving class-Cs.

The max we drove was a 32' and seems to have more wind issues and tail swing but that was fairly early on and long before I was aware of suspension upgrades. Drove that 32' by accident through an old, narrow section of a Mt. Rainier campground and barely got around (dented a hubcap on a roadside rock, successfully popped out the dent) and then drove on down to Crater Lake.

Our unit can be fully utilized with slides in also as only a couple of lower drawers in the rear wardrobe are blocked by the rear slide. We have camped that way in ice and snow conditions to not have the slide awnings ice up.


2006 Jayco 28', E450 6.8L V10, Bilstein HDs,
Roadmaster Anti-Sway Bars, Blue Ox TigerTrak


Posted By: NWboondocker on 10/17/18 08:54am

Addressing some of the comments about getting a couch + dinette + separate bedroom in 26', look at 2011-2014 Coachmen Freelander/Leprechaun 26QB (27QB in 2011) as checking all the boxes, while still being able to fit in 2 parking spots. Ignore the 26QB floorplan drawings that show the bath door swinging toward the bed. Our 2013 26QB still has the door as shown here, doing double duty to create a private BR.

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The extra 2' over a 24' model gets you a private BR, a corner bed that's at least much easier to access, a couch & dinette, and seat belts for 9 (consider day trip with friends), while still leaving plenty of cargo capacity. With the slide in, a few cabinets and stove are inaccessible, but you can still reach the sink.

We find this model to be a good unique compromise.

Edit: there are newer 26' floorplans that achieve similar features with a walkaround rear bed slide, but the tradeoff is you have to slide/convert the bed to use it which can be a pain if you're often on the move, as well as the extra rear slide weight, maintenance, etc.

* This post was edited 10/18/18 10:45am by NWboondocker *


'13 Coachmen Freelander 26QB



Posted By: Gaetan on 10/17/18 06:35pm

I am realy thankfull for all your comments

Gaetan


Posted By: BillHoughton on 10/18/18 04:05pm

When we traveled to Victoria, BC, Canada, a couple of years back, we were grateful for our 23 foot Class C; the ferry won't accept anything longer than 24 feet.

A "short" unit like ours gives far more choice of campsites, and, now that I'm used to it, I treat it like a very large VW bus; we regularly tourist around in it. Not sure I'd feel that easy driving a 30 foot long rig.

So I think the choice depends a lot on how you want to travel. If your main goal is going somewhere and sitting there, a longer rig will give you more room; if your travels are more mobile, a shorter one will be more nimble.


Posted By: BFL13 on 10/19/18 08:20am

BillHoughton wrote:

When we traveled to Victoria, BC, Canada, a couple of years back, we were grateful for our 23 foot Class C; the ferry won't accept anything longer than 24 feet.

A "short" unit like ours gives far more choice of campsites, and, now that I'm used to it, I treat it like a very large VW bus; we regularly tourist around in it. Not sure I'd feel that easy driving a 30 foot long rig.

So I think the choice depends a lot on how you want to travel. If your main goal is going somewhere and sitting there, a longer rig will give you more room; if your travels are more mobile, a shorter one will be more nimble.


What ferry was that? Lots of big rigs coming and going all the time on the ferries.


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