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Posted: 02/25/19 06:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking for advice, considering downsizing from our HR Ambassador 40dst to a View style class C. There seems to be a broad price range even on the same chassis. Any feedback on MFGs to stay away from and or what you like about your units is greatly appreciated.

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I went from a Class C to a gas Class A. The difference in handling is incredible. If I downgrade I will go to a smaller Class A. Don't think I will ever go back to a Class C.


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We downsized from a 2001 Newmar, Kountry Star DP (which we owned for almost 15 years) to a 2016 Forest River, Forester Class C. We are not full-timers but I am retired so we have the opportunity to use our rig quite a bit.

Now that the kids and grandkids are grown it is mostly just me, the Supreme Commander and the two four-legged fur kids. Have throughly enjoyed the rig. Lots of storage inside and out, plenty of room for the two of us and floor plan works great. We didn't need the up front bed so we got the entertainment center.

Have only had two issues, a couple of minor leaks due to caulk not run in a continuous bead. Both found and fixed easily. No other issues.

The V10 is a great engine as is the 6 speed tranny. We travel over the coast range (to the Oregon coast) towing a Honda CRV. Very good performance and decent gas mileage, all things considered.

Good luck with your decision, hope everything works out for you.


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Bobfinch,

You didn't mention how many people & pets your new rig is supposed to accommodate, nor long long your trips would average and your travel style (national parks or RV parks). That would help us provide a smarter response.

One WARNING about the new 2019 Sprinter. It has a major price increase compared to 2018. Mercedes added piles of technology and a decent amount of extra weight-handling capability (GVWR is 12,125 pounds now) but it comes at roughly a $22,000 price increase. So be prepared for "Sticker Shock".


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Think very carefully as I’m sure you are as to what “stuff” you will NOT be able to take with you. Me I’m a minimalist at heart but wife is a hoarder. Careful of tank sizes if you dry camp. As far as manufacturers, if you want a View type unit get a View.


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Since we are talking Sprinter rigs.....THIS RIG is offered today on both the Sprinter and E450.

Our rig exactly like it SEEN HERE is built on a 2007 E350. It has been working perfectly for my wife and I for the past 12 years and running. We don't care for slide-outs so we ordered ours without one. But order what you like.

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If you are talking about a View, as in a Winnebago View, I would recommend it over any other Sprinter-based manufacturers. Having owned a Class C on a Ford chassis, I like the driving experience and comfort much better in the Sprinter. You can also use the cab in the Sprinter as part of the living area. We purchased the 24V model since it fits our style the best. Good luck on your search!





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Thanks for all the feedback, sorry for the lack of details.
Mainly just the wife, puggle and myself, we do want the ability to have our son 22 and daughter 20 hang out from time to time so a dinette and cabover bed are on the list. I have owned Forest River 5ers and liked the quality, never owned a Thor product but like some of their floor plans and the Winnies are nice, any reason to stay away from any of these?
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gemsworld wrote:

If you are talking about a View, as in a Winnebago View, I would recommend it over any other Sprinter-based manufacturers. Having owned a Class C on a Ford chassis, I like the driving experience and comfort much better in the Sprinter. You can also use the cab in the Sprinter as part of the living area. We purchased the 24V model since it fits our style the best. Good luck on your search!


I'm a little confused with your response?

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Ah, sleeping 4 adults plus a dinette in a Sprinter, a View in the appropriate floor plan is going to be a great choice. Having a cab-over bed for 2 guests, the seamless design of the View's cab-over area is "tops". There might be a rare competitor to the View offering the same seamless design. If you find seam work in the cab-over area, your safest bet is to scratch that model off your list.

Seam work in the cab-over area is the Achilles Heal of class-C motor homes. No seam work means no water leaks. That over-hanging bed resonates so much that the seams breach with age and exposure to the elements. No seams = no breach = no water damage = no mold problems.

Go for the View/Navion and you will do fine.

I think the other poster gemsworld is pointing out that the cab area (the driver & passenger seat) turn-around and become part of the living room. With 4 people inside, that provides two additional easy chairs. You are not all scrunched together sitting at the dinette all the time.

The other chassis brands and makes offer the same 180 degree seating for the driver and passenger, but the Sprinter does it better.

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