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Posted: 09/23/19 11:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

New to RVing and looking for a Class C.

What models you are considering? Looking at something on the smaller end (22-25’) as drive ability and parking are important. We originally had experience with a Sunseeker on a Mercedes chasis, as our friends purchased a new one in summer 2019. Looked at very many at the Harrisburg PA show, but narrowed them down to Entegra Odyssey on Ford 350 and Chevy, and then Minnie Winnie also on Ford.

Lifestyle? We are 50s empty nesters who live in an urban loft apartment and only limited summer parking for camper/RV and then storage for winter. We have had a Intech Luna (Teardrop) for two seasons and really like it for size and some luxury. But, with our group that we camp with, 5-6 times per season, going to nicer RV parks, we’re finding the need for facilities a much greater issue. Originally were interested in Nest and keeping to a light towable behind a smaller Jeep. But increasing interest in much further travels beyond season to season camping is leading us to RVs.

How do you intend to use it? Both summer camping and 2-3 trips per year.

How many people? 2 mostly but on occasion another couple who will need some comfort.
Do you like to cook and have space, or do you like comfort on a couch? Couch is much less of an issue, but really so is cooking space. We’re outdoor folk and really enjoy the outdoor galley kitchen of the teardrop.

Do you need an overhead bed, or an entertainment center? Second bed for couple would be a good feature. Don’t need entertainment center, and kind of turned off by the outdoor TVs on many of the Class Cs, but also would need to add something to Nest when there are only plus and nothing installed.

Are you new to RV's? Yes, have only used a towable

We drove the Ford Chasis and it was so very truck like that it was a turnoff campared to Sprinter. Have heard just recently that Ford coming out with a new one for 2020. Will this be on the level of Merc. sprinter?

Advice from all of you Pros?

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Posted: 09/23/19 12:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My advice is to try and go with the one that you can get on a Chevy Chassis

More room in the drivers area,smoother more comfortable ride just to name a few things.


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An option you may want to look at are the "Cruiser" type motorhomes.
Gulfstream makes the BT Cruiser which is a moderately priced line, It's slightly narrower than many of the other C types, Its slightly more streamlined than many, especially compared to the models with an over cab bed. Sizes run from 22' to about 32' BT Cruiser

There are also some other similar lines, some higher in price and quality that have a strong following Phoenix cruiser
You may find one of these to be a better compromise.
Happy hunting

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Posted: 09/23/19 07:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look at this...



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Short Class C's have less comfortable sleeping and limited cupboard and storage space. Need to convert a sofa into a bed or sleep in overhead can get on your nerves. A 27 footer without slides and rear bedroom with RV Queen bed is the best compromise compared to a much longer or shorter rig/floor plan.

Take a look at Road Trek widened van camper conversions. Nimble, versatile, expensive, lacking in elbow room also useful as transportation vehicle.

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Bordercollie wrote:

Short Class C's have less comfortable sleeping and limited cupboard and storage space. Need to convert a sofa into a bed or sleep in overhead can get on your nerves. A 27 footer without slides and rear bedroom with RV Queen bed is the best compromise compared to a much longer or shorter rig/floor plan.



Agree w/above.

Ours is a 25'model that runs 26' in real length. I have no issue with the ride or performance of the Ford E-chassis / V10 combo. I like not having a slide(s) at this point in my life. Have no problem with space in it.... I like it more than I thought I would, we like the physical size of it for many reasons. However.... One of the ONLY things we don't prefer about the one we have is the corner bed. A queen that you could get around would make all the difference in the world (to the good).


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Choice of length and floor plan , slides or no slides, Class C versus A should be based on how you will ultimately use the motorhome and the personality of you and your partner (if any) For a few nearby camping trips per year a smallish, modestly priced rig may suffice. If one or both partners want 'all of the comforts of home' and want a full size queen bed with access on all three sides, and a large bathroom and galley, washer and dryer (etc., etc.) you may want a fairly large Class A, perhaps with a diesel pusher engine. Having once owned a versatile bubble top 'Family Wagon' van conversion, I sometimes wish we had a modern Road Trek Class B rig. Road Trek and similar widened van conversions are more expensive than similar class C motorhomes but can be used for commuting and casual use in days at local parks and events more easily than Class C's and A's.

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I would look at some of the 24 ft C's with a full wall slide. You get a lot more room inside and a queen bed, not the corner bed. Some of the models that have this configuration are the Thor 24f, Jayco 24B, Leprechaun 240FS, Chateau 24BL and 24F. They also come on the Chevy and Sprinter chassis. Some have more storage than others, the Sprinter models that I have seen have less storage and CCC.

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My advice to you is to find a floorplan that you can live with regarding living space, storage space and ease of usable space.
You don't want things to be too cramped. The only way to find out without actually buying one is to rent one or spend a few hours in various floorplans 'roll playing' that your camping in it. Make a list of your stuff and configure where it's going to be stored and how your stuff will be used.

All rvs no matter how much you spend have problems. Don't think if you buy one that's more expensive that it will be less problematic.
I found the best and most honest info was from the mechanics who repair them. I found a few rv mechanics that actually steered me away from buying units that have frequent recurring issues, saving me thousands of up front dollars.

If you desire more detailed info, feel free to send me a PM and I will go through things with you.

Good luck in your decision.

Regards, Bob

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Posted: 09/27/19 01:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

5-6 times a year? Between what you'll pay in storage plus the costs of ownership, you might be better off renting.



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