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shalbleib71

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So I'm looking for a potential full-time RV for one, maybe a pet eventually. I've been looking at C's pretty much exclusively (some B+s) but then I thought what about small A's?

Primary concerns for the decision would be:
- Gas mileage
- Service costs
- Drivability - I plan to boondock when possible and am aware that road conditions can be a bit more primitive.

Anything else I should be considering, and what's your recommendation? Any other pros and cons would be very beneficial.

Thx in advance!

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Scott, it depends on many factors only you can answer when you look in the mirror. I hazard to guess that a shorter diesel A will give you the best bang and value over time. Fuel cost will be less with diesel over gas, that depends on mileage driven. Many do not drive more than a few k's / yr. The more miles, better to go diesel.
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Economics favor the smallest RV possible, I think. I recently bought a C. While looking, I looked at A's costing the same amount as I paid for the C. In the end, I reasoned that the RISK of a high cost repair was as lot higher on an A than on a C. Tires, brakes and transmissions will cost a lot more. I didn't want to find myself with an RV I couldn't afford to repair.

If I was going solo, I would need nothing more than a Poptop VW.

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Having owned both a diesel and gas Class C, I favor the gas.

A class A, given the same "footprint" as a C may nearly always have more storage. That is a big deal if you plan to full time.

It comes down to finding something in great condition.

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Have you rented an A, B and C to determine which you prefer?


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shalbleib71 wrote:

Primary concerns for the decision would be:
- Gas mileage
- Service costs
- Drivability - I plan to boondock when possible and am aware that road conditions can be a bit more primitive.

You hit the nail on the head ! Class C wins in all cases.

A B+ (depending on whose definition of what a B+ is !) also wins 2 out of 3 (service will be about the same) over a Class C.

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Lwiddis wrote:

Have you rented an A, B and C to determine which you prefer?


I have rented a C for a week and liked it just fine. Might be a little trickier to find a small A for rent, but it's a good idea.

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