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Posted: 10/03/21 10:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does such a Class A exist?

Our Northern Lite 10-2 CD slide-in truck camper suits us perfectly except for three drawbacks. But first some features we like: The roomy dinette with a large window. No slides to mess with and malfunction.

The drawbacks: At age 84, climbing into and out of the cabover bed multiples times per night. The standard-size RV toilet, which seems more suitable for a child than for an adult male – and not enough room to swap it out. Plus the air conditioner does not permit the option of cooling the sleeping area without cooling the entire interior.

We like the Leisure Vans Unity model (not a Class A) with rear twin beds and loads of overhead storage. But we don’t care for the transverse dinette with a limited view of the outdoors.

Do you know of a Class A with rear twin beds, a toilet with residential-size elongated seat, the ability to air condition the bedroom without cooling the entire interior, a roomy dinette with a good view of the outdoors, and no slide?

And I guess I should mention that our budget dictates used not new.

* This post was edited 10/04/21 01:34pm by hedgehopper *

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There are some older class A's that will supply all those and more. It will take some searching and maybe some of the other members here will even be able to tell you make and model. Then you just have to start searching.

Modern, or new ones will all have slides, and the only way you can get two beds is with a bunkhouse model.


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Other than buying something ancient, the Coachmen Pursuit 27 seems to come close to what you're looking for. Not sure how they rate on the quality scale, however.

No-slide Class A's are rare.

A retrofit for twin beds and a different toilet should be possible I would think.

The AC thing I'd forget about. If a class A has one AC unit it will cool the entire coach. That's just the way it is.

Hopefully others will offer other suggestions.


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Plenty of class C’s with rear twin beds, but I think you’ll have to find used.

Not sure what the issue with the AC cooling the entire coach is? As far as slides, going to be hard to find a non slide class A unless you go used. I’ve had 3 RVs with slides and none of them had issues.


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Toilet: If buying new you can specify, Used you can upgrade (As I did)

Beds, Those are not as easy to "upgrade" but it's possible.. Depending on the RV. RV's without slideouts are out there.. Both new and used. and generally it's easier to change beds in those.

The RV I had had slides. and a short queen bed.. and a bath and a half.. That last was the selling point.. 2 holes. no waiting.


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Posted: 10/04/21 07:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Toilet: Easy to swap out.

Air/con: Assuming it has a separate bedroom and ducted air/con, you should be able to shut off the vents to the main living room to focus it on the bedroom. But as mentioned, it's really not a big deal

Slides: They are pretty reliable...to the point you will probably have to special order to find one without (or go with an older used model)

Twin Beds: Don't see too many of those anymore...again, probably a special order as they will likely have to move cabinets.


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How long and how much to spend?

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I'll also follow the bullet point reply to the topic.

Toilet: Yes, easy to swap on whatever you get... unless the toilet is a very short one that sits on a box. Some Class A makers did that extensively in the 90s and some even into the 2000s. That means you have to find a toilet with similar vertical dimensions, or you have to remove the old toilet, the framework it is sitting on, determine how to cover the floor in the bathroom where the box void is and hope that the down pipe from the toilet to the black tank is in the proper place to put in a new toilet. Keep in mind that many of these manufacturers put the toilet on a a box so they could put in an angled down pipe to the black tank because the toilet was not located directly over the black tank.

A/C: Lots of older Class As have two A/Cs. Ducted systems with wall thermostats are most prevalent on anything from about 2000 forward. With two roof airs you have two cooling zones in which the front A/C handles the front of the coach and the rear unit handles the rear. If the coach you are looking at has 2 roof airs, one for sure is handling the rear of the coach.

Slides: Finding a post 2000 Class A with no slides is going to be very challenging. Most manufacturers started to dabble in slides on Class As in the late 90s and the popularity and quantity of slides has increased since then. If you really don't want slides you are either looking for a unicorn or you will have to make your age range for your used coach go back a whole lot farther than 2000. As others have said, a used unit in which the slides work now, can always have some extra inspection and maintenance done which can ensure that slides continue to work well into the future.

Twin beds: That is a pretty rare option to find in older coaches, I haven't seen twin beds in anything more modern in years. If that is make or break you will have to buy new and find a maker that will do a one-off custom order to fulfill that.

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Would this work? 2006 Four Winds RV Windsport 34W. It's wheel chain accessible also if needed.

Not easy finding something with all the boxes checked. The twin bed configuration is rare unless you go way back in time.


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There are some twin bed options still available, such as these:
https://www.thormotorcoach.com/axis/floor-plans/241/
https://www.thormotorcoach.com/fourwinds/floor-plans/25V

But they don't check the other boxes... One option might be to start with something like this:
https://www.thormotorcoach.com/fourwinds/floor-plans/28A
And do an aftermarket mod...

Or this:
https://www.gulfstreamcoach.com/products/motorhomes/conquestclassc/model/6280le
Which I've seen available as a rental with 4 bunk beds in the back instead of the queen, so could possibly be ordered with twin beds.

I'm not sure that any of those come with two ACs though, so that would be an aftermarket mod.


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