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b_smitty

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Where are the Class B owners?
« on: April 03, 2006, 07:16:26 PM »
Since joining the forum I regularly look in the Van Conversions section for discussion of topics of interest to Class B owners.  Unfortunately. there is very little activity in this category.   :(  How many of you are class B owners?  What make and model do you own? 
Smitty

Jeff

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2006, 07:19:11 PM »
Smitty:

WE have several members who have class B's. You'll probably pull them out of the woodwork.  8)

King

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2006, 07:31:42 AM »
'98 Pleasureway, Massachusetts. 
Have no questions now, everything works.

george jannini

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2006, 02:32:28 PM »
Hey Smitty

   I been around this forum since '94, and have rallied with the gang quite a few times, but since we've been running a VW Westfalia the whole time- 155,000 miles so far- we hang out in the VW world a lot more!  There's always something to fix if you've got a Bus, so you can look on VW ownership as a cult or co-dependency. <G>

     George, Jo & Ollie/ATL
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     '67 VW Kombi

Betty Brewer

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2006, 06:11:22 PM »
Smitty,

We first had a VW Vanagon.  Traded up for a Sportsmobile to get more ability to climb mountains.  It was custom made for all of our goodies. 

We loved it until we rented a class A for a weekend.  Once I had my own bathroom we traded it in for a class A.  It was neat though as you could get into literally any campsite.

Betty and Terry
Betty Brewer

see where we are

b_smitty

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2006, 07:10:00 PM »
We are new to Class B travel and camping, so it's good to hear from all of you veterans out there.  Next week we take delivery on a new Pleasure-Way Plateau (Sprinter-based).  Really looking forward to hitting the road this summer.  We've rented Class Cs on numerous occasions, but never a B.  We were attracted to the Class B because it can go just about anywhere and can park in a regular parking space.  Class Cs are just a bit too wide to move about freely, but too small to justify towing a car.  We generally like to camp in state, national park and other campgrounds with more natural surroundings, so access to the more remote campgrounds is a priority for us.  We have long been tent campers so moving up to a B will seem like luxury.  Still, because the B is small, we are assuming that prolonged trips are not really practical, so we expect to break up our travels into shorter more frequent trips, returning home often.   For that reason, fuel economy was also an important consideration in our choice, if only psychologically.  We paid a premium for the diesel engine, but liked the idea of getting 25 mpg.  What was the longest period you spent traveling and living in your B?  Any sage advice for a newcomer to Class B camping?   ???
Smitty

dustinbriq

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2006, 05:34:12 PM »
Hi,

I'm a class B owner.  I have had my Sportsmobile EB-50 4x4 for a few months, and am loving it.

-Dustin

Len and Jo

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2006, 08:59:43 PM »
Longest time in a "B"?????

Two months for us.  I trip to Alaska 2-3 years ago.  Next longest was a 1 month trip to PEI and Nova Scotia.

Ours is a custom made (aka: I made it) camper.  Used a 2000 Extended Chevrolet Express cargo van as the base.  There are several pictures of it and the trips in the photo section.
Len & Jo
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We 'B' RVing   Berkley, Michigan
Van Development:   https://youtu.be/5Xqk_G6k95M
12 Years of Travels:  https://youtu.be/UMIf17CzdZo

neologist

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2006, 11:11:53 PM »
Hoping to learn more about and eventually own a class B. We have serious space limitations.

b_smitty

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2006, 12:59:58 AM »
Len & Jo, congratulations on building your B!  I'm always impressed and intrigued by those who do so.  I'm, personally, intimidated by the magnitude of the task.  Quite and undertaking!   Any "lessons learned" about taking extended trips in a B that you can share?   
Smitty

BaKe

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2006, 08:20:06 PM »
Coming out of the Woodwork.  One year - March 2005 to March 2006 - spent together in our Sportsmobile.  About 42,000 miles through 40 States and 4  Provinces. Wouldn't do it any other way.  Oh, you dream about it.  But when it comes down to it, Class B is really the way to go.  And I was never a camper.  Now I love it - especially when I know it's only for two nights...ha ha ha.  P.S. Hi John!
BaKeRu
We ride in a Ford Econoline Van, converted by Sportsmobile Indiana.

raedmunds71

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2006, 04:10:07 PM »
I'm a new member just getting started with your forum.
Looks like there is alot of good information available.
Thanks, it's nice to be online.
Let's make our world a better place
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4gottenway

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2006, 08:09:13 PM »
New to the forum and just bought an '85 Falcon on a Dodge chassis. I mistakenly posted questions on the MH forum without noticing "van conversions" were considered Class B's. Hope to get much info here!

Rich_in_Tampa

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2006, 06:03:49 PM »
Our Great West Sprinter Legend was the only RV we say which would be both adequate in size as well as parkable in our city house driveway along the side of the house. We find it to be a great compromise. Most trips are 3-7 days and we drive it from the campsite right into downtown when we're touring. Makes a great rolling kennel for our Doberman, too, so day trips no longer mean boarding her.

Not sure I would want to live in it for a month, but otherwise it meets our needs nicely. 22 mpg, too.
Rich
2006 Great West Legend Sprinter

roadtrekker

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2007, 09:33:41 AM »
We have a 1998 Roadtrek 190 Popular which we bought used a few years ago. We LOVE it! We can go and park almost anywhere a regular car can go and it has everything we need. We couldn't be happier! We usually take 3 trips a year the longest being in August-September when we take a month. We live in Maryland and have gone to the Southwest, the northern Rockies and into Canada, eastern Canada and the maritime provinces and this past summer we went to Michigan to see lighthouses which we both love. This coming summer we plan to take 5 weeks and go to the west coast.
Having a class B is a blessing in so many ways besides the ease of driving and parking. We have come to campgrounds that have big rigs lined up waiting for a campsite and they let us go right in because we can fit in most any spot and don't really care if we have hookups (although we enjoy them if they are readily available.) We can't imagine enjoying traveling as much anyother way!
Roadtrekker

Rich_in_Tampa

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2007, 04:17:15 PM »
We have a 1998 Roadtrek 190 Popular which we bought used a few years ago. We LOVE it! We can go and park almost anywhere a regular car can go and it has everything we need. We couldn't be happier! We usually take 3 trips a year the longest being in August-September when we take a month.

We love our class B Great West Legend, too. But I can't imagine spending a month in it. Can you describe what you do to avoid feeling closed in if you hit a couple of rainy days? We have had no problems since the awning and weather almost always are favorable around here for just sitting around outside.

Any "space management" tips?
Rich
2006 Great West Legend Sprinter

irvsiegel

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2007, 07:08:34 PM »

   I had a Great West van for about three years, and I loved it.  After I got married, though, it was apparent that it wasn't big enough for my wife and me.  I needed more room in the bedroom and a stand-up shower.  She needed more closet space.  We were sans RV for a couple of years, but about a month ago we purchased a Fleetwood Fiesta LX (Class A) and we love it!
Irv Siegel

BernieD

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2007, 09:04:37 PM »
Met a couple a couple of weeks ago that full time in a Road Trek. They love it, but seem to have developed some strange habits.
Bernie & Marlene Dobrin
Home is Goodyear, AZ
Missing our Travel Supreme

Ray D

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2007, 10:08:21 PM »
Bernie, if my wife and I full timed in a Road Trek, we would definitely develop some strange habits! I think you can count on that - take it to the bank. I'm impressed with just the thought!

So, how about a strange habit or two, that you saw? Care to elaborate? What does full timing a Road Trek do to you?

Ray D
Boise, Idaho. U.S.A.F. Vet. Damon Challenger, Workhorse/Vortec, 2005 towing a Suzuki XL-7, 2003.

BernieD

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2007, 10:42:52 PM »
Ray

Nothing we  saw, but they said that they wore clothes until they weren't wearable and then buy new and throw away the old. Not many changes of clothes available in the Roadtrek. :D Can't remember some of the other things they mentioned.
Bernie & Marlene Dobrin
Home is Goodyear, AZ
Missing our Travel Supreme

Ray D

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2007, 10:57:42 PM »
I wondered about that. Or, did they wear clothes, at all. Or, just on special occasions? (Like going outside, for example.)

I would hate to hazard a guess as to how many YEARS I have spent on the road, professionally. Lived out of a suitcase! And, had changes of clothing and kept them clean. Road TRek is bigger than a suitcase, albeit, not much bigger. I think it could be done. Might be challenging to make that into a fun thing. Road Trek not as big as a hotel room.

Think of it as a huge suitcase!  ;D

I have thought about the time I spent on the road, and wondered if a motorhome and a toad might have been the way to go.

Nah! I'm retired! I quit, and I'm going to stay quit!  ;D

Ray D
Boise, Idaho. U.S.A.F. Vet. Damon Challenger, Workhorse/Vortec, 2005 towing a Suzuki XL-7, 2003.

Ray D

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2007, 12:28:06 PM »
Class B too crowded?  ??? Not really!  ;D

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16757133/

Nuff said!

Ray D
Boise, Idaho. U.S.A.F. Vet. Damon Challenger, Workhorse/Vortec, 2005 towing a Suzuki XL-7, 2003.

roadtrekker1

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2007, 04:34:43 PM »
Maybe my husband and I are unusually compatible but we have no problem spending a month together in our Roadtrek. No-we do not wear our clothes until they are filthy and then throw them away! we change clothes regularly and when the dirty clothes bag is full we stop at a laundramat-usually every 10 to 14 days. We take books and games to use in the evening and if the weather is bad. We have a 11' x 14' screen room we put up if we get in early or are spending a couple nights at the same spot. We frequently do all our cooking and eating outside and have reclining chairs to relax outside too. We find it a wonderful way to travel!

Rich_in_Tampa

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2007, 05:12:16 PM »
Maybe my husband and I are unusually compatible but we have no problem spending a month together in our Roadtrek.  ...We have a 11' x 14' screen room we put up if we get in early or are spending a couple nights at the same spot. We frequently do all our cooking and eating outside and have reclining chairs to relax outside too. We find it a wonderful way to travel!

The awning and mat make a nice addition, I must admit. Ours isn't screened, so bugs can be a problem after dusk. We do have a screen over the sliding entry door, and that opens things up nicely, too. Kick back in the recliners with a glass of winebeverage - pretty nice. But for a month it seems it would get kinda close in there. Any tips?

What type/style of screen room do you have?
Rich
2006 Great West Legend Sprinter

roadtrekker1

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2007, 07:19:02 AM »
The awning and mat make a nice addition, I must admit. Ours isn't screened, so bugs can be a problem after dusk. We do have a screen over the sliding entry door, and that opens things up nicely, too. Kick back in the recliners with a glass of winebeverage - pretty nice. But for a month it seems it would get kinda close in there. Any tips?

What type/style of screen room do you have?
The screen room we have is a Wenzel but there are several other makes. We especially like the fact that it has a flap on the bottom that folds in a lays on the ground so the bugs cannot easily crawl in under the screen (and my little dog can't crawl out!)
On our trips we usually go in nice weather and we don't stay long in one place so most of the time we spend inside we are either driving or sleeping so close quarters has really not been a problem.

Rich_in_Tampa

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2007, 10:02:08 AM »
The screen room we have is a Wenzel

How is it to assemble? I returned a Colemen cause it was ridiculously tedious to put up.
Rich
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roadtrekker

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2007, 07:34:55 AM »
How is it to assemble? I returned a Colemen cause it was ridiculously tedious to put up.
It takes two people about 10 minutes to put up. We have done it a number of times so we have a "routine". You lay it out, put in the stakes that hold it on the ground; there are 3 sleeves across the top and you put the poles through them and fasten them in place; then you take the 6 upright poles and insert them into the ends of the poles across the top and then stand them upright and there is a little fastener on the bottom that fits into the bottom of each pole to hold it correctly in place. When we have new equipment we always try it out at home a couple times so we don't "entertain" the campground as we fumble with it for the first time in front of an audience.

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #27 on: February 04, 2007, 09:54:12 PM »
This new"b" owner  :)is in upstate NY waiting for spring and waiting for a knee replacement to heal :'(.  So in the mean time, I have been reading many forums and trying to absorb as much as possible so I'm ready to roll come April.  We purchased a 2005 Vista Cruiser G-26 for my wife and I to facilitate camping and traveling. We both teach high school and I will be retiring in July so we have lots of travel plans.  Our daughter attends college in California and our two sons attend college in NY.  I have planned at about one trip per month starting in July including traveling to Ca., a trip to R.I.(sailing) , Alabama (golf), Arizona in January.  This all sounds too good to be true but having the Vista Cruiser MB will make this possible with reasonable gas mileage and inexpensive accommodations.  My wife will be teaching for a few more years and will sometimes travel by air to meet up with me and travel during her vacations.  Many adjustments will need to be made but we hope this will be the beginning of new chapter for us. Thank you all for all your comments here and on other forums.  I really like RV.net for Conversion Van forums and hopefully this one will continue to include lots of info for us new"b"s.  :)

dawziecat

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #28 on: September 07, 2008, 02:39:59 PM »
What was the longest period you spent traveling and living in your B? 


In 2004 we left New Jersey and toured much of the southwest. Eight weeks in a 17 foot Roadtrek . . . the two of us, two cats with mandatory litterbox and a 90lb german shepherd!
So, it can be done . . . but I can't say I really recommend it.  :)

In 2007 we did much the same trip but this time in a 19 foot Roadtrek. Without the shepherd as she had "moved upstairs." Another eight weeks.

This year we set out again in the 19 foot Trek. We got to Sierra Vista, AZ  and impulsively traded the Trek in on a 21 foot Class C Freelander.

Much prefer the Freelander for the room it offers but miss the Trek for the easier driving, better fuel milage, attractive streamlined appearance and general all-round ease of getting it serviced.
Everything's a compromise.

roadtripper

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Re: Where are the Class B owners?
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2008, 07:12:23 PM »
We are new to the forum, new RV campers (former tenters and roadtrippers-thus the name), and the new owners of a (not so new) 1995 Roadtrek Versatile.
Just put down the deposit today--any advice?Tips? Things you wish you had known/done when you were starting out? We are planning a summer cross country trip for next year and would love some advice. Thanks for any and all help!

 

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