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Author Topic: What happened to over-the-cab beds in class-b RVs  (Read 2765 times)

wanderon

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What happened to over-the-cab beds in class-b RVs
« on: May 09, 2014, 05:12:54 PM »
I've been investigating used Class B's, looking to spend around $15k. I've found mostly a limited selection of Pleasure Ways and Roadtreks and am learning about these.

Intriguingly I keep running across old models like the Airstream B-190 that has an over-the-cab bed. While I imagine this has some impact on handling, it seems to make so much sense, as it would allow more variety in usage, e.g. friends hanging out while I rest upstairs, and just generally opens things up so much.

Why doesn't anyone seem to do this anymore? What's the best model to look into if that's what I want - not many seem available?

Also, while I like the over-head bed, I'm not sure I'm a fan of the larger rear bathroom (I don't understand the need for space here.) Are there models that have a more compact bathroom, or at least one that it doesn't seem like the master bed is next to a very visible toilet?

The reason for my interest is in the appearance of having a van instead of a small class C or B+ - this is important for many situations, like city parking and festivals that require RV permits.

Thanks!
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robertusa123

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Re: What happened to over-the-cab beds in class-b RVs
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2014, 05:30:57 AM »
Mostly. aerodynamics and height restrictions.
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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: What happened to over-the-cab beds in class-b RVs
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014, 12:21:18 PM »
The addition of an over-the-cab bed essentially makes it a small Class C instead of a B. Sometimes they designate it a B+, like the Gulfstream BT [Touring] Cruiser.
http://www.gulfstreamcoach.com/conquest-products/btouring/btouring-home.htm


If your objective is to stay small, their are C's like the Four Winds Majestic that are as little as 19 feet.
http://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2010-Four-Winds-Majestic-19G-112357232

If you are wiling to consider 22 ft, there are many choices, e.g. Safari Damara, Winnie Outlook, R-Vision, Phoenix Cruiser, etc. Go to a RV ad site such as rvt.com and use the Advanced Search feature to specify size, type (include C as well as B), price range, year, etc. and you should find many that meet your criteria.
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