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Len and Jo

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Youtube video on European class B's - different ideas
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:21:01 AM »
Always looking for ideas.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bWrCUiprFQ

Len & Jo
The Green Tardis
We 'B' RVing   Berkley, Michigan
Van Development:   https://youtu.be/5Xqk_G6k95M
12 Years of Travels:  https://youtu.be/UMIf17CzdZo

Snowman9000

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Re: Youtube video on European class B's - different ideas
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2015, 07:23:51 PM »
Yes, interesting stuff.  Thanks!

blw2

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Re: Youtube video on European class B's - different ideas
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2015, 08:17:38 AM »
I actually stumbled onto that video a couple weeks back....
I personally don't care for all the contemporary styling in europe, but I love some of the features.... such as the garages.
I get the feeling they don't do a lot of building with wood frames and such like we do here..... more modern materials, for strength without weight.

Someone a while back posted pics of their German made class a with a garage under the bedroom big enough for a small car (fiat or smart car or something......  I love that!
I did some googling back then and really fell in love with some of the euro stuff.  Wish some of those ideas would sail on over here..... although I want to buy made in USA.....
Brad (DW + 3 kids)
13 Thor Chateau 31L Class C on Ford E-450
'06 Silverado
'05 Rockwood Freedom 1910 (5-1/2 years)
former tent campers

Snowman9000

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Re: Youtube video on European class B's - different ideas
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2015, 03:23:07 PM »
The Big 3 carmakers got a jolt from Japan and made their cars better because of it.  I for one would like the see the domestic RV makers get ahead of the curve for a change.  At least quality-wise.

Tinmania

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Re: Youtube video on European class B's - different ideas
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2015, 04:29:02 PM »
I also love many of the ideas, but could do without some of the styling.

I get the feeling those RVs are also geared towards a much higher-end market than the typical RV in the USA.

That said many class B+ models here are, in my opinion, crazily expensive for what they offer. I suspect those European class Bs are no more expensive yet seem higher-end.




Mike

blw2

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Re: Youtube video on European class B's - different ideas
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2015, 09:50:13 AM »
Yep, just as I am intrigued by the idea of ultralight backpacking, I also like this idea of smaller RV's.
I'm not sure that it is for me.... well in fact I know that it is not currently, but I can see myself doing it in the future when it's just DW and me.
We both tend to be pack rats and like to be prepared for anything, so we have a great tendency to overpack on any trip.  It's how I get my exercise  :o  So I'm not sure if we could ever make it work... but I did give it a lot of thought as I was driving out to TX and back recently.  Smaller rigs would open up a lot of flexibility for sight seeing and generally navigating while shopping etc....
Brad (DW + 3 kids)
13 Thor Chateau 31L Class C on Ford E-450
'06 Silverado
'05 Rockwood Freedom 1910 (5-1/2 years)
former tent campers

RobertRyan

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Re: Youtube video on European class B's - different ideas
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2015, 06:16:43 PM »
We have very similar ideas regarding RV's in Australia. Black Tanks are strangely not that popular here, unless you have a converted coach. Electronics are used a lot more than in either a U.S. or a European RV. Interior design is even more contemporary than the European, US style would not fly at all.
Slideouts are common, these are not existant in Europe. Suspensions are what distinguishes an Australian RV from anywhere else many on road RV's still go off road a bit.
From my observation as well, European RVers are younger,. Most of the RVers are Class C Motorhomes, the rest are Class B's Towables are shrinking in Europe


Len and Jo

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Re: Youtube video on European class B's - different ideas
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2015, 07:39:02 PM »
Have looked online at several Australian RV's and they are very well thought out.
Len & Jo
The Green Tardis
We 'B' RVing   Berkley, Michigan
Van Development:   https://youtu.be/5Xqk_G6k95M
12 Years of Travels:  https://youtu.be/UMIf17CzdZo

RobertRyan

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Re: Youtube video on European class B's - different ideas
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2015, 11:28:13 PM »
Two current examples are the Sunliner 40 Motorhome(Too Celebrate 40yrs of Production )and the AVIDA Caravan, that won an  an award for design and build quality for 2014. AVIDA used to be Winnebago Motorhomes, but started recently to make Caravans.
Sunliner 40 and also the AVIDA Topaz Caravan The Sunliner has a large drop down bed and a pop up TV
There are 140 Caravan builders alone in Australia, so it is an extremely competitive market. AVIDA and Sunliner use a lot of composites, Computer flat pack furniture and many automated systems in the building of their RV's. Sunliner has dropped it's Caravan line, although they still make a 5th wheeler
AVIDA Topaz Caravan.
AVIDA still has the right to use the Winnebago name as well.
The Esperance Winnebago Premium, buit on a IVECO Chassis 11,300lb GVWR, 18,000 GCVWR. Small 26ft Class A, with either a Slideout or no slideout and a drop down bed
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RobertRyan

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Re: Youtube video on European class B's - different ideas
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2015, 12:44:01 AM »
Some Class B's
Horizon Motorhomes, built on the Ducato, Promaster to you. There is no 3.6 Gas engine in Australia only the 3 Litre Diesel
A Paradise Motorhomes Sprinter with a small rear slide like the Winnebago 70c. Although this is not new in Australia
http://www.paradisemotorhomes.com.au/sites/default/files/content-images/motorhome-images/oasis_0.jpg
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