We've had our 1999 Sea Breeze for 4 years now. We were lucky enough to inherit it from my grandparents so the cost of ownership is unusually low. However, we did get hit with a $2,500 bill when the parking brake seized up 3 years ago and the prospect of future big repair bills is worrisome.
In 3-4 years I'd like to replace it and one option may be a 6-cyl tow vehicle + lightweight travel trailer or hybrid. I'm also considering a class C. I'm considering the tow vehicle + trailer because then the tow vehicle would be a daily driver and I wouldn't have an extra drivetrain to maintain.
The class C option is a little bit more of a mystery to me. I'm wondering if smaller class C rigs are less expensive to maintain than class A rigs because they're basically a van. My grandparents also used to always have class C models before this last class A they got and there's a bit of childhood nostalgia for that style.
If the cost is the same what about ease of finding mechanics/shops that will work on class C vs class A. I live in a rural area and for some reason it's very hard to find someone willing to work on our '99 Sea Breeze. I may have found a reliable mechanic not too far from home but when the emergency brake failed it was hell trying to find someone who could work on it on the road.