Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class B Motorhome Discussions
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-28-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 1
Class B van conversion opinions?

Just beginning to investigate buying new or near new class B to travel in. Any advice or recommendations on manufacturers and/or models appreciated. Any to avoid? Top priority is quality built and a reputation for dependability. But like everyone I'm looking for the best value for the dollar. I've owned a class C in the past and am well aware that all rv's are lousy investments so I'm proceeding cautiously! Among the B's, which brands and/or models typically re-sell well? Any opinions along those lines would be welcomed.

JR-DR is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-29-2011, 09:49 PM   #2
iRV2 Marketing
DriVer's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Coastal Campers
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Conway, SC
Posts: 22,835
Blog Entries: 70
Originally Posted by JR-DR View Post
Any opinions along those lines would be welcomed.
Winnebago manufactures a nice rig called an Via, Reyo and an Era. You may want to see if you can get one of these motorhomes either new or used.

Winnebago Type B & C Motorhomes

03 Adventurer 38G, Workhorse W22
F&R Track Bars, Safety+ , Ultrapower, Taylor Extremes, SGII
TST 507, Blue Ox, SMI, Koni FSD, CrossFire
RV/MH Hall of Fame - Lifetime Member
DriVer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2012, 07:32 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 322
We looked at three of the conversion vans built on/into the Sprinter chassis. The three we looked at were Roadtrek, Airstream, and the Winnebago ERA. As it turned out, we liked the 2012 ERA the best as the fit and finish was certainly on a par with the other two we looked at. What really sealed the deal was the ERA, when equipped the same as the Roadtrek and Airstream, was at least $20k lower purchase price than either of the competitors.
I would definitely look long and hard at the Sprinter based class B's. There's so many things going for the Sprinter--better head room, more floor space, Mercedes V6 turbo diesel (18-20 mpg), wide doors, spare tire under the van not under the bed or attached to rear of van, integral tall body, not a "glued on" fiberglass roof extension just to mention a few.
RSchleder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 11:42 AM   #4
garmp's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 32
We are looking very hard at a Sportsmobile. A bit pricy, but worth it. We're about ready to order the base van, have it shipped to Sportsmobile and converted to our design. This way I get what I want and no more (and then only have myself to kick in the rear, if I don't like it). Pleasureway Traverse is another option in the pop up line of B's. But they offer one plan only. No options or add ons. Their storage is very limited. GTRV makes a nice unit and are out of western Canada, so you got to watch the dollar value.
We're going with Sportsmobile for a number of reasons, but a large factor is they located in the midwest as are we, so proximity has its worth.

Hope this helps.
garmp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 07:29 PM   #5
Senior Member
Bucksmom's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 314
Toured the sportsmobile place. Nice folks! As I recall they had a 6 mo wait time. They are nice units.
2008 Dynamax Dynaquest,
a good man who puts up with me, and Buck and Bull the wonderdogs.
Bucksmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2012, 05:19 AM   #6
Junior Member
redbusdriver's Avatar
Thor Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 3
Nothing against Sportsmobile, fine units. However, the OP asked about resale value. A custom designed one off, while perfect for the original owner, will suffer in resale if it has unique features. If it doesn't have unique features (such as disabled access), why custom build?

Also consider the seat belted capacity of a class B. We chose the ERA with the folding couch rear as it has 7 seat belts. The competing models with twin bunks only belt 3 seats. Great for an empty nester couple, but unsellable to a large family looking for a highway cruiser with galley and potty and intending to tent camp or hotel it. The new ERA replaces a Ford E350 passenger van in our family for just that purpose.

I loved the Airstream & Roadtrek, but the few different features from the ERA did not justify the greatly added cost. We did see a 2010 ERA on the same lot as our new one, it was $15K less, but was on the single rear wheel 2500 chassis with less power and weight capacity. It was tempting, but we went new to get a better bank rate, 13K miles of "newness", more capable load capacity and full factory warranties.
redbusdriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 02:16 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 112
It really depends on what your needs are OUTSIDE of what you're already mentioned, which was:

* Quality built and a reputation for dependability
* The best value for the dollar

For me, when the time comes, I'll be traveling cross-country and have been eyeing the Roadtrek RS Adventureous for awhile now.

Seeing as I'll be doing this cross country journey w/my wife, we'll need a large amount of storage. Seeing as the RS has the option of an added storage cabinet behind the passenger seat AND the driver seat...as least they did on the 2011's I've seen...can't imagine they'd remove that option on any 2012 model....whereas the ERA doesn't...at least from what I've seen/heard...the ERA isn't looking like it's going to work for us!

Also, we're looking at gas mileage...but seeing as most of today's leading Class B's are on the MB Sprinter chassis, it's almost a given that one would expect around 20mph, so that's not really something to lose sleep over!

All I would suggest is to really analyze how you'll be using the coach/van...and what you're really looking for INSIDE the van in such a way that when you're out on the road, the layout offers you the convenience and luxury you're looking for!

Does no good...IMHO...to have a great coach that has a great reputation for build quality and resale value...but doesn't meet my needs when it comes to LIVING IN IT for any amount of time!

Get out to as many local dealers that you can and check out the ERA (Winnebago) and the RS Adventurous (Roadtrek) and really spend some time in them and ask yourself....

"does the inside of the van give us everything we think we'll need/want for as long as we're in it?"

Let's also not forget one important thing...that redbusdriver has pointed out in their post...and that is...


Good luck in your decision and do let us know which one you decided to go with when the time comes!

RogueRVer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2012, 08:13 PM   #8
Senior Member
Rubix cube's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 111
I own a Pleasure way Plateau TS, a class B built on a Sprinter platform. I would have to agree with RogueRVer. Storage space is important. Quality is important. In the case of the latter, both Roadtrek and Pleasureway are reputable, although I've heard disparaging remarks on both by owners. They both have room for improvement.

Getting back to the first point though, we are buying a toad, for two reasons. Freedom to go to the store, without having to disconnect everything and pack up; and, storage. One thing I do love is 20 mpg if I keep it at 65 or below.
Dave Foghorn
2011 Pleasure Way Plateau TS
& soon, 2012 Mini Clubman S toad
Rubix cube is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2012, 09:24 AM   #9
Senior Member
MAU MAU's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 105
If you are interested in the Sprinter, their 2013 model will have many upgrades including an estimated 30 mpg and possibly 4WD.

Just check out www.edmunds.com for all of the details.

Roadtrek 170 Popular
MAU MAU is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Class C MH MFG's "007" Class C Motorhome Discussions 32 10-04-2016 02:18 PM
Opinions on Coachman Mirada Class A GetnBusy Class A Motorhome Discussions 5 04-19-2011 06:00 PM
Monaco RV LLC Introduces New Aluma-Lite FWS Class C DriVer RV Industry Press 3 03-18-2011 05:32 AM
New 2008 Ford F53 Super Duty Class A Chassis Warpath RV Industry Press 8 01-19-2008 06:08 PM
Reflections from the passenger seat of a Class A Rhonda in NC Class A Motorhome Discussions 16 03-17-2007 10:54 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:53 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.