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Old 10-19-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Hubby and I are ready to downsize our 34' Newmar to a Class B. We will no longer need the larger space for winter living after this season. Our plan is to use the Class B for short trips, to get us to our winter place in FL, and to serve as a second vehicle during the summers at home. We will start looking around this winter with a spring switch-over time frame in mind.

Any suggestions for things to be aware of, look for, avoid altogether? Is it possible to condense all our stuff to fit in a Class B? What have you found is absolutely necessary to take with you?

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Old 10-19-2013, 05:11 PM   #2
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We just bought a Class B to sight-see /travel and are going to keep our Class A for extended trips to camp longer on one spot. I'm lucky to be able to keep it in a garage. We have done about 4 good size trips with the best being 10 weeks in Alaska. To us we have adapted great to the smaller size but if I had to pick the number one over all the advantages is staying under 21'. It was so nice to park anywhere we wanted, even parking Walmarts etc you could park without crossing lanes. You find with some thinking you only take the bare minimum . I never felt like I need anything. We bought a Pleasure Way Excel TS.

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Old 10-26-2013, 07:24 AM   #3
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We bought our 1st class A in 1993 and after 2 more A's, we sold our 40' Allegro Bus almost 2 years ago. We replaced the Bus with a 2012 Winnebago Class B ERA. We now have 23,000 miles on the ERA and are really happy with our downsize. Nothing like 3 times the fuel milage and the ability to go from coast to coast with or without a TOAD. When we want to take a car, we tow our 2007 Mini S 6 speed and enjoy the heck out of driving it when we reach our destinations.
We do not regret our decision for a second, as it was exactly what we needed to do at this point in our life. The ERA has met or surpassed out expectations and the class B lifestyle has been liberating to say the least!

PS- if you get rid of all the stuff you seldom or never use, YES- you can get everything you need into a class B. Packing with some common sense and thought will work and you'll appreciate the simpler life style.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:19 PM   #4
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We were leaning toward a diesel engine but a RoadTrek owner we met on the road suggested that the price of diesel made the gas model a better bargain. What do you think? Gas or diesel? Which is the better idea?
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:24 PM   #5
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Based on my experience with two diesel cars and now a Sprinter-based Roadtrek E-Trek, it depends on both miles driven and the terrain for those miles. In general, you will pay more up front for the diesel and then have slightly lower fuel cost per mile. I also get non-monetary enjoyment from driving a relatively high-mileage vehicle and like the torque at low rpm of a diesel, especially in mountains.

That said, if the E-Trek had a gas engine I still would have bought it based on coach features that I really like. So I think you should go for the class B with a layout, technical features, and price that works best for you and not give the type of fuel much weight in that decision.
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