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Old 05-23-2015, 08:44 PM   #15
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Depends on the person! I would have trouble in the Magna we just bought!!
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:01 PM   #16
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I am thinking I could have fun and feel relaxed driving around the country and living in even one as small as this:

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Old 05-24-2015, 07:23 PM   #17
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I'm thinking I would get claustrophobia. If you have few clothes, no hobbies that take any space, eat out and hang out elsewhere the units you are looking at might work. If you want to carry adequate clothing for 4 seasons, eat in, use the facilities without dumping and filling every couple of days and/or do your own service work or have hobbies that require "stuff" you are screwed. You are also screwed without a towed. The units I checked that you listed were all longer than the average parking space thus hard to park comfortably. Add to that the issue that you will need to hit the grocery store once or twice a week so you will be breaking camp to do that even if coming back to the same spot. That also gets old.
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Old 05-24-2015, 08:24 PM   #18
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I'm thinking I would get claustrophobia. If you have few clothes, no hobbies that take any space, eat out and hang out elsewhere the units you are looking at might work. If you want to carry adequate clothing for 4 seasons, eat in, use the facilities without dumping and filling every couple of days and/or do your own service work or have hobbies that require "stuff" you are screwed. You are also screwed without a towed. The units I checked that you listed were all longer than the average parking space thus hard to park comfortably. Add to that the issue that you will need to hit the grocery store once or twice a week so you will be breaking camp to do that even if coming back to the same spot. That also gets old.
I would be roaming around most days anyway, looking at local tourist things. Will be playing poker many evenings at casinos I stay at. I eat very little and never fix elaborate meals, so eating out or egg and muffin for breakfast each day, and sandwich and bowel of cereal in evening is the way I live now in my big home.

The hardest part will be getting rid of all the junk one accumulates when living in a house. I wear the same kind of things each day: shorts, tshirt, sweats on cold days. The most clothing I would take is lots of underwear, tshirts, and socks to change daily.

I live so simply now and am happy with very little in junk lying out and around to have to dust, clean, put away, etc. Just a TV on satellite, laptop, and tablet for when I can get wifi.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:26 AM   #19
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Of course you can full time in a class B (or B+ as the link in post #16).

Many comments are from people with much larger motorhomes, and these obviously suit their happy owners. Their responses want to convince you that their choice should be your choice. No offense to those with bigger units, but your choice is yours alone, so it must suit your priorities.

Just to illustrate the other side of the coin, here's another link to a guy who full-times in a converted VW van (scroll back to see the earliest entries): To Simplify 2.0

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Old 05-29-2015, 05:41 PM   #20
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This is the same dilemma I faced! I wanted a versatile vehicle that was small and maneuverable that I felt I could live in comfortably full time. I originally settle on the Winnebago Era 70C or the Leisure Travel Free Spirit SS but after looking at them "live and in person" I thought that they might not be as comfortable as I would want for full time travel.

Then I came across the PleasureWay Plateau XL. It was a Class B+ RV. It's about the same length as most Class B Vans and only 9 inches wider on each side. I ended up buying one about a month a half ago.

I won't start full-timing in it until later this summer but in the short weekend trips I've taken, it's proven to be the right decision so far.

That said, it all comes down to what works best for YOU! I wanted a bed I didn't have to make up every night and a bathroom with a separate shower (among other things). Those may not be issues for you, however. I also wanted a Mercedes Sprinter for the base vehicle, which also narrowed my choices.

Good luck in your search!

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Old 05-30-2015, 03:18 PM   #21
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Then I came across the PleasureWay Plateau XL. It was a Class B+ RV. It's about the same length as most Class B Vans and only 9 inches wider on each side. I ended up buying one about a month a half ago.
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I just looked at THIS ONE and THIS ONE on the internet. The term that comes to mind when looking at the insides is "Artistic." It looks so fresh and modern. Very plain, functional, and classy at the same time. Good choice.
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Boy I hear your concerns loud and clear. Been back and forth and over and around them all! A senior Solo driver and budget restricted too. But much hope I'll get it right
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Sounds like fun

Got the notice of big rally in Sept. Hoping to find the right RV soon to start at traveling.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:44 AM   #24
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I would go B+ as I think living in a class B would be fun for about 15 minutes than it will get old. The B+ is a nice compromise, still easy to drive, decent gas milage as well. I like what Pleasure way has to offer, very well built.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:25 PM   #25
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If you are going B+ you might as well go C. You do not lose much in gas milage but you gain a really nice attic. ;-)
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:58 AM   #26
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My class C drank fuel like crazy, so disagree on the milage issue.
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:27 AM   #27
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My class C drank fuel like crazy, so disagree on the milage issue.
A B+ the same size will eat fuel at about the same rate. Especially if you drive fast. The problem is total frontal area. The extra streamlining helps a bit but only a bit.
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B vs B+

Had a LTV Free Spirit SS for about 14 months; then switched to a LTV Unity TB (Twin Bed) about 6 weeks ago. The SS required a set-up of the fold-out bed anytime you wanted to nap/relax. The bed is in a single slide-out on the driver's side (width of the normal Sprinter Van's driver-side cargo door approx. 4-feet). The bed could be set-up without the slide extended; but totally filled the available floor-space.

In the Unity TB I removed one mattress (single traveler) and installed custom cabinet with two top hatches that give access to the cabinet (19" tall x 34" deep x 66 long") . Sufficient to hold a Dometic Freezer/Chest and a Dometic Ice maker; plus lots of additional storage. The front panel is also removable. This creates a counter-top of 34x66 inches which is very handy (but limits opening the hatches without moving items).

With both RVs I tow(towed) a 2014 Scion xD hatchback. The mileage on both ran between 14.9 and 15.5 mpg. That's using a computer program that calculates each tank-full plus the cumulative figures for the life of the RV. The later it much more accurate than the calculation for each tank-full. The Unity TB is slightly more efficient. It's a 2015 vs a 2013 (on a 2014 SS model).

Overall, if I were to full-time, the Unity TB would be my choice. On the SS, the two table-mounts on the floor were not available unless slide-out was extended; they were covered by the couch/bed. I ordered the Unity without the base-plates being mounted (but shipped with the RV). I made a 24" round pedestal with Teflon sliders on which I mounted the base-plates. This allows the table to be moved anywhere in the open space. I never have to stow the table; just push it aside.

On the Unity, the bed is always available, floor-space is always available (even without a slide-out on the Unity). Even though the Unity is wider and 1.5 feel longer, I'm able to park in most parking logs. I park away from the crowded areas.

Hint: I made the two hatches and the round pedestal from bar tabletops purchased from a restaurant supply company. Between $30 and $45 each. No finishing required. Two sided with wood-grain on one side and black on the other. Compliments any décor!
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