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Old 08-19-2013, 12:47 PM   #15
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But you can't park a Class C where you can park a 20' Class B and that is priceless . I own a Class A & B and just completed a 10 week 11,500 mile trip to Alaska in the Class B and and the ability to park anywhere , turn around for pictures, wildlife , stop at any view point/turnout, visitor center etc you just can't put a price on. In the Yukon we came upon 2 Grizzlies so quickly I had passed them up and turned around and went back and one was chasing the other for about 1/4 mile and they stopped and got into a stand up bear fight about 50' from us. After it was all over I said that right there was worth having less space but more mobility. Even after 10 weeks we weren't tired of traveling in the Class B . Class C's don't get the mileage either . But each to their own !
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In my crystal ball, I see...

...The venerable Ford E-Series will fade as production is shifted to the new fullsized Transit van.

First will be the full van appearing in the Class "B" market as Ford knocks the feet out from under the Mercedes Sprinter.

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Remember, this van is not a new vehicle for Ford...been in Europe for decades.

Then later the larger cab chassis will roll-out for the Class "C" segment
A bit smaller, but more fuel smart and full of high-tech and ease of use.
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I was passed this past week in BullHead City, AZ by the Ford Motor Corp test convoy with 4 of these vans of differing lengths hauling cargo trailers and being followed by a few brand new F-Super Duty Pick-ups. They were moving so fast that I didn't have a chance to take a picture.

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Old 08-19-2013, 05:30 PM   #17
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I would love to see a hybrid drive in class C & A's with milage in the range of 22mpg I might be dreaming but I'd love to see more efficient RVs.
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Propane fuel cells (like what Truma sells overseas) would be great. One of those can keep batteries charged. Then, there would be no need whatsoever for an absorption fridge. Instead, a refrigerator which runs off of 12 volts or 120 volts and an inverter can be used with the electricity for it coming from the propane tank.
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I foresee more factory options that will be priced far above the after-market folks, and higher RV prices due to that....unless we leave well enough alone. I will be happy with better QC.

But there will surely be many innovations and technology breakthroughs that many will drool over and decide they must have (and that I dont want or need).

Good news is that such things will fail enough to give us much more to discuss on iRV2. How cool is that?
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I've had motorhomes since the late 60's and they keep getting bigger and more costly and that probably won't change.
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Old 08-24-2013, 02:44 AM   #22
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I have learned the bigger means bigger expenses.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:41 PM   #23
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I would second that. I've seen some very snazzy type "A" rigs, but for cost per mile, it seems that a "B" is as good as it gets. The fact that most "B"s don't get rendered into scrap by water damage like virtually every other RV is important as well.
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For the price of a B you might as well get a super B or a class C. I think class Bs are overpriced.
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Impulse Driven,

I agree with that! Even within the same manufacturer the B and B+ prices are close. I'm going to be pricing an LTV U24TB and a Triple E GT24MB. They are virtually the same size but, in the pricing I've seen, the GT24MB is cheaper. I don't know if it's market demand, fuel economy, or what.

The roof of the GT24MB has a lot of real estate for solar panels! It would be nice if manufactures could go with the Ford Transit Van. A small diesel or hybrid drive in that van could be very nice. The day of the compact, off-grid, fuel efficient coach is coming.

I happily leave the Interstates to the Prevosts. Give me the Blue Highways!

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Impulse Driven,

I agree with that! Even within the same manufacturer the B and B+ prices are close. I'm going to be pricing an LTV U24TB and a Triple E GT24MB. They are virtually the same size but, in the pricing I've seen, the GT24MB is cheaper. I don't know if it's market demand, fuel economy, or what.

The roof of the GT24MB has a lot of real estate for solar panels! It would be nice if manufactures could go with the Ford Transit Van. A small diesel or hybrid drive in that van could be very nice. The day of the compact, off-grid, fuel efficient coach is coming.

I happily leave the Interstates to the Prevosts. Give me the Blue Highways!

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I too would love to see hybrid drive or more diesel offerings in class C.
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Sounds like what you really are looking for is a class A.
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Sounds like what you really are looking for is a class A.
Of I could afford one the prices get steep
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