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Old 02-21-2015, 02:18 AM   #1
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Downsizing from Class A to Class C

Hi. We are considering downsizing from a 33' Thor Palazzo to a class C. We are torn between a 2015 Thor Siesta and 2015 Winnebago View 24G. We like the rear slide option. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:47 PM   #2
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DH wanted to downsize to a Class C. So we got a new Class C. After 2 years she wanted go back to a Class A but a smaller one. DH is happy now with our new Hurricane 27K.
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That's a big change. Don't know your reasons that's your business. Just make sure you take a hard look at storage, tank capacities, and is it something you want to spend a rainy weekend in.


I've considered dropping down to a small C or what some call a B+ and just could not get over the lack of space. But as far as the two units you mentioned, I'd go with the Winnebago.
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Yep...we went from a class C to a B then to a small A(22'). Really like the small A the best of those 3.
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That's a big change. ....... Just make sure you take a hard look at storage, tank capacities, and is it something you want to spend a rainy weekend in........ But as far as the two units you mentioned, I'd go with the Winnebago.
Wildtoad has a good point, and I agree, of the two mentioned, go with a Winnebago or an Itasca. Gave it some consideration several years ago to downsizing back to a Class C until I took everything out of the storage bins in my Allegro Bay that I insist on carrying for out extended trips. Stacked it up along the side the RV, then told myself, this ain't gonna work. Didn't realize we had so much in it. Bought a smaller used Class A. A little tight on storage, but was able to store everything, got better fuel economy, but paid for it in the buckboard ride. That lasted for several short trips and one long trip before I insisted on an upsize to a 35F Itasca.
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Good comments. Many people think a class A needs to be a diesel pusher, and/or 38 -45 ft. long, but that's just one end of the available range. Our first motorhome was a 23 ft Midas Mini that we loved for 97,000 miles, but the next two were sub 30 ft A's and that's what we have now. For two people and a large dog, a smaller class A is our perfect motorhome.

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Wildtoad has a good point, and I agree, of the two mentioned, go with a Winnebago or an Itasca. Gave it some consideration several years ago to downsizing back to a Class C until I took everything out of the storage bins in my Allegro Bay that I insist on carrying for out extended trips. Stacked it up along the side the RV, then told myself, this ain't gonna work. Didn't realize we had so much in it. Bought a smaller used Class A. A little tight on storage, but was able to store everything, got better fuel economy, but paid for it in the buckboard ride. That lasted for several short trips and one long trip before I insisted on an upsize to a 35F Itasca.
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When we changed from weekend warriors to taking longer extended trips, we had a 26' class-C Tioga and started looking at class-A's. We decided to upgrade instead to a 31' class-C, and hated it. We traded it for a small 33' class-A on a Workhorse chassis with the Allison tranny and absolutely love it. We considered a smaller class-B recently, but after looking at them we just decided they are toooooo small and not enough storage. We can live in our moho with the slides in when the weather is inclement, and that was a huge selling point for us going with the class-A. We did really like the Lazy-Daze class-C's, but never could find a slightly used one.

Good luck with your adventure!

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Why? I am a single full timer with a 45' class a and a bath and a half. Would never consider anything smaller. I want to pamper myself. After working until almost 70, why not?
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Went from a B+ to an A

We had a 28' B+ for 10 years. It was great for traveling, and it served us well. But as someone else noted, it gets mighty small when two of you are inside for more than an hour or so.

We bought a 34' Class A with slides and it opened a whole new world of comfort and enjoyment. Not only that, but even with the slides in, the livability is greater than the B+. And there is more storage space. Boy, is there more storage space.

I think for me a big selling point was the chassis size and the GVW. Look closely at any large Class C at the CCC. Sometimes it is close to non-existent (it correlates closely with storage space).
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You will find the Crossover lines to be the most active RV's right now. The small class A's are easy to drive, have the same HP as the large coaches and much of the same comfort. The storage is actually more in many cases. I looked at C's today while at the dealer for a small warranty repair, but after sitting in the front seat and looking out the small windshield it was not an option to consider, at this time. The insides are nice with the full slides and King beds. The storage was much less, less HP and the visibility was a big difference. I see the attraction as the C's are lower and less exposure to wind and easier to park and get out of. It's something I may consider when I get older, but at 56 the small class A works.
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Why?. Because one size doesn't fit all. You like your size, but others may not need, want, like, or afford a 45 ft. coach. But if you do, that's great for you

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Why? I am a single full timer with a 45' class a and a bath and a half. Would never consider anything smaller. I want to pamper myself. After working until almost 70, why not?
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George, I was not trying to be confrontational of bragging, the op stated they wanted to downsize, not a newbie purchase. Dropping almost 10' in length is a major change. I have met many people in my travels that have regretted going smaller, downsizing. How many purchase small rv's as their first and then start up-sizing. Livability and storage are just two reasons to keep what you have or go bigger.

Read what the other posters say.
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No offense taken or intended. The point I was trying to make is that some of us actually prefer smaller units. Without getting into a flame war, the "bigger is better" refrain doesn't hold true for everyone. Witness the original poster question, and a couple of replies.

All intended to be polite, and to maintain the excellence of this great forum.

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George, I was not trying to be confrontational of bragging, the op stated they wanted to downsize, not a newbie purchase. Dropping almost 10' in length is a major change. I have met many people in my travels that have regretted going smaller, downsizing. How many purchase small rv's as their first and then start up-sizing. Livability and storage are just two reasons to keep what you have or go bigger.

Read what the other posters say.
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