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Old 09-10-2009, 02:21 PM   #1
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Have you noticed more of the smaller RV's on the road?

Have you notice more Class C, B+, and Bís on the road than years passed?

On this last trip we took to Texas and back, this pass week I swear I saw more of the smaller RVís than I have ever seen before. I have read articles claiming more RVers were going to smaller units but I really didnít think it would make a dent in the class A population.

Maybe it isÖÖ

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I agree. In fact we just purchased a Class A but went in to actually buy a Class C. We were going in to move up from our small 19' toy hauler... the C's seemed to be the next step up. But when we got there the test drive on the C was not as impressive. It had enough room to make us happy right now but a 100k purchase should be able to make you happy for years. The walk-around bed and extra room and storage along with the fact that our Passage has a large TV in living room area and another in the bedroom was the determining factor for us. What drew us to the C was less room needed to store it and maybe 5mpg more than we'd get in an A. In actuality it was only 5 feet shorter than the 34'er we bought so that kinda took the storage decision out as a factor. After test driving a few I determined I'd like to get something with some get-up-and-go even if it cost me a few MPG's to get it. Ended up buying one with the Ford V10. It has lots and lots of extra power, especially compared to the small diesel in the C that seemed so underpowered, IMHO. I guess many are choosing the Class C's for the same reason we almost did. Might be more used C's on the market in a few years but, being out on the road in anything is better than sitting at home so I'm betting they'll find a way to be happy.

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Old 09-14-2009, 12:57 PM   #3
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Have you notice more Class C, B+, and Bís on the road than years passed?

On this last trip we took to Texas and back, this pass week I swear I saw more of the smaller RVís than I have ever seen before. I have read articles claiming more RVers were going to smaller units but I really didnít think it would make a dent in the class A population.

Maybe it isÖÖ
When i lived in northern Illinois (till just last March), ive never seen so many used Class A's for sale --- especially during the $4/gallon gasoline era. They were everywhere and most quite reasonable to buy. I think as in other things, people have chosen to downsize in their RV choice to make it more affordable to own . Here in northern Florida, Class B's are plentiful .. much more than ever before . I used to own a CoachHouse Class B , 20' long, but it was not practical for my 6'3" frame ; so i upgraded to a very slightly used CoachMan Freedom Express Class C., 26' long but with 6'10" high ceilings -- its a perfect match for just Me as a Solo traveller. The longest ive travelled in it is 2 months straight but felt i could have gone much longer as it is quite comfortable and homey to me. Its so manueverable around town too . To each his own...whatever FITS your needs best and which you can comfortable afford to operate.
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The last couple of years we noticed more toy haulers and travel trailers out here on the west coast, than M/H's.
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I think the C's and B's are getting more plentiful. Many making shorter trips now We went from a Class A 35' to this C 29'.
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What we really noticed on a recent trip to Yellowstone was how many more small rental class C's was out there, literally they was everywhere and most not towing a toad. Just drove the C's everywhere.
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Hi All,

I have to agree that I noticed more C, B+ & B's on the road also this trip out! However in the campground that I am at in VA right now, the count that came in yesterday afternoon was 5 Class-A's, 3-5th wheels, 1 LARGE Class-C & 1 Class-B!
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Could be fuel prices are driving the smaller RV market :-)
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Info. from RV Industry

Coincidentally, after reading your post I came across the latest stats. from the RV Industry Association which lists the volume of all types of RV's, Class A, C and towables. Per their stats, the spread is fairly even for overall purchases with Class A's taking a very slight lead over Class C's and to my surprise, travel trailers were far ahead of the 5th wheels (vs. what I've seen in most campgrounds). Of course, the number of sales throughout 2009 is down from past years but generally the stats do reflect a continued interest in RVing among Americans. Perhaps this doesn't directly answer your post question, but I thought it might be of interest. Here's a link to the page I referenced;

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