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Old 05-11-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Thinking of a Class C

My wife (DW) has just decided that perhaps a motor home would better suit our needs for a number of reasons.

So, as of today I have started a search for a class C. Do not want one that is too large so I am looking in the 26 foot range, give or take a foot. There are so many manufacturers out there I am wondering how one starts deciding which are quality vs. entry level. I saw on another post that Winnebago builds reasonably good units. Neighbors have a Mini-Winne and are happy with it.

I found an ad for a Phoenix Usa Cruiser 2350 which in pictures looks good to me. Anyone have any opinions on this unit? How about a source for evaluating build quality by manufacturer. Am I asking for too much?
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Are you going new or used. That will determine alot and allow more people to weigh in. Because if going used it's more about condition then quality. A quality unit can be trashed and a used unit could have been babied. Also $$$ range would help. My best advise is to go look at floor plans and find the one that suits you best and go from there.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:27 AM   #4
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you may not have to worry about this as much as we do up north in Ohio/Michigan but take a look underneath also. The most rusted (even a few years old) were on the class C's. Not sure if it is the materials used or what, but I see a lot more them in poor condition under the chassis compared to even older class A's. There are even very small class A's out there. For the length you may get more usable inside space.
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:08 PM   #5
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The search goes on

Thanks for the info. Things to think about for sure.

We would be looking for previously owned, probably between 3 and 10 years old. I agree condition is a top priority but some units hold up better than others because of stronger materials and in general better construction.

When looking for a previously owned fifth wheel I was amazed at how some people treated an often expensive purchase. And the ones in the worst shape were often on a dealer's lot. I actually feel more comfortable dealing with an individual vs. a dealer, having had some not wonderful experiences with dealers.

As to price range, looking at what is on RVtrader.com I have seen quite a few very nice looking rigs under $50,000. All class "C" so far. My target is $35,000 or less but can be flexible depending on condition, milage, features, and extras.

I will be looking in CA, NV, AZ, UT, and maybe OR and WA. For some reason I get the feeling that RV's in OR are priced noticeably higher than similar units in other states. At least at dealers.

And yes, looking on line is not the same as walking through the actual unit. I have started a list of must have's given how we plan to travel. Room for two medium sized dogs is one.

Would like a diesel but the Sprinter based units are not only pricey but the floor plans I have seen so far do not fit what we would like. And other diesels are larger than what I would feel comfortable driving on the blue roads to smaller campgrounds.

An lastly, will take the advice to look at smaller class "A" just to see how they compare.

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if i were you i would also ck out class A's in your size range if i had it to do over i would buy a small a instead of a c aerodynamics are better ,storage is better and the interior room is better because of the setup.
just before i retire I'm going to upgrade to a class a but mine is paid for so i will live with it for a few more years

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Since last posting I have looked at a few class "A" and most look pretty good.

As you may have noticed in my signature line, we have a 27-5L Arctic Fox and a Cummins diesel. I like the setup just fine but wife wants to explore other options.

One thought is to rent a MH for a few days to see how we like it. The thing with a MH is easy access to the John and the frig while on the road. And more room for the dogs than behind the seats in the truck.

We travel pretty light, do not take much stuff with us and do not stay out more than 2 weeks at a time. One reason I like to travel, other than seeing new things and meeting new people, is to get away from all the chores and day to day routine.

Another thought is with a MH it is easier to just get in and drive to someplace close for an overnighter.

This is going to take time. Thanks for the ideas.
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Do you have kids? If not, consider a "C" that does not have the rugrat room. (overhang) Just about every "C" I've looked at leaks up there at some point. We looked at a three year old Trail-lite and it was leaking like a sieve.
We bought our Aspect partially because it didn't have the overhang, it's just my wife and me, no kids, so that space is not missed.
I believe the Phoenix Cruiser is one such "C" as well, along with the Jayco Melbourne, the Winnebago Aspect and Itasca Cambria.
Just a thought.
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if i were you i would also ck out class A's in your size range if i had it to do over i would buy a small a instead of a c aerodynamics are better ,storage is better and the interior room is better because of the setup.
just before i retire I'm going to upgrade to a class a but mine is paid for so i will live with it for a few more years

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I found this to be true. After using several Class C's (and owning a Pop-up for many years), we settled on a good used 10 year old Class A (30 ft gas - no slides) for about half of your $35K target cost. Hind sight from 3 years later - the 'A' was the right choice.
On size, I find my 30 footer fits in all state and federal campgrounds and is no harder to drive than a 26 footer.
P.S. I found the "C"s harder to drive due to more limited visibility. The visibility in "A"s while driving and camped is GREAT.
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You will get an above average C from Winnebago or Jayco.

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Looking at class "C" it appears the vast majority have the overhang. I don't like it because it blocks the view out and now it seems there can be leakage issues as well. A fiberglass end cap may help with the leaks but still do not want one.

As far as the class "A goes I will give them a hard look. Just might do the trick.
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We bought our Aspect partially because it didn't have the overhang, it's just my wife and me, no kids, so that space is not missed.
I believe the Phoenix Cruiser is one such "C" as well, along with the Jayco Melbourne, the Winnebago Aspect and Itasca Cambria.
Just a thought.
I looked at the Aspect online and it looks good to me. Need to see one in person and do a walk through.

Heading north for a short trip with the Fox fifth wheel starting tomorrow. Will walk the campgrounds to see what others are driving. See what they have to say.
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You will get an above average C from Winnebago or Jayco.
Above that, I'd look at Holiday Rambler / Monaco... Not easy to find though.
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... we settled on a good used 10 year old Class A (30 ft gas - no slides) for about half of your $35K target cost. Hind sight from 3 years later - the 'A' was the right choice.
We just went from a 33' Class-A (gas) to a newer 31' Class-C (gas). The Class-A was more of a handful in crosswinds / highways speeds (passing big rigs). More room for people in the Class-C. More room for stuff in the Class-A. Lots of options either way...

You're looking at V10 gas most likely. Your target price is about the same as mine. In that range, I'm targeting a 2005 model. If you could get 2006, I believe they started putting a 5-speed behind the V10 around that time (but don't quote me). Both are reliable transmissions, but that extra gear helps the 2nd-3rd shift.

My advice:
1) Go drive both. I mean drive them. Put them on the highway at 70mph and let the rigs pass you. See how they do.
2) More visibility in a Class-A, but you've got more height to deal with too, darn near 12'.
3) Motors and drivelines are about the same. You'll have some additional heating in the Class-A due to the location of the motor (in the floor).
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