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Old 03-10-2017, 05:32 AM   #1
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Best option for family of 7 including small kids in a Class B ?

We are looking to do some long distance traveling in comfort with our family of 5 small children all under 11 and keep our purchase budget under $40k, so an older unit would be necessary. Realizing we may have to retrofit a unit with proper seat belt tethers (is this even possible?) what is the best unit that can seat 7, decent on gas, reliable and affordable? We would be using primarily for travel vs sleeping. Thanks in advance. Willing to travel nationwide, but we are in Boston.
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Second, I know little about Class B RVs. However, here is a link to a similar thread on iRV2.

Best wishes in your quest.
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Old 03-10-2017, 05:49 PM   #3
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Our Winnebago ERA 170 X seat belts seven, but its new. I don't know about the older models. Best advice I can give: find one that will safely seat everyone, belts and car seats, and bring a tent for the overflow.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:40 AM   #4
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As you are going through the purchase process, make sure you check the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) within the context of your intended usage.

Many older Class Bs that are now in the $40,000 resale range were built on T1N Mercedes Sprinter 2500 cargo vans. Whether older or newer, you can readily identify 2500s as being distinct from the 3500s because the 2500s lack dual rear wheels. The 2500s have far lower GVWRs - once they are built out as Class Bs, there's really only enough margin left for two people plus gear. So while they may look attractive for larger groups, strictly speaking they may not have sufficient carrying capacity.

My rig, built on a 2006 T1N Sprinter, is an odd bird in this respect. Airstream installed 4 rear seatbelts in addition to the 2 that MB installed as OEM for the cab seats, but if one does the GVWR math, it's questionable as to whether I should ever aspire to carry that many people plus gear and supplies for them. Perhaps if those other 4 humans were all of preschool age, it might work. But if one goes by the numbers, it gets iffy.
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