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Old 09-18-2011, 09:08 PM   #1
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Question Does size matter?

We have an Excella 25' TT that we have enjoyed camping with the kids in over the years, pulls great, very roomy. Now that they have gone off to college, I am pestering the old man for a B van for the 2 of us to boondock in. He thinks it will be too small. Any advice? And with kids in college, we are (almost) broke. Are older B vans mechanically sound? Any years to favor/avoid? Other advice welcomed!
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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We are happy camping in our 25' Excella. We do not have too much room for 2 people and a dog. No downside to the trailer to me.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:34 PM   #3
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Seems like we could store it in the driveway, be ready to go quickly, and it would fit in more State Forest campgrounds. Are you taking HIS side?
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:40 PM   #4
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Think forward a few years. Camping with grandkids is the greatest. Do you want to hang on to your trailer until then?
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:06 PM   #5
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Hmmm...good question. What do you think? Hate to part with it because it took a couple of years to get the model I wanted, had to buy it in Philly and drive it back to WA. Husband fed kids Snickers bars the whole way. They still talk about that trip!
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Hmmm...good question. What do you think? Hate to part with it because it took a couple of years to get the model I wanted, had to buy it in Philly and drive it back to WA. Husband fed kids Snickers bars the whole way. They still talk about that trip!

Sounds like its already got great memories. No sense in selling it off if you already have great memories like the one you mention, sounds to me like the best thing would be to keep making memories that your kids and grandkids will talk about for years to come.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:58 PM   #7
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I bought a 34ft for just me and wife with an occasional time with three Grandkids. We have done several trips already and are leaving again Sept. 22 for another week. We both love the roomy 34ft and don't know what we would do with anything less.
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:15 PM   #8
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Hi, a 25' trailer is perfect for us. Two adults and one little dog. You already own it and you might not really like the change over. Like a wet bath for example. I would only buy a new or fairly new RV, [what ever you decide on] but what are you going to get [price wise] if you are nearly broke. Another reason to keep what you have.
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:07 AM   #9
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I think we will keep the TT, but am asking if anyone can share thoughts on having a B van. Do you like it? Is it a good size for 2? How are they mechanically? I am looking at models from the 90's. Also, how do I find a price guide- rv trader seems really low. Are there years that are better than others?
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:02 AM   #10
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If you are able to be in a B van for a couple of days of rainy weather without killing each other, I'd say go for it. However, I wanted a 19' Bambi and my wife (who is much smarter than I am) insisted we get a 28' for that very reason,so we did and rainy days have proven her to be absolutely correct.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:21 AM   #11
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We don’t have a B…but we do have a TC in addition to our Excella. (A TC would offer slightly more room than a B.) So I will offer another perspective.
I think you will find a B gives you flexibility and opportunities that any TT does not.
A day trip to the beach?
Tailgating?
Sightseeing?
Towing a boat/motorcycles/snow mobiles/ATV’s?
You will find a small, self contained RV really opens up a whole new way of RV’ing. A day trip, with your own bath, kitchen, changing room, beds, etc is so convenient.
DW will take the TC for a weekend with the Girls…she would not even consider towing the AS. Don’t know if this fits you…but driving a B would be no different than driving a mini van…you may like it more than you think!

We have used our TC ~ 50 nights this year, and still have a few more trips planned.
The AS, sadly, has only been used 10 nights…but we will keep it…because it’s cool! The AS gets used for more extended, stationary trips now; a week at the lake, or the beach, etc.
For short trips, or trips with a lots of stop/go…I think you will love a B. Look for one on the diesel Sprinter chassis for nest economy.

B’s are small…but for 2 of you (we are 3 + dog)…it should be no problem….

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Old 09-19-2011, 07:52 AM   #12
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We just sold our '91 B190. My wife and I spent many a night together in it, with our cat, including some very rainy trips. I actually gave her the engagement ring in the B190.

Mechanically they seem pretty decent - Ford isn't perfect but they seem to do pretty well with their trucks.

Make no mistake, it is a small camper, and we love the extra room in our new 30' trailer. We always used campground showers instead of ours (later ones had a wet bath, but ours was a separate shower).

I also hated having to drive the camper to get propane, instead of just removing a bottle and having it refilled. That's just a quirk for me, though, I'm sure.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:24 AM   #13
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I had these same thoughts a few months ago and considered going for a Class B, small Class C or a Truck Camper (TC). We opted for a TC. The TC gives you more room and more versatility than a B van, plus you don't have to pay for tags every year to own it. There are also maintenance costs involved with a B van.

We like to go on road trips and boondock. There are simply too many places I want to go where I would never take a vintage Airstream. Besides, I'm still restoring the Overlander and we need something to camp in now.
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I would not recommend the Sprinter for what you want to do. We have both a Tiffin Phaeton 36 and an Interstate 3500. We use the Sprinter for day trips only and it is perfect for that. If we are really going camping (overnight with food and showers needed) we take the Phaeton. If I could only have one it would be the Phaeton.
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