Originally Posted by Jim Ivins
Checking for pros and cons of having a b 190 van. Leaving 45 years of trailers and want to know about driving and camping in a B 190 camper van.
I had a '94 B-Van on the e350 chassis. It was a nice coach, but it didn't have a generator, and it needed HD anti-sway bars front and rear. The top is REALLY heavy, and has it's way with the suspension in turns and side wind. The B-vans had two bath setups. I'm not sure when they switched, but it was after '94. The original bath setup is basically useless because of the shape of the tub. It's too short to stand in, and too small to sit in if you're over 6' tall. It's not useful for storage because of the shape. It's wasted space. The later setup was a better design. The 460 in e350 is heavy and causes the front end to plow. The van got about 8mpg under all conditions.
I had the B-190 for about a year.
Here's a link to photos of the B-190 I had
My last Ford-based van was a '95 e250 chassis Coachmen with a rear dinette instead of the rear bath. The top was 8" narrower on each side, and signficantly less weighty and the coach had an Onan 2800 and a 351 Windsor. It handled significantly better in every way. This van got me about 13mpg under all conditions. The dinette in the rear made for a much more useful cargo area for luggage, the dogs' crate and whatever other 'stuff' you care to carry along.
I had the Coachmen for four years and only sold it when I found an Interstate for a price that I just couldn't pass up.
Here's a link to photos of the Coachmen
I recently had to make the photos of the Coachmen private after they showed up all over the Internet in scam ads, so I guess it must have been a nice van.
What other questions do you have?