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Old 09-29-2019, 09:22 AM   #1
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Class C recommendation for a friend?

I have a friend wishing to buy a class C RV. I don't keep up with that market, so any advice would be appreciated.
...seriously considering the purchase of a class C rv.
Our criteria (so far) are:
1 ) Maximum length 25.5’
(So I can keep it at my house!)
2) high build quality used 4-9 years old.
3) budget $80,000

Our short list so far has two candidates
1) The Leisure travel unity
In either the corner berth or twin rear berth models.
2) coach house platinum II

Build quality is at the top of our criteria list,
But I do not know the best builders of these things.

Any guidance you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-29-2019, 03:47 PM   #2
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I have a friend wishing to buy a class C RV.

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Sorry, make that a Class B+. He used the wrong term
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Old 09-29-2019, 03:55 PM   #3
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Correction-- Class B+

Thanks for the course correction!

I would recommend using the new search function in the blue box above [on the main desktop version of AF -- not the App], and check out things like:

Class B+ Unity -- https://www.google.com/search?q=Clas...=airforums.com
Leisure Travel Unity -- https://www.google.com/search?q=Leis...=airforums.com

At the risk of raining on the parade, may I suggest [in the vein of lowering expectations] that two of the criteria may not be entirely consistent . . . "high build quality" and "used 4-9 years." Not sure if the $80k budget would support it, but a newer unit might pay for the price increase, in terms of lower maintenance costs?

For years, when we were in between Airstreams, the Roadtrek line caught our eyes, but I guess they have gone through some changes in ownership recently?

https://www.google.com/search?q=Road...=airforums.com

Good luck to your friends,

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Old 09-29-2019, 05:14 PM   #4
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Hi

A 9 year old RV that has seen 20K miles a year is going to need a bit of upkeep, no matter how well built. Even at 10K miles a year, your expectation should be that major systems will need attention. Get down below 50K miles and cost may come down a bit. Equally, a 9 year old vehicle with 10K miles on it will have a whole different set of issues from sitting in the garage for 8 years.

As noted above, all that very much needs to be factored into the budget.

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Old 09-29-2019, 06:09 PM   #5
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My friend is a boat owner and no stranger to DIY repair/maintenance. So he has that going for him.
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Old 09-29-2019, 07:16 PM   #6
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B+ is just a marketing term. They’re built on a cutaway chassis which really makes them a Class C. Small Class-C, but a Class-C nonetheless. They should really be called a C- rather than a B+.

Since they’re actually a Class C, they may as well consider other high-quality Class C coaches as well. From a safety and construction perspective, I’d recommend a Born Free 24’ rear bath. They’re the ONLY Class C coach with a built-in roll cage, high quality build, and they’ll find them in their age and price range.

I’m on my second Born Free coach, and there’s no other coach I’d consider in a cutaway chassis.
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Old 09-30-2019, 10:18 AM   #7
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Check out Winnebago Navion

Before deciding on my Airstream, I was looking at class B and class C motorhomes. I really like the Leisure Travel Vans and the Unity is probably good compromise between cost and features. However, at half the price a Winnebago Navion was a better choice for me. The only reason I didn't go that route today is because I am still working and I still need a drive around town vehicle. In a couple years, I will revisit that choice.

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Old 09-30-2019, 10:27 AM   #8
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The other high quality brands that I think of for small class Cs (B+) are: Phoenix Cruiser and Pleasure Way.
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Old 09-30-2019, 11:48 AM   #9
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Here is the model our friends have. Very nice layout and has proven to be pretty reliable so far.

https://dynamaxcorp.com/class-c-motorhomes/isata-3

They have the 24FW layout.
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Old 09-30-2019, 12:26 PM   #10
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Another manufacturer to consider is Chinook. They are a bit older, but very well built. Since your friend was a boat owner, he’d appreciate the solid fibreglass construction. We have a Destiny, which is 24 ft. Other models come in at 21ft. And before the company folded, they made a few a little longer.

I also love Leisure Travel Vans and Pleasure-way. The build quality on the PW is higher than LTV, but LTV has some sweet layouts.

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Old 10-01-2019, 08:48 PM   #11
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One of the earlier messages mentioned the Born Free. The Born Free RVs are great units however the manufacturer of the Born Free has closed their doors. So, it may be difficult to get parts in the future. Good luck with your search.
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Lazy Daze. Makes a great coach.

http://www.lazydaze.com/index2.htm

My parents own a 2006. It is very nice.
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Lazy Daze. Makes a great coach.

http://www.lazydaze.com/index2.htm
I agree, but the last time I checked it was more than 1 year wait to get one.
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I agree, but the last time I checked it was more than 1 year wait to get one.
That’s correct..... I have seen some nice used ones out there and I believe people fall off the list all the time and people move up fairly quickly.
If I were looking for a Class C Laze Daze would be worth the wait.
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