A Popular Choice In RV’s Today

November 3, 2012 by Lug_Nut · 17 Comments  
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Pleasure-WayLug_Nut, with a product class point of view.  With the economy slowly improving and banks loosening their grip on loans, RV sales are increasing in many areas.  One of the brightest stars in this recovery seems to be the Class B motor home.  These are the smaller, van like, vehicles that are manufactured by such companies as Roadtrek, Pleasure-Way, Thor and Winnebago.  Sales for these types of recreational vehicles soared to a 32% year over year increase during the first eight months of 2012.  The market share certainly belongs to Roadteck, capturing 35.8% of the Class B sales.  They are followed by Pleasure-Way at 19.9%, closely trailed by Thor at 19.3% and Winnebago securing 16%.

So, why are these motorized RV’s becoming so popular?  Well let’s look at some of the advantages they may have over that of a Class C or A.

  • Attractive price point ranging from $65K to over $100K for new.
  • Easy to drive and park in urban areas, requiring no special license.
  • Thrifty on fuel and available in gasoline or diesel powered.
  • Can operate as a lone vehicle or a daily driver.
  • Can be stored at home in the driveway in nearly any city.
  • Can travel in locations not accessible to larger rigs.  ie: Going To The Sun Road.
  • Much of the servicing can be done at your local repair shop.
  • Much more energy efficient to maintain interior temperatures in all climates.

Okay, but what about the home comforts and conveniences?  Well, no shortage there.  The inside seems surprisingly large given the vehicle’s footprint.  There is plenty of room for housing two occupants and even entertaining a visiting couple.  Dining for four is easily accomplished encompassing the use of the two front seats turned rearward with two behind forward.  Conveniences of head and shower, large fold out bed, satellite TV, stereo, galley, and much more are well located within the sleek shell.

If you have never been in a Class B, or have not experienced some of the newer designs, you owe it to yourself to take a look.  Next time you are at an RV show, or pass a dealer that sells Class B’s, go in and take a look.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised.  


With A Glimpse of the B   -   Lug_Nut   -   Peter Mercer



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17 Responses to “A Popular Choice In RV’s Today”

  1. stephanie contos on November 3rd, 2012 4:52 pm

    We own a 2007 Roadtrek 210 Versatile which means it is around 22 feet long on an expanded bed. We can easily travel with two and have often taken our 13 year old granddaughter as well (she sleeps on a convertible bed in the front) and our dog, Coco.

    We have had a great time in our RV for the last three years traveling to over 22 national parks and forests and 15 states. It gets great gas mileage (around 15) and can be parked just about anywhere. And, yes, we are able to camp and drive where most larger RVs are unable to.

    Our Roadtrek is fully self-contained with a good size galley with stove top, microwave, and 3-way refrigerator. The bathroom has a small vanity and also serves as a standup shower.

    We can easily entertain 4-5 people and, in fact, had a party for 10 a couple of years ago in Zion NP on a rainy night.

    Roadtrek owners can also join the FMCA sponsored Roadtrek International RV group which has over 1800 members. We have a good number of activities for our members including official rallies, get togethers and annual meetings. We are the only one of the Class B’s to have an official organization.

    Class B’s are a bit cheaper to buy but a brand new one will cost anywhere from around $80 to over $100K. A newer used one (2007+) starts around the mid $50K. However, you can purchase an older one for a lot less and a huge number of our members have RT’s from the 1990’s that are still running strong.

    I encourage anyone considering a smaller RV or wanting to downsize to look into the Class B’s. Go to Roadtreks website for info on the new ones and also check out Roadtrek International to find a list of used ones.

  2. Lug_Nut on November 3rd, 2012 5:07 pm

    stephanie contos, Great to hear from an experienced Roadtrek owner. By the sound of it, the vehicle has well suited your use and lifestyle. Thank you for the great input.

  3. John Dough on November 3rd, 2012 5:31 pm

    Many of our RV Club members who are in their mid to late 70’s and not RVing as much are selling their 40′ Class A’s and buying a Class B as described above. They still want to go out on occasion but they just don’t want to maneuver the old land yacht . Plus when they visit the grandkids the trips are easier and they use the Class B as a bedroom at the relatives house giving them a place to escape from the little sweethearts.

    I’ve told my wife to sell our Truck and TT when I die (I’m not planning to anytime soon…but who knows) and buy a Class B. She likes to RV, and it will be easier for her to drive.

  4. Lug_Nut on November 3rd, 2012 5:38 pm

    John Dough, I can well believe that! Aging class owners could go to the B size and continue for years without issue. Thank you for your participation and valued input on this topic.

  5. Art Armstrong on November 3rd, 2012 5:45 pm

    Log Nut, We have close friends that have a RT, in fact thay have visited us at RiverBend. and they have been all over the U.S. and Canada in it and would never consider “trading up”.

    BTW get your B^tts down here!!!

  6. Lug_Nut on November 3rd, 2012 5:51 pm

    Hey Art, That seems to be a common story, happy B Class owners. We will be late down this year. New granddaughter on the way. Thanks for the input. Take care Buddy.


  7. bbadwolfe on November 3rd, 2012 6:41 pm

    We own a 20′ Born Free mini. We have all the luxuries of larger Class C RV’s and all the benefits we enjoy from having a Class B. We can park in any regular parking spots, navigate parking lots and get great gas mileage. Check them out on the Born Free RV website. I could go on and on about how pleased we are with this model.

  8. Lug_Nut on November 3rd, 2012 6:51 pm

    bbadwolfe, The Born Free is another wonderful Class B rig. We are glad to hear how happy you are with your unit. Thank you for sharing your information with us and hope to see you down the road.

  9. Toni Larson on November 3rd, 2012 9:05 pm

    Lug Nut, I am a 70+ year old woman who has been traveling alone (except for my cat) for the last year and 3 months in a 13 year old Road Trek I’ve named Halcyon II. I have truly enjoyed visiting my family and friends, parking in their driveways while sleeping in my own bed. I am able to boondock without any problem in all kinds of places, park in regular parking places, afford the gas, and maneuver in traffic with the same ease as an SUV. It would be nice to have more living space but I would just fill it up with more souvenir stuff. Thanks so much for the article.
    Toni, “

  10. Lug_Nut on November 3rd, 2012 9:20 pm

    Toni Larson, Great to hear of your travels and wonderful experiences with your Roadtrek. It is nice to hearing you feel so comfortable traveling alone, albeit a shame not to be able to share it with someone. But you certainly sound as though you thoroughly enjoy iy. Thanks for sharing this with us and safe travels.

  11. Gary on November 4th, 2012 6:54 pm

    Not really sure about what you mean as an “Attractive” price range. Only the wealthy or VERY well off can afford these prices. Glad you are in that catagory !! If not, please quit using such terms so loosely. If you are, quit using such terms so loosely.

  12. Lug_Nut on November 4th, 2012 7:06 pm

    Gary, The “Attractive Price” refers to the new selling price. This is generally where products start their value at. For what these are and how they are equipped, the prices are very competitive. That said, what do you want me to do, list all the year by year depreciation numbers? Who do you think I am, Quicken Loans?

    Just kidding! These can be found used at great prices, and I believe good value. Come on, what kind of price do you want to see for a motor home?

    Anyway, I think we are on the same page. Products this good are available in any flavor or year. Thanks for your spirited input. It is certainly appreciated.

  13. essay on November 5th, 2012 2:43 pm

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  14. Jim Spellman on November 6th, 2012 1:15 am

    The very first rig I checked out when I started my two-year RV search in 2006 was a 1995 Roadtrek Popular via a private party who was asking $39K for it. It was a nice unit, but I thought the price was a bit much and I didn’t care for bumping my head on the ceiling liner or having to take a shower in the middle of the floor.

    After considering a small 27′ Tropi-Cal on eBay and an assorted bunch of Gulfstream BT Crusiers, R-Visions, Rexhalls, Born Frees, Pleasure-Ways and even Winnebagos, I finally narrowed my choice to the Chinook line of RVs — once considered the “sportscar of motorhomes.”.

    It took a while longer — including a couple of airline flights and a lot of intrastate driving — but while others were panicking to sell their RVs when the economy tanked in 2008, I remained calm and luckily jumped on a 1999 Chinook Concourse 2100XL w/ 51,000 miles that I found on Craigslist in San Diego for $12,500 ($13,019 w/ Tax, Title and License after conducting a third-party inspection via and an independent Ford dealership on the engine/chassis). The owners knew they were selling it well below market value, but they wanted to get out of California ASAP.

    Four years later, it’s all paid off with a few upgrades added along the way. Now up to 62,000 miles, it performs like a champ and turns heads wherever I go (as well as notecards placed on the windshield by some wanting to buy it). I still can’t believe the incredible good fortune I had after looking at a lot of also rans.

  15. Lug_Nut on November 6th, 2012 10:05 am

    Jim Spellman, Sounds like you got a super buy! Obviously, a long search was well worth it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us,

  16. Melissa Taylor on November 19th, 2012 11:20 am

    Class B’s are great options for saving money yet still providing amenities and space. I love the tips and comments from everyone. For those concerned with storage space, consider using a hitch-mounted cargo carrier or rack – they work great with any RV but especially Class B’s!

  17. Peter Mercer on November 19th, 2012 11:24 am

    Melissa Taylor, Great tip! Thanks for your valued input and get tip.