I've talked to several of the nation's biggest RV dealers this week as I've looked into upgrading my 2006 Roadtrek RS-Adventurous to a newer model. The dealers all remarked on how hot Class B RVs were right now.
That's because a lot of Class A owners are downsizing.
They're tired of the sheer work involved in going down the road, towing a car, shelling out big bucks for fuel on rigs that average 9 miles a gallon and then, once they've arrived at a park, going though the elaborate hookup and leveling routines necessary to settle in an A.
I found the informal dealer remarks confirmation of what I'm hearing from readers. Aznd as further proof of the trend, there will be a special seminar on downsizing from a Class A to a Class B at the Family Motorcoach Association‘s 87th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase that will take place in Indianapolis Aug. 27-30.
John Hearne, from Pittsboro, NC, has owned two Class A motorhomes and twice traveled across the country. He and his wife decided to downsize to a Roadtrek 210 and have never looked back. Last year, they did their third cross country trip, this time in a Class B. Wrote John in an e-mail to me:
“We have found so many advantages in the Roadtrek. The main thing is being able to go anywhere we want to go! No big motor home with a tow car. That’s a lot of work! We can travel the back roads, going places that a class A would never be able to navigate. Since we are seniors now, we wanted to be able to travel without all the hassle of the large class A. The Roadtrek has certainly filled the bill. We take advantage of all the features, including the shower. We have learned to pack only the essentials for the trip we are on. It’s so easy to stop at any grocery store to restock frequently.”
Ron Woodward, a retired engineer from Minnesota, told me about the same thing. He previously owned a Class A. Last yer he downsized to a Class B from Pleasure-Way. “We didn't like the big campgrounds and our dependency on hookups,” he said. “Now, we can go anywhere. We love boondocking in the state forests. Just us and nature.”
That's what Jennifer and I have learned, too.
I know, everyone has different tastes. But being parked between two Class As is like living between two skyscrapers. Roaring air conditioners and giant screen TVs blaring satellite SportsCenter is not my idea of getting away from it all. And what's with those LED ropes they string on their awnings or around the patio? Reminds us of a disco.
We go out to see and experience the great open spaces. And a B is our choice. We can overnight in a campground and then use the Roadtrek to travel around, see the sites, drive the backroads. Most of the As we see seem pretty well anchored in one spot for several days. If we wanted that, we'd have bought a cottage instead of the Roadtrek.
So while I may upgrade, it will be for a newer model Roadtrek or similar Class B, not a bigger rig.
Next up for us is a trip to the wilds of Michigan's Upper Peninsula around the Fourth of July, really back in the boondocks.