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Posted: 06/07/20 10:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pasusan wrote:

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I notice most class B's have small FW tanks and very little storage. For those that dry camp how do you carry extra water? Also are there any class B's made with a slide and some kind of basement storage?
It can actually be fun to figure out how to camp with limited water/storage....

We bring a few gallon jugs of water stored under the bed for cooking and possible emergencies. We don't bring lots of unnecessary stuff to set up camp - no pink flamingos, etc...


X2 Most of our camping is boondocking, and we can normally go about a week. We go to enjoy what's out there, not set up house. The 'B' has been perfect for us.


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patperry2766 wrote:

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I think you might be able to expand your options in a small class C. Really not much bigger than a class B but you'd be able to get a slide
You can get a slide in a B from Winnebago but it does block access to the rear of the coach when not deployed. Quite frankly, having had slides, it’s nice not having one [emoticon]. No slide getting stuck worries and fitting into normal width parking spots is pretty cool.

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bob_nestor wrote:

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Gjac wrote:

I notice most class B's have small FW tanks and very little storage. For those that dry camp how do you carry extra water? Also are there any class B's made with a slide and some kind of basement storage?


A class B is essentially a modified van chassis.....so no under storage to speak of and certainly no slide. The next step would be a small class C which would be a manufactured coach body placed on a CUTAWAY van chassis.


That depends on the model/manufacturer. I had a Roadtrek 210 Popular which is a Class B and it had quite a bit of outside under storage. About 1/2 my camping was dry camping with it and I could go about a week between dumps and water fill ups; 3 days when I was camping with a friend. One just needs to adjust to the storage available. Coming from tent camping I found the storage quite adequate and I actually camped comfortably a couple of summers in it. My general rule is if I have something in the RV that hasn't been used in the last 3 camping trips, it's not necessary and it comes out of the RV.
I just looked at that model online, 36 gals of FW, 1400lbs CCC, 7000 lbs tow rating and 1000 lbs tongue weight. Those are good specs for a 21 ft B. Also someone mentioned to add a rack in the back receiver for extra storage with 1000 lbs tongue rating that is a lot of stuff. I did not see the outside under storage on the 2020 model. hard to tell from their pictures. 60 gals of FW last me and my wife 7 days so I can live with 36 plus a 4 gal container in that B.

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Trekkar wrote:

pasusan wrote:

Gjac wrote:

I notice most class B's have small FW tanks and very little storage. For those that dry camp how do you carry extra water? Also are there any class B's made with a slide and some kind of basement storage?
It can actually be fun to figure out how to camp with limited water/storage....

We bring a few gallon jugs of water stored under the bed for cooking and possible emergencies. We don't bring lots of unnecessary stuff to set up camp - no pink flamingos, etc...


X2 Most of our camping is boondocking, and we can normally go about a week. We go to enjoy what's out there, not set up house. The 'B' has been perfect for us.
Do you carry extra water with you? I see the 190 has 31 gals of FW. Do you use wood block to level your 190?

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Ed_Gee wrote:

Gjac wrote:

I notice most class B's have small FW tanks and very little storage. For those that dry camp how do you carry extra water? Also are there any class B's made with a slide and some kind of basement storage?


A class B is essentially a modified van chassis.....so no under storage to speak of and certainly no slide. The next step would be a small class C which would be a manufactured coach body placed on a CUTAWAY van chassis.


Here is a 2016 model with all that your asking for but is a class B+ Here is a link. 2016 Renegade good luck


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MY Class B has 34 gallons fresh water!

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DownTheAvenue wrote:

MY Class B has 34 gallons fresh water!
What make and model Class B do you have? I don't see it in your profile.

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If you're on Facebook you might consider joining the Travato Owners and Wannabees group (it's a private group). The overwhelming majority of those people pride themselves on their ability to boondock for extended periods of time. Some carry extra water, others don't. DH and I aren't into roughing it or depriving ourselves by constantly fretting over water usage, but we have no problem boondocking for a couple of nights in a row.


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patperry2766 wrote:

Jayco

I think you might be able to expand your options in a small class C. Really not much bigger than a class B but you'd be able to get a slide


I sure hope the "60 x 70" inch queen bed size is a typo - I'm not spending 100k+ and have Ed's feet hanging off the bed about a foot! LOL! Otherwise - nice floorplan!

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Gjac wrote:

Trekkar wrote:

pasusan wrote:

Gjac wrote:

I notice most class B's have small FW tanks and very little storage. For those that dry camp how do you carry extra water? Also are there any class B's made with a slide and some kind of basement storage?
It can actually be fun to figure out how to camp with limited water/storage....

We bring a few gallon jugs of water stored under the bed for cooking and possible emergencies. We don't bring lots of unnecessary stuff to set up camp - no pink flamingos, etc...


X2 Most of our camping is boondocking, and we can normally go about a week. We go to enjoy what's out there, not set up house. The 'B' has been perfect for us.
Do you carry extra water with you? I see the 190 has 31 gals of FW. Do you use wood block to level your 190?


We normally carry a couple of gallon jugs of water with us. I have a set leveling blocks, but I've only need them a couple of times. Another perk of a small 'B' is you can move around in the site until you're level.

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