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Old 11-04-2018, 03:06 PM   #61
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For what itís worth, September wholesale shipments to dealers were down by 29% compared to last September, with exception of van campers (even smaller than RUVs) which were up by 23%.

Not long ago Class As outsold Class B van campers by 10:1 ratio, and in September shipments were just under 3:1. Iím not making a case for van campers (Class B); just saying that thereís been a significant shift in whatís being purchased, with trend towards smaller rigs.

Sales guys always try to push larger and more expensive units because ďyouíll always trade up in sizeĒ.
Hate the commode in the shower. We've talked to many with Bs. Most say they bought so they didn't have to tow. THing is, every time you want to motor away, you have to disconnect and reconnect later. More than I thought said they use the showers at the RV camp. I want an RV that I don't HAVE to use other showers and bathrooms but maybe that's just me. We traded a C to a 30' A for more room and an extra slide. PErsonally, I would never consider a van or class B....IMHO
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:20 PM   #62
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Not sure I (personally) see the point of the Axis/Vegas models. They are small which is a positive thing for many folks but they have all the load limitations of the E chassis with none of the advantages. If I wanted a small coach Iíd get a class C. More of the cab is Ford (a good thing, I think) and there are several inherent convenience and safety advantages like air bags, doors and warning alerts. I have a 29 foot class A and have found it to be a terrific balance of size, load capacity and features. But thatís just me. Lots of folks love the little As. Good luck!
Aug! Had Ford cab...so antiquated....took too many steps just for cruise control..hated it on my 2018 Jayco.. My 2001 Aztec Pontoac Aztec has a more modern dash.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:29 PM   #63
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Hate the commode in the shower. We've talked to many with Bs. Most say they bought so they didn't have to tow. THing is, every time you want to motor away, you have to disconnect and reconnect later. More than I thought said they use the showers at the RV camp. I want an RV that I don't HAVE to use other showers and bathrooms but maybe that's just me. We traded a C to a 30' A for more room and an extra slide. PErsonally, I would never consider a van or class B....IMHO

I completely agree about wet baths which are so common in Class Bs and small trailers. In fairness, there have also been a few small As and Cs with wet baths. More importantly, there are some Bs with dry baths ó one pictured below. These Bs with dry baths are very rare though because wet baths are primarily used to save space, and space is of greater value the smaller the RV.

To your point on size ó it all comes down to personal needs and how the motorhome will be used. I just got back today from boondocking one night at a ball game which involved a lot of driving and no ďcampingĒ. For these types of events I far prefer a B, but will admit to wanting a lot more space. A much larger B with a dry bath would be great for us, although not like the rear bath in picture below. That layout reduces the utility aspect of a van too much.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:10 PM   #64
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Not sure I (personally) see the point of the Axis/Vegas models. They are small which is a positive thing for many folks but they have all the load limitations of the E chassis with none of the advantages. If I wanted a small coach Iíd get a class C. More of the cab is Ford (a good thing, I think) and there are several inherent convenience and safety advantages like air bags, doors and warning alerts. I have a 29 foot class A and have found it to be a terrific balance of size, load capacity and features. But thatís just me. Lots of folks love the little As. Good luck!
We had two class C's before getting the 25.2 Vegas. Trading was the right thing to do.
If the 25.6 or the 27.7 had been available at the time, we would have chosen one of them over the 25.2.
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:30 AM   #65
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Why did you chose a mini Class A over a full size?
I am on the brink of buying a 28' to 30' and need someone to point out what advantages/disadvantages there are!! How do the Axis/Vegas handle the road on much smaller tires??
Is it a concern at all??
Bought a 2018 Vegas last January, at 3,300 miles we traded in for a 2016 Thor Miramar and I am very happy now. Reasons:
1. we needed 2 AC systems. 1 AC was not enough in hot climates during the day. Once the sun set it was fine, but barely enough in daytime.
2. The bathroom in the 25.5 was too small to change clothes in for a shower. We were forced to section off half the coach with the paper/fabric accordion door.
3. Sofa bed has a hard bar in the middle that we could not rectify. My husband and I were forced to use the really hard beds (convertible to a king bed) in the back. The beds in the back were really for the boys that only occasionally travel with us.
4. There are no seatbelts for the two couches in the back and NO ONE wanted the liability of reinforcing the floor and adding more for us.
5. Steering is very loose (that is the way the F350 chassis comes). Without a full load of water (and sometimes with) trucks passing become a burden to hold your lane. I also have a old shoulder issue that was aggravated by this.
6. No pass through storage made it a challenge to carry everything we wanted.

The Miramar does much better on the road. We went from 9.8 mpg to 8.2 with the new coach. ALL the beds are comfortable. Bathroom is roomier. Got 2 ACs, an inverter and an auto gen start. Have pass thorough storage now with PLENTY of room to spare. Also, my mom has bone cancer and needs to be able to use the whole coach to elevate her legs, so we now have the room to allow her to do that. We had already purchased a toad. The Vegas is small, but it is still a hassle in downtown areas to park. We found that we were renting cars pretty often. Liked the Vegas, LOVE the Miramar.

Hope this helps!
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:40 AM   #66
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Well I think it comes down to price for most folks. Plus only a few floor plans for the Axis / Vegas - so they are not for everyone. If you have a large family you can sleep more in a C - esp the longer ones.
The 2019s have a couple of new floor plans, and now offer a dinette and coach in the same coach!
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:58 AM   #67
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I cannot see any differences!!
Videos are no help or spec sheets.
Looking at 27.7
Thanks for all you input
Salesman said only difference is interior colors, outside graphics and headlights.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:01 PM   #68
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The 2019s have a couple of new floor plans, and now offer a dinette and coach in the same coach!
Yeah, they actually they came out in the 2018 but I already purchased my 2017 before anyone knew two new floor plans.

I really like the 27.7 floor plan but the outside store is about half of what I have now. My 25.4 had 70 cu foot of outside storage. The largest of all of the Axis/Vegas floor plans. That was one of the biggest selling points of that floor plan to me.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:03 PM   #69
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Salesman said only difference is interior colors, outside graphics and headlights.
Well the entire front cap is a different shape with headlights, grill, driving light incorporated. But otherwise he is correct.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:59 PM   #70
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We traded or 24SS Class C Jayco for a 2017 ACE 29.2 after a lot of research and looking into different models. I like the 27.7 but the wife didn't like the bed. They only different in length by less than a foot. My goal was to stay under 30 feet. After some minor quality issue around fit and finish we couldn't be happier with our choice. Big enough not to feel cramped but small enough to camp any place we want to.
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:01 PM   #71
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Well the entire front cap is a different shape with headlights, grill, driving light incorporated. But otherwise he is correct.
Not entirely: I'm sure they both use the same piece of glass. Thus just about everything below the wipers is a little different.
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:04 PM   #72
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Not entirely: I'm sure they both use the same piece of glass. Thus just about everything below the wipers is a little different.
Yeah - your right. I should have said "everyhing below the windsheld" is different (not just the headlights).
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:40 PM   #73
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What led us to the Axis was my wife's small stature. Unless we got a power seat, she could not comfortably reach the pedals when she drove. The RUV was not even on our radar, we walked right by Axis/Vegas several times. Started looking at Class C's. A salesman showed us a used Axis, thinking my wife could fit better. She sat in it and really liked it. It was a 24.1 and she did not like the split beds, even though you can make it a king. If she liked it, we would probably have it. Looked and found the 25.4 which we both like.

The main thing that we both like over the C is the large cab with lots of view. I'm 6'2" and the Axis has more leg room/space that the C's we looked at.

So, I guess, our decision was based on both our statures, albeit at different ends of the spectrum!
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:02 PM   #74
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What led us to the Axis was my wife's small stature. Unless we got a power seat, she could not comfortably reach the pedals when she drove. The RUV was not even on our radar, we walked right by Axis/Vegas several times. Started looking at Class C's. A salesman showed us a used Axis, thinking my wife could fit better. She sat in it and really liked it. It was a 24.1 and she did not like the split beds, even though you can make it a king. If she liked it, we would probably have it. Looked and found the 25.4 which we both like.

The main thing that we both like over the C is the large cab with lots of view. I'm 6'2" and the Axis has more leg room/space that the C's we looked at.

So, I guess, our decision was based on both our statures, albeit at different ends of the spectrum!
Yep, me an my wife love our Axis 25.4 (our is a 2017). She is on the short side and im more normal size. I really love the 70 cu foot of storage on our floor plan. I have everything you can think of and still have room to add more junk (shopping on weekends or if she buys large souvenirs). What I like is that I have room to look around for what I need in my rear storage compartements without unloading it all to get to it.
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