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Old 01-13-2019, 08:12 AM   #1
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Question Trade B for C

We have a 2016 Era 170X and are thinking about pros and cons of trading for a USED Winnebago class C. We would like just a bit more space but like driving the Era. And I know that we always want the next larger vehicle.
Could I still avoid a tow vehicle, and would length affect that?
What year (range) and models might I find if I want to trade pretty much even up? For example, 2015 View, 2016 Winnie, etc.
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:28 PM   #2
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We have owned several Class C and one Class B. We currently own our second Trend. I use it much like I did our class B. I elected to sell our second car and I use my trend in town for errands. I am retired so most of the time wife and I go together and us the car.
Winnebago has stopped the Trend line. I believe that the new Ford Fuse is going to replace it.
My experience has been that any of the 24 foot or less can be used as a second vehicle. The one major caution is height. Most are under 11ft. My Trend is 10ft 1 to the highest point.
I don't find width or length a major problem.
Hope this helps.
Jim & Pat
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Old 01-14-2019, 04:27 PM   #3
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It does help. Thanks for taking the time.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:43 PM   #4
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We just picked up a private party 2014 View and although many owners say they don't need a towed we will be taking ours along almost every time.
We find it easier to setup the MH and camp, and just buzz in and out using the towed.
We equipped the towed many years ago, and although we may loose 1-2 MPG with it behind us we can't complain since our new to us View gets at least double the MPG's than any other MH we've ever owned.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:55 PM   #5
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6Thanks. Good perspective.
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Old 01-20-2019, 06:22 PM   #6
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I bought my new 2012 Itasca Navion iQ in May 2012. It’s my first RV. I drove it without a toad for almost 4 years. When set up at an RV Park or campground, I didn’t want to have to disconnect to travel to local sights or go to the store. I missed a whole lot. In 2016 I finally “saw the light” and got a 2013 Honda Fit. What a feeling of liberation I had and have enjoyed seeing so much more in my travels. I’ve put 52,000 total miles on it. I sure wish I had the toad in those early years. There’s no way I’d travel without it now.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:22 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input.
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Old 01-20-2019, 08:43 PM   #8
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Weíve had more than a dozen years enjoying all of this RV Life and are gone away from home typically more than half the time each year. Other than the 3.5 years we had our Class A Tiffin (really loved it, but our traveling behavior didnít match it well), our days and nights have been spent in a View or Navion.

We have always had a toad, always dragged around four-down when we felt the need to take it along. A Scion xA for a while, a Mini Cooper for a while, and the past 6+ years with a Ford Escape. Sometimes we take the toad, and sometimes we donít, depends on the trip plans.

Hereís our advice regarding your change from a B to a C

Evaluate your future traveling behavior, are you moving from place to place frequently, like every couple of days? If so, a smaller Class C and no toad might work. If some or most of your trips involve longer stays, then something that can handle a toad would be better ... but you can leave the toad behind if you want and pop around in the smaller C. If you get a bigger C, or like we did a Class A, then a toad is almost required. As weíve discovered, FLOORPLAN is hugely important!

Anyway, hope that helps. Remember, your traveling behavior might change over time, so plan ahead (like we didnít for a while, but hopefully have now, fourth time is a charm).
Warren and Debbie
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2014 Tiffin Breeze 32BR, 2012 Winnebago Navion 24G, 2006 Winnebago View 23H
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:04 AM   #9
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C is the way to go

We have really enjoyed our 2011 View Profile for the past 5 years! No toad so far but we do bring my foldable electric bike which comes handy getting around the campground or a nearby town for errands and also itís a lot of fun. Otherwise we just unhook for longer side trips and never had problems with parking.
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