<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by nextcom1:
Thanks for your reply. I see that you have a 24' view. Do you choose to use the view over the 36rd on certain trips? I ask because I am selling my 26' class C but maybe should hang on to it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
We have the Vectra for working races, where we are on location for up to 2 weeks.
It is by far more comfortable for both traveling and camping, plus it is much better for dry camping - which we frequently do at race tracks.
It has the washer / dryer package, so we can wash our dirty race duds without having to go to a laundromat.
Disadvantages: 7MPG (towing); and not everywhere has the capability to handle a 36' quad-slide motorhome.
The View was purchased after my wife decided we were going "world touring" next year. We expect to put over 30K miles a year on it for several years. I calculated that over the next 3 years it would literally pay for itself in fuel savings over the Vectra. In so doing, we would stay almost 100% at campgrounds - many of which will be government operated (and many of those only allow 28' or less).
Advantages: 17+ MPG; can actually park it at a shopping center; easy to maneuver in city traffic; dash air keeps it cool without running the house air and generator.
Disadvantages: Small; low towing capacity (we can't tow the Dakota, according to the tow rating); no fixed bed; very little storage. (We chose the 24H because of the bathroom - other models were better, or worse, in those issues.)
We took our "maiden voyage" last weekend with a 450 mile trip, with 5 nights in 2 different campgrounds. Neither me nor my wife can easily get into the overhead bunk, but we expected that. She bought a Cosco folding ladder, to replace the OEM one, and I think that will solve that problem. The overhead bunk was built for kids or athletic people, and we are neither.
FWIW - the dinette sleeps just fine, as does the sofa. But we cover the table with so much junk (2 laptops and all their junk) that setting up / disassembling the bed is a pain.
Email me if you wish further obvservations on either coach. Offhand, unless the 26' Class C gets over 10 MPG, I'd say keeping it isn't worth the trouble. Also - if you can find a 36RD with the Cummins, get it. They supposedly get 1 to 2MPG better than the Cat.