RV MUST HAVESThis is the list of "Must Haves" and "Should Haves" for our dream rig:
The "Dinette/Recliner" (D/R)
For conversation, workspace, separation and relaxation, this floorplan fits us best. Other floorplans place the dinett and Recliner on the same side of the rig, or only have a single chair instead of the recliner.
This option begins appearing as early as 2015, but becomes more popular around 2018.
Rule: Innovative dining table.
The Coachmen 26DS has a hideaway seat that slides in and out to allow the cockpit passenger seat access to the table when needed. Others have removable tables between the cab seats. Most dinettes will always convert to a bed by rearranging the pads and lowering the table.
Rule: TV watching = feet up. Extra bonus for a center armrest and stowaway between the seats
Storage Under Table Seating
Rule: There can't be wasted space in a RV. If it can be used as storage, it must be made available.
Under $80K (from new up to 3 years)
Dealers should be offering our models regularly under $80,000 for between new to three year old models.
Under 29' (Class A)
Thirty feet is too big if we pick a Class A. Since this RV is our only vehicle (no towing), it's size must work for us to get around in towns, and especially parking lots. The smaller Class A's (under 27') don't offer the dinette/recliner floorplan we're looking for. If we choose a Class A, it will be around of 29'.
Under 26' (Class B+)
Twenty-three feet is too small if we pick a Class B+. The B+ models that have our floorplan all sit on the Mercedes Sprinter 3500 chassis that has a 170" wheel base. It's tight, but it works
|Under 26' (Class B)||If we choose the Class C or B, we found models that are in the 24' class (26' length)|
|STORAGE||Exterior Storage>50 cu ft||The outside storage must exceed 50 cubic feet. This is needed for tools, wood blocks, chocks, power cables, hoses, tools and especially and:|
|RAD Mini Folding Electric bikes|
|ORU "HAVEN" Tandem Kayak|
|BED||Full Walk-around Queen Bed||There must be space to walk around on either side of the queen bed. This allows the bed to be made normally, without having to crawl into corners to access 1/2 the bed. It also creates space between the bed and the exterior walls, regulating temperature in the bed.|
|CAMERAS||Must have a backup AND side mirror camera system||The more eyes, the better. We really like the idea of a side view camera system for lane changing. All rigs nowadays come with the rear cam.|
|Leveling System||Auto Leveling jacks will raise and lower the corners of the RV.||Using a manual system requires bubble levels, wood blocks and two people to eyeball the level the rig. An automatic system just takes a couple of button pushes.
Mercedes does not allow the frame to be drilled in to, so HWH offers a clamp-on system.
|Interior Doors||A sliding pocket door to the bedroom and full door to the bathroom||For better noise and light reduction, a full wood sliding door is needed. Also needed for privacy is full separation between the bath and bedroom/living area.|
|Bath||Porcelain Toilet||A must have, because the alternative is to have a plastic toilet.|