One Van Door Closes, Another One Opens!

One Van Door Closes, Another One Opens!

I recently bid a bittersweet goodbye to my beloved Winnebago Travato camper van, which was a fantastic RV and daily driver for the 2-1/2 years I had the pleasure of owning it. It moved on to some ecstatic new owners in Utah who are planning a ton of exciting adventures with their first RV. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the “adoption” of my baby to its next home, plus making new friends in the process! šŸ™‚

I had started shopping a little while back for my next class B camper van. Knowing that I’ll hopefully still have my dogs for a while, that I love driving to visit my friends and family scattered across this continent, and there’s tons of destinations I still want to explore in North America, RVing will be my primary method of travel much of the time – for a few more years, anyway! I knew I wanted my next van to meet more of my current needs and provide a fresh start in this next chapter of my life and travels.

I made lists of must-have and nice-to-have features, did a lot of online research, visited dealers, read forums and Facebook groups dedicated to each model, and ruled out quite a few floor plans right off the bat. I ultimately decided I wanted something built on the Ford Transit chassis after test-driving one and loving it. As much as I liked my Dodge/Ram ProMaster while I owned it (and had no issues with the chassis), the Ford had some new features and comforts I really desired, especially since my camper van is my daily driver too. I also wasn’t interested in a Mercedes Sprinter chassis, partly due to its higher upfront and maintenance costs and because it lacked some features I really wanted. Vehicles are ultimately very personal choices, however, and I’m far from an expert on any of them, nor am I about to claim one manufacturer to be better than another!

Choosing the Ford narrowed my options considerably, because very few Class B RV’s on the Ford Transit exist at the time of writing this. Fortunately, when I found the newer Coachmen Crossfit model, it seemed like an ideal next van for me.

Image credit: Coachmen website –

The exterior and interior both have an aesthetic I love – a modern yet clean appearance. The exterior should be stealthier when parking it in public places, and the interior will serve as a blank slate to decorate to my tastes.

After reaching out to a few dealers to compare prices and features, I purchased my van from Sunshine State RVs in Gainesville, Florida, flying solo one-way from East Tennessee to buy it and drive it 500 miles home. It was a fantastic experience. I initially chose them as a dealer for their selection and focus on Class B’s, then they wowed me with stellar customer service. They answered all my questions promptly at every step of the way, picked me up at the Gainesville airport, walked me through everything in my van in detail, and I left there feeling like a new member of their family. If you’re in the market for a class B, give Sunshine State RV a call or email, and tell them (especially Nick) that I sent you! šŸ™‚

For a full list of specs, more photos, videos, and the two floor plans, you can visit the Coachmen website here. Stay tuned for more interior photos of mine, and information about the modifications I’ll make to it!



  1. Meagan C
    Aug 6, 2018 / 11:52 am

    Looks amazing!! Congrats on the new ride-and-sometimes-home!

    • Kristin
      Aug 6, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you! Another visit to see you guys will definitely be in order – maybe next summer!

  2. Aug 6, 2018 / 11:53 am

    Looks like a great new traveling vehicle for you and the doggies! Nice! Maybe another trip to Alaska is in your future? Would love to see you again! Happy travels!

    • Kristin
      Aug 6, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks, Denise! Probably not Alaska by RV again (working makes it hard to take that much time off) but by cruise ship someday for sure, and you better believe I’ll come up your way to visit again! Happy travels to you guys as well! šŸ™‚

  3. Aug 6, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    are you finding the additional 14 inches on the Crossfit’s length over your old Travato an issue in parking sometimes ? Thanks and congrats on the new RV

    • Kristin
      Aug 6, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      Hey Craig! A couple of times now I’ve had to find a bigger parking spot, but overall it doesn’t feel that much different. It’s only the clearance below the van that takes getting used to – this one has a sewer hose holder and spare tire below the rear, and it feels like it’s a bit lower than the lowest point on the Travato was. I may end up removing the sewer hose holder, if needed, so it’s easier to hang the rear end over parking lot curbs and bumpers. I’ll be sure to update with my thoughts after a little more real-world experience with it!

  4. Aug 6, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    Congratulations Kristin! Have a wonderful time in your new dream machine!

  5. Aug 6, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    This is slick! Thanks for sharing all of the pictures.

  6. Aug 7, 2018 / 1:52 am

    I kinda wanna drive it but it’s too big šŸ˜€

  7. Lorie Raschick
    Aug 7, 2018 / 5:39 am

    That looks very nice. Congrats and happy travels!!!

  8. Martin Odom
    Aug 7, 2018 / 10:14 am

    You did a lot of research for me. Was it mostly a fiscal reason not to go with the Mercedes? Are Mercedes that much more expensive?

    • Kristin
      Aug 7, 2018 / 10:24 am

      It was largely fiscal – the base price of the class B RVs on Sprinters is a bit higher, and I’ve heard a lot of stories about parts being pricey and maintenance locations being hard to find. I also am not as big of a fan of the aesthetic, both inside and out, of the Sprinters, but that’s more of a personal preference thing. I’d say go check some out, drive them, and see what feels right to you. To me, the Ford is the most comfortable and feels the most “me” of any of the vans I researched. I personally like the ergonomics and handling of it better than my former ProMaster, but that doesn’t mean you might not like the Dodge or Mercedes better! šŸ™‚

  9. Page
    Aug 9, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Just catching up on my blog reading.
    You go girl! That is a nice rig. Perfect for you and the pups.
    I hope our paths cross again in the future.

  10. Robert Garcia
    Aug 11, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Hi. How long is your RV? How do you like the induction stove? How is it driving uphill and curves. Thanks!

    • Kristin
      Aug 12, 2018 / 3:56 pm

      Hey Robert! I’ve only had it a couple weeks now so I haven’t used the cooktop yet, but I like not having the extra gas lines run in the RV, and one more connection that could leak.

      The van is 22 feet, 2 inches long and it has been incredibly nimble and powerful driving uphill and around curves. I have the Ford EcoBoost and it has fantastic torque. It hasn’t struggled yet on any of the hills I’ve driven on here in East Tennessee, and merging onto the highway is effortless. Hope that helps – you can also join the Coachmen Crossfit Owner’s group on Facebook if you’re on there and have questions. They’re really helpful!

  11. Sep 11, 2018 / 7:06 am

    Its really nice. I feel very great after reading your blog.

  12. Nick True
    Dec 7, 2018 / 1:25 pm


    I just read like 4-5 articles haha!

    Also, my in-laws are in Knoxville and we spend a good bit of time there. #itsasmallworld šŸ™‚

    Good luck with the Ford!

    • Kristin
      Dec 7, 2018 / 1:28 pm

      Wow! Such a small world. So nice chatting with you today via email – let me know next time you’re in Knoxville and I’d love to meet up with you and your wife if you’re interested, to share some travel tales and budgeting tips! Maybe we could do a collaborative blog post sometime? Hit me up via my contact page if you’re interested. šŸ™‚

      • Nick True
        Dec 8, 2018 / 5:45 pm

        For sure! That would be great šŸ™‚

        I need to get back to releasing blog posts regularly! haha, but yes, that’d be fun too.

  13. Mark McClellan
    Mar 8, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    Hello, glad to see you bought a crossfit awhile back, so did we for pretty much the same reason. We only had a few issues with ours and would like to share to help you out if you run across the same issues.
    Plastic hot air vents are kinda cheap and ours got damaged so I replaced them with flat vents from Menards (our local big hardware store). Also, refrigerator went out but a recall to replace control board and added a vent fan seems to have solved that. Cabinet hardware not very strong and drawers would open up on turns, installed cabinet magnets as well as original hardware, they stay closed now. Plus we got tired of installing the front window covers, added a shower rod and heavy curtain that slides behind the drivers seat. If you would like to see what we did, send us a email and I’ll send you some pictures.

    • Kristin
      Mar 8, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      Hey Mark!

      Thanks for reaching out! I love my Crossfit and have only had a few minor issues with it, thankfully. My air vents are terrible too and I definitely need to replace them – thanks for the reminder. šŸ™‚

      My fridge is still good, but I received a recall notice about the ventilation and plan to get that fixed soon. I’m unfortunately quite a ways from the nearest Coachmen service location, but may make the drive up to Indiana sometime soon and have them do a number of things at once.

      The drawers of my cabinets have been good, but my bathroom door squeaks and comes open, as do a lot of peoples’ in the Facebook group I’ve heard from. Definitely want to have them address that so I can stop wedging a towel in them and bungee-ing the handles together.

      I bought the WeatherTech sunshades for when I want to deflect or absorb light (they’re insulated and reversible for different weather conditions) and I use those plus some curtains I added behind the cab that sound just like yours, and it helps a LOT, especially in very hot or cold weather. Thanks for reaching out – if you make any other mods you love, let me know!

      • Mark m
        Mar 11, 2019 / 11:11 pm

        Anyway to send you pictures, as a old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words. Might help out, I got ride of the door squeaks by adding the magnet and adjusting the existing lower ones.

  14. Ed
    Jun 1, 2019 / 7:20 am

    Well we just did it. Purchased a 2020 Crossfit/Beyond. I guess they had to change the name because of a lawsuit. First short trip for a shake down next week. Do you know if anyone has put a cargo carrier on their rig. Going from a large class C we are downsizing considerably. Could use a little more room for stuff.

  15. Alli
    Aug 13, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    Hello! A little late LOL but just found this page and had a question, if I may? We are downsizing from a Renegade Villagio and were looking at a 2018 CrossFit 22c – anyway, I wondered what your opinion would be in regards to an airbed or some kind of bed conversion being put across the front seats to have an additional sleep space? I’ve combed the internet and just can’t find anything on that so I super appreciate it if you can take a sec and give me your take.

    • Kristin
      Aug 18, 2019 / 12:09 am

      Hi Alli! Pleasure-Way makes an inflatable cab bed for on the Promaster and Sprinter chassis front seats that might work in the Ford Transit, but you’d have to measure the cab area of one to find out for sure:

      Another thing some people have done is have a custom plywood platform built that’s upholstered with foam and is hinged to fold into thirds, if you have the room to store it while traveling. Someone in the Facebook group for Coachmen Crossfit/Beyond van owners ( did this. You can search the group if you’re on Facebook for “upholster roadtrek” and find the posts and images of it. If you aren’t on Facebook, let me know, and I can email the photos to you. šŸ™‚

      The cab area does get hotter/colder than the rest of the van, depending on the season, so some good reflective windshield and side window shades (I have the WeatherTech ones and they work great) are a necessity, as well as a fan of some sort that can circulate air up there in warmer weather. Being all glass and metal – and the least-insulated part of the van – that’s going to be the case with any class B.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any additional questions!

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