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! 🙂
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.
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! 🙂
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!