I recently bid a bittersweet goodbye to my 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 a great new home, with owners who are planning a ton of exciting adventures with their first RV. I couldn’t be happier, plus I made some fun new friends in the process! 🙂
I had started shopping a little while back for my next RV. I knew I wanted another class B / camper van. Knowing that I’ll hopefully have my dogs for a while longer, that I love driving to visit friends and family scattered across the continent, and that there’s a substantial number of destinations I still want to explore in North America, RVing will likely be my primary method of travel for a few more years. I was also just ready for a fresh start in this next memory-making chapter of my life and travels.
I made lists of must-have and nice-to-have features, visited a few dealers, read forums and Facebook groups dedicated to each model, watched videos, and even dreamed about vans. 😂
I ultimately decided I wanted something built on the Ford Transit chassis after test-driving one and loving it. I liked the Dodge/Ram ProMaster well enough while I owned it (and had no issues with the chassis), but the Ford had some new features and comforts I really desired, especially since my camper van is often my daily driver.
I wasn’t so interested in the long-popular Mercedes Sprinter chassis, partly due to its higher upfront and maintenance costs, and because it lacked some features I wanted. The aesthetic really wasn’t me, as well. Vehicles are ultimately very personal choices, however, and I’m far from an expert on any of them, so I’m not 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 22C (since renamed the Coachmen Beyond 22C), 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, after 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 too. 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 RVs 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!