The truth about buying a $100,000 VAN

The truth about buying a $100,000 VAN


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  1. aminu aidara on June 1, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    Not doing this full time its okay😊😊😊 but for people who do this full time I don’t think it’s cool doing 💩💩💩 in the car😢😢😢

  2. Pat Fuck2 on June 1, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    Nice review, been looking at vans for ever but always had Class C and A type of rig.
    BTW, I drive a 39 foot Class A , 2006, Diesel. My water tank is pretty much always full and every storage full. I get 10.5 mpg on average

  3. Juniper Hill on June 1, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    What you need is a pop up tent to leave your outdoor stuff in, to hold your campsite when you drive off for errands. It doesn’t have to be an actual usable tent; it just has to sit there to show that the space is occupied.

  4. Jayseh on June 1, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Spending $25,000 on a nice well kept & maintained class A motorhome seems like a wiser decision to me. I know it’s pretty expensive for the fuel, but so is staying in a hotel suite, which is what a motorhome is supposed to be. CLASS A IS THE WAY TO GO. NO BRAINER REALLY 🥂

  5. KEPC on June 1, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    I imagine models that lack those two extra seats would then have more room for storage and a bigger bathroom.

  6. Marilu Carvallo on June 1, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    For me it’s perfect.

  7. Robert Zalenski on June 1, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    I take it your Boys don’t teavel with you.

  8. Seyles S on June 1, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    Great info. Thanks. We just started looking for a Class B and this video was very helpful!

  9. EricaMarie Malone on June 1, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    My 27 foot class C got 18 miles per gallon. That was city driving. On long trips I got a little better milage. My parents 36 foot class A Bounder got 6 miles per gallon. Thier fuel (gas) tank was 600 gallons. So they it about every 100 miles. But at today’s prices? That is about $2,754.00 U.S for one tank of fuel, so you need to have that budget. 100 miles for 2754 is a lot of money and one might think a motel would end up cheaper. The plus is your motel is where you park but or a trip from their home to say Quartzite AZ, would be VERY expensive at 1349 miles from their home in WA. So about 37,150 dollars in fuel costs? A luxury car and motels would be far less.

  10. damian mc ginn on June 1, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    School every day

  11. Jayseh on June 1, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    The thing that scares me about the stealth campers is the castle doctrine. You’d have a hard time with that one in court. I’d rather it be known, so I can defend my dwelling legally.

  12. Mary Christie on June 1, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    No thanks-I will take my class A 😊

  13. One Nation Under Duress on June 1, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    This looks like it was filmed at Apache Junction. It looks super familiar.

  14. rwendell0912 on June 1, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Finding the right rig so important,after a two year search I found the perfect Class C RV,28FT,well maintained,sold to me by a good friend of a friend who knew the complete history of the vehicle.I lived in it for three months last year playing drums all over the east coast,what a blast !!! Been upgrading and maintaining it all month getting ready for this summer,love working on it and making it my own .RV life is good.

  15. Mandy Dyke on June 1, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    100k for that.

  16. damian mc ginn on June 1, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    Beautiful van

  17. fitzyflicks on June 1, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Good one Denno… did the Oysters work?

  18. bigdaddy209 on June 1, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Not even worth 100k 😂

  19. josephmx72 on June 1, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    I think the problem is that y’all need to spend MORE than $100K to really get all the PROs y’all would like and could use in a Class B RV, i.e. pop-top, more seat belts, motorized bed, more bed options, larger bathroom, motorized sewage clean out, better storage, larger refrigerator, induction stove, etc for which your Thor appears to be deficient in your bare-bones model. Suggest you research other RV manufacturers, ie Roadtrek, that costs more, but provide more. As experience teaches, you get what you pay for. Plus, like car companies, some RV manufactures are better at making vehicles than others. This is a hard truth you may need to deal with.

  20. Lee Pinsky on June 1, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    My Tellaro is new, and junk. Thor doesn’t care, can’t and won’t repair, or refer. I got screwed again by Thor.

  21. Rick Ciceran on June 1, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve never understood videos like this. I don’t mean to be rude but you wouldn’t look at the van before you bought it. Obviously you could sit on the toilet and check the room available. It’s your second van in two years But yet you guys act like you’re surprised that there’s no room in it. When you’re making a hundred thousand dollar purchase of a camping vehicle or you need to check the tank sizes and the capacity of the cassette toilet. Personally i’ve never understood class b’s. Absolutely no room super cramped it just doesn’t seem like an alluring way to go for me. I had that same engine in the Jeep and it was a dog. I can’t imagine how much power it lacks in a thirty five hundred with all that weight. Research you have to do research.

  22. The Turnips - Finding Clarity In Nature on June 1, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    We love your videos and can totally relate to the bloopers. We just laughed so hard 😂

  23. scotishjohn on June 1, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    100k for arryou memtal

  24. Grateful Dude on June 1, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    You need to pour ½ cup of cream with those when you bake them. Look up the actual recipe and enjoy.

  25. lalo on June 1, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    shit i paid 84,000 for a huge house in cali

  26. Scott Franson on June 1, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Consider. For More convenient toilet time Many learned this from Covid when paper disappeared , get a new 2 gallon pump up garden sprayer. then with a spring copper bender, (Shape,) the 2 ft metal pipe that has the nozzle to your liking, A hand towel to dry. Only water maybe 2 drops of lotion. It work’s. #1 Saves in Room and #2 cost of paper or #3 wipes . Takes one time to adjust nozzle to Your Liking’s.

  27. David Ticzon on June 1, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    How about maintenance of the Class B, including the engine (especially since you put on so many miles)?

  28. LA on June 1, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    100k for a depreciating asset no thanksss

  29. Cathie Tonkin on June 1, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    I’d still would love a B!!!! I now have a 2021 GMC EXPLORER 7 Passenger, it’s beautiful that I drive back and forth too NY and Fl, but I still want a B! If I won the lottery tomorrow I’d go right out and but one! I’ve camped as a kid, I had Class C, which I loved, but hubby didn’t and he sold it on me! ☹️. Sounds like you are fairly newbies…. that needs a ‘less is more’ clean out! Our class C was 11 miles per gallon!

  30. TUMNIAISETU on June 1, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    Louis CK has a great bit about the hot ji## you are pouring on your cinnabons @7:41

  31. B B on June 1, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    You’d think if it American made an average size American can fit in the toilet 🤣😂😅😅😆😆. Pays to be under 5"5 or a Chinaman for this van😆😅😂🤣

  32. plutoplatters on June 1, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    don’t get more yuppie !!

  33. Silver Fox Texas on June 1, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    Hillary and Bob we have been watching your travels for a few months. Ever since we started looking for a van. In April we bought a 2023 Thor Scope. I have a question for you- your camera 🎥 work is amazing. But I haven’t heard you talking about your drone. Have I missed this in your stories? We truly hope to run into y’all at some point.

  34. largol33t1 on June 1, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    I don’t understand why they didn’t borrow an idea from Canadian brand Roadtrek. That brand had a foldout leaf on the door. It would bend slightly so the door could be latched inside but it stuck out 2 inches. Some RV owners thought this was a gimmick until they owned one and understood the brilliant ingenuity of the idea. When shut, the door won’t hit your knees! I don’t know if Roadtrek still makes RVs with that feature but they blew me away with the first ever rear slide out so the bed could fit on a 170" chassis, shaving 20" off the overall length of the vehicle.

  35. USAF DIRT BOYZ on June 1, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    That is the good thing about my having served for 2 years in an Army infantry battalion….everything after sleeping on the ground on a 1 inch bed roll and not taking a shower for up to one month and eating cold MRE s etc….this van is like living in a 5000 k a night 5 star hotel in Italy….

  36. Rusty Katt on June 1, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the video. I’m sure it took lots of effort. And, thanks for the calm and pleasant presentation. 😄😄

  37. NotaBRZ NotaMiata on June 1, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    Great insight. As I approach retirement the class B, while more expensive, fits my needs better for some of the points you made. Parking in the driveway without HOA issues being near the top of the list.

    Which lake was that? I’m local and can’t peg it from the video.

  38. mark molina on June 1, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks guys! 😁

  39. Mark Weiner on June 1, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Congratulations, looks like you guys are really enjoying your Class B motorhome. Yes, 18 MPG is fantastic, I didn’t know that a gasoline coach like yours would really get that MPG. I do know that diesel Class B’s can get this mileage.

    OMG, your bathroom is very small and that’s your shower too, I hope you have an exhaust fan in there? Do you actually shower in your vehicle and do you actually close the doors or have a shower curtain for that? I imagine you have an on/off switch on the shower wand. Also, you have an instant hot water vs. a water tank?

    Just a comment on your bed ; we have a sofa bed/lounge in the back of our van. You know how long it takes to set up or take down the bed? 5 minutes.

    You’re so right, on a square foot basis, Class B motorhomes are the most expensive vehicles on the market, but, they also have great resale value and hold their value better than any other segment. In fact, from what I’ve read, Class B’s are the fastest growing segment in the RV industry right now outselling pretty much everything else.

    So, enjoy your trips. We looked at larger Class C’s and even some Class A’s, some were even the same price or less than our Class B, but, after I thought about the MPG and how much it would cost to drive the vehicle, it just became obvious to me that the Class B was the way to go.

    One thing I would caution you on is be sure to have the right emergency roadside assistance service. We had AAA Premier RV and thought everything was cool until we had a breakdown and required a tow. They came back and said, well, we changed our policy and there’s no 100 mile tow anymore. Instead, we pay $500 towards a tow. Sounded good, until we found out that they use "unregulated towing contractors", meaning those guys could quote anything. The worst part was when they said, we’ll take your vehicle, but, not you.

    Well, we were in the desert…..a pretty awful situation.

    I dropped my RV coverage and now have Coach Net. You might not have heard of Coach Net because they really don’t advertise their service. Check them out, and they cover your RV and all of your cars. You’ll be glad I mentioned this. Of course it’s better not to need emergency roadside assistance, but, you never know.

    Good luck and safe travels.

  40. Una Carafea on June 1, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    You don’t need an oven. You just need a husband to make you cinnamon rolls! Good video guys. Another pro I’ve noticed about class B RVs is that people don’t notice you as much as opposed to a class C or A. They just see a van.

  41. SassyGalBeauty on June 1, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    I def agree about a fixed bed. I don’t think I would ever want to have a van or RV without a fixed van – unless it was a Murphy that I didn’t have to rearrange th8ngd to pull down.

  42. Barb Metz on June 1, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks for your video. Good info. Where do you park and camp? Cost? Hookups?

  43. Michael Patschak on June 1, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Nice review of class Bs! I hope I can afford one someday.

  44. joellyn johnson on June 1, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    I did spend 112000 for my new 2022 Winnebago Solis PX. I love it. Bath looks slightly wider and the cassette toilet swivels sideways so more legroom. Lots of storage in cabinets and under bed. I leave Murphy bed down most of time but like option of putting it up i Solis as I wanted simple systems no lithium or computer run. Love my gas tank run generator for air when off grid I know it’s a lot more money but Travato G has bigger bath. Mine fits my wandering life. I leave chairs by campsite but I haven’t boondock Ed yet.

  45. Kirk A Smith on June 1, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    @SherylKatz23 Hi, I would like to talk to you about your build. You seem to have figured out lots of the issues I have questions about. I tried contacting you but it would not go through. If you are willing to talk can you send me a message please. Thanks

  46. brett b on June 1, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    I totally would’ve poured the melted icing on the rolls AFTER they were on each plate/bowl for easier cleanup of the stove top oven thingy.

  47. Alexx148 on June 1, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    i’m driving behind you guys in Arizona rn!!!

  48. M Ladetto on June 1, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    You mentioned having to have worked on on just about everything in a new class b. This is what has been keeping my wife and I from buying one over the last year. It’s an awful lot of money to spend to then find out that it is riddled with quality issues. Do you have a video where you break down all of the issues you’ve had with your newest class b v van?

  49. Bob Kantor on June 1, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Well done video guys. Thanks for that. But… I would like to offer a different data point on Class A and C mpg. Our Tiffin Class A gasser got 7 mpg most of the time, and our current WBGO Class C diesel averages 18 mpg. I’ve never heard of a Class A getting only 5 mpg. Just saying.

  50. Mark Renfrow on June 1, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    It all depends on what your needs are, and what you can afford. My budget let us buy a ’09 chevy 3500 shuttle bus for $6500. 4 years later, adding a bit at a time, we have 800w solar panels, 3 battle born 100ah, 2500w Aims inverter/charger, and finally (on the third try) an 12k btu Pioneer ac/heat mini split that will cool the bus at 95 degrees outside in full sun (running on solar). All together, including 3 engine repairs, have invested less than 17K $. Traveled 27K miles. Average 12 mpg on diesel. Fully loaded with fuel and water and stuff we weigh 6 tons. I did all the work myself except for final connections on the mini split. On our last trip to FL , talked to a guy in a 2022 Mercedes 4wd van, with ALL the bells and whistles, who hired others to do all the work. I couldn’t help myself, asked what he had invested (even though I felt rude asking). He thought a minute, then said somewhere between 225k and 250k $. So, what do you need, what can you afford.

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