Originally Posted by smithmac99
Total Newbie here, looking for a small RVish thing for my family of 4. Seems to me all the Class B's out there are overkill for what I'm looking for...and I can't really seem to find the right SMB either. Maybe I'm just too picky
Looking for something that seats at least 4 in captain chairs with a central table. Also need it to sleep 4 people comfortably.
Refrigerator and sink would be great as well. Lots of Storage is a must! No need for a portapotty.
4X4 would be cool, but not required.
I live in Oregon with my wife and 2 kids. We love to camp, but are sick of setting up the tent and unpacking/repacking the minivan every night.
So, what am I looking for? Where do I find it? Is this a new build, or is there something out there for me already?
Thanks everyone for your advice!
Welcome to the forum Mac. Myself I think it depends on how much of a cramped feeling you are willing to put up with. Many seem fine with a Ford or Chevy type SMB and smaller kids. If I were into just light off road travel, the new 4x4 Sprinter with a pop top would be worth a look. 4 adults might be tight but if you don't mind sleeping two up top, having twin gaucho seats that convert into a bed might be plenty for a family of four. If you want four captain chairs for use during driving, it might limit the free space. IMO it's the moving around during bad weather while you're stuck inside with four people that is what can cause issues for some. The fact is that a narrow aisle just makes movement difficult for some and is why I went with the 50 model. The 50 just feels so much more roomy than a walk through model but I'm a big guy. If both front seats swivel, the 50 model isn't too bad for seating four. Sometimes the 4x4 levers on some models don't allow the driver seat to pivot but I think SMB has a solution for it.
Some members are going after CCV tops to get a wider taller penthouse making it more reasonable for two adults to sleep in more comfort up top.
Not needing an inside bathroom helps with space confinement but no matter the design, smaller RV's require some thought and sacrifice when it come to storage of everyday needs. It's somewhat akin to backpacking but on a luxury level.
This van was a hard top voyager and although they claimed they were going to sleep six, I'm sure it was going to be very cramped up in the top bed headroom wise. Maybe kids wouldn't mind it but I prefer the PH model. Still it shows a good layout and if you cut out the marine head & shower, with some rearranging it would be worth looking into.
BTW when I was very young our family camped in a trailer that had a space smaller than my van. It was great for us youngsters. By the time I was 10 or so, I wanted to bring a friend along... no problem, do you think I really wanted to sleep in the trailer with my brother, sister and the rest of the family or out in the tent with my friend? Anything to get out away from them was my goal. Just sayin it's something to think about. You can also always pitch a tent or pull a small trailer so transportation might be just as or more important than sleeping quarters as the kids grow.
Good luck on finding the right model. I'm sure you'll find something.