When retirees Carol and Phil White of Portland, Ore., started planning their yearlong dream RV trip, they knew they wanted to see America up close.
“We decided to visit all 48 contiguous states and see all 43 national parks,” said Carol White. They selected a 19-foot Pleasure-Way Excel Class B motor home because of its gas mileage and small size.
“Neither of us had ever driven a motor home. Our intent was never to camp every night,” she said, “but we wanted some creature comforts. It was sure handy to have a bathroom on-board, cold water in the refrigerator and a full kitchen.”
From their 37,500-mile experience evolved their book, “Live Your Road Trip Dream: Travel for a year for the cost of staying home,” RLI Press, softcover, 2nd Edition (2008) 274 pages, $18.95. E-book edition, $9.95.
“Class Bs are such a smart investment and hold their value much better than other types of rigs,” said White. “You can use them daily if needed and yet you have a fully capable RV for weekends” or longer adventures.
These van conversions are an excellent choice if most of your traveling, like the Whites, will be on highways and paved roads.
– If you missed Part 1 — click on “Is it a family van or a recreation vehicle?”
– If you missed Part 2 — click on “Eileen and Fred Nickerson: Easy to drive, even in downtown traffic”
Photo: Phil White camping at Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. (Carol White) Bottom: Phil and Carol White touring in their Pleasure-Way Class B.