Class B Vans & Culture – 4k UHD


hello Jesus Manuel Mena Garza …
I hope you’re having a very nice day today I’m going to be talking about and giving my impressions of what’s taking place from the Class B Motorhome
van market and also what’s taking also place in the van culture I’ll be looking
down him on occasion at mic laptop to check my notes by the way I hold a Class
B van for many many years when I lived in San Francisco I would take it to
places that included Lake Tahoe the Eastern Sierra all over Arizona New
Mexico Texas and of course Colorado very nice I love Colorado so I have
experience driving and camping in various locations including boondocking
in a Class B then or Motorhome let me talk about the benefits of owning a
Class B van or Motorhome number one on my list and in many persons less is the
fact that they’re very small and compact and well and because they’re small and
compact they’re also very maneuverable you can ride them down the highway dirt
road on a you know on in suburbia and urban environments and you don’t have
any issues it’s just like driving a truck or an SUV maybe a little bit
larger so because they’re so small you know you could also Park them anywhere
you want pretty much if you’re going to go to the restaurant or go shopping
you can park it in that regular space you can’t do that with a Class A or
Class C and you know definitely not with a fifth wheel it’s very difficult to
take those into any sort of environment that’s outside of the main highway or a
or RV Resort Class B vans also serve double duty as people haulers you can
they again they have like a three for five extra seat belts on them yet
the driver the passenger maybe four more seats at the back on some of these vans
that you know have actual seat belts and even for even for child safety belts and
you can take the family you know on excursions be they shopping take it to
school take them to a band camp take them to a math camp wherever you want
and it’s very convenient because you have a refrigerator there if they want a
beverage and you can also think I’ll take a nap you know if it’s if they need
a nap and park in the side road of course you can also go in the bathroom
and these year they wash your hands of course they also serve as vehicles where
you can go camping yes you can go camping in these and I’ve done it many
many times you know and and it fits almost anywhere you want to go there’s
no excuse for those RV parks or our national parks or you know for
boondocking that you can’t find a space and often you don’t not even go to the
ones with the you know with the other Motorola’s you can actually park where
they do some camping and save some money so I’ve done that many many times gone
camping in this and felt very comfortable very warm very cozy my wife
and I have enjoyed it tremendously and so you can definitely go camping into
Class B the main consideration for a lot of individuals you can’t take a lot of
people with you you can’t you know take more at two or three or maybe sometimes
for people with you because there’s not that much space you know you’re limited
in space that’s the big downfall of class B’s is that you don’t have much
space but it’s but you know you sacrifice how because you can go more
places and enjoy and do more things class B’s also are toy haulers there are
many examples of Class B vehicles out there that you know have an open area as
you open the back hatch and you there’s an open area right down the middle where
you can put a kayak a bicycle you know any other kind of a skiing equipment or
snowboards that’s no problem some of the newer ones actually have a large
cavernous area and you can put something even larger in there
Kent you got to be with increasing its depth it’s not a you know actual toilet
so it’s a small toy hauler and if you want it’s also can be considered a
limousine first yeah I know some manufacturers are touting their Class B
there’s essentially limousines they’re marketing them to the more affluent
communities of America the you know the country club set and they advertise them
and market them enhance examples and like expensive car shows and car
auctions and you know the where they’re selling million-dollar vehicles so
they’re selling these $200,000 $150,000 you know luxurious class B’s so they’re
they can be used as limousines they even actually you know have two front chairs
and they have two other chairs and they have the silk of the back so you can a
lot of people you drive down the road very comfortably they’re actually
marketed I’m again Airstream and specifically is marketing them for
people that will have second homes you can go from your first home to your
second home have a beverage on the way take a nap if you need to and watch a
little TV for the family in the back you could you know it’s a very pleasant way
to go and the seats are quite plush and because the one of the things I’ve
noticed in a lot of these more luxurious brands is that they have white seats
something that’s an essentially anathema to campus you know you want you can’t
get those things dirty they’re you know you if you’re going out a camping you’re
gonna get dirt on you you’re gonna get stuff on you and to sit on a white
leatherette see it is like it’s not gonna work so these are definitely for
people that are dressed up and nice and clean and rarely go outside the
negatives of a Class B are readily apparent to some Class B units are quite
cozy and in fact a little bit too cozy for some I’ve gone off into a RV show
like when they here in Fort Worth in Austin or in the San Francisco Bay Area
or LA and heard the complaint from family
saying my god how am I gonna fit more my four kids in here oh my god they don’t
have a big-screen TV look at that bed it’s barely enough for you and I you
know stuff like that and they don’t like walking down the narrow halls and
there’s your kitchen there’s your bathroom and there’s your
bed it’s and it’s not very much space room and of course typical of most class
B’s there is very small amount of you know space for storage you know they
asked cirrage above storage below outside storage is non-existent
most of these class B’s they also have very limited tank capacity so if you’re
into boondocking if you want to go out the middle of you know Arizona or Texas
or Florida and do some boondocking you know it’s very difficult because you
have very small tanks in the class piece fifth wheel and a Class A is more
they’re better design for boondocking you can add a lot of solar around those
units and they have big tanks big waste tanks so you can stay out there for a
whole week maybe 14 days and not have to go out and go into town or to the
service station to dump your tanks and second box vanilla and you can blow that
gigantic refrigerator with all kinds of food that you last you and your partner
for quite a while and you can also take the kids along if you really wanted to
because there’s usually more room in a Class A and Class E and a fifth wheel
yes class B’s a very limited storage again like I said earlier you don’t have
much space in these units just have the if you if you want to go somewhere and
take a lot of stuff class B’s are not perfect for that you needed buy a toy
you know a toy hauler or a fifth wheel or Class A or Class C and usually have
underneath storage mouths that you can access you could put all
your favorite stuff that you desperately need in those units that the Class B
community essentially says they say that themselves we rationalize you know the
existence of class means that you become a minimalist you don’t necessarily take
all the stuff that you think you need you find out what you really need you
just need some food some dishes some water some outfits not every outfit
you’re not gonna go to the cocktail log every night and just you know you plan
your vacations you go hey I’m gonna go camping out there and I’m gonna do a
certain amount of hiking and I’m gonna take a shower every two three days the
meantime taking a sponge bath and using towelettes that stuff like that I’m not
going to take 15 minutes of a shower because I’m not at the resort or with
hookups you can as many class B’s you know go to a resort or campground with
full hookups but you know it’s it’s it’s not ideal for that it’s not made for
that what’s made for that are these a’s seas and these fifth wheels you know if
you go to these resorts it’s like home on wheels you know class B’s I’m gonna
be very serious with you they’re designed for people on the go they want
to go places and have a lot of fun and they go a lot of places they don’t go
just to a few places a Class A or a fifth wheel you’re driving down I find
the 101 Iten i-35 and just going down those highways you’re not going down
through from you know Prescott Arizona down to Asher Rome Arizona going like
this and I’ve done that and at night it’s quite difficult again you’re
playing your little trip you’re just driving for hours go to that resort for
our school of that resort maybe stay at that resort for two three months or old
month and maybe do some boondoggle for another few weeks and then go to a
resort for a a few days just to re-energize and then
you go back to boondocking so there are a lot of options out there for people
who want to stay a long time at a location class peas are okay but again
you sacrifice a lot but what you gain is a lot of Independence Class B vans are
not known for their luxurious you know kitchens and bathrooms they’re usually
very small they usually contain are just a two propane stove top maybe a
convection microwave just a microwave and if you’re lucky maybe your stove but
that’s about it for you know the cooking equipment for and the showers are
usually wet baths and sometimes you have to tilt your head and some of these
older units just to fit in there it’s not expansive again you know it’s very
everything is compact in a Class B let me tell you of some of the luxury brands
out there selling for a hundred and fifty to two hundred thousand and
they’re quite nice again how do you define a luxury brand they’re the ones
with the shiny wood you know highly glazed wood and also the white typically
they have white leatherette furniture they’re very plush sometimes even have
you know a couple extra pieces that say the first two seats the you know driver
in the passenger they also have another pair of seats and the sofa in the back
those are typically touring bands they take it from point A to point B and they
just happen to have the ability to camp but they’re primarily just glorified
limousines here are some of the brands Airstream lounge and grand tour quite
nice and then the coachman Galleria beautiful interiors I love the woodwork
in those units and of course a Winnebago there era series they have I think four
or five different errands out there currently pleasure-way Plateau
one of my favorite brands beautifully made and quite a few other brands so if
you’re interested in you know traveling in style
not necessarily camping but just traveling in style
these are the brands for you let me talk about adventure coaches these are
designed for people on the go they’re going to include a lot more storage for
bicycles scuba gear whatever you want and they’re designed to take stuff and
your living accommodations are minimal at best something they have sometimes a
bad that comes you know comes down it’s not very thick and that’s about it it’s
it’s pretty Spartan existence but it’s nice if you’re a young person especially
it’s very pleasant because you’re going place you’re still healthy you’re still
viable you’re going out there and having a great time you know with your partner
it’s it’s a lot of fun so these are the brands out there in the currently the
market they range from 65,000 to 150,000 Winnebago or revel which is four-wheel
drive and also has a cavernous back area to put stuff and the Paseo also the
coachman CrossFit and of course heimer active which is dominates the European
market there’s all kinds of them out there and if you have a chance check
them out I really am motivated by these if I had the cash I’ll consider
something in this genre I’m especially especially like the Paseo
it’s a beautiful unit what types of buyers are there for Class B units
there’s the affluent upscale client which Airstream is really under serious
ly marketing their products for these are individuals that are going to use
them just a little bit just to go from point A to point B maybe crash at a rest
stop once in a great while or take it from to the hotels and they’re gonna you
know have plenty of room for all their you know luggage in and they can it’s
going in style it’s essentially your own personal limousine and you could take
two three four extra people with you again they have the two seats in the
front and two extra seats in a bench in the back so there’s plenty of room for
like six people so if you got a family of two adults and then four children
it’s perfect you know go from your house and
Denver Colorado and just drive up the road and you’re going to Jackson Hole
Wyoming you know for the summer to do some fishing and hanging out in front of
the fireplace it’s a great way to go if you have the money and it can afford 150
to 200 thousand dollars again you’re not going to go out hiking and scuba diving
and skiing in these units because you know you once you come inside are you
gonna sit on that white leather it furniture probably not you’re gonna have
it’s not it’s not built for that it’s not that it’s not very it’s durable but
it’s it gets you know it’s it’s not gonna work
I’m seriously it’s not gonna it doesn’t look right to get a all spongy and dirty
and muddy white leather and furniture that’s my opinion the middle class
family buyer looks for something that’s conserved double duty because they’re
gonna you know on a budget so they’re gonna buy something that’s you know
sixty to a hundred thousand bucks and they’re gonna use it to go camping take
the kids camping if they’re you know only have a couple kids that’s perfectly
fine if you have more than that it’s gonna be difficult they’re gonna have to
stay in the tent outside so you can take the kids camping and have a great time
for three four days because you have such small tanks small tanks you you’re
gonna have to you know only go out for a few days unless you go to a place with
hookups if you gotta go with hookups you can stay as long as you want and the
kids can enjoy themselves and you can enjoy yourself they also are good for
taking the kids to school you can take the kids to school in this bus they can
you know there’s you know there’s plenty of room back there some of them have
they’ll get four seats that you can you know strap them in and be safe and it’s
great little people hauler and you could take them to like I said earlier a math
camp you know to band camp you can take them to a football game the hockey match
whatever you know sports you’re into or events you’re in to do you know to
concerts you know family events you can take the whole bunch
and that six-hour trip is not as bad because they can always you know I
stopped inside the road they can go to the restroom they can
have a soda our beverage or you know a nice cool sandwich and just hang out for
a little bit and then continue down the road and feel comfortable they can also
look at a TV that’s great play video games they have plenty
you know plug-ins for USB stuff so kids and adults can enjoy themselves on the
trip the adventure sports you know buyer they are usually younger and I consider
myself an adventure sports but even though I’m 66 years old but they’re
typically marketing these two you know 20-somethings and 30-somethings and
they’re going out there you see them looking cool and they’re riding their
bicycles out in the country and scheme and snowboarding and having a great time
so you can haul all your stuff and once you get inside you don’t mind that the
furniture is going to look a little you know it’s just simple cloth furniture
that you can wipe off and you get a little mussed up and you’d only you may
take a shower every one or two or three days but you can always jump in the
river of course it’s might be licensing but you can jump in there so these are
great great vehicles to uh you know you know go in these are the adventure
sports buyers and of course you can you have options you get a small unit you
get a you know a four-wheel drive unit you can get a unit with a cavernous back
you can have ski racks kayak racks bicycle racks you can get the whatever
you want you can customize it your way these are the again the active community
this is the active communities are not the people they’re gonna send their
fifth wheel and watch the cable television it all day and you know these
are this is a different segment of the market
finally we have van dwellers these are individuals who live in their van
year-round yes they live in their van year-round some of them are
adventure-seeking young kids and adults and they’re traveling around the world
and having a great time not necessarily a world they can go across the ocean in
event but across the United States maybe even Latin America in Mexico in their
van and they you know they’re young they can do this they have no
responsibilities major responsibilities yet and maybe even they’re doing some
you know online you know work you know they work in
clear you know via the internet they’re accessing their jobs they can do their
jobs that way if if they’re so lucky so they’re going around and having a great
time you know swimming snorkeling hiking fishing what a great you know way to
live you know for a couple of years so again some of them just start doing it
for a couple years and after that they didn’t they you know maybe sight I it’s
time to have the family have some kids and live in the suburbs and work from
9:00 to 5:00 and that’s not you know that’s not a lot of fun but at meantime
they’re having a great time also van dwellers include people that
are forced because of their economic situation to live in a van they only
make six hundred nine hundred bucks a month and they cannot afford that house
to rent a house or an apartment or even a studio apartment Silicon Valley they
go for two three thousand bucks or in Dallas they go for eight nine ten
thousand but I mean a thousand bucks so they’re pretty expensive so so they’ve
been you know given the boot by our society unfortunately that’s what the
safety of the been dead they’ve been marginalized and they have to survive on
the fringes so they live in their little van they build a small bit they
sometimes buy a used van you know five ten year old van and they modify it they
put a bed in it they put a small DC refrigerator which you can store a
little bit of food they have a little cooktop essentially this for most of
these folks that I’ve seen have a little coleman cooktop look you know propane
stove and that’s their life they’re on the road they’re surviving on the
fringes and they park in the suburbs they try to look you know you know they
they don’t want to be known they don’t want to be obvious they’re doing it
surreptitiously (stealthy) so and also they park in the boondock here and there you know in
areas know that they they can have a little camaraderie and
be left free and survive on that very small check sometimes they even drive to
Mexico to get medical attention on the but you know to save a couple bucks
because they don’t have a lot of money so these are van dwellers on the fringe
and one of the main proponents of that community the van dwellers is a Bob
Wells of RTR fame the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous he has that every winter in
January and in Quartzsite Arizona where thousands of van dwellers gether you know
affluent to struggling individuals and Bob Wells is essentially their
evangelist he’s their leader in promoting this lifestyle of trying to
survive in current day America so those are van dwellers thanks for checking out
my video my name is Jesus Manuel Mena Garza I hope it’s been useful
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comments and I look forward to seeing you on the road I am … I am a camper in
fact next week I’m going to down South Texas and doing some camping down there
in Big Bend and I’m gonna be doing that for several days then I’m coming back to
Fort Worth because I have to come back to class so again this has been Jesus Manuel Mena Garza, gracias adios bye bye

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