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mslass

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Recommendations wanted for class C
- class C with bunk over cab
- 4x4
- no slide-outs
- fresh/gray/black/plumbing in the heated space

My local ski resort, Crystal Mountain, WA, has RV spots with electrical hookups. The road up to the area has some winding steep spots that can be tricky in the snow, and the parking lot gets icy as well, so I want 4WD. Ski gear takes a bunch of room, especially to hang out and dry overnight, and I haven't found a floor plan of a class B with enough room for two skiers and gear.

I'm looking for recommendations for a class C
- that is designed for continued exposure to cold mountain nights
- has 4WD, or lends itself to conversion by a company such as Quigley
- has no slide-outs (chipping frozen slush off the top of a slide-out at the end of the ski trip is no fun)
- has a cab-over bunk so that between the master bed and the cab-over, we don't need to convert the dinette to sleeping

Opinions?

Thanks in advance.

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Continued cold weather in the teens? Difficult without constant monitoring. Easier if park potties are available.

You aren’t required to extend slides on some RVs to use all the amenities, so put those back on your list.


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Imo, i think a truck camper would be your better option.

Winnebago has a new 4x4 Ford transit that you could look into.

I now have a class c 24’ with two QB’s.

I have no idea how cold you could really use it with water, i have been down to 20F with it.
My Ford E450 2018 has a limited slip rear , no 4x4. Would need a Quigley conversion.

Sunseeker 2350
All the water lines are within the heated cabin .
It has heated pads on the holding tanks.
It has a heat duct directly on the water pump.

The freshwater tank is under the corner QB.
The shower head , lines and valve are located on a heated interior wall.
The heat gets under both sink cabinets.

I have tested all those mentioned areas using a thermometer.

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Years ago I had a C that we used skiing all over the NE and even at Mt Hood OR. Don’t remember the brand but no 4X4 and it never had a water line freeze. One year we went 43 times. Good old days

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The situation and configuration in our 2005 24' Class C is about identical to what bobndot described their earlier post above.

We don't have a 4X4 setup on our Class C, and it doesn't even have limited slip internals in it's rear, and only, differential. However, note that a Class C has terrific traction in it's rear drive wheels due to all the weight that they're carryinig back there ... i.e. way more traction than that of my open differential 2WD Mustang that - years ago - I used to take on the slippery roads and into the ski slope parking lots in Utah ... very carefully.


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You can have basically any Ford E series converted to 4wd. Not cheap but likely not more than buying one. Guessing $20k for a conversion?
Super Cs can be had in 4wd. Again, even the decent used ones are $100k or more.
Normal rwd dually C with the right tires all around. Think studded snows or siped, studded mudders will be quite capable. Although the last part of the run up to Crystal can be a bobsled run coming down.
Easiest and most versatile solution if 4wd is a must is pickup truck and a TC.

Add Tigers and any of the other small time overland type rigs, but none are cheap unless old and clapped out.

* This post was edited 04/21/21 10:19am by Grit dog *


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Posted: 04/21/21 10:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agree with the others - 4x4 tough to find and probably not necessary. My Class C doesn't pretty good in snow - but I carry chains just in case.


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Thank you all for the replies. Quigley can add 4x4 after the fact, so I'll narrow the discussion to asking about Class Cs that are truly winter-ready. Following bobndot's post, I looked at Forest River's Sunseeker (amusingly named since I'm a snow-seeker) website, and their no-slide model looks about perfect.

I'm happy to hear more opinions though. Y'all's expertise is really helpful.

Thanks.

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Check with Quigley FIRST.....they do NOT convert every RV out there. They have length/width/weight requirements that must be met or they will NOT convert it. Last conversation I had, it had to be 0-5 years old.

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Grit dog wrote:

You can have basically any Ford E series converted to 4wd. Not cheap but likely not more than buying one. Guessing $20k for a conversion?
Super Cs can be had in 4wd. Again, even the decent used ones are $100k or more.
Normal rwd dually C with the right tires all around. Think studded snows or siped, studded mudders will be quite capable. Although the last part of the run up to Crystal can be a bobsled run coming down.
Easiest and most versatile solution if 4wd is a must is pickup truck and a TC.

Add Tigers and any of the other small time overland type rigs, but none are cheap unless old and clapped out.


Agree with Grit if you just plan on running up to Crystal or Snoqualmie. Not exactly apples to apples, but where I work we run studs all around in the winter on our E450 aid cars. Granted we don't get alot of snow around here, but when we do the roads get pretty snotty. The fire department doesn't have snow days, and with those studs the E450 will go up and down pretty much any hill, including unplowed driveways. A motorhome has 2/3 of its weight over the rear wheels so traction is surprisingly good.

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