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Desert Captain

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Eight years ago tomorrow we bought our 2012 Nexus Phantom 23P. We found it at La Mesa RV in Tucson used with just 6,205 miles. I had been in negotiations with Nexus to have them build me this very unit but when I found it used for nearly $20,000 less and without two trips to Elkhart it was a done deal.

Here is a recent pic:

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Over those 8 years we have gone coast to coast {from Tucson to Maine and just about everywhere in-between} for a total of 37 states visited. As noted those 68,000 miles have been trouble free, never a breakdown {if you don't count a blown tire}. A few of our adventures include:

Dodging tornados when crossing Tornado Alley twice, camping in snow with temps down in the teens several times, got caught in a major sandstorm on our way to Borrego Springs, evaded serious forrest fires more times than I care to remember.

We have seen nearly every National Park west of the Mississippi and several to the east. We spend several weeks in the southern Rockies every summer and never tire of just turning the key and hitting the road. What has always worked for us is quality of the coach providing comfort and safety in virtually any environment. Add to that the convenience of a 24' Class C that fits literally anywhere, that makes grocery getting or just good ole fashion sightseeing a pleasure and we have the ultimate RV. It lacks nothing we need and provides everything that we do.

As I have noted before if you are over 6' tall or the first number when you get on the scale is larger than "1" you will probably not be all that comfortable in a 24' Class C... We are neither.
[emoticon] With forums such as this constantly filled with posts of unhappy campers I am pleased to share our totally positive experience. We keep finding ways to have even more fun and adventure with each passing year.

When I started riding motorcycles after a 39 year layoff we quickly embraced a small mc trailer to enhance the motorhome dynamic. If you want the ultimate National Park experience see them from the back of a motorcycle... there is nothing that can compare. We now can {and do} use our coach for an extra bedroom and bath when we have guests as our new home has room for all of our toys on site {no more monthly nut to the storage yard} with the HOA telling me when and for how long, as in not very, we can have the coach out front for loading, cleaning or just general maintenance.

Have I had to fix/repair stuff, of course I have as "Stuff happens" but they have been few and far between. Replaced the original Domestic toilet after 6 years, recently replaced the original water heater and 35K BTU furnace needed a new control board several years ago. We are on our second awning fabric but living in Arizona is tough on anything exposed to the sun.

I replaced the original shocks at 33,000 miles with Heavy duty Bilstein's and other than adding air bags when I started towing a single axle 10' cargo trailer {due to the added tongue weight} I have done nothing to the suspension. The coach has always been two finger steering in anything up to 35 mph winds and passing trucks are never an issue.

Bottom line... if there is a happier owner out there I would love to meet and share a few tales.

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Wonderful report. Thank you for posting. I too am a happy camper.


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Spectacular!
As the adage goes, generally those that have issues are the only ones you hear from therefore making everything “seem” like it has issues.
Have had a similar experience being on our 3rd camper now. 2 TCs that were well used when we purchased and our new to us 2017 trailer.
That said, care, diligence and a bit of aptitude also go a long way in making things “not an issue.”


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Dessert Captain,

Great to hear you are a happy camper with a Class C. We have a Class C 2002, few similar maintenance and repairs as expected, but almost 20 years of great memories, still talk to grown kids about our adventures. Looking forward to another 20 years.

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ultimate RV. It lacks nothing we need and provides everything that we do.


DC, I'm with you brother being very happy with my 24.
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DC-

Your posts are always so positive and are a joy to read. I, too, belong to the happy camper club. In our 15 years together, my Tiger 4x4 Class C and I have had 93K miles of adventures and almost zero troubles.


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Happy anniversary! May you have many more memories!

I think folks with short class Cs tend to be happier overall with their rigs. A small class C can't be beat for convenience and "space in a limited space". TTs require towing and are not convenient for stops along the way, and class Bs are much tighter in space. And as you point out a short class C can go most anywhere.

Once you get past 26ft, I think there are less negatives about other choices (class A, FW, TT, TH), so folks don't get that sense of "this is perfect".

My old boss has a sprinter, it's a bit narrower but just as tall and long as my class C. Inside the difference is amazing - I have far more room outside of head space.

When my house was burglarized, I was upset at what they had taken. But by far them taking my clipper was the absolute worst. I got it back and have spent the past year and a half getting it back into shape. When I drove it home from getting new tires, I found myself grinning as I drove down the road - it just felt so good to be back behind the wheel. I don't get that feeling with the suv and trailer (although I do enjoy them).


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Do ya’ll think we should maybe all be going in on a fruit basket for DC ? [emoticon]

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Desert Captain wrote:

Eight years ago tomorrow we bought our 2012 Nexus Phantom 23P. We found it at La Mesa RV in Tucson used with just 6,205 miles. I had been in negotiations with Nexus to have them build me this very unit but when I found it used for nearly $20,000 less and without two trips to Elkhart it was a done deal.

Here is a recent pic:

[image]

Over those 8 years we have gone coast to coast {from Tucson to Maine and just about everywhere in-between} for a total of 37 states visited. As noted those 68,000 miles have been trouble free, never a breakdown {if you don't count a blown tire}. A few of our adventures include:

Dodging tornados when crossing Tornado Alley twice, camping in snow with temps down in the teens several times, got caught in a major sandstorm on our way to Borrego Springs, evaded serious forrest fires more times than I care to remember.

We have seen nearly every National Park west of the Mississippi and several to the east. We spend several weeks in the southern Rockies every summer and never tire of just turning the key and hitting the road. What has always worked for us is quality of the coach providing comfort and safety in virtually any environment. Add to that the convenience of a 24' Class C that fits literally anywhere, that makes grocery getting or just good ole fashion sightseeing a pleasure and we have the ultimate RV. It lacks nothing we need and provides everything that we do.

As I have noted before if you are over 6' tall or the first number when you get on the scale is larger than "1" you will probably not be all that comfortable in a 24' Class C... We are neither.
[emoticon] With forums such as this constantly filled with posts of unhappy campers I am pleased to share our totally positive experience. We keep finding ways to have even more fun and adventure with each passing year.

When I started riding motorcycles after a 39 year layoff we quickly embraced a small mc trailer to enhance the motorhome dynamic. If you want the ultimate National Park experience see them from the back of a motorcycle... there is nothing that can compare. We now can {and do} use our coach for an extra bedroom and bath when we have guests as our new home has room for all of our toys on site {no more monthly nut to the storage yard} with the HOA telling me when and for how long, as in not very, we can have the coach out front for loading, cleaning or just general maintenance.

Have I had to fix/repair stuff, of course I have as "Stuff happens" but they have been few and far between. Replaced the original Domestic toilet after 6 years, recently replaced the original water heater and 35K BTU furnace needed a new control board several years ago. We are on our second awning fabric but living in Arizona is tough on anything exposed to the sun.

I replaced the original shocks at 33,000 miles with Heavy duty Bilstein's and other than adding air bags when I started towing a single axle 10' cargo trailer {due to the added tongue weight} I have done nothing to the suspension. The coach has always been two finger steering in anything up to 35 mph winds and passing trucks are never an issue.

Bottom line... if there is a happier owner out there I would love to meet and share a few tales.

[emoticon]


DC ... I'm 1/2 happier because I'm around 6'2" but am still able to totally enjoy our 24 ft. Itasca (Winnebago) Class C and it's shower. However, I'm 1/2 sadder because my furnace is only a 25K Btu one instead of that fantastic 35K Btu one like is in your 24 ft. Class C! [emoticon]

P.S. Right now we're camped in the beautiful OR Silver Falls state park and plan on visiting one of it's 10 waterfalls tommorrow morning. Our phone Internet access signal strength and speeds are so high here that - if we had the Verizon data to spare - we could stream movies way out here in air conditioned comfort in the trees using my phone as a hotspot. What a great 24 ft. Class C life this is.


Phil, 2005 E450 Itasca Spirit 24V

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As someone who is over 6' tall and also over 199.99#; I have to say I love our 2019 Thor 23H (24'10" actual) with no slides for the same reason you do, and we wouldn't change a thing. It is our third rig as a married couple (since 1996,) we bought new this time to get exactly what we wanted and have zero regrets. We have also had no major issues. We agree with the smaller RV being perfect for errands into town etc. We are about 10" longer than a 4 door 8' bed pickup so can get into any parking lot, gas station, etc. We passed 16k mi today and are over 80 nights since 4/19. Thank you for the report.


Patrick

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