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Hey everyone, just curious who makes the better Class B?
Roadtrek or Pleasure-way?

And yes I know opinions will vary depending on what one you may own.
Just looking for input..

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I would say...GreatWest...


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Aikensbest wrote:

I would say...GreatWest...


I agree...I loved the one I had.


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Sales figures often tell the tale of a best selling RV. And Class B motorhomes jumped in sales by a whopping 25% so far in 2012! Fuel savers I guess!

Pleasure-Way is the #1 selling Canadian made Class B in Canada....RoadTrek has been #1 seller in the USA for over 22 years.

The Winniebago ERA was one of the top 3 selling Class B models in the industry with 15.9% market share for calendar 2010. Following a brief hiatus in production to develop the new model, the newly redesigned 2012 ERA will be reintroduced this spring and is expected to becomee a #1 seller again with all of the improvements.




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OK--I don't have a dog in this fight, as I own a Born Free Class C. But I have looked at both and think that PW has a very slight edge over RT in overall quality. But the RT is built on the Chevy chassis which I find handles better than the Ford (my BF is a Ford) and only the PW Lexor model is on the Chevy. Owners of both brands seem very happy with them and I suspect either would be a good choice. (Not to omit Great West, of course, but I've never inspected nor driven one).


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We have owned a Pleasureway Excel and a Roadtrek Popular. We found that we liked the Pleasureway better. The Chevrolet did handle somewhat easier but it would not be a major factor in deciding which one to purchase. We just found that the Pleasureway was better built.

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I liked my Great West... and I like my LTV (but it's a C), and now I have met many people who love their LTV B's. Personally between Roadtrek and Pleasureway, I preferred the PW mainly because of the vastly superior bathroom.

As to quality, I'd say that they are pretty much equal.

As to this comment:

The Winniebago ERA was one of the top 3 selling Class B models in the industry with 15.9% market share for calendar 2010. Following a brief hiatus in production to develop the new model, the newly redesigned 2012 ERA will be reintroduced this spring and is expected to becomee a #1 seller again with all of the improvements.

This must be a cut and paste from some PR brochure. Their hiatus was surely because of low sales. Who pulls a unit for a year for a re-design unless it had major issues... and it isn't that much different. But Era will get its market share because of the low price... and its quality - while OK, doesn't match the other manufacturers.

My advice is to buy by the floor plan that fits your needs best. They are all good!!


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If you go by popularity just remember that would make McDonalds the best hamburger.

Quality wise there is not a wit of difference to be concerned about with the major Class B manufacturers. It really comes down to features (not much difference there either) and design layout. Design layout is an individual thing. The original question was Pleasure-way vs. Roadtrek. My personal preference in design layout would be a Pleasure-way and I have given my opinions why numerous times. It is a lot easier to compare the converters on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter platform than the Ford and Chevy platforms which have more variable differences between them.


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Davydd wrote:

If you go by popularity just remember that would make McDonalds the best hamburger.

Quality wise there is not a wit of difference to be concerned about with the major Class B manufacturers. It really comes down to features (not much difference there either) and design layout. Design layout is an individual thing. The original question was Pleasure-way vs. Roadtrek. My personal preference in design layout would be a Pleasure-way and I have given my opinions why numerous times. It is a lot easier to compare the converters on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter platform than the Ford and Chevy platforms which have more variable differences between them.



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I looked extensively at both when we were buying. I compared the two companies similar models at an RV Show where I could go in and out of both companies models right there and compare. Both make nice Class Bs. I was more comfortable and felt less confined inside the Roadtreks built on Chevy chassis than I was in those by Pleasureway. This may have just been me. I did like the PW built on Ford but is too large for me to keep on my driveway so that was ruled out right away. Each has advantages. The PW has a regular gravity dump system. The RT uses a built in macerator. While the macerator is nice, it can have its problems and the PW's system - being more conventional is considered better by some.

The best answer to your question is to answer it yourself by going to see what is offered by both companies (an RV show is best for this - because they are all right there at the same time to compare) and see for yourself which you like better and which you feel the most comfortable in.


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