Class C Rv Tour: see Our 25 ft home on wheels

We transitioned into full-time RV living in March of 2017. Our first RV or “rig” was a 36 ft. Grand Design Momentum Toy Hauler Fifth Wheel that we purchased new from the FL RV Super Show. After a year and a half of traveling in our monster home on wheels, we decided it was time for a change. Our travel style was fast-paced compared to most with a rig our size, and we enjoy boondocking in public BLM lands, state parks, and national campgrounds. Our size made this kind of camping trickier than pulling into a large site with hookups at an RV park, but it was our preferred style of RVing. While our Grand Design, Mo was gorgeous, high tech, and had a ton of amenities, it just didn’t suit our full-time RV lifestyle. We decided to go smaller because it would allow us more freedom, less stress, and save money. So in early 2019, we sold Mo and bought our next home on wheels 5 months later.

Tour Our new Class C RV !

Our new and current RV is a used class C RV, a 2010 Fleetwood Pulse 24S. While she is in great condition overall for being nearly 10 years old with 41,000 miles on her – we will be renovating it to make it our own. In our Class C RV tour video below we show you what it was like picking her up from the dealer, our plans for renovating, and give you a sneak peak at the layout and features of our new rig!

Shopping for a used RV is challenging. There are so many different floor plans, years, and factors to consider that you just don’t have to think about when you buy new. We give some tips on shopping for a used RV here, but the process was way more time intensive than we were prepared for and took a lot longer than we hoped. We were lucky in the fact that our Fleetwood Pulse 24S was actually at a small dealer here in Florida about 40 minutes from where Dennis grew up. Only a two hour drive away, we were able to easily tour the RV and check it out ourselves. This was really nice considering the only other similar floor plan in all of the United States like this was located in UT! We would have to had to buy that one sight unseen. As we mentioned before, we will be doing a lot of upgrades to make her equipped for full-time RV life, but she’s a beauty and we’re so excited to call her our own.

2010 fleetwood pulse 24s Specs

  • Length: 25′ 17″
  • Width: 7′
  • Height: 11′ 3″
  • GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating): 11,030 lbs. this means how much we can have on board with things like propane, water, our belongings, food, etc.
  • Fresh Water: 29 gallons
  • Grey Water: 33 gallons
  • Black Water: 33 gallons
  • Water Heater: 6 gallons
  • Furnace: 25,000 BTU
  • Fuel Capacity (for gasoline): 26.4 gallons
  • Propane Tank Capacity: 24 gallons

Our Favorite Features of our pulse

  • Floor Plan: With only 25 ft. of living and driving space, every sq. ft. matters. The 24S floor plan optimizes space with the bed above the cab, an office/sitting area, large couch/living space, kitchen with pantry, and full bathroom. We are able to customize the area that was already there without having to remove bulky dinettes, or re-arrange the layout.
  • 3-Piece Bathroom: A lot of smaller class C RV’s, especially 25 ft or under will have what is called a wet bath. This means the shower is also the toilet area and sink, typically with a drain on the floor. We knew we did not want this – so finding a 3 piece bathroom was a must. While this one is small, it does the job with a nice closet to boot!
  • Full Pass Through Under Bay Storage: One of the reasons we ended up with the Pulse 24S is because the entry door is in the rear. This placement allows for a full pass through bay underneath the center of the RV which opens up a world of opportunity to bring long items and simply store more. This is a HUGE bonus for us!
  • Full Wall Slide: We would have been fine with an RV that had no slide, but this one has a full wall slide and we aren’t mad at that! It really does open the RV up so much and makes it feel much larger than it really is. We’ve had 5 people in the RV with the slide out and while it’s definitely full, it still felt workable and not over cramped.
  • Live-able Even With the Slide In: As full-time RV’ers there will eventually be a time when you have to park somewhere overnight that is less than ideal. Even with our big rig there were a few nights we didn’t feel comfortable keeping the slides out as we slept. Our Fleetwood is completely functional and still very spacious even with the slide in allowing us to “stealth camp” as needed, or simply move around during moving days without a problem.
  • Size and Height: If you haven’t picked up on how being small and nimble was important to us in our new rig – let me stress it to you again. We are now 10 ft shorter in length and 2′ 2″ shorter in height than our old rig. We can park her wherever we want or need. We have taken her into cities and parked at a normal meter spot, gone to the grocery store, the beach, our friends and families drive ways – there are very few places our RV doesn’t fit. We wouldn’t trade that for anything. 

Our Least Favorite Features of our pulse

  • Over The Cab Bed: When we originally set out to buy a Class C RV we wanted something that was used, but newer used – like a 2018 Winnebago Navion or View 24D. This model had a murphy bed, so you still maximized floor space without having to sleep over the cab. However, our budget and ideal model didn’t fall into alignment, which led us to our Fleetwood. The over the cab bed allows for maximized floorspace but it is a tight sleeping arrangement. The bed is 48′ x 75′ which is considered an RV full sized mattress. We’re young, nimble, and enjoy sleeping together so it will 100% work – but middle of the night bathroom calls are still annoying since one partner has to climb over the other then down a latter. It’s a give and take.
  • Sway and Suspension: Originally we had a truck and fifth wheel, so the sway on the vehicle was actually minimal. Once we were hitched up you hardly noticed the semi-truck sized trailer behind you. In this rig, you feel everything. Every bump, every turn there is a sway. There are things you can do to reduce this (including suspension upgrades) but how it comes stock was a big change.
  • Smaller Tank Sizes: There is no way around it. When you have a smaller RV you have smaller holding tanks. This is a big change for us. We had over 115 galloons of fresh water in our old fifth wheel – which meant we could be pretty willy-nilly with our water use and boondock for weeks on end without worrying. With our Fleetwood, we have just 29 galloons of fresh water to very carefully consume. This just means more fill-ups which is okay. Considering how small and easy it is for us to get around, we can easily “pack up camp” and dump or fill in a matter of minutes compared to our old rig which was quite a production. 

There are a lot more pro’s than there are con’s with this new rig, but nothing is perfect. We are happy to make the modifications to get her as close to perfect as possible, and are very glad to have found this exact layout and floorplan! We hope you enjoyed this Class C RV Tour of our Fleetwood Pulse 24S. Let us know what you liked and didn’t like from the video or blog post below.

Liz & Dennis

Liz & Dennis

ESRV Team

We’re two travel-loving, real estate investing, foodies exploring North America as full-time RV’ers. This blog is where we share our lessons learned, tips and tricks, and favorite places to eat, see, and RV across North America! We hope it helps you find your wanderlust, plan and prepare for RV life, and get out on the road!

 

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