As motorhome enthusiasts look for new ways to custom tailor a rig to their adventurous
lifestyle, attention is being focused on the offerings from Class B builders. No longer simple van conversions, Class B‘s offer many of the amenities of larger motorhomes while being
nimble and economical enough to be used as secondary vehicles that can negotiate busy city traffic and parking lots, yet deliver a quality, self-contained outdoor experience.
Veteran Class B builder Pleasure-Way in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, has improved on one of its popular Chevy-based Lexor floor-plans with a company-first enclosed bath in the standard body footprint. Used in its heavily modified wide-body Ford line, this model has been re-engineered for the standard wall Chevy Express chassis.
Pleasure-Way designers placed the new enclosed bath forward, behind the driver’s seat, for space. Equipped with a Thetford china bowl toilet, sink and shower, the redesigned bath module incorporates a convex stile and rail door that provides additional interior hip and shoulder room with the door closed, and opens into the full width of the coach’s main entry area for ease of use. This arrangement also provides unobstructed rear vision from the driver’s seat. A clever and successful design enhanced by matching his-and-hers closets bookend the bath.
The motorhome’s new Euro-look cabinetry, with a choice of three wood tones and three matching fabrics and curved Corian countertops with rounded front edges throughout, give the Lexor a high-end residential feel with the fit and finish to match. We looked very closely at the newest Lexor model, and found excellent craftsmanship. Tight seams, well-fitted cabinetry and attention to detail should make traveling in this Class B motorhome quiet and
The galley offers a three-way 3-cubic-foot Dometic refrigerator, two-burner flush-mount stove with cover and microwave oven. A residential-style sink faucet with matching countertop sink cover and flip-up extension adds convenient counterspace for easy mealtime prep.
Storage is always a concern in Class B rigs and cabinets ring the galley and sleeping area providing enough storage to handle supplies for most trips with more found below the sink. Larger items can be stowed under the fold-down couch and handy and often-used drawer storage is provided below the TV shelf where the automotive style AM/FM/CD/MP3 player is mounted and easily reached from bed.
Campground connections to the Lexor are all located behind the driver’s side rear wheel in a neat utility bay complete with dump hose storage. To keep tabs on those coach systems, Pleasure-Way has placed the monitors directly above the sink making eye level monitoring very convenient.
Using the Lexor as a second vehicle is possible maintaining the 8-foot, 9-inch rig height by mounting the air conditioner in a roof well over the bed and minimizing traditional RV height obstructions. This roof unit should have no trouble keeping the interior cool even on the hottest days. When running the roof unit isn’t necessary, a centrally located Fan-Tastic Fan creates near-silent ventilation to keep the interior comfortable.
The fold-down Ultraleather couch and 58 – 72-inch bed combo with a new 3-inch memory-foam topper over a higher density foam base are all standard equipment with power fold optional.
Despite its true dimensions, the Lexor has a light and airy feel thanks in part to light wood tones and numerous windows, augmented by twin forward-looking tinted skylights in the raised-roof section that bathes the interior with sunlight, moonlight and scenic views. With most features standard, this Class B is a nicely appointed and very comfortable touring Class B for two.