I lived full time in a 2006 Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser Mini from March 2010 until July of 2011. (In July 2011, I traveled to South Africa for infertility treatment and got pregnant as an intended single mother by choice.)
The Vista Cruiser Mini just like the Winnebago View and Itasca Navion, but cheaper (in price and quality) and lighter. I am pretty sure it is the cheapest class C built on the Sprinter chassis that you can find.
A few stats:
- 24′ long/ 7′ 7″ wide (skinny!)
- 37 gallon fresh/33 grey/34 black
- 3.6 Onan propane generator
- 5 cyl Mercedes Benz diesel engine (Views/Navions/Minis went to 6 cyl the next year)
- I really got 15 mpg!
Here is a short video I took at the NuRVers Rally:
Purchase and Pricing Details: I’ve gotten a lot of questions about pricing from people interested in this unit, so here are more details. It was listed as part of an estate sale for $49K. I’d been shopping for this exact unit and thought that was a good price, so called the same day it listed and put down a deposit. Drove from Austin to Houston, but they did not accept my offer of $45K so I drove home. After I left they called and said they could take $45K.
It had been garage kept and like new (8,100 miles) with all optional upgrades (heated holding tanks, swivel leather captains chairs, awning, as well as lots of aftermarket installations including In-Motion satellite, satellite radio, CB radio, and tow hitch.)
At that time, I made several offers, but couldn’t get a comparable unit in the Winnebago View or Itasca Navion for less than $55Kish, so this was about $10K less.
I sold my Mini in the summer of 2012 for $37,900.