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Old 04-18-2017, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default Wanted: max length 19'7" , no sofabed

Seeking: Spare guestroom on wheels

Must have:
4wd / high ground clearance / good in snow
preferably used / low miles / no damage / everything works
twin fold-up beds / middle aisle opens to back doors
max length 20 ft including back bike rack
enclosed conventional toilet/shower
lithium battery / solar / highly efficient systems
galley sink and space for cooking, pref. gas range
decent amount of windows / natural light
door and window screens

Do not want:
that Roadtrek electric sofa that blocks the back doors
cassette or compost toilet

We don't care about:
paint color
upholstery color
cabinet color or material
galley countertop material
awning style
microwave
TV / stereo
Satnav or other soon-to-be obsolete electronics
leather upholstery
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Old 04-18-2017, 06:38 PM   #2
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Seeking: Spare guestroom on wheels

Must have:
4wd / high ground clearance / good in snow
preferably used / low miles / no damage / everything works
twin fold-up beds / middle aisle opens to back doors
max length 20 ft including back bike rack
enclosed conventional toilet/shower
lithium battery / solar / highly efficient systems
galley sink and space for cooking, pref. gas range
decent amount of windows / natural light
door and window screens

Do not want:
that Roadtrek electric sofa that blocks the back doors
cassette or compost toilet

We don't care about:
paint color
upholstery color
cabinet color or material
galley countertop material
awning style
microwave
TV / stereo
Satnav or other soon-to-be obsolete electronics
leather upholstery
If the absence of any of the must have features is a deal breaker, I don't think there is anything built by WGO/Roadtrek/Pleasureway/Airstream, et al that will meet all your requirements. The 4WD Roadtrek Agile fills most of them but doesn't provide the rear pass thru layout you require. To get everything you wish, you may have to work with specialty builders like ARV and Sportmobile.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:09 PM   #3
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If the absence of any of the must have features is a deal breaker, I don't think there is anything built by WGO/Roadtrek/Pleasureway/Airstream, et al that will meet all your requirements. The 4WD Roadtrek Agile fills most of them but doesn't provide the rear pass thru layout you require. To get everything you wish, you may have to work with specialty builders like ARV and Sportmobile.
Thank you. I've been slowly reaching that conclusion but it helps to hear from someone with more experience because of the overwhelming number of options out there.

I would guess that the most difficult part of the "we want" list is "everything works" - do you agree? And the next-most difficult part is 4wd?

In the meantime I will go look up the acronym "ARV."

Thanks again!
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:11 PM   #4
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Seeking: Spare guestroom on wheels

Must have:
4wd / high ground clearance / good in snow
preferably used / low miles / no damage / everything works
twin fold-up beds / middle aisle opens to back doors
max length 20 ft including back bike rack
enclosed conventional toilet/shower
lithium battery / solar / highly efficient systems
galley sink and space for cooking, pref. gas range
decent amount of windows / natural light
door and window screens

Do not want:
that Roadtrek electric sofa that blocks the back doors
cassette or compost toilet

We don't care about:
paint color
upholstery color
cabinet color or material
galley countertop material
awning style
microwave
TV / stereo
Satnav or other soon-to-be obsolete electronics
leather upholstery

What is your budget?

How old is too old?

Is 4x4 a must?
There are not many 4x4 choices.
Which models do you have in mind?
Are you ok with Mercedes Sprinter (diesel)?

You can always get the RT Agile and convert the sofa-bed to two beds. It has been done by a few people.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:24 PM   #5
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In the meantime I will go look up the acronym "ARV."
http://www.advanced-rv.com

We have a deposit on an ARV for delivery next spring. Downsizing from a 45' Class A.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:27 PM   #6
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Thank you. I've been slowly reaching that conclusion but it helps to hear from someone with more experience because of the overwhelming number of options out there.

I would guess that the most difficult part of the "we want" list is "everything works" - do you agree? And the next-most difficult part is 4wd?

In the meantime I will go look up the acronym "ARV."

Thanks again!
Apologies for the murky acronym.

https://advanced-rv.com/

Unless you work with a custom builder, a 4WD option pretty much limits you to the popular Sprinter platform. It costs about an additional 9 thousand dollars.
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Other options could include: Outside Vans, Sportsmobile, Van Specialties and some other small outfits. For folks with time available and skills a full or partial DIY is an option. The Sprinter Forum has a well attended section for Sprinter campers.

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Old 04-19-2017, 04:13 AM   #8
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Thanks, those names are new to me. Finally was able to access Advanced's website today; I sent a request for a reality check and ballpark estimate.

Possibly the biggest challenge is that I'd like to have this vehicle by the end of the school year (end of June). I teach and would love to spend this summer off RV-ing with my teenage daughter a) while she's still into the idea, and 2) before she graduates and goes off to college. (I'm done with grad school, PDPs etc.) This also might be my last summer off before getting a less stressful job.

What are the chances that a private Sprinter owner might be willing me to rent me their unused vehicle for a couple of months while my dream van's under construction...? Any ideas?
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Old 04-19-2017, 04:20 AM   #9
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Assuming you listed your "must haves" in order of importance, you'll certainly get the most ground clearance with a Sportsmobile (SMB) on the Ford Econoline platform. You can buy a 4x2 and have it converted to 4x4 by a number of companies. I'm on my second SMB and can say they do quality work.

edit: just saw your last post. I guess if you bought a 4x2 Sportsmobile tomorrow, that could happen, but maybe not. If you could find and purchase a 4x4... all depends on your budget.
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What is your budget?

How old is too old?

Is 4x4 a must?
There are not many 4x4 choices.
Which models do you have in mind?
Are you ok with Mercedes Sprinter (diesel)?

You can always get the RT Agile and convert the sofa-bed to two beds. It has been done by a few people.
4x4 Sprinter would be great. With at least 3/4 of its reasonable, useful lifespan still ahead of it. (Being a New Englander, I'm not comfortable talking about money but it's safe to say I don't like to spend money.)

Can anyone recommend an RV builder / retrofitter in MA or southern NH, someone who can (at least) remove the sofa and re-locate the heater and the inverter(s) that are underneath the power sofa in an SS Agile?
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