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Old 02-04-2019, 01:12 PM   #11
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There's also Safari Condo in Quebec, although there are quite a few hoops to jump through for U.S. buyers.
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:13 PM   #12
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I have the Simplicity SRT and I have the spare under the chassis. It seems sort of random although I specifically asked for it on my order.

It has a great 5 cu ft fridge. My 170 had the same small fridge, on the floor, as the Activ... hated it.

The standard Simplicity comes with a platform bed. The electric sofa is an option, but I had it in my 170 and my back HATED it. I put two twin beds in my 170, but you have to be short. LOL The bed is only 64" - same as my height.

You mentioned that one of the Travato rigs has a nice large fridge... but they are all over 20'
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Old 02-04-2019, 04:26 PM   #13
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You might find this advice from me shocking, but I would say, if you are looking at an Aktiv or SRT without all the Ecotrek & Voltstart nonsense, I'd say go for it.

Not only do you have leverage to buy a unit out of existing stock (DON'T ORDER ONE!) at a great price, the simplicity of these van's system would allow you to cheaply repair them by a third party (on your nickel of course).

Another thing you could do is purchase a 3rd party warranty. If you save enough on the purchase price, this could make some sense for peace of mind. But really, all the hardware in the vans is covered by manufacturer's warranty anyways - the fridge, water heater, furnace, etc - each one has it's own warranty.

Just stay away from the proprietary stuff like their lithium system as that could be very problematic if EHGNA goes belly up.
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Old 02-04-2019, 05:52 PM   #14
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Simplicity SRT looks good, we would skip the folding sofa, just two of us (and sounds like fixed bed is comfortable? I really like the bigger fridge in SRT, at eye-level!! I do like the option of folding up the bed (in Aktiv 1.0) which you don't have that option with Simplicity... also have no additional seating up frontwith SRT, regarding SRT spare tire it is underneath chassis? the Aktiv Spare tire is such a pain, a friend said some people have cabinet near wheel well re-configured to hold spare tire. If exterior spare swung to side rather than up and down it would be far better...bad design (figured the Germans would know better LOL). SRT no cassette toilet, which I think we would prefer, bottom line if we want something in stock, we need to compromise! Thank you
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If you can handle 20 feet-6 inches, the Roadtrek 190 Popular is worth looking at.
If you order the unit with a spare tire The 20 ft 6 inch spec doesn't apply because the actual LOA is about 21ft 9 inches.
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One thing that I have noticed is that the units (like the Activ and Zion) on the lots seem to always have the Ecotrek systems. It is rare to find AGMs.

Except, of course, for the Simplicity which doesn't even have the option for the lithiums. It comes with a group 24 100 ah battery that is pretty puny. Most people add solar, the underhood generator, AND a second battery if they plan on doing much boondocking. I upgraded to 2 Group 31s.
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...a group 24 100 ah battery that is pretty puny. Most people add solar, the underhood generator, AND a second battery if they plan on doing much boondocking. I upgraded to 2 Group 31s.
I think group 24 batteries have closer to about 70 AH (35 useful AH @ 50% SOC). Group 31 batteries have about 130 AH each and about 65 AH @ 50% SOC. Most G24 batteries are not true deep cycle and probably have short lives (i.e. number of discharge cycles).
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Our max is less than 20 feet, not an inch over. And as far as the spare goes, on the Aktiv, that design is horrible, lowering the spare (which weighs a ton) to open back door. We were told some owners have the back rear storage area opening made bigger to hold the spare tire, elimating the need to carry it outside the back door of the van, know anyone who has done that?
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Looking to buy Class B less than 20 feet, we are looking at Aktiv (maybe buy when dust settles after audit) , but appreciate feedback on other models.
IMHO: Recommend that you at least look at a Winnebago Travato. The Travato is 21 feet long I doubt very much that would be able to tell the difference between 20 feet long and 21 feet long. Due to their popularity and large number of competing dealers for sales, Travato's are widely available, both new and used, at very attractive prices and have Winnebago standing behind them. If you plan to boondock/dry camp/OCCC can be very important. The Hymers and Roadtreks on the ProMaster chassis have very limited OCCC. The Travato’s (both 59K & 59G & without the Volta system), have approx. 1,850 OCCC. If your preference is to go with the best in its class Li-ion Volta system on the Travato, deduct approx. 250 lb. from the OCCC. Roadtrek, Hymer and Pleasureway don't have any Li-ion systems that even approach the Volta in terms of performance. If you are willing to spend $$$, for less the price of a PW Ascent, which I agree is very nice/very hiqh quality, you could have a Travato with Volta. As always, YMMV.
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Hello,

I am in the same boat and certainly prefer something that I can Boondock with frequently because I have no desire to stay at campgrounds unless I need to refill and dump tanks and recharge batteries. I was looking at the Activ, but it doesnít work well for me in terms of the layout. However, Hymer also owns Corrado which makes the Banff. This layout is perfect so me and a fellow traveler basically have a little couch to ourselves, and we can make it into a queen bed if we prefer. The under hood generator, solar and lithium batteries are essentials for what I want. And being under 20 feet is also essential since I plan to do most of my traveling in big cities where I will be exploring downtown areas, or I will be driving to remote campsites and national parks where the smaller size will allow me better access.

I thought of a few solutions to combat the smaller fridge size. I will probably just get a really good ice chest because me and my boyfriend can go through quite a bit of beer and wine, so I would be leaving the refrigerator for just food. I thought about getting either a storage rack that is hitch mounted, or maybe even one of those outdoor kitchens which is hitch mounted and has the little grill and a place for a tiny refrigerator or ice chest. Honestly, Iíll only be going inside to cook food, so it would be better to have all of my drinks readily available without having to go back into the camper so that works for my situation. To each his own, of course though.

Of course, the Banff doesnít have the same quality materials as the active, but those are things I really donít care about since I can upgrade anything that I want as Iím pretty handy when it comes to carpentry. It does have all the features of the Activ, but with a different floor plan and a much lower price tag. I myself am particularly fond of the bathroom that opens in the back as it will be easy to hose sand off of my feet before I get back into the van. Also, a back bath seems essential if you are bringing furry friends with you.

I havenít heard the news about the Activ which everyone is referring to though? Iím assuming this is concerning the Hymer group which also makes Corado. This has me nervous as Iím planning on getting a Banff next winter.
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