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Old 10-15-2018, 07:49 PM   #1
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Jean, my gf, and I are looking at our first RV. We'd like to see a bit more of the country and also do a caravan into ol' México. We're a long retired couple with a small mutt, living in the SF Bay Area.
I've been looking at a brand new (2019) SS Agile. It's a little scary, with all of the horror stories I read on the web about the Bluetec engine problems. I've had MB diesels in the past and they were great! But that was before things got so complicated, I guess. Anyone care to comment on the reliability of the new MB Sprinter engines? Also I wonder if anyone around my area has a favorite shop for maintenance, repair, etc. that they might recommend.
I'll be looking around and learning here on the forum...
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:10 PM   #2
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Welcome from Santa Cruz! I'm looking for my first class B, as well. Personally, I think I'm going to stick with a gasoline engine for now... maybe electric in a couple of years if someone cares to offer one. Unless someone can convince me otherwise, it seems like the current Mercedes diesels are too expensive to maintain. Happy motoring!
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:26 PM   #3
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Yup, I'm seeing that as well. But I tried sitting in the Dodge based Aktiv and I just couldn't get comfortable in the driver's seat. The Promaster has the telescopic steering column but not an up and down adj. of the wheelv so it never did fit me all that well. The MB feels very comfortable.
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At the risk of sounding like a shill for the company that made my van, you might consider the Coachmen Crossfit on the Ford Transit chassis. We knew we wanted a gas engine and my spouse hated the Promaster seating position. Others on the forum have ProMasters and love them so YMMV.
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Thank you for the information. I will look into the Crossfit.
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Old 10-16-2018, 06:04 AM   #6
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Yes, that Crossfit is a nice looking van. And being a Ford, I would imagine that it would be easier to find service (and parts) if you should need it on the road somewhere. I have been looking at vans using the Transit chassis.

But our suburban driveway, where the rig will spend much of it's time, can only fit a ~20' or less vehicle without it hanging out onto the sidewalk. If we pour a concrete pad onto part of our front yard someday, we could look at a much larger selection of vehicles for sure.
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Thank you for the information. I will look into the Crossfit.
Re the Crossfit

Ford hasn't yet revised the hand brake location to permit the driver seat to rotate. There is a rumor that this will be resolved in 2020 production.

There are two floor plans. The C layout works OK but the D layout provides twin beds that are only 23 inches in width which IMO is not likely to provide a restful nights sleep.

There will be a lithium battery and under hood generator option similar to the Xantrex system currently offered on the Galleria that will eliminate the Onan generator.
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:24 PM   #8
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Ford hasn't yet revised the hand brake location to permit the driver seat to rotate. There is a rumor that this will be resolved in 2020 production.

There are two floor plans. The C layout works OK but the D layout provides twin beds that are only 23 inches in width which IMO is not likely to provide a restful nights sleep.

There will be a lithium battery and under hood generator option similar to the Xantrex system currently offered on the Galleria that will eliminate the Onan generator.
Allow me to expand a little. The Lithium option was announced at the Pomona show last week and they are taking orders. They are, indeed, using Xantrex.

The handbrake location is a PITA, mostly for transferring from the front to the back of the coach. I am mystified, however, as to why one would want the driver's seat to rotate since the bathroom is right behind it. (Apologies for the sideways pic - I tried saving it in various configurations, but it always posts the same here.)

The 22C is a power-sofa and the 22D is the twin bed setup. Both will make into complete beds. The 22D twin beds are narrow but we wanted that configuration so we could load large items like a kayak or bikes through the back door. Bed width is not a problem for us since they are 2"-3" away from the walls under normal setup and we are not large people. If we found them too narrow, we would put a couple of the flat pieces between the beds and slide them away from the walls or use the bolsters to make up the complete bed.

Finally, for anyone who is interested, there is a Crossfit-specific FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coachmencrossfit/
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I highly recommend Randy's Mobile Mechanical Service, 2750 Cloverdale Ave., Concord, CA, 925-288-0766. He has a shop there that is very busy, usually a 2-3 week wait. I was lucky in getting in to have a propane regulator replaced with a week wait.
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Hello from Auburn CA
Just retired and looking to buy a small RV to tour the country and also take a trip to Alaska -- driving all the way. The plan is to leave CA sometime in April and take it easy on the drive through British Columbia and Yukon reaching Alaska around end of June. Stay there until end of July and then drive back. After looking at large trucks (Class - A), we decided that this is not going to work for us, and settled on Class-Bs. Have been reading up a lot on these vehicles. Ideally would love a 4x4, but unless one goes with a Tiger Van or a Sports Mobile, the rest of the Class-Bs are not well made. So finally settled on a PleasureWay Plateau FL -- mainly because both the front seats turn around. Has anyone does this trip to Alaska in a RV and any feedback on the PleasureWay vehicles?

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