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Old 05-27-2016, 04:04 PM   #1
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Have narrowed my 1st purchase decision to a 2017 PleasureWay Ascent or 2017 Roadtrek SS Agile ETrek. Looking for guidance and experience to make the best purchase choice. Live in Texas. Thanks for input from seasoned class B RVers.
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:38 AM   #2
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Hi z,

I can't remember the specific reasons, but IIRC I much preferred the Acent over the Agile when we were looking about 3 years ago. The Agile ETrek wasn't around back then, again IIRC, but it sounds intriguing (sp?).

Both of them were a little small for our needs, but the agility, maneuverability, and stealth of the smaller unit WERE appealing. After 3 years of "Camping", we probably would go a little larger rather than a little smaller. Even the 22' 9" Sprinters are a bit small after a few days of camping--at least in my opinion. We have a GW Legend SE.

I've always thought that some ingenious individual could find some way to use the space better in the 19' units or maybe they could start with one of the Sprinters with the doors on both sides and somehow have an optional slide out. You wouldn't want a mandatory slide out because that ruins the stealth factor.

Maybe the ETrek tech makes for more room. I'll have to check one out the next time I'm at a Roadtrek Dealership.

Good luck with your decision.

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We went through the process last year. Wanted it to be small for easy access to fishing sites. Did not like the wall behind driver seat in the Ascent and liked the effort RT makes to push the standard battery model. So the Agile was an easy choice. It is small but I camp in it and do not try to live in it.
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Just read everything you can on the various sites. We ended up purchasing an Ascent and couldn’t be happier.
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Great. You will have fun!
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We purchased an Ascent in August 2015, and here are some of the major differences. The kitchen on the passenger side allows full view when you are driving. The passenger steps are fixed on the Ascent. The passenger sliding door also has a wider opening on the Ascent. The Ascent has the refrigerator and microwave at eye level, so no bending over. The space above the front seats is open in the Ascent, which prevents head bumping, but the Agile does have storage there. The bathroom in the Agile does not have a sink, so there is more room, but the Ascent door closes flush. The Agile does have a wardrobe, but the side seats are rendered useless as a result. The Agile has flush screens in the rear compartment, the Ascent has roller shades. Come's down to your preference's and needs. Good luck to you!!
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Many thanks for all the replies. The Ascent has done away with the passenger swivel seat. My wife is not happy with that. Agile has retained that feature. I am still on the fence about which one to go with. Both factories respond well to questions. I also have concerns about black water dumping being dependent on an electric pump on the Agile. Would love some feedback.
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We are seriously considering similar vans, but haven't decided yet. From what I have read, Pw seems to make a better product vs RT. Couple other key points for us:

Pleausre way

I like the PW layout with the kitchen on the "camp" side for the view into camp and driving

I like the lithium batteries, wiring and switch setup

Don't like the standard generator vs RT engine generator and volt start.

I don't like not having front swivel seats. For us that kind of kills the PW... In a small van they seem really essential to us.

Overall I like the smaller size but with PW we were thinking of going a bit bigger for the Plateau. It's not much bigger and solves most PW concerns.

Thoughts on Road Trek:

I like the front swivel seats
I like the rear hanging cabinet
I like no sink in the head... Not sure why everyone needs a sink in there... Takes up space
I like the engine generator and volt start but have heard mixed messages on reliability
Wish 4x4 was an option on the Agile like the other RT Sprinter options
Heard mixed reviews of RT build quality vs PW I have only heard good things

We are renting this year and hoping to go to Hershey to see all the offerings and compare. Have fun with the process!
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Were are exactly on the same page. I will likely wait until the next year models are out for both RT and PW. RT also just was acquired by a German company. Need to see what the fall out is from that. Please keep me posted on your thoughts and findings between the two as you learn more. Thanks - z_spatula
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Welcome Z.

Take suggestions for what they're worth. We all have different likes and needs. You mentioned waiting for next years models, so you have some research time.

I do, however, share your concerns with a black water pump. It may end up trouble free, or it could get a bit stinky and messy.

You may want to research the different chassis that the coaches are built on. Get some prices for parts and maintenance, and research reliability.

Gas or Diesel? The Diesels are going through a transition stage right now with pollution controls. Manufacturers are going through a learning curve. Maybe check with other new owners, and see how reliable each is.

Most important, don't put your faith in the Salesmen. Find out for yourself, and get everything in writing.
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