Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-10-2015, 10:16 PM   #1
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Southeast Michigan
Posts: 124
Default A 'B' for the Tall Ones among us

Advanced RV has published a video of their new Super Tall RV built on the MB3500 super tall van. Mike N kind of goes overboard on the height thing. It's not enough that he's 6'2", he's sprouting a cowboy hat!

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%...2F&h=HAQF9olbh
__________________

__________________
A 2014 Ocean One MB Sprinter by Advanced RV named "Imagine"
mikes47 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2015, 10:31 PM   #2
Platinum Member
 
Davydd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4,497
Default

They have another one just starting conversion that has no customer called the Run Away that they are building for in-house use and rental I assume. It is the graphite grey like my Alvar. Hope to see that one at the Lucky 13 RV.net B13 Rally in Rutherfordton, NC this coming May. I suspect that is the one Mike Neundorfer is anxious to take out on the road. It will definitely be around for Advanced Fest.

The first Super High B has a lot of customer specific requests for the interior design even though it is basically a rear try-fold sofa bed design. I expect Run Away may be a bit different and reflect what Advanced RV will be recommending.

The Lucky 13 B Rally will be interesting if the Super High shows up. There will also be a totally custom Advanced RV unlike any they have built yet. You will see lots of Bs old and new. The caveat is you can't attend unless you own a true Class B built from a van. B+s and small Class Cs need not sign up as you will be rejected.
__________________

__________________
Davydd
2015 Advanced RV Ocean One Mercedes Benz Sprinter
Previous Class Bs:
2011 Great West Van Legend Sprinter
2005 Pleasure-way Plateau TS Sprinter
Davydd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2015, 04:50 PM   #3
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 881
Default

I'm 6'2" and move around my 2006 PW Lexor pretty good. ball cap, no cowboy hat...and no cowboy boots ( heels).

areas of danger are "someone" leaving the cabinet open over the galley and the rear AC.

so manageable.

increased interior height can come at cost: mpg, clearance and higher CG.
(my van is 8'9" )

But if you need it you need it and that could make B's availble to those taller than me

Mike
mkguitar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2015, 05:15 PM   #4
Site Team
 
avanti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 3,267
Default

I'm 6'3", which is just about the limit of comfort in a non-super-high sprinter. I asked Great West to build ours with as much head room as possible. I don't think they put too much effort into it, though. I'm fine in stocking feet, but with shoes it is tight. Still MUCH better than our old T1N-based Interstate. That was true torture.

With enough effort, I think one could squeeze an extra inch more-or-less from a Sprinter. You could scrimp on the flooring (put the insulation outside). More importantly, instead of a sheet of paneling below the roof ribs, one could wrap the ribs themselves with ultra-leather and fill in between with separate flush panels. Would be a nice look, I think.
__________________
Formerly: 2005 Airstream Interstate (Sprinter 2500 T1N)
Now!: 2014 Great West Vans Legend SE (Sprinter 3500 NCV3 I4)
avanti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2015, 08:07 PM   #5
Platinum Member
 
Davydd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4,497
Default

Mike Neundorfer said the interior height was about 80". That's 6'-8" to get that back to how we normally think of a person's height and there is no air conditioner hanging down in that space. Also the Super High Sprinter total exterior height is only about 1-1/2" higher than the regular height because the air conditioner is nestled in the recess. I think that would still make it under 10 feet high. It would seem the cowling like surround of everything on the roof might make it better in the wind. I've seen this particular van throughout its build history. The storage inside is phenomenal for a Class B. The aluminum truss design they came up with takes all the loads off the roof. Even for us short people the extra height makes it seem pleasantly comfortable. This one had a squared off interior cabinetry. I'd like to see the next one that will have Advanced RV's more curvilinear interior cabinetry design which should make the ceiling a little more spacious looking. They already know the will have a better valance lighting design (they say.)
__________________
Davydd
2015 Advanced RV Ocean One Mercedes Benz Sprinter
Previous Class Bs:
2011 Great West Van Legend Sprinter
2005 Pleasure-way Plateau TS Sprinter
Davydd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2015, 03:52 AM   #6
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 24
Default

What I found interesting when visiting with Mike N was that the labor to build the super tall was less than the regular height vans. He thought that it would offset the higher cost of the chassis so the finale cost would be the same or less than the regular height vans. This also allows ducted air conditioning that would be much quieter in addition to the added storage that Davydd pointed out.
Tenbike2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2015, 10:39 PM   #7
Platinum Member
 
wincrasher's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Greer, South Carolina
Posts: 2,609
Default

That is interesting. I would have thought more labor since you have to install the ducting, as well as all those trusses to support the air conditioner and bigger cabinets. Must be alot of hours in all the smaller fiddly stuff in the "regular" sized vans.
__________________
2019 Winnebago Travato GL
Follow my blog: https://www.wincrasher.blogspot.com
Our Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClassBCamperVans/
wincrasher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2015, 09:08 PM   #8
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 6
Default

Just checked out the super high premium with the folks at ARV. Given that they have only built one, and a very custom one at that, they don't have enough data to tell. They are now working on a "standard" one and expect an answer in 3-4 months once they are finished.
TravelingCOWs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2015, 07:31 PM   #9
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 300
Default

I'm glad that they figured out a creative way to mount the AC without adding to the height of the van. Still, I'm curious about how they would deal with things like antennas. Given that the roof is fiberglass in most areas, they might be able to mount some of that clutter inside.

Hopefully, other manufacturers will offer super-high models soon. Not all consumers are shorter than 5'10".
SiennaGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2015, 11:18 PM   #10
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 792
Default

David's (Advanced RV van )antenna is mounted inside his van. There actually isn't any need for the crank up antennas any more. Satellite dish is another story but a lot of people like to use the portable ones to be able to get it out from under the trees.
__________________

stanw909 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 05:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.