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Old 02-01-2017, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default Finally Pulled the Trigger: Pleasure Way Ascent

This forum has been invaluable for my wife and me as we contemplated our first ever RV purchase. Yesterday we pulled the trigger, ordering a new PW Ascent.

We visited 2 Hershey shows and several dealers (WGO, PW, RT) before making our choice. Ultimately, a long test drive of an Ascent at our friendly dealer (Beckley's Camping, Thurmont MD) made the difference. My wife LOVED driving it and we loved the huge panoramic views from the back afforded by the layout of the Ascent. She told me she didn't want anything longer, and so that ruled out the Lexor (our other option) and our choice was made. We are coming from a motorcycling background (including trips to Newfoundland and to California from our base in Maryland) and so we are unlikely to feel constrained by the 19'7" length and concomitant cargo capacity.

We got the maximum solar capacity, by the way. The Lithium batteries, inverter, etc. are the right setup for the moderate boon docking we have in mind. We also really liked the fact that the Ascent comes with TPMS (the dually Sprinter chassis are not so equipped).

I might add that we contacted several factories with questions, and Pleasure Way was mighty forthcoming. I got responses within minutes, usually from high-ranking executives (including CEO Dean Rumpel). We also explored the FB page of Pleasure-way owners and were mighty impressed with their ownership experience.

Nothing is perfect, of course, and I'm sure other manufacturers make products that fit other forum members perfectly. But we think the Ascent works for us. We will be picking up the unit in May, and will test it for 3 weeks before embarking on our first ever trip, to the Grand Canyon.

Again, thanks to members of this forum for their invaluable teaching.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:03 PM   #2
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Congratulations!

PW has the best quality cabinets of all the new models I have visited.

I like the Ascent layout; it makes the small RV feels very comfortable.

Good luck.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:46 PM   #3
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Excellent choice. That is one of the better Class B designs especially because of the open design and great driving visibility. I think the build quality is excellent also.

Did you get a spare tire and a swivel passenger seat? In my opinion, they could take that model over the top with a second alternator, getting rid of the propane generator and getting a spare tire back under the van. Nothing is perfect though. Hopefully they are ordering the Sprinters with swivel seats now again, at least the passenger seat.
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Yes, the 2017 chassis now has swiveling seats. The passenger seat swivels 180 degrees and the driver's seat swivels 90 degrees. Nope, no spare tire. Not sure if anyone retrofits them under the van or if there is space to do so.
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Awesome choice. Floor plan is very similar to our rig. You just can't beat that view out the passenger side! If we were shopping today, this unit would be on our short-list for sure.
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The LP generator is in the rear space where the spare tire is mounted. That is one of the issues with a generator (along with filling a propane tank, exercising it monthly, etc.). The only other option for a tire is a rear mounted spare tire which Pleasure Way doesn't seem to offer anymore.

The Aluminess Rear Bumper with a spare tire on one side and a storage box (for tools, small grill, etc.) on the other side would be perfect for the Ascent. One problem with the Ascent and any of the short Sprinters is lack of storage. This is one way to address the spare tire and storage issue a little anyway. Not cheap, but built very well.

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Forgive my ignorance, but what is "TPMS".

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Tire pressure monitoring system.
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Good choice! We almost got one but went with the Agile. Really love the small footprint, 4 cyl and 7 sp drive train, great for camping while fly fishing.
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Congrats. We have a 2016 Ascent (swivel passenger seat on the 2015 chassis). It has been amazing and PW staff have been even more amazing. Best customer service in the industry. You will love it!
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