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Old 01-02-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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I am in the process *of comparing the Great West Van Sprinter Legend to the *Roadtrek SS-Agile Sprinter Van and Pleasure-Way 2010 Plateau. Does anyone have thoughts *that will help me.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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The Roadtrek SS-Agile would be more similar to the Pleasure-Way Ascent. They are based on a shorter Sprinter. I don't see the Ascent listed on Pleasure-Way's site. Anyone know if they still make them?
The Pleasure-Way Plateau and the Great West Van Sprinter Legend would be more similar to the Roadtrek RS-Adventurous. All are based on a longer Sprinter.

Davydd posted some good info about the Great West Van Legend here: http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/vi...hp?f=24&t=1749
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Thank you, it look likes the Roadtrek SS-Agile Sprinter Van is what I am looking for.
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Great West Van is developing a short Sprinter similar in size to the RT SS-Agile and P-W Ascent. You might want to contact a GWV dealer about them if a short wheelbase Sprinter is what you want. The other option is Sportsmobile will build you a short Sprinter to your custom design preferences. P-W may be out of the short Sprinter market if they no longer feature the Ascent on their website.

I haven't seen the GWV short Sprinter design yet but think it could have great potential if they use their tri-fold electric sofa. The electric sofa with ottomans design all the other manufacturers use is not as efficient in use of space and function when space is dear.

All the converters are quality manufacturers. It really comes down to features and floor plan design that best fits your desires. That's difficult to determine if you never had a B, a tad easier after you had some experience. If one of the converter's stock plan works that's best. If not, and you are confident, design your own by Sportsmobile would be the way to go. The one caveat is it is not that easy to do. I've seen some very unique and clever designs and I have seen some horrendous designs making me scratch my head wondering what the owner had in mind.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:48 PM   #5
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Hi Davydd,
I have been impressed with your responses to the form, thanks so much for taking your time to help others like me. I I am locked in to buying a short Sprinter because of my parking restrictions in my driveway as well as being easier to handle as a 2nd vehicle. I am also trading my sailboat for a land yacht, my age 70 is not feeling as comfortable working with wind and sails etc. as driving an RV. My wife and I have had extended cruises in close quarters so I don't think we will have marital problems living in a B-RV. I will contact Great West Van and inquire about their short Sprinter, I am hoping that I will have several manufacturers to choose from.
Again thanks for your time and efforts.
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I was looking over a RT Agile SS at Yosemite a couple of weeks back and it looked like a very nice rig. In fact it got me going on finding a class B myself. It has been a few years and I miss the functionality. So many questions!
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My wife threw out an interesting question. I had been looking at RT and GWV sprinter models. She asked if there were compelling reasons to got with the sprinter frame over the Chevy frame. Some of of the comments about finding service for Chevy almost anywhere, caused me to take a step back and re-think.

Am I missing something important?
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Your DW is wise, and asks a great question. It's been asked, and kicked around before.
The only issues I'm aware of was, after the split of Daimler/Benz and Chrysler a few years back,
some Sprinter owners were left dangling by their local Chrysler dealers regarding chassis service.
That was a rough period for some of the class B converters who now had to find more expensive ways around Chrysler's refusal to service Sprinter vehicles.
I believe Roadtrek was on the hook for covering some additional costs of repairs at the (probably) more
expensive MB and Freightliner shops, or had to pay premium prices to get Chrysler to service them after the breakup.
As she has suggested, most towns (in North America) probably have a GM/Chev dealer. Perhaps the same is not true of Daimler/Benz/Mercedes or Freightliner? The latter might be more prevalent in larger urban centers. All depends on where you live, and where you break down, I guess. Reliability becomes a factor, when choosing a class B.
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Reliability becomes a factor, when choosing a class B.
How do you define reliability? Reliability in that you can readily find a dealer because your B has a greater chance of breaking down or reliability in that your B is...well...reliable and may rarely need service.

Just speaking with the experience of 80,000 miles over two Sprinter Class Bs and never needing but the routine service every 10,000 miles as scheduled.
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Reliability becomes a factor, when choosing a class B.
How do you define reliability? Reliability in that you can readily find a dealer because your B has a greater chance of breaking down or reliability in that your B is...well...reliable and may rarely need service.

Just speaking with the experience of 80,000 miles over two Sprinter Class Bs and never needing but the routine service every 10,000 miles as scheduled.
I think the terminology he was really looking for was "repairability", as in how many places have the skills, and parts availability to fix the van. By all accounts, all the vans, Sprinters, Chevy, Ford, have been quite reliable. You will find some that have had no problems, some that have had problems. The Chevy and Ford will be more easy to find a repair shop if needed, particularly if you are out in the boonies a lot. Would it stop me from buying a Sprinter, no, but it is one of the items to consider in the overall picture when making the decision. Our decision to go with the Chevy (07 C190P Roadtrek) was mostly based on being able to get it through the garage doors (height), which made the Chevy the choice, and available storage in the unit, which made Roatrek 190P the choice. We found all the Sprinters to have leaned toward "openness", and enclosed bathrooms, at the expense of storage, which was a priority for us. They were a foot longer than the Chevy in the past, but most now are somewhere in the 3 feet longer, and on a dually chassis, which also causes some limitations.
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