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Old 11-19-2015, 01:07 PM   #1
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Often some of the neat features and equipment in Eurovans makes their way to North America. Check out some of the neat ideas in these vans:

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A few of the things that caught my eye - the amazing use of space in the Adria (the transforming bathroom is pretty neat), the pop-top on the already high roof Serengeti, the easy bed setup on the u-shaped lounge in the Vantage; and the small format Wellhouse Terrier based on the Transit custom (wish this micro-B would catch on here) very much like a VW Westfalia - the sliding seat/bed was a really cool use of space.

Another thing that struck me was the resurging interest in the front lounge. I guess that is a trend that comes and goes. Looks like it's making a come-back in Europe, at least from the videos I'm seeing.

Not sure I'm keen on the rear kitchen idea - probably makes sense from a weight distribution standpoint, but the ones I've seen seem dark - not what you want in a kitchen.
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Thank you for the post!

Always nice to see what is coming out from the Euro RVs; they don't seem shy on trying new things in the market, especially layouts, and on some short wheelbase vehicles, too.

Love the "extractor hood" on the Auto Sleeper. Nice add for any RV.
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Funny how something like the extractor hood is found on every kind of RV with a gas cooktop, but you never see one on a B van. I'm curious if the vent just blows out the side of the van and what kind of fitting it has.

I have two cooking rules in my van - no bacon and no fish. Both are only cooked outside.
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Advanced RV has installed some extractor hoods. The two I've seen come out the side.
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Funny how something like the extractor hood is found on every kind of RV with a gas cooktop, but you never see one on a B van. I'm curious if the vent just blows out the side of the van and what kind of fitting it has.

I have two cooking rules in my van - no bacon and no fish. Both are only cooked outside.
The '04 RT I owned had one. This not my van but here's a photo with the exterior part circled in red:

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I've wondered about why they are missing from newer units. Maybe stealth, cost cutting, regulation changes, all of that, some of that.
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In think because so many are using the Fantastic Fan in the hallway near the kitchen.
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... the Fantastic Fan in the hallway near the kitchen.
My manual demands use of the fan when the stovetop is used- to make up for the consumption of oxygen by the combustion of the gas.

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Funny how something like the extractor hood is found on every kind of RV with a gas cooktop, but you never see one on a B van. I'm curious if the vent just blows out the side of the van and what kind of fitting it has.
Went on the Auto-Sleeper site, where they had HD video of that model. Hood is a Dometic - looks like a CK2000, which is 12v, No outside exhaust. Can find more extractor hoods on the Dometic UK site (called cooker hoods there), some with exhaust. Of course, nothing listed on the USA site.

They are 12v; don't know if one could order one from the UK.
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I thought the various units he was displaying was interesting but not a single unit was of interest to me for various reasons.
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I thought the various units he was displaying was interesting but not a single unit was of interest to me for various reasons.
I was not interested in any of them either, but, still, interesting to see them fitting out some of the smaller vehicles on the market. Nice to have choices, since each of us have different needs, etc. Hey, all are bigger than my '99 EVC!

If you check out the manufacturers' website or other videos posted by Motorhome Magazine, I think you might find one that is of interest. And you will find models with layouts and features that might not be available in standard models in the US.
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