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Old 09-19-2016, 01:32 PM   #1
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Have been reading this forum for the past year or so planning exactly what we wanted in an RV. We initially started thinking LTV Unity. Nice space inside, liked the MB model as the bed could be permanently made.

Then liked the idea of a true B. Again, liked the LTV Free Spirit (no longer produced). Actually called them to see if they were planning to start production again and was told not anytime in the near future. Really would like to have one built and chatted with the folks at Advanced. Great folks. Pricey but done right. My wife finally decided that the premium price, despite the great unit build, was too much more than the discount you can get on the semi-mass produced unit. Something like $60K additional at the end of the day.

As time went on we went to a few shows and walked thru as many models as we could. Got to the point where we felt like we knew more about the offerings than the salespeople.

We went thru a PW-Ascent and RT Agile. We were actually surprised at how similar in size it felt to the 170 wheel-base models. Not trying to say it isn't smaller and that the space isn't nice, just saying it felt open and we thought it could work for us.

We reside in downtown Tampa in a mid-rise condo bldg. We both work (699-days left as of this morning) in the city and walk to work. I also have a small motorcycle for hopping around town. We started to think.............If one of the SS Sprinter's would fit it could serve as our only vehicle (typically use our current vehicle once a week). After many measurements, calculations and tests (placing boxes on top of her X3 to the height of the SS with a 4" buffer and everything worked)

Next we tried to compare the 2 models and both had pro's and con's. Liked the kitchen location of the Ascent but this was offset somewhat by the bathroom right behind the driver making it more difficult to see out. My wife also like the bath slightly better on the Ascent. She disliked the “plush-ness” of the cushions and said the design made her feel like it was from “the 80’s”. She prefers a more Euro/Modern décor like the Hymer Activ.

Besides the inside design features, she also like what seemed to be more techie, power features offered with the Agile. Solar, Lithium offerings, under hood generator etc. Also liked the option of being propane-less if you choose to be. With our research I see several have had issues with this too………………

This is our first travel vehicle. Our primary goal is to travel the country, and believe we will not be in a site more than a day or two at a time before moving to the next adventure.

She decided and purchased a 2017/16(Mercedes) RT Agile with this config:

• Charcoal Out/Grey Cabinets/Interior
• 300W Solar
• 400 Lithium
• Under Hood Gen/Volt Start
• Induction Stove
• Diesel Alde System (No Propane)


Purchased out of New Jersey. Dealer seems to have good reviews and the pricing made the fly and drive option a no-brainer.

Flying up in November to drive it back.

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Old 09-19-2016, 02:07 PM   #2
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Congratulations. Looks like you did all the research to find something that works for you.
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Very good, if you want to connect with a lot of Roadtrek owners with similar vans consider joining the Roadtrek Owners Group on Facebook (not to be confused with the Roadtrek Owners and Fans group on Facebook).
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Hearty congrats!

You're about a year ahead of us. We are much less urban than you, but we still have much in common -- torn between PW and RT for instance; and we actually visited Advanced RV and love what they do (but cannot rationalize the cost for our budget).

I hope that after your trip you write a posting describing the plusses and minuses of your choice (I hope there are few of the latter, but one never knows). It will help those of us a little bit behind you.
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For anyone contemplating Roadtrek feel free to join the Roadtrek Owners Group on Facebook which is open to anyone with interest in Roadtrek. This is an owners site not connected with the company and you will get info on the actual experiences of owners. Another Roadtrek Facebook group was recently renamed to "Roadtrek Owners and Fans" so there is a little confusion sometimes about the various Roadtrek groups on Facebook.
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:37 PM   #6
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Hearty congrats!

You're about a year ahead of us. We are much less urban than you, but we still have much in common -- torn between PW and RT for instance; and we actually visited Advanced RV and love what they do (but cannot rationalize the cost for our budget).

I hope that after your trip you write a posting describing the plusses and minuses of your choice (I hope there are few of the latter, but one never knows). It will help those of us a little bit behind you.
Thx and will post. Like I mentioned this is our first. Looked and researched for more than a year. Everything is a trade-off and diff things work best depending on how you travel. Never having done this we only envision what we will do based on our likes and style.

We are quite active. We would go stir-crazy in an RV resort. Even boon-docking to us would mean possibly a 2nd overnight. Based on reading that sounded like more solar/lithium would make more sense for us........will find out soon enough if we chose the proper setup for us.

If we had to store the vehicle we would definitely have opted for the 170 wheel based Sprinter. More options for that too. Of the semi-mass built units we really liked Chinook which is built by MidWest Vans. Liked the layout and materials.

Very exciting search for us, we both like the learning and the research aspects of something new. Do as much learning as you can for the next year without making your eyes bleed from all the reading.
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:02 PM   #7
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Yes more is better... but also remember that we used to boondock with an 80 AH wetcell.






ps. love your spec. It is a perfect balance of new tech and functionality.
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Congratulations!

Your process and selections is very similar to ours. We live in downtown Boston and plan to use an Agile as a second car with no RV storage. We are still working but plan to use it for weekends, day trip base camp, and week long vacations.
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Congratulations!

Your process and selections is very similar to ours. We live in downtown Boston and plan to use an Agile as a second car with no RV storage. We are still working but plan to use it for weekends, day trip base camp, and week long vacations.
Not sure I remember any on-street parking when I worked their a dozen years ago.

She is actually planning longer trips for us but not staying in any one spot. Day or 2-day hikes in a location then move. I know she would like to spend a summer following the tennis tour across the country as well. I am guessing every so often we find ourselves in a B&B or equivalent.
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:16 PM   #10
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Ponti,
Interesting that your initial attraction was to LTV Free Spirit. When we were looking for a Class B last spring, we got lucky and found a pre-owned, hardly used 2010 Free Spirit (one of only 10 produced that year.) We can attest it's a great rig! We've made several updates (Navigation, LED replacement lights, new batteries and solar.) After a few weeklong trips this summer, we depart on a monthlong roadtrip to the Northwest in 2 weeks. Hope you enjoy your van as much as we do.
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