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Old 10-29-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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http://www.eko-motorhomes.com. Lets all sing "Kum buy ya " eco friend ly.Nice looking rig for short people like me.
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Oh! Almost forgot. Waterless composting toilet.
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As with the Travato it looks as if the ProMaster's lower floor may become its Achilles heel. Once again all the tank capacities are much lower than most of the other Bs yet they are featuring and trying to market a four passenger B. That just doesn't compute. We'll find out in time. It is just not appealing to me as a two person retired touring couple. They may just be trying to reach down in the market for younger people with children--a B group I never see on the road. I'm not sure that will work even if a few thousand dollars cheaper as it is still an awfully major investment for a few weekends and a vacation or two per year.

The Ford Transit has little information yet but what little is available makes it appear as if it might be a more serious competitor with the Sprinters.

PS. We have traveled long distance twice now with grandchildren. Even with the larger Sprinters it is not easy.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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I actually looked into the Eko Motorhome offering a bit:

The pooper is a Nature's Head model. It is a composting toilet, and not a cassette toilet. This means that #1 goes into a bottle (dump in a park toilet or if desperate, down the shower drain, then rinse), #2 goes into a clump of peat moss and is stirred so it actually decomposes with the gases going up a vent flue. When it is 3/4 full, you dump the bucket in a trash bag, and toss it in the garbage. I wish they went with a cassette toilet just because on a boondocking trip, it is a lot easier to spend $200 on another cassette than try to deal with poop bags, pee bottles, as well as finding peat moss to keep the bacterial action going.

This is as close to a Euro-campervan as one can get in the US. The floorplan is not the Travato's "van down by the river" one as Davydd mentioned, but something actually usable with a decent bed, as well as aisle storage when one wants to get items in. The biggest differences between this and a European model is the A/C and gasoline generator (2500 watt Onan, 13,500 BTU roof A/C which is good enough for Texas weather), and 120VAC instead of 240VAC.

For me, it is as close to ideal as one can get since the rig is 20 feet, 11 inches long, and nine feet high, so it can fit in a driveway. The floorplan's only downside is that its main bed is intended for people to sleep transversely, and this may not work with taller people.
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Very interesting find Stan Thanks for posting the info.

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Is the offer on Business Opportunity for RV dealers or anyone? Anyway, it gives us an idea of pricing.

http://www.businessopportunity.com/eko-usa/

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Earn $25k per month or more selling our one-of-a-kind Eko™ compact motorhome in exclusive territories nationwide. This is a fun, exciting, & profitable opportunity with a low cash investment requirement.

The all new Eko™ is a class-B motorhome designed for the perfect balance of economy, fuel-efficiency, maneuverability, and comfort. Built on the Dodge ProMaster chassis, Eko™ is incredibly quick and agile, while still offering a fully-featured RV experience.

Your Eko™ motorhome is your office and showroom. You will follow leads and drive to the customer instead of the customer coming to you. Dodge provides all after-sale servicing so no facility and associated overhead is required. This is a paid commission program so there is no inventory to purchase or carry. Best of all is you can work your own hours – Full-full time, part-time, you name it.

The only investment by the Independent Dealer is the Eko™ demo unit itself. That purchase will secure your exclusive territory. Your discounted purchase price is $69,960. You can finance your demo with 10% down. This gives you a manageable monthly payment of about $550 or less when financed for 20 years at roughly 7%.

Our factory-direct list price for the Eko™ unit is $79,500 – one of the best values in the RV industry. Your commission percentage is 12%, which equates to $9,540 in earnings per sale. The sales volume potential of this product is very high. We feel that 3 units per month will sell in each metro territory with ease based on our aggressive advertising & marketing strategies. The question is, can you sell 4, 5, or even more per month? We think so, given the growing babyboomer market, the product's competitive advantages, and its low-overhead pricing edge.

This is a realistic opportunity to make serious money. No fluff, no gimmicks … just a solid product, a solid company and an innovative sales and distribution plan. Contact us for more detailed information on this unique business opportunity.
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In looking at the interior photos there does not seem to be much storage. It is not clear what you can store under the two back sofas but I am betting not much. And I guess I'll never figure out why there is so much space and emphasis put on table seating inside; and once again, why two TVs?

The rear bed is definitely a cross sleep bed at 54" front to back width and 72" wide. I could sleep in 72" but would not be happy with a crawl over the other person situation. The front bed at 46" x 60" is barely adequate and only for small children about age 10-12 and under.
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We like the idea of 2 TV's, but again, as in the 70A ERA, the placement is wrong.
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For less than $80,000 it does offer above average features.
I sorted through the entire list and found the following highlights:

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Two 22” flat-screen HD TVs with DVD
In-Dash GPS System
Color rearview backup camera
Waterless composting toilet
Solar power system
Auxiliary start circuit
2,000 watt 12v to 110v inverter
13,500 BTU high-efficiency roof AC
External connection point for portable gas grill
17” Styled chrome wheels
Undermount spare tire
Tow package with 7 pin wiring connector
180-amp alternator

I don't think any other builder offers all of those items as standard features.
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For less than $80,000 it does offer above average features.
I sorted through the entire list and found the following highlights:

Corian
Two 22” flat-screen HD TVs with DVD
In-Dash GPS System
Color rearview backup camera
Waterless composting toilet
Solar power system
Auxiliary start circuit
2,000 watt 12v to 110v inverter
13,500 BTU high-efficiency roof AC
External connection point for portable gas grill
17” Styled chrome wheels
Undermount spare tire
Tow package with 7 pin wiring connector
180-amp alternator

I don't think any other builder offers all of those items as standard features.
Let's not ignore a power step, hookups for satellite, and a 13' electric awning.
As for a lowered floor inhibiting tank capacities, I don't know very many people that have ever not purchased a B because of the tank capacities. Likewise, I don't know very many people that could fill theirs to the point where it's ever been a show stopper problem, unless they've really overdone the spicy food. If your tanks fill faster than your batteries drain, there's a more serious problem, methinks.
It seems well equipped as a 2 person van, with some nice features, including the 2000W inverter and solar with a GR31 is probably decent for off griddle camping where necessary. Tack on a genset and life could be good at a remote spot.
Hey mlts22, these guys are in your backyard. How bout a recon trip north to check them out?
Overall, I like it. I would probably prefer the diesel option (more $$$?), but other than that, it looks pretty good. No GVW listed anywhere, which is a concern. How much does it weigh after conversion? Hope more converters start to produce similar rigs, at similar OTD prices.
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