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Old 04-16-2015, 02:06 AM   #1
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Are starting to be introduced in Europe!

Notice the breakout feature in this one - power sliding side door! First I've ever seen!

The layout on this one is similar to the Shire Pheonix Studio XL, which is one of my favorites.

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Old 04-16-2015, 05:46 AM   #2
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Actually that power door kit is available here in the US from this company for the Promaster, Transit, and Sprinter:

http://powerdoorandstep.com/

The video on this site looks like the same one used on the British video.
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Old 04-16-2015, 01:54 PM   #3
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It looks much like the Coach House Arriva.
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:13 PM   #4
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You should send Advanced the link - the door closer is probably something they'd be interested in using.
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I wish the N. American companies would start putting gas ovens in the vans like they do in every british version. Living without an oven is a big downside for me. And since I hardly ever hookup, a microwave oven doesn't make sense.
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I had heard a couple of places that the manufacturers of the motorhomes had stayed away from power doors because the mechanism would wind up behind all the upfitting parts, which would have to be removed to fix the door if it failed. I know that on the minivans like Toyota, they have had to take the van half way apart to fix them to the tune of over $1000-2000, last I heard.
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I suspect you'd want a layout where that mechanism was inside like the kitchen cabinet, so you could get to it. Otherwise it would be a bear to repair. Sure would be a nice thing to have. My Honda van had 3 of them - one on each side door and one on the rear hatch.
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Advanced RV is fully aware of the automatic sliding door. It's been discussed. However, I don't know why they don't offer it. They may have a reason. I believe Mercedes Benz offers it in Europe but not here. If so, I don't know the why of that either.

eurovanman, I have the microwave/convection oven combo and have use of it all the time whether plugged in or not. I don't have any propane and am capable of unlimited time and full use of our B without ever plugging in. In fact on our last 66 day trip we plugged in a total of 7 times which was 7 times we really didn't have to.
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I like the oven, shower enclosure, and the removable propane tank. You could go gasless, in theory, for short periods of time, and, you wouldn't necessarily have to break camp (move the van) to refill the propane, if gas planning wasn't your strong suit. I could also live with the bed configuration, twins separate, or as a larger king/queen combo. User defined based mostly on itinerary, I'd guess. Power sliding door, nice to have, but a potential liability as booster suggested.
I probably wouldn't dig the price, since it's based on a Sprinter platform, but if it were on a Transit, it might be do-able. There are North American comparables, but they're mostly on small B+ or C- sized vans. This one appears to be a true class B.
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There is alot to like in there.

The gas bottle thing I like too - would be very convenient. Not sure if there is some law against such an arrangement in the US. The downside is you give up a big interior cabinet to house it.

I wonder if we'll ever see a cooker with oven in a B in the US. Lot's of folks have agreed with me about wanting one, but I guess we are odd ducks on that front.
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