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Old 12-21-2018, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default The RT HAVEN to be unveiled at Tampa RV Show

Just received an email from RT. They’re unveiling their newest Model...The HAVEN, built on the Transit Chassis. IMO, this is the end of the Chevy Models .
I’ll be there
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:18 AM   #2
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You're probably right. But it will be sad. I love my Chevy Express-based 3500 motor home. Stable ride, handles well, 6.0L engine is a beast, and 15+ MPG in over 10,000 miles (and I drive at speed limits). Plus, at 9 ft. height and 20.5 ft. length, I can park it anywhere.

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You're probably right. But it will be sad. I love my Chevy Express-based 3500 motor home. Stable ride, handles well, 6.0L engine is a beast, and 15+ MPG in over 10,000 miles (and I drive at speed limits). Plus, at 9 ft. height and 20.5 ft. length, I can park it anywhere.

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Agree, I hate to see the Chevy Roadtrek probably go away. I am not sure who to blame, both Roadtrek and GM I suppose. At least the Express/Savana vans are still in production, which will help with parts supply in the future. There is a reason GM still makes them, they sell a lot, so many people still prefer them over the alternatives.
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I suspect that we won't have to worry about parts for those Chevy vans for a very long time. I wonder how many jillion of them are around. They were the go to work van for plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc. for a long time.

And that 6.0L will give a lot of years of service. I suspect by the time it is a problem I will be dead so that is one thing I am not going to worry about
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Are there any details or pics out there yet?
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What I hear by far the most about the Chevies, from people shopping for a B, on the downside, is the low, head bonker, entrance height. Probably twice as often as the more as the more commonly recited "obsolete body on frame design".


If Roadtrek gets rid of the Chevies, they gain big time in the factory, though, as they will be able to reduce the fabrication area of the shop floor dedicated to cutting off roofs and doing accessory openings, by a very large amount.


The biggest loss for us in not having the Chevies available would be the end of any availability of an aisle shower with toilet facing in, which is an incredible space saver in a small van.


We are counting on our Chevy to hold up as long as we do, fingers crossed.
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Just received an email from RT. Theyíre unveiling their newest Model...The HAVEN, built on the Transit Chassis. IMO, this is the end of the Chevy Models .
Iíll be there
Interesting, seems Roadtrek did something like this with the last Big rv show in California, the watt thing. Nothing since? Anyone know anything about the watt thing since it was to be for sale prior to now?

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They are getting out of the Chevy because GM is getting rid of the Express/Savana. My Chevy dealer in MN told me that they couldn't even get a 1500 any more... which is why RT stopped taking orders for the 170. The writing is on the wall. I wonder if they will be making a short Transit.


I tried to search up photos, but like a few other people... nothing to be found yet.
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They are getting out of the Chevy because GM is getting rid of the Express/Savana. My Chevy dealer in MN told me that they couldn't even get a 1500 any more... which is why RT stopped taking orders for the 170. The writing is on the wall. I wonder if they will be making a short Transit.


I tried to search up photos, but like a few other people... nothing to be found yet.
That's interesting as GM dropped the 1500 vans several years ago.

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/g...ans-83947.html

GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express 1500 Vans Quietly Dropped for 2015

I didn't realize Roadtrek even used the 1500 GM vans. I thought they were all at least 2500 or 3500 models. From what I can find in the below linked Roadtrek 170 Versatile brochure it's made on a 2500 van.

https://www.roadtrek.com/wp-content/...re-08-2016.pdf

Also discovered that GM has been using Navistar to build some versions of their vans for the last few years so they can build more pickup trucks.

https://www.autonews.com/article/201...idsize-pickups

I would not be surprised to see GM drop the vans altogether so they can make more money on pickup trucks. They already announced dropping the small vans earlier this year. GM appears to be in down-size mode to survive.

https://www.autonews.com/article/201...ress-small-van
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Sorry... that was a typo. I meant 2500...
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