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Old 07-03-2017, 04:42 AM   #1
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I ordered an Aktiv 1.0 today.

I wanted a van out here on the west coast. Considering how it's laid out, and the equipment, I think it's a pretty good fit for a solo adventurer like myself.

After a lot of thought, I decided that the cassette system is something I can live with. You can still use it easily at all the many dump stations - it only takes a few seconds to dump it - pull it out, put the nozzle in the hole, push the button. Plus you have about a million other places you could dump it like vaults or rest stop bathrooms. I'll probably always use a dump station. But I like the idea of having the option.

I like that it doesn't devote tons of space to a bathroom, or the galley. No huge refrigerator, which is fine for one person on a vegan diet. The bath is adequate and has what you need, including a shower. What I do like is the build quality is much better that these low-grade lines like the Sunlight, and the others. I might argue it's better than the Zions and certainly Simplicity.

My big want was the short length of 19'. And I wanted room for my outdoor equipment in the back like I had on my Travato G. I also like the euro aesthetic of this van - the cabinetry and hardware - the acrylic awning windows - the big skylight.

I also ordered all the tech features - the lithium batteries, the autostart and the solar. It also comes with a spare tire and the underhood generator as standard features. I got the granite color with the unpainted bumper covers. Not keen on the chrome grill - I may mod that with some plasti-dip or a wrap.

It should take 3 months to build it. They truck them to the dealer and not drive them, so it should have very few miles on it when I get it. The wait will be tough.
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:52 AM   #2
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I would like to hear the dinette comparisons.


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Congratulations, nice unit.

I went on the Hymerís site and found this galley picture interesting regarding construction. It looks like either structural aluminum framing or possibly just cosmetic edge finish. All my cabinets are built with aluminum frames and I wonder if Hymer is doing cabinets also using weight saving aluminum frames.
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Congratulations, nice unit.

I went on the Hymer’s site and found this galley picture interesting regarding construction. It looks like either structural aluminum framing or possibly just cosmetic edge finish. All my cabinets are built with aluminum frames and I wonder if Hymer is doing cabinets also using weight saving aluminum frames.
yes, all their cabinetry is aluminum framed. Airstream does the same thing. Much stronger and lighter.
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I would like to hear the dinette comparisons.


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Table has more positions - against the wall (i.e. no table), a small table or a fold-out leaf for a bigger table. The seat is automotive grade. The table is higher so you can actually get your legs under it. There is no low cabinet to hit your head on.
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Hope you post, as in the past, your thoughts on the unit. I have especially appreciated your blog website. You will be the first that can truly compare the Travatos to the Aktiv which is my main interest. Thanks for sharing so much of your knowledge.
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That's a really nice layout! I like the way it can seat and sleep four and you can leave the bed made up while still having a ready dining table. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it once you have had a chance to experience all the features.
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Congrats Wincrasher!!

Are you trading in your Travato?

Are you on the Activ Facebook page? There are 2-3 issues to be sure to check before you leave the dealer. (one is the trailer wiring/exhaust pipe... hopefully fixed since it is now known... another with GU installation)

It is still on my shortlist for my next rig. Want even shorter though, so need to see whether I can live with the low quality of the new Avion.

Is the three month wait confirmed? There was a poster over on FB this weekend who was ranting and raving on every thread that there is a 9 month wait if you order (among other things). Seems he wanted a 2.0 with the 1.0 bed in a particular color and was pissed that he couldn't get immediate gratification.

We await your reports!!
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Congrats Wincrasher!!

Are you trading in your Travato?

Are you on the Activ Facebook page? There are 2-3 issues to be sure to check before you leave the dealer. (one is the trailer wiring/exhaust pipe... hopefully fixed since it is now known... another with GU installation)

It is still on my shortlist for my next rig. Want even shorter though, so need to see whether I can live with the low quality of the new Avion.

Is the three month wait confirmed? There was a poster over on FB this weekend who was ranting and raving on every thread that there is a 9 month wait if you order (among other things). Seems he wanted a 2.0 with the 1.0 bed in a particular color and was pissed that he couldn't get immediate gratification.

We await your reports!!
I hope it's not that long! Dealer told me they were running 12 weeks, so we'll see what they come up with once the paperwork is processed. Hopefully it's the custom orders that cause the long wait times.

Not trading my Travato. Keeping it on the east coast for now.
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When I looked into ordering a Transit in another color for a Class B, I was told it could delay the special build by as much as 16 weeks because they had to get into the queue for units from Ford. Sounds like the person with the delayed order wanted a specific color and the Class B manufacturer will have to wait until they can get the desired color from Dodge.
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