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Old 07-20-2019, 12:39 AM   #1
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My wife and I have narrowed down our choices for a Class B to two models:
1. Pleasure Way Lexor FL
2. Winnebago Travato KL
1. We prefer the layout of the Lexor with it's open feel in the back, as well as the superior build quality, but are concerned about how long an air conditioner will really last. We have a dog, plan on taking her with us, and will need to leave her in the RV at times (maybe 3 hours?).
2. Not as excited by the layout or build quality of the Travato, but REALLY love the Pure3 system. I have seen estimates of up to 9 hours a/c without worrying about energy.
We live in a hot humid climate, and although we will be traveling around, we still expect staying in hot and possibly humid conditions, so want to keep comfortable at night and keep the dog safe when she's alone.
Any suggestions, thoughts, concerns, happy tales, or supportive comments?
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Old 07-20-2019, 03:21 AM   #2
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Another AC factor to consider if you are completely dependent on AC is the noise level. Our AC unit is too loud to use comfortably for more than short periods of time even if it could run for extended periods on the batteries.

Personally, if I needed a Class B that was totally dependent on AC use in a hot climate with no shore power, I would feel forced to work with a company like Advanced RV to design a van with a high level of insulation, quiet AC and a well designed and well tested big lithium battery system.
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:48 AM   #3
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Consider the Coachmen Beyond 22C. Similar build quality to PW, same open layout in the back, but has big optional Lithium pack, better insulation, and optional quiet, efficient AC. When built on the 2020 Transit chassis, will have significant upgrades to the transmission, dash, and dual swivel seats. PW may offer a Transit based unit next year as well, but probably won't still offer the big battery pack.
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jrobe - Thanks so much for the information... if I'm repeating myself it's because the forum somehow logged me out, so not sure if anything was posted!
We looked at Advanced RV, but aren't sold on the benefits/cost ratio of diesel, so are limiting ourselves to gas guzzlers. We didn't consider the noise level for the a/c at all, especially at night in a hot and humid climate. Will need to factor that in on our buying decision.
Thanks again!
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mtmdatlanta - We were limiting ourselves to under 21' (a big limitation I am finding out!!), but after looking at the Coachman, a reconsideration is in our future! Didn't find a dealer near us, but will keep looking and trying to find out prices. Our one issue with the length is we are not so much the go out in the middle of nowhere type of travelers. We like cities, towns, and populations, with museums and other activities, so driving something over 22' is a little daunting. It is only about a foot or so longer than the Lexor or Travato, but still...

I heard something about Transit and PW, but nothing specific. And you are right about the battery system... it is the one thing holding us back.

Thanks again!
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Do what I did. Buy the Travato and install the Advanced RV AC! It’s great and the dog loves it. I’ve had mine two months and 12000 miles and not one problem. Congrats to Winnebago. I think I got real value and build quality is excellent, probably because it wasn’t built in Elkhart county!
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Buy the Travato and install the Advanced RV AC!
Just need a clarification... Are you saying you bought the A/C designed for an Advanced RV and had them install it in your Travato? Or is this unit available retail and you bought it and had Winnebago or someone else install it?

Thanks for the input!
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Yes, they will sell it and ship it to you for you to get installed or install it for about $400 more money. I installed mine as it was simple. They will charge you OH sales tax too.
Hope this helps.
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There was a brief period when the ARV unit was the only game in town when it came to quiet A/C units. However, the Coleman NDQ is now a credible contender, and at a much lower cost:

http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f5...-a-c-9266.html

Does anybody have any objective data concerning a direct comparison between these two alternatives?
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This is Advanced RV's upfitter resources site where you can buy many things they have developed and install on their RVs that anyone can benefit, including the air conditioner.

https://www.upfittersresource.com
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