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Old 05-04-2018, 02:49 PM   #251
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We expect our K to be delivered early August. I ordered granite too (Mecca interior) and I agree the regular bumpers look more rugged and probably absorb a bump without finish damage better. I also opted for dual pane windows, leather, bike and roof racks, tank heaters, front blinds, rear screen, Delux fan. Dealer is installing SumoSprings in the rear. They’ll look like twins but yours will have beautiful lithium.
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Old 05-05-2018, 02:44 PM   #252
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I also took a pass on the painted bumpers and the shiny cabinetry. Had both before and disappointed with the quality on each. WGO does really poorly painting those parts. If you get the granite color (like I did), then you don't notice the unpainted bumper covers at all and gives it a more rugged look in my view.
If you don't really like the grey plastic bumpers, you can consider having them and the rockers sprayed with line-X (or even a couple of years down the road).
I did that to mine as I expect to go down a lot of gravel roads. Plus I feel it gives it a less "RV" look... but that's subjective and debatable.

Still... From this:


To this:


You can go for black, or have it color matched or go for a complimentary color like silver. The black cost me 1,000$ Canadian but another colour would cost more.

Anyways... just a suggestion.
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Old 05-05-2018, 11:31 PM   #253
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Hey Mat. Is there a post/thread on your Roadtrek lift? That thing is nice!
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Old 05-06-2018, 03:42 AM   #254
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Congrats on your ordered GL wincrasher.

We just ordered today a "regular" 59K today. ...
We could have afforded the K but since we have never had an RV of any sorts it seemed too extravagant for a first RV.

We live out west where the humidity is not an issue so I don't foresee many nights where we will be running the AC and during the day we'll be out of the van. We're more of an "open up all the windows" kind of people at night.

I'll turn on the generator for a few minutes when/if I need to use the microwave.

I ordered our "K" with dealer installed SumoSprings. I also wanted to switch immediately to T/A K02 tires but I was not going to get any credit for the stock tires so I think I will wear out the stock/factory tires first and then switch over. At that future point, most likely, I will also get the rims powered coated.
For What it's worth, Excellent Choices! and Congratulations!
I think you'll be really happy and "using the heck out of it" as you said.

We are in N.W.Arkansas where it DOES get humid, but still, we have very few hours on the air conditioning. The Maxx air Fan, window ventilation, and huge screen doors work very well in the Travato. We travelled a month last year in July from Utah to the Canadian Rockies and never needed A/C.. Never plugged in actually; and never got the batteries lower than 60% - and that's with only 100 watts of solar. I believe most people will find the non-lithium system plenty adequate if they are not needing battery operated air conditioning.

As far as the microwave goes; I am genny free, so I hooked up a cheap inverter to the chassis battery for the rare time we need the microwave for a couple minutes. Works great, whole system cost less than $200 and an afternoons worth of work (and ofcourse you dont even need to do that with your onboard generator).

I had the same plans, and did the same thing with the tires. That also worked well, and made me appreciate the KO2's even more, after running on the oem highway tires for awhile (which are fine tires on pavement).

Best of luck to you! Hope you love it as well as we do ours!
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Old 05-06-2018, 05:26 PM   #255
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Hey Mat. Is there a post/thread on your Roadtrek lift? That thing is nice!
Thanks! In my signature but skip to post #35 for the lift.
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What I would like to see is a "roughed in" van that came with windows, ceiling vent, a pre-installed bathroom and a few other hard-to-DIY things. I think a lot of people would buy such a unit and finish it out themselves.
That's a great idea!

Then you could put what you want in it and make it your own.
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We were four months in Mexico in our 2002 Roadtrek 190 Excel. The ropes (speed bumps in San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque scraped at walking speed (fiberglass damage in San Cristobal) so amoying attention to 2” lifters.

That said, we met one other US RVer in Yucatan and only one in San Miguel de Allende . The Europeans were about evenly divided amongst VW bus derivatives, German made adaptations on Honda pickups, and varied expedition level vehicles on UNIMIOG, MAN, Mercedes and similar large 4 x 4s. Most were their way down to or returning from Argentina or Uruaguay.
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