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Old 06-02-2018, 06:42 PM   #1
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With Advanced RV's new facilities about 2.5 times their old they are expanding their offerings with Upfitters Resources for Sprinters, Metris and Promasters. Such things as the EP hydraulic levelers, VB Air Suspension, air conditioners, window curtains, bug screens, insulated curtains, etc. As you know they've extensively upfitted the FitRV's Travato and at the B-Rally there was another Travato upfitted with VB Air Suspension, levelers and air conditioning.

In the past their woodworking shop had reworked Winnebago ERAs with sliding door screens and filled in the space that housed to bed notch with a slide out pantry. Those features are not offered on this website.

https://www.upfittersresource.com
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All I can say is... there are lots of $$$ around.
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For the air conditioner upgrade they are offering this on all types of RVs, not just for vans. We are scheduled to get the air conditioner upgrade on our expedition truck in November when we return from Alaska.

I doesnít seem to me that the prices for the various upgrades are out of line compared to similar upgrades from other sources.

I think this is a great strategy to grow the company and hire more people by leveraging the expertise gained from the custom van side of the business while at the same time keeping the custom van side small enough to provide a very special experience for each customer
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Thanks for this. It just gave me an idea. I've been noodling on how to properly insulate our rear doors - no small task as the upper portions of the high-roof Sprinter doors are sealed (welded with only small ventilation holes present). I also asked about options on Sprinter Forum with no revolutionary ideas forthcoming from that particular peanut gallery.

That site sells a rear insulating blanket - outside the doors, not inside the doors as I had originally envisioned. Forehead-slapper. I have to get to work on a design of my own.
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I forgot to mention the Hydrodip process. They are able to match anything. All my dash metal is identical to my cabinetry. I was one of the first to get that process. They had outsourced it before but now they have in-house capability and expertise (and space).
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...All I can say is... there are lots of $$$ around.

Oh ya there is lots of money flowing. Staying off topic.... Just read a review of the new 2019 McLaren Senna hypercar. Here is key quote....
"The (McLaren) F1 racing and luxury sports car concern based in Woking, England, will build a mere 500 of these zero-altitude aeroships, which are all already sold, thank you, for about $1 million apiece. Many will then disappear into private collections of billionaire hoarders, to resurface once every few years..."

Back on topic... Glad to see Advanced RV expand their market. Should help ensure their future so they are still around in a few years when I want to buy my next B-van.



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I can tell you one thing that will be very popular will be their installation of the imported air conditioner. It will be a game changer because it is whisper quiet and more energy efficient. Ultimately it will be a kick in the ass for the other manufacturer's to do likewise if nothing else.

I've experienced the sound in both a Sprinter Advanced RV and a Travato installation. It could make me, an avowed anti air-conditioner at all cost, be converted to accepting it.
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I can tell you one thing that will be very popular will be their installation of the imported air conditioner. ...
As was mentioned on another recent thread, ARV still cannot disclose that unit's inrush current. They don't know it, apparently. It may not matter for many customers, but for those of us who routinely run off lithium, it's a make-or-break number. I'm hoping that non-ARV van owners start taking them up on their installation offer, and that somehow this info does come to light during the retrofit process.
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I have no idea what you mean by inrush current. All Advanced RVs come with 3000 watt inverters and lithium ion batteries 400ah and above (and 800ah the most popular). They claim energy savings of 20% but it is the whisper sound that is the clinching desire. They put it in a Travato but I don't know what their setup was and it was on shore power when I checked it out at the B-Rally.
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As was mentioned on another recent thread, ARV still cannot disclose that unit's inrush current. They don't know it, apparently. It may not matter for many customers, but for those of us who routinely run off lithium, it's a make-or-break number. I'm hoping that non-ARV van owners start taking them up on their installation offer, and that somehow this info does come to light during the retrofit process.
The unit they are selling is a standard RV air conditioner in other countries and it is a 220v model in those countries which reduces the current draw by a factor of two but not for the 120v units over here of course. Not sure if there is a capacitor in this unit to help with the startup current which is the typical strategy to deal with the spike.

I am getting it installed as a replacement for a 13,000 BTU Coleman Mach 8 which is running fine off of our 720 AH lithium battery bank through a 4000 watt pure sine wave inverter which has a 7500 watt peak load spec so I am not to worried about the compressor start up current spike even if it is larger than the Coleman. As David says, it works fine with the Advanced RV lithium battery systems so it must not do anything too crazy in terms of current spikes.

What is your concern with the spike on your lithium based system?
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