Originally Posted by booster
The solar panels on the New West popup pic look to be right down tight to the roof, which would make them run very hot according to all I have read about installs and the instructions that came with ours. The higher heat is hard on the panels and also drops efficiency quite a bit.
That's my understanding also. I wonder about how heat affects the flexible stick-on adhesive panels that some RV'ers are using. Maybe different panels have different tolerances. It is a good point to mention - find out before you buy rather than later.
Originally Posted by stanw909
Why is this considered a "nice clean design " and the Travatto (which I think is still just a prototype) is by many here considered crude? Is it a grass is greener mentality? BTW I too think it's a nice clean design but I thought the Winnie was clean and clever as well.
The "nice clean design" comment was from me and is just an opinion based on the photos. And, it refers to the interior as I'm not sure I like the dark painted panels around the low height windows. I like the interior acrylic or fiberglass panels. Some people won't like that - it might look cold to them. I also like certain features of the Travato like the dinette and the fold up bed. I think I could live with the 48" bed but DW gave me a "look" when I mentioned it .... maybe she is not thrilled with the 51" bed we have
The buzz around the Travato (positive and negative) tells me that most of us want to see some new alternatives available. The comments probably also reflect a comparison to what rig a person currently owns. The interiors of all the new factory built van are so much nicer than my homemade van that it is very easy to impress me.
Stan, you are one of the more positive "glass is half full" people on the web. I remember reading a post you made about a radiator fan failure on your van. You made no complaint about it and instead was grateful that it happened in your driveway and not on the road. It made an impression on me because I still remember it. You might think your positive comments aren't heard but they are