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Old 06-27-2020, 09:46 PM   #1
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Hi all, I am looking at getting a new Pleasureway Plateau FL on a Mercedes chassis. I saw where Leasure Travel is building on Ford Transit and it looks very good. Is Pleasureway going to offer a Ford Transit as an option? Thanks for everyone's input.
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Old 06-27-2020, 11:54 PM   #2
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Have you checked our their Ontour models?

https://pleasureway.com/models/ontour22/

Compressor fridges, 200Ah Lithium / 2000W Inverter standard, and Pleasureway's reputation for quality. Lots to like.
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Also to note: the current builds are on the 2020 Transit chassis, not the 2019 as originally introduced. This brings the 10 speed automatic and stop/start for improved acceleration AND fuel economy. Also, revised instrument panel with improved access to the coach, swiveling driver's seat finally, and more advanced driver safety tech. Expect this model to continue to have other running changes. The '21s should have revised interior finishes, and expect the new, quiet generator soon. Don't be surprised if they switch to a quieter AC unit, and there will be awning style windows eventually, too, amongst other mods. Also, expect an AWD option at some point. Really nice units. Biggest beds and the most headroom of any PleasureWay.
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Yes, there are many advantages to going with a 2020 Transit over a Sprinter. Some notable points for the Transit will be lower purchase cost, considerably larger service network, less costly maintenance, better reliability, more power with the Ecoboost engine, 10 speed transmission - all with comparable fuel economy and safety technology.

Ford, rev those factory engines!
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I have a 2017 winnebago paseo transit with the 3.5 turbo 6 speed . I would make sure you get a unit with the 3.5 turbo . If you can drive both you will see a big difference in all around performance. Also the 6 speed works fine.
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JMHO I'm on a few forums and it's unbelievable how many issues with MB, at least the newer ones. You couldn't give me one, unless you gave it to me and I could sell it!
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Hi all, I am looking at getting a new Pleasureway Plateau FL on a Mercedes chassis.
We have a 2012 Pleasure Way Plateau TD on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis. Two things we wouldn't do after RVing for 25 years (3 years full time): buy new again and buy an RV on a Sprinter-based chassis.

With regard to new, the depreciation hit and, to a much lesser extent, the return trips to the dealer for adjustments, make buying new less desirable in our opinion than buying a well-maintained used RV.

Our 3-years experience with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis has been disappointing. Cost of maintenance and repair (I'm not handy), constant repair issues and a disputed issue over types of biodiesel it can use are the issues.

In our opinion, Pleasure Way is a great quality build. This is the second one we've owned. We've been to the factory in Saskatoon and while the facility is underwhelming the people, including the owner, are fantastic and will do anything for you to stand behind their product. Leisure Travel, as I understand it, is also a quality product, although we've never owned one. I would consider buying a Wonder or an OnTour. Just note the size differences.

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I am also looking at the ford frame and I'm interested in the ride quality and drivability of the ford vs the spinter
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I am also looking at the ford frame and I'm interested in the ride quality and drivability of the ford vs the spinter
Normally, I am a critic of the Sprinter, but within the confines of this specific question, with aftermarket equipment the Sprinter handles and rides better. A stock 3500 Sprinter will weeble-wobble coming out of driveways and and making certain turns. Add-on suspension remedies can fix that, though at the expense of cargo carrying capacity. The Ford is 'solid' as in akin to a tank but nimble it isn't.

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Solid as a tank implies strength or steering response?
It has been a few years since my last van conversions. Both prior vans were Ford or Chevy 1500 class. Theses vans fit my needs at the time and were easy to drive on the hwy for extended trips.
The new vans appear far more refined and have greater volume. I would like to test drive both platforms but the closest dealers is 130 miles away. Here in Florida there were 16000 new c19 cases yesterday so I'm reluctant to venture to a dealer for a few weeks. Any additional info on road manners is greatly appreciated so I can refine my search.
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Solid as a tank implies strength or steering response?
My comment was in response to my last Ford E350 2013 chassis which was a 2015 Pleasure-Way B+ (C). Very solid in terms of strength but certainly not nimble or responsive. The length was 22'.

If you are basing your decision solely on "ride quality and drivability" and you have a more cash for purchase, maintenance and can withstand the fuel controversy, the Sprinter is the right move with upgraded aftermarket suspension pieces. As an aside, there are a only a handful of Mercedes dealers who can service a Sprinter. We are lucky to live near one in Daytona Beach. Take that into consideration as well.

As a Sprinter owner, and former E350 owner, I would tend to try something like a Transit with a gas engine if you can find one.

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