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Bumpyroad

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Posted: 08/22/17 04:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

those simplicities seemed to me to have a high MSRP. not $10,000 less unless I missed something.
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Posted: 08/22/17 06:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The basic Simplicity MSRP is almost $84,000... (and most are adding a second battery and solar to that)

That is over $20K more than a Sunlight...

SRT is $72K, which is about $10K more


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Posted: 08/24/17 11:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The MSRP is pretty high at CW, I have been reading about Sunlights coming off the lot in the low 50s range... which is pretty good, as that isn't much more than a decent pickup truck.

After further study, other than a Honda eu2000i Companion generator and replacing the foldy panel separating the bathroom from the rest of the van with a curtain, I don't really see any issues with it, except possibly not much in the way of insulation.

It definitely is no Advanced RV, but it does allow one to get on the road and camping fairly comfortably.

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I went to look at one a few days ago. As previously stated, the fit and finish were poor. There were multiple areas where the plastic screws were pulled loose, I would hate to see the unit after 10,000 miles on today's road. I would be embarrassed to show my friends this unit based upon the poor interior finish. It was also interesting that the area under the passenger side bed did not have any access except for moving the cushions and lifting the wood cover up except when the side door was open. It would have been so simple to add a couple of drawers to pull out in the aisle. They advertise that you have all this storage accessible when the sliding door is open. But seriously, that bed is 76 inches, who is going to access that distance from the opening. We also could not figure out why they did not use a simple curtain to close off the bath area rather then the multiple hinged cabinet panels.
I see from the brochure they offer a generator under the hood 280 amp, 12 v.It would be nice if they had inverter as part of the electric package.
Overall, it seems that if they spent minimal more money on installation, they could have a nice unit.I am hoping they come out with one on the longer van frames. It would be nice just to have some extra storage space.

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I keep thinking about this RV, the poor quality, etc. It appears a bare vehicle could be purchased for roughly $35,000. I am thinking that for $10K max you could finish the inside better then Hymer. So my question is, does anybody make a DIY floor plan, wiring diagram for building your own. Yes I know that there are differences between Ford, Dodge, etc. but they are very similar in many aspects also. I am thinking about layout- where to put the batteries, where to buy the tanks, simple wiring diagrams, etc. It seems to me that someone could make some money sharing their knowledge. Point is, I would love to have a road map of how to build an interior similar to the Hymer. I am not interested in reinventing the wheel, I just want plans for how to build it and where to get the parts. I would love to buy an interior from Sportsmobile but they only sell completed units. I remember there is a man in North or South Carolina who builds out vans, I think his name is Robert something. Maybe he is the person I should contact. Any comments?

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That would be Robert Morehead. I heard a rumor that someone bought his company?? or merged with it?? He did sell interior modules I believe. Anyway, here is a website that I had bookmarked:

http://www.moreheaddesignlab.com/id4.html

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Robert Morehead's company now apparently is called Blueridge Adventure Vehicles (BRAV) Blueridgeadventurevehicles.com. They appear to have the information and products I am looking for. Thank You mumkin for the information.

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has anybody determined the exact cost difference out the door between the Hymer and the Travato? and if it is $15,000 K what "standard" items does the travato have that the hymer doesn't, such as power awning, etc.
which would make the actual difference $10,000 etc.?

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When I was at Camping World in Greenwood,IN they wanted $55K for the Hymer and the Travato next to it was $89K if I remember correctly. But the options may have been very different. The Hymer was pretty basic.

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hoosiermark wrote:

When I was at Camping World in Greenwood,IN they wanted $55K for the Hymer and the Travato next to it was $89K if I remember correctly. But the options may have been very different. The Hymer was pretty basic.


thanks, were those selling prices or list?
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