Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-01-2017, 12:27 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
dennis45's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: BC
Posts: 6,340
Leisure Travel Van or equivalent opinions?

Since our travel circle is getting smaller, we are Looking at downsizing from our DS to a smaller coach. The 25' Leisure Travel by Tripple E on the Mercedes Sprinter 1 ton chassis has floated to the top of our research.
Any owners out there with opinions on these or suggestions for comparable coaches in this size category?
__________________

__________________
Dennis & Carol
2003, 4006, 41' DutchStar, Spartan, ISC 8.3L W/BanksPower - 2013 Honda CRV, BlueOx Baseplate, Aventa Bar & Patriot Brake. And the 04 Bird, Sunshine Car.
dennis45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-04-2017, 05:02 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 331
I love the LTV product line too. Hope to own one some day. Comparables that I'd consider would include Coachhouse, Dynamax, Born Free, Phoenix Cruiser, Renegade and maybe Nexus.
__________________

__________________
Jalan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2017, 05:16 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by dennis45 View Post
Since our travel circle is getting smaller, we are Looking at downsizing from our DS to a smaller coach. The 25' Leisure Travel by Tripple E on the Mercedes Sprinter 1 ton chassis has floated to the top of our research.
Any owners out there with opinions on these or suggestions for comparable coaches in this size category?
Is this a diesel Sprinter engine?
__________________
retire2play is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2017, 05:27 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
dennis45's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: BC
Posts: 6,340
Quote:
Originally Posted by retire2play View Post
Is this a diesel Sprinter engine?
Yes.
http://www.leisurevans.com/
__________________
Dennis & Carol
2003, 4006, 41' DutchStar, Spartan, ISC 8.3L W/BanksPower - 2013 Honda CRV, BlueOx Baseplate, Aventa Bar & Patriot Brake. And the 04 Bird, Sunshine Car.
dennis45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2017, 05:39 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
what next's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 501
Had a 2006 for 4 1/2years and 98,000 miles great rig. Spent 2 nights in motels during the travels.
__________________
2010 Dutch Star 4333
2009 Honda Accord- Brakemaster
what next is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2017, 08:48 PM   #6
JCM
Senior Member
 
JCM's Avatar
 
Triple E Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Williams Lake,BC Canada
Posts: 990
I have owned 2 class a Triple E coaches. Never a problem with the coaches just - occasionally with the running gear.
We are thinking of downsizing from a 40 foot Empress to the model with the murphy bed.
Pick your running gear carefully nd pay attention to the amount of weight it can carry.
__________________
2007 Triple E - Empress Elite - Freightliner
WH 22 owner for 7 years
JCM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2017, 11:26 AM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by dennis45 View Post
We were considering a Roadtrek Mercedes Sprinter diesel Class B until reading issues with the exhaust system. Many owners who experience problems are still covered under warranty but the real problems will come when the units are out of warranty and the owner will have to foot the bill.

I found this article very interesting about the owner or a company who bought many vans with Mercedes Sprinter diesel engines.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fatal...-tom-robertson
__________________
retire2play is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2017, 01:14 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
dennis45's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: BC
Posts: 6,340
Quote:
Originally Posted by retire2play View Post
We were considering a Roadtrek Mercedes Sprinter diesel Class B until reading issues with the exhaust system. Many owners who experience problems are still covered under warranty but the real problems will come when the units are out of warranty and the owner will have to foot the bill.

I found this article very interesting about the owner or a company who bought many vans with Mercedes Sprinter diesel engines.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fatal...-tom-robertson
Interesting article for sure. Not sure how this relates to an RV application where the average user might do 10-15K per year.
Thank you for this post, certainly worth considering.

Perhaps Mr. Trump's efforts to reduce some of the regulations the auto industry and others have had to work with in recent years will bring change for the benefit of the end user.
__________________
Dennis & Carol
2003, 4006, 41' DutchStar, Spartan, ISC 8.3L W/BanksPower - 2013 Honda CRV, BlueOx Baseplate, Aventa Bar & Patriot Brake. And the 04 Bird, Sunshine Car.
dennis45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2017, 08:43 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by dennis45 View Post
Interesting article for sure. Not sure how this relates to an RV application where the average user might do 10-15K per year.
Thank you for this post, certainly worth considering.

Perhaps Mr. Trump's efforts to reduce some of the regulations the auto industry and others have had to work with in recent years will bring change for the benefit of the end user.
I am on a Roadtrek forum and the diesel emissions problem is a known issue. It is throughout the industry and the devices are also installed on residential diesel and commercial pickup trucks. I think the law was passed in 2008 ??. Some people remove them from pickup trucks and sell the truck without this device since it can cause additional repair issues.

Another issue was finding a person to work on a Mercedes if you have issues while traveling. Most mechanics are not trained to work on them. Also, repair costs can be 2-3x more for a Mercedes.

Just do your research before you buy any rv. Good luck in what you buy!
__________________
retire2play is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2017, 09:57 AM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 16
My experience also with a Mercedes. I am just about ready to purchase a Road Trek Zion from a local dealer with the Outback pkg. on a 3500 Dodge chassis. Any comments? Warnings! Just a little aside, I really checked out a dealer's reputation before deciding to buy. There are so many invisible snags to this process that it is VERY important to have a reputable dealer and to deal with one salesperson. I had an almost horror story. Lesson learned.
__________________
Orson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2017, 11:35 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
dennis45's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: BC
Posts: 6,340
Now the Ford Transit is in play using the 3.7L Powerstroke V6 diesel on the Winnebago Fuse. Anyone have experience with the Transit Diesel?
__________________
Dennis & Carol
2003, 4006, 41' DutchStar, Spartan, ISC 8.3L W/BanksPower - 2013 Honda CRV, BlueOx Baseplate, Aventa Bar & Patriot Brake. And the 04 Bird, Sunshine Car.
dennis45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2017, 07:20 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
S Bradley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 408
Transit vs Sprinter

Maintenance cost has been higher but no where near double more like 15 to 20%.

Are you ever going to break even Deisel vs gas I doubt it.

There are more Ford dealers. Maintenance is always an issue, everyone believes they can just pull into a Ford dealer to have the Transit repaired, really? Do a a little research find out how many dealers have trained Diesel Transit mechanic.

Realize that both use similar emission systems, both require a computerized diagnostic tools. Both work best if driven at highway speeds. Or just go gas.

Ford has less useable gross weight capability.
Sprinter is marginally better.

For me it is more about the coach if I could find the right floor plan, comparable quality I could be talked into gas especially if only using it on weekend trips.

But we travel from Alaska to lower 48, all over the states. Next trip Florida to N E then back to S W (Page, Antelope canyons) Zion, Bryce, Eugene Oregon and any state or national park on our way home to Alaska, so far our plan two months 8000 miles. All in our third Sprinter, this one a Leisure Unity TB hard to beat.

Itís all personal choice enjoy what ever you buy.
__________________
S Bradley
S Bradley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2017, 12:14 PM   #13
Junior Member
 
RenoCarolina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 8
We looked long and hard at the LTV Unity MB but in the end decided our first RV would have to fit the budget a tad better.

But if you are looking for feedback from many owners I would seek out the Leisure Travel Vans Enthusiasts facebook page. It is a closed group but they quickly responded to my request to join.

Maybe it is the nature of a group of owners to speak about problems, and my Winnebago certainly has its share. But my general observation of viewing responses there over the past 9 months is a credible shift from the large amount of posts heaping praises on the brand to slightly higher amounts of complaint posts and nuisance/quality control comments. Just an observation.

But I still want one!
__________________
RenoCarolina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2017, 12:24 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
dennis45's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: BC
Posts: 6,340
Quote:
Originally Posted by RenoCarolina View Post
We looked long and hard at the LTV Unity MB but in the end decided our first RV would have to fit the budget a tad better.

But if you are looking for feedback from many owners I would seek out the Leisure Travel Vans Enthusiasts facebook page. It is a closed group but they quickly responded to my request to join.

Maybe it is the nature of a group of owners to speak about problems, and my Winnebago certainly has its share. But my general observation of viewing responses there over the past 9 months is a credible shift from the large amount of posts heaping praises on the brand to slightly higher amounts of complaint posts and nuisance/quality control comments. Just an observation.

But I still want one!
Thank you for your comments. I still want one also,,,

I'm an old school person and not comfortable with Facebook but I found this forum that is directed to All Sprinter based chassis and the LTV Line.
Quite informative.

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/fo...play.php?f=193
__________________

__________________
Dennis & Carol
2003, 4006, 41' DutchStar, Spartan, ISC 8.3L W/BanksPower - 2013 Honda CRV, BlueOx Baseplate, Aventa Bar & Patriot Brake. And the 04 Bird, Sunshine Car.
dennis45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
travel



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Leisure Travel Van customer service/Warranty GracieK Class B Motorhome Discussions 6 10-14-2015 07:28 AM
Chassis/engine battery 2005 Sprinter (leisure travel van) RVSolomons Sprinter Chassis Forum 3 04-25-2014 03:45 PM
Microwave to convection changeover on Leisure Travel van RVSolomons Class B Motorhome Discussions 10 02-09-2014 12:30 PM
Leisure Travel Van Features Slide out irv2fan Class B Motorhome Discussions 2 08-12-2012 08:08 AM
1993 Leisure Travel Van Question NorthernSun iRV2.com General Discussion 1 05-25-2012 12:56 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.