Winkler, Manitoba-based Triple E Recreational Vehicles today (Aug. 3) announced the launch of the single-slide Class B motorhome based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van.
According to a news release, the all-new Leisure Travel Van Free Spirit SS, designed in conjunction with a German aerospace engineer, is the industry’s first Sprinter van with a full, roadside slideout.
Traditionally, RV’s built on the Sprinter van have had limited floorplan designs due to the confined space of the compact van. However, the Free Spirit SS’s large slideout allows for a more spacious floorplan, taking on similar characteristics to the company’s larger Unity Class B+ model.
The Free Spirit SS is set off by a roomy front living area. The slideout is situated behind the driver’s seat, directly across from the sliding entry door. A fold-down sofa bed topped in memory foam is located in the slideout, which converts to a bed at night.
Moving toward the rear, the European-inspired galley is equipped with upscale cabinetry, Corian countertops and quality appliances. Across from the galley on the driver’s side is a wall of ample storage space. From a hanging wardrobe to full size drawers, the coach can easily handle longer, extended vacations.
Almost unheard of in the Class B van industry, the Free Spirit SS is also outfitted with a large three-piece dry bathroom equipped with a porcelain toilet, a dedicated and spacious shower, and vanity.
“It’s incredible how spacious the Free Spirit SS feels inside,” claims General Manager Ryan Elias. “It really doesn’t feel as though you are in a van. It has a very open feel to it, much more like a wide-body Class B+. Because of the SS’s unique layout, we believe this product will appeal not only to customers looking for a Class B van, but also to people who are looking for something slightly larger, with a little more room.”
Other notable features include an innovative full-width sliding screen door and a large storage compartment accessible from the van’s rear access doors. Golfers can rest assured there is ample room for two golf bags with room to spare in the rear storage area. Technological features include a 22-inch LED TV mounted on a swing-out arm for interior/exterior viewing, a 7-inch in-dash Sony GPS, back-up camera with Bluetooth/iPod/USB connections and dimmable LED lighting.
Beautifully crafted European styled curved wood cabinetry, sleek modern Ultraleather, and Corian Private Collection Counter tops are featured throughout the coach.
According to Leisure Travel Vans, the Free Spirit SS gets an estimated 19-22 mpg. MSRP’s start at $119,470.
The Free Spirit SS will be featured at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., from Sept. 12-16, and then at the California RV Show in Pomona, Calif., Oct. 12-21. For pictures, videos, virtual tours visit http://www.leisurevans.com/freespirit-ss.
Winkler, Manitoba-based Triple E RV has introduced its newest product, the Regency GT24MB.
From the makers of the Leisure Travel Vans Unity Murphy Bed comes another industry first, according to a news release. The GT24MB’s unique Murphy bed design allows for an optimum use of space, by day and by night. Built on the Ford E-Series chassis, the 24-foot B-plus style motorhome comes with many unique standard features.
The Murphy bed design in the GT24MB allows for a unique floorplan, with benefits such as a walk-around 60-inch-by-80-inch queen-size Murphy bed and a grand and spacious washroom design. These are features that are not typically seen in a 24-foot Class B-plus style van. Customers concerned about the process of setting up the Murphy bed need not worry, as the Ultraleather U-lounge dinette can be easily converted into a bed in a few easy steps.
The functional design really offers the user the best of both worlds. By freeing up the rear of the coach, where typically the bed would be, the GT24MB offers a washroom larger than many found in 40-foot Class A motorhome. All of these innovative features make for a very livable RV, which functions much more like a large Class A rather than a 24-foot coach.
Triple E RV’s reputation for building products suitable for use in colder climates definitely holds true in the case of the GT24MB. With enclosed, insulated and heated holding tanks, and dual pane frameless windows, the GT24MB is a true three-season unit.
The interior fit and finish is second to none in the GT24MB, featuring solid wood European-styled cabinetry, Ultraleather upholstery and fabric accented window trims. The galley features a three-burner glass top stove, a Dometic double door 7-cubic-foot refrigerator, convection microwave and full extension ball bearing drawers. Other notable features include full body exterior paint and a rubber-mounted frame design.
Triple E RV is excited to extend this extremely popular floor plan, initially designed for the Unity, to the Regency product line. The GT24MB offers a totally different experience, and is unlike anything else currently in the market.
For more information, contact Triple E Recreational Vehicles, 301 Roblin Boulevard, Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, R6W 4C4, 1-877-992-9906, www.tripleerv.com.
Even though Al Yoder Jr. retired in 1994 as president of Jayco Inc., he didn’t leave the RV industry completely. A popular industry veteran, he’s been known to frequent business social events.
Now Yoder as a consumer has played a role in designing a unique 2010 model for Leisure Travel Vans Ltd. 24-foot B-plus style Unity Class C built on an imported Sprinter chassis.
”He custom-designed it,” said Leisure Travel Vans President Ryan Elias. ”The concept came all from him.”
”I wanted an open floorplan and different things that they probably aren’t even going to offer as an option,”’ said Yoder, who joined Jayco in 1969, a year after the company was founded by Lloyd Bontrager in Middlebury, Ind.
Yoder, 82, will use the specially equipped Leisure Travel’s minimotorhome as his personal RV, while the Canadian manufacturer added Yoder’s floorplan to the new 2010 Unity lineup.
Among the more innovative motorhomes displayed at the 2009 Louisville Show, Unity is equipped with a Murphy bed built into a streetside slideout. The Unity setup allows access from both sides of the bed, rather than only one side with the bed tucked in a rear corner.
Leisure Travel showed the coach in December in Louisville and the floorplan will go into production this month (January).
Yoder who still lives in Middlebury, where Jayco is headquartered, approached Leisure Travel’s Canadian parent, Triple E RV, Winkler, Manitoba, about buying the company’s Class C front and rear caps to customize a minimotorhome that he wanted to build.
”I liked their transition pieces,” said Yoder. ”They said they wanted to redesign their Class C. I had a floorplan that I’d designed and between phone calls, faxes and e-mail, I laid out the design and they built what I wanted,” Yoder said. ”They did some engineering to incorporate the open floorplan and access to the bed from both sides that I wanted.”
Yoder’s unit, which he plans to drive through Texas and California starting in mid-February, contains no generator or propane but is equipped a heavy battery with converters and inverters to manage the unit’s power systems.
Yoder’s Unity also is equipped with a combination water heater/space heater and a macerating pump that liquefies all of the gray and black water so that tanks can be emptied with a garden hose.
”That big black hose you use to empty your holding tanks is something that older people aren’t too enthused about,” Yoder said.
To accommodate the Murphy bed that sits opposite the entry door, Leisure Travel added a pair of recliners that fold down at the push of a button to become the bed’s pedestal.
While Yoder and the RV builder passed a slew of information back and forth electronically, Yoder also spent 1 1/2 days at Leisure Travel Vans’ factory in Morden, Manitoba.
”I didn’t see the completed unit until I got to Louisville,” Yoder said. ”I was not disappointed.”