In Depth Review of Leisure Travel Vans Unity 24IB


We got derailed on our recent RV trip and stuck in Oregon.  We took a day and drove to Portland to see the 2013 Unity 24IB by Leisure Travel Vans.  This coach is on our short list for our next RV, and I wanted to really review it thoroughly.  We met up with the good folks at Johnson RV in Sandy, OR, and they let me get as close of a look at the Unity as possible.  The only way I could get to know more about it would be to own one.

I came armed with a bicycle (had to find a spot to fit it!), tape measure, and a 47-point checklist of things I wanted to see.  I’ve attached the checklist at the bottom of this article, if you want my detailed notes.  I prepped for the visit by watching all the videos Leisure Travel Vans puts out, and even a few competitors videos.  All in all, I spent about two and a half hours crawling under, over, and inside this coach.  I am amazed and very appreciative that Johnson RV let me take this much time getting down and dirty with a brand new coach.

So how did we like it?

The Unity IB has kept its place on our short list.  There were a lot of things we liked, and a few that we didn’t.  You’ll have to watch the video or read the checklist to see them all.  I’ve come to realize that – unless I build it myself – no RV is going to be perfect for us right off the lot.  The LTV Unity comes close though, and would be a good fit for us.  Honestly, if my bike had fit in that large compartment in the back – I probably would have driven it off the lot.  But it didn’t, and it is a huge purchase for us.  So we rolled back to Medford to wait for our current RV to get repaired.

After we filmed this review, Leisure Travel Vans came out with some improvements for the 2014 models that address some of the items on our list.  For example, when solar panels are factory installed, the converter/charger setup likely changes a bit.  The batteries change to 6v golf cart batteries.  etc. etc. etc.  If you’re seriously considering a Unity, it’s worth it to check the LTV page for the 2014 updates.  You can find my checklist right below.  I hope this helps, and if you have any questions, post them here and I’ll try to answer them as best as I can.  Thanks for looking!

Unity checklist



James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling certified coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he's also an IT consultant.


    19 thoughts on “In Depth Review of Leisure Travel Vans Unity 24IB

    1. Michael Wyatt

      Just wondering if you have purchased a Unity? If so, how is the refrigerator working for you. I have read a lot of horror stories about that particular single door refer.

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      1. James - Post author

        Unfortunately, no. We’re still rolling in Das Bus, and haven’t picked up a Unity… (yet?) I don’t have any particular knowledge of that refrigerator. What sort of problems are you hearing about? With the propane operation? Electric? Both? Do tell!

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    2. gregory

      why didnt you remove the bike seat post,that looks like 5 in to me..ill bet the bike would fit w/o the seat post….i have a folding swiss-bike mountain bike,based on the video you did,i know it will fit…i love my swiss -bike…it rolls so easy and rides so nice,all it needs is the right rv..im leaning towards liesure travel because they insulate all their rigs incredibly well,for both cold and hot wx…

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      1. James - Post author

        Hey Gregory – There are a few reasons I didn’t remove the seatpost. First – our bikes are racing bikes. We’ve actually had bike fittings done and paid folks money to adjust the seat and other aspects of the bike to exact millimeters, etc. One of my bikes has even been into the wind tunnel to get it adjusted. I don’t want to take a chance messing that up. The other reason is that the bikes are made of carbon fiber, and to adjust or re-secure the seat post, you need a special assembly paste (with grit in it) and a torque wrench. When I’m running late on race-day morning, I don’t want to set myself up for any extra hassles.

        Having said that – I realize that for most people, these kinds of restrictions don’t apply. So you’re most likely correct. However, they’ve made that compartment smaller in the 2014 models! Check out the new video on the home page.

        I’ll have to keep a lookout for the Jayco Melbourne. Thanks for the request!

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    3. Asage

      Great , thorough , helpful video of the Unity IB. Just wondering why you wouldn’t put your bike on a bike rack using the hitch?

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      1. James - Post author

        Well, we could put them on a hitch mount rack…
        But they’re high end racing bikes. They’re rather expensive, and we usually travel with two. Not the kind of thing I want to leave out in the elements, road grime, potential theft, etc. etc.

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    4. Tom Boles

      Hi, thanks for the review! Coming from a couple of folks who actually have a B on the MB Sprinter and have done a fair amount of work on theirs, your review is a breath of fresh air.
      So, I noticed your comment on the absence of the “Crazy Table” and wonder if you’d say more? It *seems* like a good idea from Dean’s breathless clips…
      The shot of the two round legs rolling on the floor and then carrying the table through the coach from the under the table storage was worth a thousand words. Pre kids, we were week-end sailors and always hated having to erect the bed in the salon from bits and chunks, so our RV’ing started with a tent trailer with two always up beds and we never looked back.
      Also, do you think you could make the corner bed work for you? If the inside sleeper needs to get up iin the middle of the night it could be a much bigger production than it really should be, for everyone’s sake…

      Thanks again for your reviews!

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      1. James - Post author

        Yes, the “Crazy Table” (like the one in the Serenity) is something we talked about with Dean at the Pomona show. I can tell you that they make the mechanism in-house at LTV. As a woodworker, that table intrigues me. Funny you should mention the Corner Bed model – they made a change to that for 2014 as well that is making me consider it. I’ll put the Leisure Travel Vans video up this week. (that’s my goal anyway…)

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    5. John Phetteplace

      I have been doing my homework for a couple years to replace my truckcamper with the best class B under 10′ height. I believe I found it in the liesure travel Libero. Correct me if I am wrong.

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      1. James - Post author

        The Libero and the Serenity are basically similar coaches. I think they actually do a few more things with the Libero to make it more cold-hardy. Stef and I have been looking mostly at Mercedes Benz diesel RVs, so we’ve not looked at the Libero in depth. But I have seen a Serenity up close. It’s even nicer than the Unity that I reviewed here. And if you want to stay around ten feet tall, Leisure Travel Vans may be the only game in town.

        The quality of the LTV units is top-notch – but you’ll pay for what you get. If the Libero is anything as nice as the Serenity (and I’m sure it is), you’ve made an excellent choice.

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      1. James - Post author

        Thanks! Other motorhomes we’re thinking about are the Tioga DSL, and perhaps something like the Thor Citation Sprinter. We really like the mileage in the Sprinter RVs, so that’s what we’re concentrating on.

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        1. Mike Smith

          First, I was able to speak directly with manufacturer by email to all my questions like a double rear tv for the TB model along with added mirror for the IB model to open up the rear since no rear window. I even was told they custom change the paint to your preference for $1,000.00 which was reasonable. The 2014 Unity receives many changes and lots of better sizes for the TV’s etc. The IB model receives a lower bed, especially since the ceiling is lower! For this price point its on my short list only compared to Pleasure Way Pursuit (2014) and Phoenix Cruisers which BUILDS to your EXACT preference and includes ANYTHING you want. If you want a 4×4 RV Tiger Adventure vehicles has two excellent models (siberian) love it! better build than Earth Roamers at half the price! Phoenix Cruisers also does 4×4 RV too. If you want an after market 4×4 rv Quadvan and Quiggly both do EXCELLENT conversions which can include hidden winches and recessed 6 inch fog driving lights etc. With economy MSRP of $110,00 is currently selling for $80,000.00 out the door pricing for PURSUIT (check the internet) without specialized options!

        2. James - Post author

          Whoa! Lots of good information there Mike, thanks. I’ve also been looking at Coach House, but I think I may need to take a look at Phoenix as well. I’ll post a revised short list soon. Those Tiger rigs are nice, for sure. Now I just need to win the lottery so we can afford one. Thanks for the info. Cheers!

        3. Rhonda

          I am a single middle-age woman who is strongly considering buying a Class B motorhome, and I’ve narrowed my search to those in the “Sprinter family.” The fit and finish issues are very important to me because I don’t want to be back and forth to a dealership getting small annoyances fixed. I am interested in the Thor model, but in reading the user’s forum, it seems like people are so frustrated with the quality of the workmanship. In your opinion, which of the Sprinter units do you think is put together the best?

        4. James - Post author

          Well, I certainly can’t claim to have seen ALL of the Sprinter based RVs. But the ones I have reviewed on this site, I have seen in person, and they’re generally well made. I particularly like Leisure Travel Vans because they do some neat things with their cabinetry that I know from experience take a great deal of care (laminating a reverse curved cabinet front, for example, is very time consuming). But other makers also put out a quality product. I’ve not yet reviewed a PleasureWay in person, for example, but their quality is also reputed to be extremely good.

          If you’re looking at a Class B and you want quality, I would limit my search to those manufacturers that specialize in class Bs, rather than include ones who also make Class A’s, Class C’s, etc. Those manufacturers might also happen to make a Sprinter based B, and it may be a good product, but it’s just a small part of what they do. I’d feel better checking out the Sprinter specialists.

          I know that’s not a single-name recommendation, but it should help narrow your field down. Thanks for reading!

    6. Geri

      James
      Thanks so much for your in depth review.
      I’m curious what you use in place of the front curtains and where to obtain them.
      We’re looking forward to the MB model once our property sells in the Methow Valley.
      Geri

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      1. James - Post author

        Hi Geri – Glad you liked the review!
        We use a set of pleated shades in place of the curtains. They fold up into the window pillars when not in use, so there’s nothing to store. You can see them on our Sprinter (sadly, not a Unity) here. It’s about three-quarters of the way down the page.

        I bought them from eurocampers.com. They were a bit spendy, but it’s been nice having them. Here’s a link to the product page where I ordered them.

        Envious of your soon-to-be new MB!

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