The First EKKO Video Tour! (And, we’ve named our RV!)


Greetings all, we’ve had our new EKKO for about a week now.  We’ve confirmed that it’s the very first EKKO delivered to an end customer, so we’re rather proud about that.

We’ve been “heads down” working on a video project for Winnebago ever since we got our EKKO, but we finally broke away this past weekend to make a quick video tour and update.  Here You Go!!

 

And before I talk about the video, probably our biggest announcement is that we’ve named our new rig.  It’s:

Number One

That’s an obvious Star Trek reference, but we thought it fits.  And most importantly, it opens up lots of super lame jokes and puns and memes and ridiculous things I can say in videos.  I thought I’d list some here, but then I thought it might be more fun to let you sound off with them in the comments below.  Give it your best shot!  I’m sure I’ll be using them on YouTube for years.

 

As far as the video – we’ve got over. two. hours. of EKKO tours on YouTube already, so we just couldn’t go around opening cabinets and measuring them again.  Instead, we just hit the highlights – things that are different on our EKKO from those prototypes, pilots, and pre-production coaches we’ve seen before.  There were only about 8 or 9 things, so you’ll just have to watch the video to see them.

If you’re interested in picking up the Vanmade shades we show, you can find them here: https://www.vanmadegear.com/product-category/ford-transit/2020-plus/

And… Before you ask, Stef’s super-cute dress is from Aventura Clothing.  She’s an ambassador for them, and this particular dress was a score.  Even I noticed it, and I don’t usually notice unless there are tools or wires involved, and Stef had neither.

That’s pretty much it for now.  You’ll hear us allude to some mods we have planned in the very near future.  Expect a video on some of those within a week!

Cheers!  (And don’t forget the Number One jokes!)

 



James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling 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 works for a large IT company.


    54 thoughts on “The First EKKO Video Tour! (And, we’ve named our RV!)

    1. Peter

      Nice!! We have our EKKO on order and are very excited about the batteries. We opted for the second battery instead of the generator. Do you know if we’ll be able to run the a/c off just the batteries and for how long? We hated the generator in our ERA 70A (Frida) and hardly used it. Looking for a new name for the new addition.

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    2. Sheen

      Thanks for very informative vids. I am wondering whether or not your EKKO has taken the luggage racks option. We would like to make sure that the racks holding solar panels are indeed luggage racks.

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      1. James - Post author

        The rack is an RV-specific product from Summit. It is of metal construction and seems sturdy.
        I don’t know how much luggage you were planning on adding to it, but with all the solar… there’s not a lot of room up there for luggage.

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    3. Don Kane

      Hi guys!
      Some questions and comments:

      Number One: Have you weighed in yet? What is the front/rear weight ratio?And: What is the weight of the additional batteries? (Guess that’s three Qs…)

      Number Two: I have been using the Mopeka sensors for a while and quite happy with them, but they do misread occasionally and tell you the tanks are empty with they are not. The Mopeda is important for us because we only have one tank and it’s nice to to know how much is in there before taking off.

      Number Three: You don’t just store your window shades on the bed like everyone else? People sleeping and window shades are like golfers and cross country skiers.

      Cheers, and happy vanning!!

      -d

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    4. Mark

      You pointed out the change with the solar controller to the Xantrex from Zamp. Are you concerned or disappointed with this change? I noticed its a 30A PWM and not a MPPT configuration. I realize the controller and inverter will both be from Xantrex. Will you be changing this out with the 20K project? I wasn’t sure if Winnebago consulted you with the new change and setup. It seems the MPPT would be a better fit with two Li batteries and the amount of solar the EKKO offered. Thanks again!

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      1. James - Post author

        They didn’t consult me about the change to the solar charge controller. (I wish!)
        I will be looking at the charge controller as part of the 20k project. But my changes won’t be for everybody! Details to come.

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      2. Patrick Broos

        Did I hear that right? This $160,000 RV with top-of-the-line lithium battery has a PWM solar controller? Why bother with PV panels at all if you’re not going to maximize their output?

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        1. James - Post author

          I don’t draw that same conclusion. “Why have a car at all if you’re not going to get a Ferrari?”
          (Granted, we’d all like Ferraris, but you get the point.)
          I suspect this decision was driven by the most economical way to meet design objectives.
          If the design objective was “no need for hookups at all unless you’re running the air conditioner”… they’ve met that objective.
          In our test camping, we never needed to plug in, and we never wanted for a generator. The PWM controller and installed solar kept the batteries charged to near 100%, all the time, in our testing.

          And truthfully, if the panel voltages and battery charging voltages are close – as they are in the EKKO – the advantages of the MPPT controller are diminished.
          Suggested reading: https://www.victronenergy.com/upload/documents/Technical-Information-Which-solar-charge-controller-PWM-or-MPPT.pdf

          But, like I said, the PWM controller gets the job done. It meets design criteria and the majority of users will not want for more.
          Those who want to take things further – like myself – will probably change things… but I would have changed things anyway.
          If I were building a mass-market coach – I’d make the same decision.

    5. Phil

      Hi – Number One is very cool (in every sense of the word)!

      In case you’re going to need to find a new home for your stock inverter/charger (Xantrex Freedom XC 2000 I think), we could use it as an upgrade for our existing Xantrex Freedom Xi 2000 inverter only). We’ll be heading your direction later this month and could pick it up if available.

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      1. Stefany

        Thanks, Mark! I’m betting we’ll shorten it to One in time, or at least I will… I’m lazy that way. 😉

        And yep, we’ve got a lot of followers not on social media like you, so we try to keep that in mind and make sure we’re giving updates here too. More to come!

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    6. Jay

      Great name. I guess the pressure is on the 2nd Ekko owner(s) for naming their rig. Glad to see the video. Great hat Stefany. Best wishes on your adventures.

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    7. Larry Hickman/Blytheville Ar

      First time commenter!!! Love the Ekko!! I want to thank James for all the tips on the Promaster. If not for you would not have known about the problems with the temp gauge and to change the thermostat around 30000 miles. Because of your video I have gotten a scan gauge! I have watched most of your videos probably since ‘18, very helpful! I have a 18 Carado Banff. I have Pedego Ebikes that I ride mostly on rails to trails have did George Michelson Trail in the Black Hills and have ridden The Natchez Trace twice in both directions, lots of history!! Thanks again for all the videos!!! Larry Hickman

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      1. James - Post author

        Glad you’ve found my posts helpful in the past. Welcome!
        Now… if I can just manage to be helpful in the future as well, I’ll be on to something.

        Cheers!

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    8. Rick Owen

      Super nice rig! So happy for you ‘three’!

      Do you think you will miss having a convection oven in the microwave?

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      1. Stefany

        Thanks Rick! We didn’t have a convection microwave in Lance, but we did in Parky… and we never used it once! So Number One’s standard microwave is totally fine. 🙂

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    9. Rocky Olsen

      So if the Ekko is Number One it must follow that:
      James is Chief Engineering Officer La Forge
      Stefany must be Counselor Troi.

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    10. Ted

      We have the same bed layout in our rig. It is my assertion that putting on the sheets is like eating hard shell tacos….. There’s no dignified way to do it.

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    11. RTD

      I am so jealous…….ok, I got that out of the way.

      IC you opted for the grey/white color scheme; not the red/grey?

      I think a cool and useful mod would be a “dutch” door on the camper. Other than that, it’s near perfect. Especially for my road trips – solo guy with dog.

      Look forward to your reveal on what mods you made to the rear storage garage.

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      1. Stefany

        A Dutch door… I think lots of owners would love that!

        And even though we got the Ekko for its rear garage, that mod is surprisingly way down our priority list. We plan to just use our bike gurney, the one we had for Lance, in the gear garage to haul our bikes this summer. So gear garage will be awhile.

        James hasn’t even mounted my paper towel holder yet!

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    12. Perin Blanchard

      I think you should carefully consider whether or not you really want to upgrade to 20 kWh battery capacity. And then reject the possibility.

      Because if you do go through with it I will be very jealous (I only have 8 kWh)

      🙂

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      1. Stefany

        LOL! Well really, your system itself is a beast. 20 is crazy over the top! But we like crazy over the top soooo… here we go!

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    13. Patrick Broos

      I imagine that after years of enjoying Lance’s advanced systems, parking in 110-degree conditions and comfortably inhabiting the cabin without running a generator is a routine situation (not worth mentioning in this video). I just want to remind everyone else that this remains a very rare and game-changing capability in a production RV. Hats off to Winnebago and Lithionics.

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      1. Stefany

        Thanks, Patrick. You’re so right. Though I’ve gotta admit the 110 degrees was an exaggeration… it was only 100. But still. Sitting in the full sun in the middle of the desert and able to run the air, make margaritas, whatever we want out there… it’s exciting stuff and great to see the RV industry has come such a long way.

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        1. Peter Krogh

          …and when Ford increases the range of their electric Transit to something that passes the laugh test, and Winnebago starts using that chassis, we’ll have *arrived.*

        2. Stefany

          Indeed!!!! Isn’t it crazy to think just a few years ago that was a far-fetched concept?

    14. Darryl DeFreese

      Funny that you named an RV with a cassette toilet…

      Number One

      (Yes – I’m a second grader — if you choose to moderate this out I will understand!)

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    15. Don Wilson

      Simple and perfect name. Will be interesting to see if what if any other changes are made as more ordered vans come out. Enjoy Number One!!!

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      1. Stefany

        Thanks, Don! And you’re right it’s quite possible there will be more differences. Guess we shall see!

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    16. Kerry

      Hey just wanted to say thanks for sharing. Hope to one day see you and other EKKO’ers on the road! Cheers!

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    17. Scott

      Awesome! Can’t wait to see what mods you make to it. The only question I have is where are you going to put the beard!?

      “The beard is an ancient and proud tradition” – William Riker

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    18. Andy & Kim

      Seeing you with this beautiful new rig is simply ONEDERFUL !!!!
      Mel’s Cat Cavern is such a brilliant idea. Our Mimi & Jojo’s box is in the shower.
      We can’t wait to see all the mods and adventures to come.
      As always wishing you dry roads and green lights,
      Andy & Kim

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    19. Jim McCrea

      Great and useful video. Suspect the owners of the second production unit won’t be following your naming convention but I do think it is a great name for yours.

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      1. Stefany

        LOL! Well let’s all hope they have a 10-year-old’s sense of humor… and they DO follow our naming convention!!!

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      1. Stefany

        Put a bread company magnet on the side and you just might be able to get away with urban stealth camping!

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