Some RVs are easy to have a look at. You can find most Winnebago or Roadtrek models at dealers all over North America. It’s easy to “kick the tires” on one of these – and even if they don’t have the exact options you want, you’ll get a good idea what kind of coach it is.
Some RV makes have smaller dealer networks. It may be a bit more difficult to find one on the lot at a dealer, but it’s possible. And even if you can’t find that, you can usually find them at one of the larger RV shows.
But some RVs are more exclusive. They may be sold direct – which means no models on a lot to look at. They may not have a presence at shows. So regardless of how cool or technically advanced they are, it may still be difficult to see one in person.
All of this is why Stef and I were excited to be part of the Advanced RV rally this May in Willoughby, Ohio. It was a chance to get up close and see the manufacturing process of some RVs that we might not otherwise get a chance to look into. Like this Ocean One model from Advanced RV.
The folks at Advanced RV work with each customer to design exactly what they want into each Sprinter-based motorhome. In that respect, each one of their RVs is something of a custom job – every one is unique. They also have the most advanced power management system I’ve yet seen in a class B van. These rigs have no propane systems, for example, and can run air conditioning and induction cooking off of battery power – courtesy of a 2800 watt inverter/charger (though I think I incorrectly said a 2000 watt inverter in the narrative).
Mike Neundorfer and his team were very accommodating in letting me review this rig, which they’ve named Mzungu. Knowing that I always crawl around underneath the RVs I review, they even put it up on a lift for me!
There’s a lot to like in these RVs, and knowing that each one can be customized for its owners, there’s opportunity to change things you may not like. So don’t look at this review as “this is their model and this is what you get”. Instead, pay attention to the craftsmanship and ingenuity in the build, and then decide if an Advanced RV may be right for you. You’ll find my usual 47 point checklist attached below.