The Leisure Travel Vans Unity Flex – Our First Look

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Stef has already written about what a blast we had at the Louisville RVIA show.  Well, one of the perks of going to that show is that we get to see things before they’re released to the general public.  Take, for example, the new Leisure Travel Vans Unity Flex!

This isn’t our usual detailed full review because frankly, there was way too much to see at the show to spend too much time at any one display.  But with Dean as our tour guide, showing us the features of the Flex, we hope this gives you a good idea what the motorhome is like.

The main thing this floor plan does, in my mind, is solve the dilemma that exists with Murphy bed floor plans.  Namely: that everyone has to go to bed and get up at the same time, because the bed pretty much takes up all the living space.  For Stef (who’s actually asleep right now) and me (writing about RVs), this is a big issue!  The Flex addresses this by making a second living area in the rear of the coach (where you would traditionally find a corner bed).

Beyond that basic floor plan change, where the Flex really shines is in its, well, its “flexibility”.  You’ll hear me use the term “Swiss Army Knife” in the video.  That really is the best way to describe the number of pop-out, swing-out, lever-out, pop-up, and stow-away features you’ll find in this coach.  If you can’t find a combination of seating areas, tables, desks, and doors that works for you then you must be from outer space.

Apart from that, you’ll find plenty of exterior storage, a 1200 watt inverter, a Truma Aqua-Go water heater, and the usual Leisure Travel Vans quality cabinetry.

If you were on the fence about a Murphy bed because of the bedtime dilemma, you should put this coach on your list of ones to consider.  Thanks for watching!

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.

    20 thoughts on “The Leisure Travel Vans Unity Flex – Our First Look

    1. Celeste Aviles

      I currently own a 2013 Mercedes Benz 3500 Roadtrek Adventurous. I love the drivability of this vehicle. I don’t like the tight quarters and am enamored with the Leisure Travel Unity Flex but am wondering about how well it drives. Can anyone lend their experience on how this RV handles?

      1. James - Post author

        When I drove the other Unity models, they drove quite well. Mine was just a short test drive though. Perhaps a long-time owner will chime in.

    2. Guy Owen

      I just wanted to drop a line and tell you how important blogs like this one are to the rest of us! Thanks for your Reviews and continuing insights. As a result of reading lots of these, and doing my own research for nearly a year, I just ordered the Leisure Travel Vans “Unity” Murphy Bed model for 2017. They’ve come a long way making this coach more cold-weather suitable — Heated Tanks are an option, and the Truma ComfortPlus tankless hot water heater keeps the water lines safe. I will add a small heater in the exterior Service Bay for that outside hose. And should be mostly ready.

      I tried other coaches, but they mostly all lack the one burning desire for me — a decent-sized shower. I refuse to shower sitting on a toilet! The “Unity” Murphy Bed’s shower is to die for. Coupled with the outside storage that actually moves with the slide-out (and a billion other reasons), I chose it over close contenders like Pleasure-Way, and Coach House. And I just wanted to say Thanks! I even chose the diesel generator for boondocking, based on your Sound Level Comparison. Good job, you two!

      1. James - Post author

        Congratulations, Guy! And we’re happy to know that our blog helped you out in your decision process.
        I’m sure you’re going to love your Unity. Are you planning on a factory pick up? (It’s worth it for the tour…)
        See you on the road!

      1. James - Post author

        The regular Murphy bed is not a 4 season coach, so I doubt the Flex would be. (Fresh water tank outside on the regular MB.) The twin and island bed models will be closer to 4 season ready. Though I don’t know if LTV actually bills any of the Unity models as “4-season” officially.

    3. Doug

      I bet Dean was envious that you guys posted just a few hours before LTV posted. Heck, you may have even forced LTV’s hand to release it’s video early. This is the first time LTV has been upstaged by The Fit RV! (all in jest)

      Did you happen to get your eyes on the yellow OCCC sticker in driver’s door frame? If so, what was the OCCC number?

      You both do a great job with the videos. Thank you for entertaining and informative content.

      1. James - Post author

        When we saw Dean at the show, he mentioned they actually had their video ready to go. If we did upstage them, I don’t think they minded, because we always dig their stuff.
        I did NOT get a look at the OCCC sticker. If I had done a full review, I would have, because it’s very relevant on the smaller RVs with slides.
        I bet they’d tell you if you just sent them an email and asked.

    4. Ted

      The only problem I can foresee, is difficulty using the bifold bathroom door. It would be awkward to open for a person walking back there while the vehicle is in motion (not that anybody would do that). The 2013 Thor Axis 24.1 used a bifold door that a lot of people hated and they changed the design for 2015.

    5. Herminio

      Unity Flex looks like a pretty nice RV. Can the bed still fully come out with the slide in?

      Non RV related comment but Stef’s outfit is cute on her.

      1. James - Post author

        I’ll let Stef respond on her outfit, but I think everything Stef wears looks cute on her.
        (I went to husband school.)

        About the flex – we didn’t try it with the slide in. But it looks like LTV has released their video today as well. I haven’t been able to watch it yet. Do they show that?

        1. Herminio

          It looks like the slide is out when he puts the bed down. It will probably not go down without hitting the kitchen area, but there is a small part of the bottom (feet end) of the bed that can be left folded up. If someone were not too tall and doesn’t mind sleeping with their head or feet facing the front of the van, it looks like it’s still usable.

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