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Old 08-14-2013, 02:41 PM   #31
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Both the Free Spirits now offer the screen according to the 2014 Free Spirit video released yesterday

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Old 08-15-2013, 02:48 PM   #32
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Both the Free Spirits now offer the screen according to the 2014 Free Spirit video released yesterday

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Watched that video. LTV makes a good B in the free Spirit. Lots of refinements for 2014. The screen appears to be the same as the Free Spirt SS in that it covers the full opening rather than stop at the kitchen counter. However, during the whole video the sliding door seems to stop short in opening rather than open fully. I'm not sure I like that if that is the case.

The other cue they finally picked up on was to put the electric sofa on side rails to give full unimpeded storage underneath.

Getting back on topic, Advanced RV would still be my choice over the LTV Free Spirit.
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:36 PM   #33
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Watched that video. LTV makes a good B in the free Spirit. Lots of refinements for 2014. The screen appears to be the same as the Free Spirt SS in that it covers the full opening rather than stop at the kitchen counter. However, during the whole video the sliding door seems to stop short in opening rather than open fully. I'm not sure I like that if that is the case.

The other cue they finally picked up on was to put the electric sofa on side rails to give full unimpeded storage underneath.

Getting back on topic, Advanced RV would still be my choice over the LTV Free Spirit.
I will say though Dave that we liked the small table LTV now offers that slides side to side. We are looking into getting one for our ERA and replacing the large on that goes in the front which we find too big.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:05 AM   #34
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For many years Sprinter has offered a fast idle option to facilitate charging without building up carbon in the engine. The standard alternator is now 220 amps. The engine starts and then switches from regular idle to the fast mode. Advanced offers up to six batteries as well as the big inverter being standard. AGMs are standard, lithium batteries are an option. The air conditioner is a 15,000 BTU soft start (reduced initial current surge) model.

No propane. Heat is via an Espar that heats glycol stored in a tank that is also heated electrically if shore power is available (a diesel generator is an option). Domestic hot water is instant via a coil in the always hot tank. Coach space heat is from this system. To keep your toes comfy there is an option of a heated floor also!

Hello Diamondsea,

Hope things are going well with your new RV.

Question sir,

When you mention a diesel generator was an option, did you get any clarity on that?

There seems to be some fuzziness and differing of opinion on wether this was/is offered by Advanced RV - or that they have ever built a unit with one.
I thought I recalled a video where Mike mentioned it was an optional but maybe not.

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Old 07-18-2014, 03:44 AM   #35
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My Advanced RV was built at my request with only the standard engine alternator as I have no need to run A/C when off the grid. I think that they are built now with a large second alternator on the engine dedicated to charging house batteries via a separate multi-stage smart charger. AGM and lithium batteries are available in various sizes. Automatic engine start and advanced to fast idle provides unattended charging. They are continuing to advance the state of the art so I suggest that anyone interested contact them.
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:08 PM   #36
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EcOasis: Electrical Power and Charging System

Advanced RV does mention the second alternator as in engine alternators in their EcOasis write up for off-grid capability. Also this article did briefly allude to installing a propane generator if desired. Mike N said the second alternator was a standard now. There is no mention of a diesel generator. Uncle Dave was asking because of your original quote saying a diesel generator was an option.

I've requested casual use of air conditioning such as stopping for lunch with the cat in the van. We think 4 lithium batteries along with solar will cover that and would probably let us live off-grid indefinitely and have full AC electrical (coffee pot, induction cooktop, microwave, outlets) use of our B without, of course, the constant air conditioning. We don't plan to use our air conditioning much or travel in climates that would require it. If we did, shore power would be sought. Last week we were in 90 degree weather and the ceiling Fantastic (MaxxAir) fan with 5 vented windows did the job during a lunch stop. We are going with auto start and no propane generator. We will be getting that second alternator but I am still not sure how it functions in the setup.
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