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Old 10-12-2018, 12:38 PM   #1
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SoCal RV Show Pomona PICS

Finally made it to the rv show in Pomona. I have loaded just a few of the pics and have a semblance of organization into a few folders. They are not sorted well yet, probably won't do so until I get home. But feel free to peruse through them.

If anyone wants to see something specific, just let me know, will check thread often today and will attempt to get those pics for you. I will be here a few days.

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Pic of map & list of manufacturers below.
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:58 AM   #2
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A note on Alex's JPG notation --

Notice that each of his photo names is prefixed with YYYYMMDD. If you do that for ALL of your files, regardless of file type, they will naturally sort in chronological order of initiation date every time you open a given folder. It will save you a boat-load of time and effort in the long run.

I learned that procedure several years back when I took a geographic information systems (GIS) programming class. It is considered good IT hygiene.

I have accumulated something like 130,000 work-related files, and 100,000 personal files by this point in my life. Unfortunately, up until year X (before I took that class), I had prefaced them using the typical consumer-like method of MMDDYYYY. It's much harder for me to methodically search older content as a result. It's also harder for me to refresh myself on historical work progression. Post-class, I also began prefixing subfolders with YYYYMMDD_KEYWORDS, which means that I can open a root folder and immediately see how I worked through a given project just by looking at the gross folder structure. The picture is painted before I even get down to the level of content.
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So, this showed up in my feed this morning - the La Strada camper van, apparently at a European show, rather than the SoCal show, but in the spirit of an up-to-the-minute look at what's new in the B world, I'll drop this post on this thread.

It's a horribly slow-loading image gallery, but FYI here is the link below. This is one of the VERY few Bs, shorty or otherwise, that incorporates the use of flares (the writer calls them "extension panels", duh). The flares allow for a cross-wise bed. The layout is basically the same as the old Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser G24 which was built on the T1N Sprinter, except this one is a shorty. The layout is a wise decision on the part of the manufacturer IMO. There's little if anything else on the market that is configured like this, and for people hauling outdoor gear, this kind of adaptive configuration is a "must".

https://newatlas.com/la-strada-regen...per-van/56756/
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So, this showed up in my feed this morning - the La Strada camper van, apparently at a European show, rather than the SoCal show, but in the spirit of an up-to-the-minute look at what's new in the B world, I'll drop this post on this thread.

It's a horribly slow-loading image gallery, but FYI here is the link below. This is one of the VERY few Bs, shorty or otherwise, that incorporates the use of flares (the writer calls them "extension panels", duh). The flares allow for a cross-wise bed. The layout is basically the same as the old Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser G24 which was built on the T1N Sprinter, except this one is a shorty. The layout is a wise decision on the part of the manufacturer IMO. There's little if anything else on the market that is configured like this, and for people hauling outdoor gear, this kind of adaptive configuration is a "must".
INTERBLOG - Late last night, I loaded couple more folders. Check out the pics (same link as posted in #1). One of them is the Winnebago 4x4 Revel. It has the flares or extension side panels (not sure what Winnebago calls them). It is a neat concept. Their rear cargo garage bay with power lift bed rail system that stows in ceiling when not in use is also nice. Never thought I would say that for a Winnebago product. All in a shorty platform.
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Thanks for all the photos. You must be having a blast on this trip. Of course, I want to know your thoughts on the AI Nineteen.
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Thanks for all the photos. You must be having a blast on this trip. Of course, I want to know your thoughts on the AI Nineteen.
MLWILCOX - This is first time I seen the AI Shorty in person. I loved how it looked in pictures, still love it seeing in person. However, strictly from a 4x4 perspective and overall ruggedness, (never dreamed I would say this about a Winnie) I have to give the edge to the Winnebago Revel. They have an awesome rack & ladder system too. I am sure one can put one in an AI but it comes with the Winnie. Check out the pics in the link I provided. List below describes some of what I mean.

The Sportmobile is also an awesome package. But that is more an a la carte package. What I like about it is they offer a paint package that basically coats the entire body in the same material used in Rhino bed liners. One of the pics shows an entire Ford 4x4 van with it.

The AI Shorty is more of a city 4x4 than an off-road 4x4.
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Thanks for the report. Our take on the Revel is so different. I have been in one and did not like the interior fit and finish at all. To cheap and cheesy looking for me. Bed too narrow.

If I went with the rugged outdoor look, Outside Vans, ADF, and Van Life Customs do more of what I would like - platform bed, outdoor shower only, portable toilet hidden in a bench, 300 lithium, solar, and aluminess ladder/roof system in a 144” Sprinter. If you are on instagram, check out van.there, theambitiousblonde, moohahvanadventures, bearfoottheory, mountainmandan, etc. I have rented Native Campervans out of Denver and just love the simplicity of all these vans. And the massive storage of a platform bed.

I have a deposit with one of the above and have just been waiting for the 2019 Sprinter. But then Airstream came out with the Nineteen which has forced me to really examine how I see myself using a van and wanting to seat 4 people. I am such a sucker for elegant comfort. Fortunately, I still have time to decide which way to go as I wait for the 2019 sprinters.
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BTW - the 2019 Sprinter is a convenient excuse until I make a decision. Do I go cool rugged or upscale comfort? I think once I see an AI Nineteen in person, my choice will be clearer.
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BTW - the 2019 Sprinter is a convenient excuse until I make a decision. Do I go cool rugged or upscale comfort? I think once I see an AI Nineteen in person, my choice will be clearer.
MLWILCOX - Haha, what a nice dilemma to have. And if I was uber rich, I would just buy both. Yep, you are right in that the Revel interior is cheap . . . well, actually I won't go that far, I would just say very spartan But also, anything compared to the Airstream would be too, except maybe the Midwest Automotive or full custom ARV. But even those when compared to AI - the AI overhead compartments (the full length Lounge or GT) just flow so continuously versus a lot of even the most expensive that are cut up all over.

While the materials of the Revel comes out cheap looking, the concept & layout works for my daughter's needs. So, we probably will take the Revel plan, layout, and design, then work with Sportsmobile from scratch. That will allow us major customization in areas of wiring & insulation & equipping the rear garage for our cycling adventures. That's the plan for now. The one thing we really want is the Rhino finish on entire van. But Sportsmobile says they currently can't do entire vehicle with it.They can do the hood & other vulnerable areas. They can, however, do the entire Ford van in Rhino finish. Talk about a durable finish for off-roading.
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Another SOB debut - the PW Tofino. Just in case anyone feels compelled to spend $70K for a "four season" van that has no bathroom capability. On the upside, PW does appear to be including a Telesteps 1400E as standard equipment.
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