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Old 05-07-2015, 11:56 PM   #1
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Traded in the '13 Interstate EXT for a Itasca Reyo

I just wanted to thank everyone who have helped me in the past year in which we owned the Interstate. It was immensely helpful having so many technically knowledgeable people a few clicks away for any questions or problems. I have yet to find a forum for the Reyo as active as this one.

The Interstate served us well during our year of ownership. We racked up 21K miles and stayed over a month in her. While doing this, we realized it was too small for our family of 6. As a "get to your destination" vehicle, it was great. We needed the seating capacity! But when we Walmart camped, sleeping space was really lacking. When it was shower time or when we all needed to get ready, it was a huge hassle. I couldn't imagine doing this when the kids grow into teenagers. Otherwise, I loved the Interstate.

Reluctantly, I agreed with my wife to trade in the Interstate for a Reyo. Dimension wise, it's not that much bigger than the AI...basically 1 ft bigger in each direction, BUT what a tremendous difference it makes in living space. Seating capacity is only 4 right now with the dinette floorplan, but we can add 2 more belts to make it 6. The fit and trim isn't as nice as the AI, but it's still on the Sprinter chassis....so we still get the diesel MPG.

So right after I get familiar with operating the AI, I have to learn a new machine. Unfortunately, because of the lack of an active Reyo messageboard, I'm going to have to learn this RV with less expert help.

Thanks again folks. Safe travels to all of this this upcoming season!
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Old 05-08-2015, 07:31 AM   #2
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The Reyo is a great alternative to the AI for just the reasons you mentioned. We would consider one if we were in the market. Good luck, jim
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Old 05-08-2015, 07:58 AM   #3
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Good luck with your new Reno. We have had our AI for about 20 months and are considering something bigger for longer cross country trips. Would you share the trade value you got for your AI ?
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:46 AM   #4
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You're right about this forum being an invaluable resource Penn. I have personally benifited from members knowledge to solve problems and clarify things on many occasions. The Reyo sounds like a good choice for your family situation. We are retired and with just the two of us, the Airstream Twin is a perfect vehicle. My wife misses the room we had in our previous pusher but then she doesn't do the driving. (much). We've been places we couldn't have gone in our Class "A" like the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive thru Shenandoah National Park. Good luck with the Reyo and I hope a good forum develops for them.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:21 AM   #5
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It sounds like you got the 25p with the rear bed and bath with the dinette in the slide.

Much better bang for you buck than an AS Interstate. Never been a fan of them. I wish Airstream would just concentrate on trailers.

Can you tow a small car with a Reyo? It has a 5000lb hitch but I was wondering how well the small diesel handles towing a car, especially in the mountains.

Do you find the stove top will be large enough if you have a larger frying pan and need to use the smaller burner?

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Old 05-08-2015, 11:00 AM   #6
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Much better bang for you buck than an AS Interstate. Never been a fan of them. I wish Airstream would just concentrate on trailers.


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Really??? This IS The B Van Forum.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:40 PM   #7
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I wish Airstream would just concentrate on trailers.
Airstream has been making motorhomes of one kind or another since 1974. They've been making B-vans of one kind or another since 1989. They've been making Interstates since 2004. You might want Airstream to roll back the clock more than forty years to the trailer-only days, but there are a lot of folks who own Airstreams with engines in them who will disagree.
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I tow a 3500-pound GVWR Honda Fit behind my Interstate and only lose 1mpg off my fuel economy while towing. That small Sprinter diesel engine can handle towing, whether that engine is in an Interstate or any other Sprinter-based RV.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:48 PM   #8
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Bring back the Classic!!

I love my XC diesel, and at 36' I'm already seriously considering trading it in for a 39' XL my dealer got in. I don't think it matter what size RV you have at some point I think everyone wishes they had a little more space. Your issue with the Interstate's size (or lack thereof...btw, how in the world did you fit 6 humans in an Interatafe even if some of them are kids) is why I so wish AI would start making Class A's again. I really think they're missing out on a big chunk of the industry lately.
My dealer (ToscanoRV) also sells Reyo's and it truly is amazing how much more interior space there is for only being a foot larger in each direction. Yes, the build quality isn't up to AS standards....but Winnebago executes a much better product than Fleetwood.
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Did U not consider keeping the Interstate as a good people mover & TV, & towing a 22' A/S or smaller? That would have provided more sleeping area & 2 bathrooms! This is what I do.

That Reyo is still too small & does not have good seats with safety belts like an A/S Interstate.
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btw, how in the world did you fit 6 humans in an Interstate even if some of them are kids
I've traveled several thousand miles w/ five kids and three adults w/ no problem. It's close but all survived the trip. Two TVs helps and on-board facilities too. The worst problem was the inadequate rear A/C when it was 95+ outside.
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Thank you all for the well wishes. Since the Reyo is also on the Sprinter, I will probably check this forum for tips, etc.

Jennian: Colonial in NJ gave us $90K for the trade-in. It's a '13 AI Lounge EXT with about 27K miles. They've already got it listed in their used inventory for $99K.

KJRitchie: The hitch is rated for 5K lbs. We don't plan on towing a toad or trailer with the Reyo. It's plenty big for me as it is. I don't know how these guys drive 40 ft class A's.

LucasS: The kids are 10, 8, 6, and 4...so still on the smaller size. We slept like sardines, so that's why we are loving the 2 beds in the Reyo AND the floor space with the bump-out extended. We are planning on getting a full size inflatable bed to put on the floor to make it 3 beds.

Wolf: I hear you about the poor seating and seat belt configuration. Since the kids are still in car seats, we can't keep the dinette table up because their legs won't fit. We are looking into removing the permanent bed in the back and replacing it with an electrical sofa bed. That will give us 2-3 more seats. As for pulling a trailer, I had thought about getting a teardrop trailer. When you add the 16ft to the 24ft AI, you're pushing 40ft. That's just too much metal for me to handle. I use to own a 20 ft. Yamaha jetboat and towed it with a Durango. I could never figure the geometry of backing up with a trailer...turn right to go right...whatever that was. Also, with the total length that long, my wife would NEVER help with driving. =)
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So you don't take a toad? I only go toad-less to places where it's better to take taxis anyways. And good lord even with your kids ages and sizes I STILL can't believe you all slept in the Insterstate. How?! Read bed...ok..but do the four front seats convert like the Winnebago Rialto I had? (IMHO the best floor plan and interior on a class B there ever was and will be). Good lord I've had six total in my motorhome (4 adults two kids on the dinette) and I felt like a sardine. I was able to sleep 6 adults in my Bounder but the dinette in the AS is a good foot shorter end-to-end folded down (kids or my very short best friend need only try)
As far as going toad-less I know it's faster to unhook a class B vs class A (then again I upgraded to auto jacks and awnings so all I do now is push a few buttons, pull the slide in, and unhook the utilities) but ....
Wouldn't bother anyways since it's not the easiest to find parking in a 37' motorhome at the grocery store...and only my local Indian casino has valet parked it for me. Hehe.
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Might want to check into the Sprinter Forum for more info. Jim
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