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Support for the 2019 Fest has exceeded our expectations! It’s touching to see so much in our community registering to attend.

In fact, so many people have signed up that we’ve decided to close registration a week earlier than its scheduled cutoff date. Now, the last day you can register will be this Friday, April 12th. You can register online by clicking here. 

We apologize for any inconveniences this shift causes prospective attendees, as we need to solidify a headcount for t-shirts, food, and seminars.

For those that have already registered, we look forward to hosting you for our Sixth Annual Fest. This year, you can expect yet another weekend of companionship, education, and unique motorhomes.

If you have any questions or concerns about this year’s event, don’t hesitate to ask. We can’t wait to see you!

Click here to watch highlights from last year’s celebration. 

In case you missed it, we’d like to share an article about Advanced RV written by Grant Segall of The Plain Dealer. The Cleveland newspaper’s piece explores the philosophy of Advanced RV, and of Mike Neundorfer, the company’s founder and president.

Click here to read the article on Cleveland.com

As the article states, Mike was raised in Cleveland. He and his wife Marcia have deeply embedded themselves within the city’s culture, localities, and townspeople. Before Advanced RV, Mike founded and spent almost 40 years running a pollution abatement company, traveling around the country engineering cleaner, more efficient energy systems.

The article discusses the culture Mike instilled at Advanced RV, the capabilities of our motorhomes, and the relationships we’ve built with our clients.

We are happy to have spent time with Grant Segall and The Plain Dealer. Our team couldn’t be more proud to be a Cleveland business, sharing in the growth of this community.

Once again, here is a link to the article.

Spring is here, which means The Sixth Annual Advanced RV Fest & Open House, set for May 3-5 at our Willoughby facility, is fast approaching. We look forward to The Fest every year; it’s an opportunity for Class B enthusiasts, ARV owners and our entire team to celebrate our shared love for motorhome travel.

You can register any time between now and April 19th, but the Early Admission discount ends this Saturday, March 23rd. Click here to register for the event. 

If you’ve visited our Cleveland home before, we hope to see you and catch up. If this will be your first time, we can’t wait to meet you!

November 9, 2018

Temperature 42/23

My wife and I arrived at Advanced RV’s new headquarters Friday morning at 9:30am for our introduction to Baltas Vilkas, White Wolf in Lithuanian, for training as first-time owners of an RV and picking up of our just completed EcoRanger. We were greeted by Tricia and Viki as to be expected and the next person to greet us was Mike Neundorfer with his infectious smile. Brittany would have been present but she is in the last days of her own configuration process with her own mini me due any day now. Janice would greet us later in the day as she was gathering our dropped shipped items together such as the RV Superbag ready for our maiden voyage that night.

Walking around the corner partition in the new headquarters we laid eyes for the first time on our new Artic White EcoRanger sitting cleaner then it will ever be again. Frank was going to spend the day with us explaining systems and demonstrating hands on operations, but first Jody made us the official owners with title transfers and making sure the paperwork was official with DMV.

Arctic White Mercedes Benz Custom Sprinter Motorhome

After the paperwork was completed, we looked to Frank and asked where do we begin? His first step was a quick tour inside to see what Baltas Vilkas looked like in person. The dropbox photos throughout the build process only made the entire wait harder to bear but the photos at least kept us informed on the progress. Stepping inside our RV was magical for the first time. Yes, the wild colored curtains, dark walls, light wood cabinets, recessed lights and padded floors all did come together. It is hard to describe the wonderment when one finally sees the finished product in person when one has had so much input in the selection process. Unlike any other buying experience I have ever had; it was truly breath taking to see something that we made detailed selections on. This is custom work and if I had any qualms about something, I knew it was our choice and not some mass assembly line where we could have whatever we wanted as long as it was from column A or column B and only came in one color. That is not what you experience at Advanced RV. Advanced RV is truly the Burger King of motorhomes, you get it your way and you are treated as a King.

Custom motorhome luxury galley

Frank’s official training started with a tour going all the way around the outside from front bumper and ending back at the starting point stopping along the way and explaining how each item on the underpart worked and giving us the hands-on experience on actually doing and not just observing.

Breaking for lunch gave us an opportunity to meet the owner of Radio Days a full time RVer who was having some work done at Advanced RV and another couple who had just added 8,000 miles on their RV as they travelled out west for Balloon Fest in Albuquerque and scheduled a new air condition installation and adding levelers to their unit. Meeting and speaking over lunch to these owners reaffirmed what so many people have told me that the RV community is friendly and helpful.

After lunch was the inside tour on reviewing systems, panels and manuals. It may seem overwhelming, but the most important part was the magical phone number written in red that was the 24-hour help line. Frank gave us some time to unpack our luggage and put things away and Janice delivered our drop shipped items, so we had a good foundation to start our overnight trip. As I put away personal items, I kept thinking that I never needed to repack any of these again if I did not want to. No more checking into a hotel and dragging luggage through the lobby only to repack in the morning and back track the luggage through the lobby. There were a lot of questions and by the end of the day I was asking my wife only one question… did we really do this?

At 4:00pm we felt confident enough to call it a day and embark on our maiden voyage, so we could develop a punch list and be able to come back on Monday with more informed questions. This is the recommended pick up process. Arrive on a Friday to get introduced to the beast and have a weekend maiden voyage to test out and experience the RV finishing with a list of questions and come back on Monday to do more training. Frank topped off our water tanks at the end of the day handed us the keys and pushed us out of the nest to learn to fly on our own.

Our heads were full of knowledge, manuals were accessible, tanks full, except black tank, so we were ready to hit the road. Driving out of the bay doors and onto the street we realized it was snowing and getting dark fast. The original plan was to travel a few hours to a nearby State park and start our new adventure of being RVer campers. Our first stop was for groceries around the corner at the Giant Eagle followed by a quiet dinner at some hanging plant restaurant where we could decide which park to go to or which Wal Mat to boon dock for the first night. After Nov. 1 most Ohio parks stop taking reservations and although many are open it is first come first take. This was Friday of Veterans Day weekend but with the cold and snow we figured our chance of scoring a spot was pretty good. We would arrive in the dark but the parks we were considering were open.

Deciding where to camp on our first night was not taken lightly. This was the start of a new adventure and we wanted it to be positive. A little background on state of mind and body. We were tired from learning so much new information on the systems and actual operations of Baltas Vilkas. We had been training all day and now it was dark and snowing. The night before our airplane had some mechanical problem and instead of arriving in Ohio at midnight on Thursday after my wife finished work, we arrived at 4:00am Friday morning. I knew it was either a very late-night flight arrival or a very early morning arrival when I noticed the Cinnabun concession stand on the concourse preparing parchment paper to bake their first round of breakfast buns. We were scheduled to meet at Advanced RV at 9:00am in the morning to start on Friday but I called ahead and asked if we could be 30 minutes late.

Now after all day training and dinner it was decision time.

Our first sight in the morning.

Wisely we drove back to my Brother in Laws house in the country 45 minutes outside of Cleveland and told him we would be staying in his driveway which over looked his pasture. Attached is the first sight the first morning, a snow-covered field. We called my Brother in Law and informed him we were 15 steps away from his kitchen entrance but with our 800-volt lithium battery pack and 4X4 traction we would be roughing it in the snow conditions and would have breakfast with his family in the morning.

Determining the temperature setting inside the cab for a night dropping to 19 degrees was a guessing game. We finally settled on 68 degrees cabin temperature for the night and with the RV Superbag we were very comfortable. It took some getting used to moving together in close quarters with setting up the bed for the first time, hanging the windshield privacy curtain, determining which light switch operated which lights and making sure not to unintentionally programing anything but being tired yet safe we managed to get to bed in short order.

The next morning it was a thrill to wake up still warm inside our unit and having our own privacy in our own little cocoon. The first cup of coffee never tasted so good on a cold morning looking out the windows with about 2 inches of new snow and no schedule to keep. As I checked our status of systems on the Silverleaf all seemed in order until my wife pointed out that the gray tank was reading 100% full. This seemed strange since we had not used the shower or kitchen sink. Waiting until 9:00 I decided to call the help line and within a minute I received a call from none other than Frank. Asking me to push a couple of buttons and give him some reading he determined that one of our sensors was most likely experiencing some frozen water on it and giving a false reading. Given the cold and being a new system without any gray water in it froze but it was still safe to drive. Going on a short errand the readings dropped so it most likely was just a frozen sensor. Frank also explained some of the other issues I had but it was all operator error such as finding the proper control installed by Advanced RV and not Mercedes Benz seat warmer since our seats were custom. My take away is that the Help Desk number is responsive and I have confidence in it throwing me a life line.

We return to Advance RV on Monday and I am sure there will be more details to absorb but this is a mission I look forward to. 

-Owner of Baltas Vilkas

Plans can change for anyone, as they changed for one of our clients who scheduled a series of builds through the year. This client delayed their builds, and as a result, Advanced RV is helping to sell their chassis.

These 12 brand new Mercedes Sprinter chassis are available for purchase below MSRP. Plus, ARV is offering $1,000 in upfit credit to anyone who purchases. For a look at the vans and their specifications, you can watch this video on our YouTube channel.

Mercedes Sprinter Chassis available for sale and upfit

In the cold Cleveland winter, these Sprinters are inside, warm and relaxed.

In case you’re boondocking in an Advanced RV and can’t watch the video, here are some details:

  • Nine of the vans are 2017 3500 Super Singles, and the remaining three are 2018 2500s. All are 170″ wheelbase, extended-length chassis.
  • The vans are brand new, have been stored inside, and have next to zero miles.
  • Each chassis has the full Mercedes-Benz warranty.
  • They are priced between $45,000 and $49,000, which is around $4,000 less than MSRP and around $7,000 less than a similarly equipped 2019 model. Financing options are available.

Advanced RV is also offering $1,000 in upfit credit to any chassis purchase. It can be applied to anything we do. Popular upfits to consider are VB Air Suspension, our Quiet AC Unit, E&P Leveling, or a battery system installation.

Mercedes Sprinter cargo van interior

You could put anything in here!

To all the Do-It-Yourselfers reading, does this get your ideas rolling? What could you do with a blank slate? With the discounted price and upfit credit, a solid work van, a sleek mobile office, and an Advanced RV are all possibilities.

If you’re interested in learning more about these chassis, we’d be eager to discuss all the options. You can talk to our team by calling 440-283-0405.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Super Single

It’s early 2019, which means the newest iteration of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is beginning to leave assembly lines and enter roadways across the world.

This is a thrilling moment for Mercedes-certified Master Upfitter Advanced RV. We have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 2019 chassis since we first learned of the model’s planned renovations some time ago. The excitement only grew when we became acquainted with the vehicle at Mercedes’ Germany and US plants in 2018.

2019 Mercedes Benz Sprinter South Carolina

Mike inspects a 2019 Sprinter at a Mercedes event in South Carolina.

In the past year, Advanced RV President Mike Neundorfer spent time meeting with various members of Mercedes’ corporate team in Dusseldorf, Charleston, and most recently at the RV Supershow in Tampa. Aware of the growing pains associated with opening a new plant, Mike prioritized securing an early allotment of the long-awaited vehicle. As a result, Mercedes has allocated three chassis from the Dusseldorf production line to ARV, to be delivered in March. These chassis are part of our more than a year’s worth of planned orders; made available by Mercedes’ emphasis on building Standard-Length models first.

The German automaker is sending three fully-loaded, 2-Wheel Drive, Standard-Length 2019 Sprinters to our Willoughby facility. Of the three, one has already been claimed and will enter production immediately. Our pre-cab team will strip the chassis down and begin the delicate insulation, flooring, and wiring processes.

Advanced RV Motorhome Uptfit Mercedes Sprinter

Production begins with our Pre-Cab team and an empty chassis.

The other two chassis have not yet been claimed, and are available for immediate configuration. A $35,000 fully refundable deposit will reserve one of these Standard-Length, 170-inch wheelbase 2019 models. We are happy to discuss the possibilities over a phone call. Our team can answer any questions you might have about making a deposit, configuring a van, and how you can collaborate with Advanced RV to craft your dream motorhome.

For more information visit our available vehicles here, or call Advanced RV at 440-283-0405

Featured picture credit: Mercedes Benz

weekend wedding

Steve and I took a short trip to attend our college friend’s weekend wedding at Meredith Manor in Pottstown, PA. The last trip you may have read about was when Steve and I traveled through NY & PA in Giddy Up for our honeymoon last year. This time, we drove Cruzemobile for a short weekend trip and tried out features that we hadn’t experienced before such as the E&P leveling system which we came to appreciate.

We left Friday after work and began driving as many miles as we felt safe before we were too tired. I deployed the levelers for the first time at a truck stop where we parked off of the turnpike, and we went right to sleep. We were both exhausted and decided to fill up the diesel tank in the morning. We really noticed the difference the levelers made after parking in a Walmart the following night. Steve got out to watch the operation of the plate and jacks deploy as we were more awake than the previous evening. First, Steve was impressed by how much throw they were capable of, and I was surprised by how uneven the ground actually was where we parked as I witnessed the rear tires lift off of the ground. I have always been able to sleep anywhere, on any incline or surface, but we both woke up the next day realizing we weren’t achy or shifted into a corner from being tilted on uneven ground. If we had another night in the van, I may have manually operated the levelers and lifted only the rear slightly to see how comfortable a gentle incline would be for the head of the bed to be raised some. The system operated as intended and was simple to engage and retract.

Let’s take a step back as I jumped right into what impressed and surprised us on this trip with Cruzemobile. The discussion of how we were going to get to this wedding and where we would stay began months ago. Steve knows I am anxious about flying in airplanes, but we talked about if we should fly and take our vacation in Philadelphia after the wedding this year. Shortly after our initial discussion, we found out we are expecting our first child, and I definitely knew I didn’t want to fly. That left us with driving our vehicle and booking a hotel for the weekend or driving an ARV to PA and back. We decided not to take time off for a vacation this summer as we would be missing several weeks already when our baby is born later this year. I checked with Viki on the rental schedule and Cruzemobile was available for the weekend. Steve and I decided it would be nice for me to have a bathroom “on the road,” and since an ARV was available, we firmed up our travel plans. What a great decision driving an ARV turned out to be because the wedding we attended began at 10A and the whole celebration including reception was over by 3P! If we would have booked a hotel we would have been set to stay in town there that night of the wedding, but we were free to leave because we had the van. If we would have driven our vehicle, we would have had to make the decision to leave and take the loss on a hotel reservation to be able to have a slower paced and more comfortable drive home (which would also have required the need to buy another hotel stay somewhere on our route back for however far we were able to drive) or stay at the hotel near the wedding and make the whole drive home in one day on Sunday. Instead, we were able to drive at a more leisurely pace home, making two stops that we would have otherwise missed out on.

After the long drive Friday night after work, we woke up, ate breakfast, filled the tank and drove to the ceremony early Saturday morning. We had about 20 minutes before the start of the wedding once we arrived at Meredith Manor, and we changed out of our t-shirts and jeans in the parking lot. Within 10 minutes we were weekend wedding ready—I had quickly straightened my hair, dolled up with some jewelry and changed into a formal dress and heels while Steve groomed himself, suited up and put on his dress shoes. We walked to the outdoor ceremony seating and breathed in the fresh air of a beautiful day. Both of us were glad we made it in time and knew we could finally relax and enjoy this special time with our friends and their family as we made it safely to our destination. Cocktail hour followed along with the reception immediately after that which included the traditional first dance, speeches, pie cutting (instead of cake) and dancing. The whole wedding was over by 3P and as Steve and I walked back to the van, we were unsure of what to make of this early exit. We changed back to our comfortable travelling clothes and decided we would stop at Hershey, PA and see their chocolate factory which neither of us have visited before—amazed that we had time to slowly make our way home and make stops on the way.

We Googled churches in Hershey and attended mass before we stopped at Hershey Chocolate World. From there, we drove a few more hours towards home and stopped in a Walmart parking lot for the night. Sunday morning, we ate breakfast and drove to visit my grandparents in PA. None of these stops would have made the agenda if the wedding didn’t let out so early. Steve and I were grateful we drove an ARV which allowed us to save money on hotels, share new experiences because we could quickly change the itinerary and take the drive home slowly in spurts. After we hustled down to Pottstown and arrived at the wedding, the rest of our time was more relaxing than we could have anticipated.

Class B RV

RV and bus parking were near the entrance to Hershey Chocolate World!

We thought we were going to have to pass on a trip this year, and although not the Liberty bell or the historical trip we initially conceptualized, we felt like we did get to enjoy a vacation weekend thanks to the flexibility and freedom Cruzemobile allowed. What a great first trip with our baby!

Advanced RV

If you are interested in Cruzmobile or another ARV, contact us at 440-283-0405.

Wishing all of you safe travels and health in all of your adventures.

Cheers,
Steve and Brittany

Want to know more about Cruzmobile? Click here.

lake erie

A 9-day road trip in the Advanced-RV Giddy Up takes Andrew and Katharine from Advanced-RV headquarters near Cleveland, OH, along the shore of Lake Erie, and into Canada. Follow along in the final edition of our 7-part series, as the couple stops at Woodbury Vineyards on the way back to Advanced-RV’s headquarters.

Saturday started with a lovely morning on the cranberry bog. Today’s quests while en route back to the USA was to find a place to dump our recycling and get more fresh water onboard. Our fresh water meter was looking suspicious around 35 – 40%, and we wanted to have enough to take a shower.

Cabela’s stores often feature RV dump outs as well as fresh water, but the Cabela’s in Barrie did not offer fresh water. We headed south toward Toronto and popped off at an “On Route” pull out (highway stop) and successfully unloaded our recycling. We continued onto the QEW toward Niagara and the USA. The QEW ends at the border crossing over the two-lane Peace Bridge. It is an old, small, narrow bridge that takes you right into Buffalo. We successfully navigated customs and took NY-5 down the coast of Lake Erie.

We had one more “Hail-Mary” plan to find water—Evangola New York State Park. Before we stopped at Evangola, Giddy Up needed a big fill up on diesel—slightly over 17 gallons—that included fuel not only from the drive down from Lake Muskoka (230-ish miles) but also a full night’s worth of heat during a 36-degrees night plus heating some hot water. Most parks, like commercial campsites, are closed until May 1, but Evangola appeared to be open. It’s a large, lovely state park surrounded by forest with a big beach house and beach right on Lake Erie. We drove to the RV camping site area, and as you can guess, it was closed. We decided that we would get to Woodbury Vineyards—17 miles or so down the lake—and beg our hosts if they could spare us some water, or we could purchase some from them.

Maria greeted us in the wine shop, and she was as lively in person as she was on the phone. Phil, the winemaker, also came out of the back to greet us. As we started to talk about parking options, I took the moment to ask for water. Phil immediately offered up water and a water hose from his wine-making area—the cost was a tour of Giddy Up, with which he was fascinated. We bought a bottle of wine for dinner and one for Viki at Advanced-RV. We took a jaunt into the vineyards and found ourselves crossing into an overgrown area of vines and fruit trees, scaring away a few (big!) bunnies in the process. The fruit trees looked particularly old and overgrown but were also impressive and venerable.

Maria indicated that they had “taken on” the vineyard seven years ago to help save it and bring it back. This small section of old, untamed growth in the midst of the cultivated section seemed to tell part of that tale. We watched a lovely sunset from Giddy Up and made dinner as part of operation “clean up the rest of what we have” in the van.

lake erie

Sunday morning began with an intense, beautiful sunrise over a frosty vineyard. It got down into the low 30s overnight, but Giddy Up’s furnace kept us nice and warm. After coffee, we packed up our clothes and things, including a couple of bottles of wine. We bade farewell to our new friend, Maria, at Woodbury Vineyards and headed back to Cleveland.

 

To learn more about Giddy Up, click here.

To learn more about renting an ARV, click here.

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