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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.

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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.

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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

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As our other newsletter article makes clear, safely caring for your motorhome in the winter is vital to the vehicle’s well-being. This winterization process addresses the damages that might occur when temperatures dip below freezing. For those who plan on winterizing, Advanced RV has prepared a winterization checklist to help you with the endeavor. For the motorhome owners desiring a more convenient solution, this article will discuss storing vehicles with ARV in Cleveland. At our facility, RVs are safely shielded from the cold and can be upfit with new technologies as they await the spring.

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The new Advanced RV facility has plenty of room for winter motorhome storage

The most practical benefit to storing a motorhome at our Cleveland facility is the opportunity for upfit improvements. For instance, many owners choose to upgrade to one of our Quiet AC Units. Instead of seeing winter as a hinderance to their travels, they use the downtime to make enhancements to their vehicles’ comfort and usability. Similarly, other owners service their battery systems or swap their tires for new ones. Motorhomes not built by Advanced RV can find significant improvements through E&P Leveling Systems and VB Air Suspension – components we endorse and implement into the majority of our designs. With these upfits, the motorhome is not idly waiting for winter to pass. Instead, the vehicle rests and reloads – poised to reignite its adventures in the spring.

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A shipment of Quiet AC Units awaits installation. AC upgrades are one of our most popular upfits because they help make winter motorhome storage productive towards spring travel.

Regardless of the winterization strategy, it is imperative that a motorhome’s waste systems, water pumps, tires, and batteries are prepared for the cold. If these procedures are ignored, the motorhome will undergo serious damage as the fluids inside freeze, expand, and rupture piping. Do-it-yourself winterization will reliably prevent these issues, but the advantages of storing the RV in a heated environment must be considered. At a facility like ours, the motorhome’s exterior won’t have to endure the harsh winter elements. We wash the vehicle, top off its fluids, and ensure the battery is warm and plugged in. The motorhome returns in the spring looking fresh and operating at its best.

While ARV has offered winter storage for many years, this the company’s first winter in our new building. The 85,000 square foot facility is warm, secure, and offers plenty of space for your beloved motorhome. Plus, due to Cleveland’s geographic position, delivery to our location is a flexible process. Shipping an RV here is simple, but since almost 60% of the US population lives within a day’s drive of Ohio, driving here yourself is viable as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about motorhome storage, call us at 440-283-0405 and we’d be happy to talk.

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An abundance of warm weather has made for a great year of travel. Nonetheless, it is time to begin preparing your RV for the harmful freezing temperatures that loom ahead. In this article we’ll discuss why winterizing your motorhome is important. Plus, we’ll provide you with a downloadable checklist that details how you can ensure your vehicle successfully survives the cold.

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“Eowyn” strikes a pose in the snow.

Winterizing an RV prevents the damage that occurs when temperatures dip below freezing. These low temperatures cause liquids to freeze and expand with enough force to rupture crucial systems within your RV. Indoor faucets, toilet valves, water pumps, and the macerator are all areas of concern. Advanced RV’s recent interior plumbing developments help to mitigate the problem, but extended storage leaves every motorhome susceptible to freeze damage.

“This type of damage is hard to reverse,” says Frank Kolasinski, a service specialist at Advanced RV, “Once it’s done, it’s done. You’ll have to spend a considerable amount of money to get you back where you were yesterday.”

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“Liberty” enjoys the winter scenery.

We’ve created an RV winterization checklist to help account for each step of the process. The checklist includes instructions for winterizing your water pumps, sewage systems, batteries, and tires. We suggest you print the list out or bookmark this page to return to later. “If in doubt, I would always err on the side of caution,” Frank adds, “We’ve worked hard to make the process as easy as possible. We’ve placed winterization valves in convenient locations, and reversing the procedure is as simple as running water through the system.”

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“Escape” couldn’t escape an ice storm, but the motorhome continued to run smoothly in the cold.

Some RV owners circumvent the winterization process by storing their motorhomes in tropical climates or in heated garages. Many Advanced RV partners store their motorhomes at our Cleveland facility. Here, their RVs are kept in a temperature-controlled building and can undergo maintenance or be fitted with upgrades. “People like this option because it’s hassle free,” says Frank, “As an added bonus, their RV returns in the spring with some features it didn’t have beforehand.” Typically, people who select this option want to avoid making winterization precautions and foresee upgrading, for example, to a quiet air conditioning unit. That way, when warm temperatures return, their motorhome can hit the road without missing a step.

To learn more about systems installed in an Advanced RV, click here.