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2019 Leisure Travel Vans Unity FX Review | Just How Flexible is This Class C RV?


Today’s episodes all about flexibility I’m reviewing the 2019 Leisure Travel Vans Unity FX and we’re starting right now! What’s going on Neil Balthaser here and welcome to Ultra mobility the channel where you vote for the RVs that you want reviewed and compared. It was a close one this week neck and neck between the Travato 59KL and the Leisure Travel Vans Unity FX but the Unity supporters poured in at the last minute pushing it over the finish line with a final vote tally of 55 to 45. So that’s the review we’re doing today No worries lithium lovers the 59 KL review is coming out next week. Let’s take a quick look at some exterior shots the Unity is about as good-looking as a huge box on the back of a cutaway chassis can look. At least Leisure made an effort to try and give this thing a kind of streamlined look. Mayb? Sort of. I mean come on it’s a lot better looking than the bread delivery vans or airport shuttles you get from other manufacturers. Who said it? I said it! It’s got 34 cubic feet of exterior storage but there’s no pass-thru storage. Don’t cry for me Argentina you do get a slide-out which includes two compartment drawers that come out with the slide-out so that’s kind of cool. Built on the Mercedes Sprinter 3500 cab chassis this rear-wheel drive 3 liter v6 diesel engine sports a five-speed transmission and delivers a hundred and eighty eight horsepower and 325 foot-pounds of torque you can expect to see around 16 to 18 miles per gallon. That’s pretty good mileage for a house. Let’s briefly talk about hookups. No I’m not talking about that kind of hookup. How old do you think I am? I’m talking about utility hookups and on the Unity FX they’re located on the driver side near the back. The good news: the cable TV and Shore power plugs are up higher. The bad news: water and the optional macerator control switch are located way down low. Alright let’s head inside and see what all this flexibility talk is about.This is the layout of the Unity FX you’ve got a lounge up front that has all these crazy configurations and we’ll get into that in a minute.There’s a Murphy bed that drops down to convert the lounge into your bedroom and we’ll also get to that. Mid section you’ve got our galley and in the back there’s a second lounge and your bathroom. Okay let’s talk about this front lounge since it’s the star of the show. I will admit there’s a ton of different configurations you can do with this lounge. Let’s just run through them so you can see for yourself: You can have two individual chairs with a small flip up table between. You can move the seat backs to face each other and flip down a larger table for dining. You can fill in the middle section and have a large sofa. You can extend out the base of each chair grab some cushions from the rear lounge and have matching Ottomans. You can extend up the armrest to add support for the back cushions and create a chaise lounge. Or you can drop in the armrest / drink holder and create theater seats. Also the two cab seats swivel around and there’s a pedestal table they can be set up between them as well. So that’s a lot of flexibility and I do have to hand it to Leisure travel vans the concept is really cool but I also have to point out some things that bother me. First there are no three-point seat belts other than the two cab seats this is a two-person RV max and that’s a shame because the Unity FX would be more flexible if it could carry four passengers. Also to seat four people at the table you’re gonna have to perform a little furniture yoga. It goes something like this: you pull out the extensions from each chair base then remove the larger seat cushions from each side and find a place to stow them and then you run back to the rear lounge and get for smaller cushions and use them as new seat bottoms two on each side then you raise the arm rests on each side to provide support for the backrest and then you move each backrest center so the two people can share part of it… Don’t worry there’ll be some kind of instructions that you can follow I’m sure. Finally when I tried these configurations out myself I thought they were better in concept than execution. The biggest beef I have with many of them is that the seat cushions and backs are just kind of sitting there. They’re not really attached to anything. Yeah you can see that there are some places to snap the seat backs into place but they’re not available in all configurations and so I kind of felt like things were sliding around. I’d rather have less configurations that are better thought out. Okay let’s talk about the Murphy bed. It’s pretty simple to set up. You need to make sure you have the seat cushions in place and the table tops folded away. Then you just unlock a couple pins and drop down the bed. It’s pretty straightforward. The bed’s 68 by 76 inches and if you’re over 6 feet tall you’re going to be okay. I’m 5’10” and you can see that I have plenty of room. A couple standout features are the built in back rests that are adjustable so that you can sit up and watch TV and the bank of awning style windows above. Keep in mind that the slide-out has to be out for the Murphy bed to have enough room to drop down. If Jenny Craig’s working for you you’ll have just enough room to squeeze between the bed and the kitchen counter to get to the bathroom at night. And I know if you’re as old as me you’re running to the bathroom at night. Let’s talk quickly about some standout features on the Unity FX. First there’s ducted AC and full water filtration standard also there’s the Truman aqua go comfort Plus instant hot water heater and I love the comfort plus model because it constantly recirculates hot water in the lines so you’re never waiting when you turn on the hot water and and Leisure Travel ops for the upgraded Mercedes chassis with all the driving safety assist features like blind spot and collision detection. There are also a couple upgrades worth a shoutout: I wish every coach builder offered a Wi-Fi cellular extender. It’s one of those things every modern camper needs on the road. And the power stabilization jacks are only for stabilizing and not for leveling but they will eliminate that wobble that you see in some of my videos as I walk around. Alright let’s head into the galley where we’re also going to talk about the FX’s electrical system. I love the modern and sleek look of the galley. Shown here is the glamour decor package with Bianca white matte finished upper cabinet. Ewwwww weeeee! Very sexy! A clean-looking Corian counter and beautiful curved radius cabinet doors below the sink all complement each other and work well. You’ve got a big window with awning style lower windows that open and a dedicated fantastic fan above so ventilation is great in this galle. Also CamperDude one of my subscribers pointed this out and I agree with him: a stove’s placement should be away from any furniture so that when we guys cook we don’t mar the furniture with our epic cooking failures. Good point CamperDude. Ysou and I are safe to cook in this galley. About the only ding I have is that there’s no counter extension so that limits your prep space to what you see here. As far as storage you’ve got loads of it. The upper cabinets are 12 inches deep so your plate should fit up there fine. You’ve also got a tall and deep pull out pantry and on the other side of the galley you’ve got a 6.7 cubic foot three-way refrigerator with a separate freezer and above a convection microwave. Both the refrigerator and microwave doors are positive locking – bonus points Leisure Travel Vans. One last thing of note: look down. You’ve got plenty of aisle width even with all those drawers open. If you’re standing at the stove someone can easily get past you to get to the rear of the coach. Let’s take a look at the FX’s electrical system. First off it’s just lead-acid batteries no lithium upgrade available here. Time to step into the 21st century Leisure Travel Vans and offer a lithium upgrade. Also the 1000 watt inverter is lacking by today’s standard. We need at least 2,000 watts to run things like the microwave without needing to start the generator. Speaking of generators both are options here. You can upgrade to a 3.6kw
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LP generator for $3,900 or for a whopping $7800 go for the 3.2kw diesel generator. You can get up to four hundred watts of solar for $2,800 so as electrical system go I think Leisure Travel Vans can do better at the very least they should include a generator as standard. Time to move on to the back of the coach where we’re going to take a look at this rear lounge and the bathroom. Keeping in mind that we’re in an RV that’s 25 feet long. It’s kind of cool that we have such a spacious second lounge back here. It’s an L shaped configuration tucked in the corner which makes it cozy and private.There’s a second 24 inch LCD TV facing towards the back and once again demonstrating its flexibility there’s a stowaway ottoman under that seat we’re facing which can also function as a workstation table or dining tray. If you have grandkids or you’re shorter this area could also be made into a small bed but I’m 5’10” and you can see it’s not big enough for me. Let’s take a look in the bathroom. This is a dry bath which means the toilet and shower are separate. Speaking of toilet I’m a little squished on this toilet my shoulders are scrunched in my head is hitting that thing above me. I’ve been in Class B vans where I haven’t been as squished. Turning to the shower there’s pretty good height here thanks to the skylight plus the shower components are recessed which gives me a bit more elbow room. As far as tank sizes are concerned we’ve got really generous tanks on this Unity FX. Okay it’s judgment time should you avoid the Unity FX? Consider it? Shortlist it? Or buy it? I think you should consider it. There are other Class C coaches out there that are more practical than the Unity FX including some from Leisure Travel Vans itself. Having two lounges is great but I think trading a less flexible lounge for a permanent dead setup is a better way to go. Finally you know I can’t close out this episode without saying something about Leisure Travel Vans short two-year coach warranty. The Leisure Travel Vans brand is synonymous with quality and you know what their coach warranty needs to also reflect that. All right thanks so much for watching. If you enjoy these videos then give me a thumbs up, subscribe by clicking any of the numerous subscribe buttons on your screen and remember to hit that little notification bell for all the latest from me right when it drop. Also I’m completely independent with no RV sponsors like some other RV channels so if you want to help support my independence you can check me out on patreon at patreon.com/ultramobility Alright that’s it for now we’ll catch you next time. Remember vote for the RV’s that you want reviewed and compared – check out the link in the video description below see ya!

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