The Unity Twin Bed/Mercedes Benz
In 2017 we started to look for a new camperized van and settled on the Leisure Travel Unity Twin Bed Mercedes Benz diesel Plus B motorhome. This vehicle runs on diesel fuel and so we get better mileage. The motor is a Mercedes Benz built in Germany. The Chassis is built by EEE in Winkler, Manitoba. It is 5 feet longer and wider, as well as higher than the Dodge Lodge. It has mattresses on the twin beds, televisions back and front. Larger 3 way fridge, microwave/convection oven, pull out pantry, sink, 2 burner propane stove and corian counter top in the galley. There is a toilet and sink in the bathroom and a self contained shower across the hall. The shower door, when open shuts the bedroom and bath area off from the rest of the area in the van. The passenger seat and drivers seat are very comfortable and adjustable. They turn to face the table that sets up just behind them, with 2 more seats facing the table. The table too is adjustable and locks into place.
While on our trip to the US in 2018 a light came on in the display. We imagined the light was something to do with the Bio Diesel we had added to the fuel. We spent a couple of days worrying about this light. When we got to Sacramento we happened to meet a knowledgeable person who told us about where to take the Benz to find out about this problem. He said that the best place to go to would be in Rocklin. Pat made an appointment with them. In the morning we set off in a horrible windy sleeting storm but made it to the dealership. The light was to due to a software upgrade; not the B fuel. They did the upgrade, topped up the DEF, no charge. The work done was under warranty. The trip back to Sacramento was better as the storm had abated somewhat by this time.
While on our trip to Saskatchewan in 2018; on our way home the freezer door locked up. When we got home Pat spent days trying to get this fixed. He finally got Fennells to have it fixed. This too was under warranty, but once Pat had presented Dometic with the bill for the repair it took from September to Februrary to get them to send the cheque for the $80.00 dollars. He was persistent and finally they delivered. They seemed to be having some internal problem with their mailout system.
When refilling the tanks for this season the Truma water heater indicated decalcifying was required. Triangle RV got the required tablets and Pat fixed it.
On our one overnight at Beaver Lake Resort, at Cowichan Lake, on May 4, we noticed that there was water seeping out from under the toilet. We mopped it up and turned the pump off after flushing to keep the water flow to a minimum.
Also on this ill fated trip we hit a rock and did some serious damage to the right side of the van, with a long scrape along the bottom, including the part over the fender of the back wheel. On June 4th Pat picked up the Mercedes Manor from BMT. They repaired the scrape perfectly for $2,735.61. It looks as good as new. We now wait for parts to fix the toilet. We got back from Cyrs with toilet parts in hand. Pat arranges to deliver them to BMT.
On July 16, 2019 Pat got the Benz back from BMT with the toilet fixed and $1321.66 lighter bank accout, plus taxi fare.(just one way, this time)
On May 16, 2019 Pat took the Benz to Three Point Motors for its service "A" which was a basic oil change. They checked the brakes, they checked the tires, they topped up the DEF and repaired the left side door latch which wasn't responding to the key. This cost $358.00. Service "B" is at 30,000 km or in about a year.
On July 10, 2019 we caught the Coho to go to Dan and Irene's place. Pat had arranged with Dometic to have the parts to repair the toilet delivered to Dan and Irene's place. He has an order form from BMT for the part, which he has paid for. We had a fine visit and overnight with them. We had gone with them to their RV group's meeting the night before. Irene is the secretary. The part arrived later in the evening. In the morning Irene made breakfast and shortly after they took us to the Coho. We had a nice cruise home and passed the inspection with a $7.00 duty to pay on the part.
In July of 2020, Pat found he could get the leveling jacks installed in the Benz. He phoned Big Boys Toys at Parksville, who told him they needed to look after their people, and he wasn't one of them. And that they might be able to look after him in September or October. He emailed EEE LTV in Winkler and communicated with Benji Wall about a date to have the jacks installed at the factory, in Winkler Manitoba. We were to be there on August 6, early in the morning so that they could start what they estimated was going to be 8 hours of work. They let us stay overnite on the 6th and spend the day in the lounge at the factory. Since they did not need to remove any stablizing jacks, it took them less time to get the job done. We were having trouble with the water heater indicator light. They installed the jacks and gave Pat an app on his phone to operate them. (there is a manual operation panel on the side of the side door entry step)They showed him how to run the App. They suggested wiping down the jacks to keep them clean as dirt can jam them. They also mentioned getting some kind of guards added to the jacks. They fixed the water heater pressure thing but forgot to add some kind of code and had to take the Benz back into the shop to add the code. Pat pays the piper at $5481.24 and we head back to the campsite at Morden at about 2:00, with a stop for ribs at Boston Pizza. Pat is happy with his new jacks. They work well. But we did get into a campsite that was way, way off level and Pat figured out that he had to added 3 boards under one of the jacks to get it level.
August 26, 2020
Pat took the Benz to the First Response glass shop, on Vanulman, and had a stone chip on the windshield fixed. The cost was covered by ICBC insurance.
In early September
Pat found he could have a table that would swing to the side installed right in the same place that the more stationary table is now. With further communication with Triple E in Winkler they decided what parts he needed to get the job done. On September 8th the table shipped, arriving on our doorstep on the 13th via UPS. Pat was delighted with the new table. It was assembled, and he installed it on the 14th. He says "As to install, virtually plug and play!" All this for $536.55.
June 16, 2021
We damaged the ladder on the back of the Benz. Pat ordered a new one from the Triplee factory in Winkler. It arrived mid June, and cost $324.81 including $109.94 of shipping. As at June 17th Pat is in the process of replacing the bent ladder.
March 29, 2022
Pat says: In January 2022 Triple E sent us a recall notice respecting the exhaust from the Fridge when running on Propane. Heat shields were available as a precautionary measure as some discolouration had been noted, which could lead to a fire hazard. As we have no local dealer presently they sent us the parts with instructions. Triangle RV agreed to perform the installation, in about 6 weeks, which they did on March 29th. As I had agreed to pay them, Triple E have agreed to reimburse me $84.00.
While at Triangle RV I asked about the rubber pads for the automatic leveling jacks. They ordered them in and they arrived the next day. As I was in their "system" they gave me a 10% discount, which helped bring the total to about $306.00. I'll install the pads on the jacks on a warm day, when the rubber pads are nice and malleable.
August ?, 2022
hit by the bus. Put in the information.
August 15, 2023
The step to the side door has had its 10,000 cycles and the drive mechanism has failed. Put in the information.
We learned to use the converter and the generator on this trip to Sask.