Made it home Saturday night after a Marathon driving trip. Arrived at the Duluth airport at 5.15PM Central Time and was picked up promptly 15 minutes later (They close at 5.30 on Fridays and stayed open late for me).
Even though they were staying late they still took the time to give me a short tour of their very nice facility, and met the owner before getting down to the business of signing me up. One of the techs and several of the front service people were on hand to give me a walk around and demo the unit (What a great buying experience).
Left Bullyan RV at about 6:30 with Water tank, Propane and Fuel Tank all full and drove 330 miles to Jamestown ND where I parked at a Walmart. The drive was pleasant but the stay not so much, Seems there are very few rest areas in North Dakota so truckers like the Walmart's instead. Not quiet with all the diesel rigs running their engines all night long. Ended up staying 4 1/2 hours and decided to take a quick shower and hit the road. The Truma on demand water heater works great.
To make a long story short, I drove the remaining 1260 miles in a 19 hour marathon drive and made it home before midnight Saturday. Spent Sunday inspecting the unit more closely, Installing a Tire pressure monitoring system and Remis cab shades. Next on the list is the HWH 4 Point Leveling system.
My conclusion so far as to the Isata 3 fit and finish.. Its very nice
Any Issues? No. Everything works as it should
The big question everybody usually has is it is a good value for the money. I would say most definitely yes.
This is our 3rd Sprinter based Coach. The first was a 2012 Leisure travel Vans Unity, And the second a 2013 Airstream Interstate (That's up for sale right now at Auto Max USA, My car store). I will compare the Isata 3 to the Unity as they are more similar.
Build Quality........ The Leisure Travel Vans are famous for being "The nicest Sprinter based units in the industry. I do agree but the Isata is close. mainly the cabinets Leisure units use are a bit higher quality. ONE POINT FOR THE UNITY
Price? The Unity is about 20k more than the Isata. ONE POINT FOR THE ISATA
For the Tie Breaker we go to form and function...
The Unity has a small slide About 18" deep with a Murphy bed that takes up most of it. The couch in front of the bed is uncomfortable and so far forward that when watching TV you feel you don't need a remote as you can just reach over and run the controls while seated. Its cramped and its the reason we sold it after only 6000 miles.
The Isata on the other hand has a full wall slide that, when extended, gives
you the impression of being in a small studio apartment. 2 people can view the TV from its travel position while seated at the very comfortable dinette. The 28" TV is just the right size and comes in clear as a bell with great color and sound. The Bed is Extremely comfortable and plenty large enough for even me at 6"3". THE ISATA WINS THIS, THE MOST IMPORTANT PART HAND DOWN.
In conclusion. No buyers remorse. Penny and I are both happy we bought it. We will use it from April through September on our once a month 4 and 5 day long weekend excursions and expect to be very happy with it.
I do have a few suggestions though
Make the HWH AP52393 4 point leveling system and option. Its a bolt on automatic system made specifically for the Sprinter based coach. HWH makes a great product so it would be wonderful to be able to buy one already equipped with it than have to install it afterwords.
Make the Remis Cab Shades an Option, For the same reason as the HWH.
Set up the fresh water fill pressure feed instead of gravity feed. Its just more convenient to fill until it runs out the overflow under the coach instead of overflowing onto your freshly washed paint side. Its the small things that make big differences.
Anybody on the fence about buying one of these little gems, I hope this helps. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again at this point. The Manufacturer has a great reputation and the quality and price point. Especially the year end deals being offered right now make this "Little Big" Coach a great value.
Go ahead, Pull the trigger