Can you describe what have've learned about the V3 during your visit to the manufacturer? The only information I've been able to get is that it will be a slide in, similar interior space to the V1 (maybe a bit less) and a price point below $60K.
There is currently a V3 mockup that is essentially a wood model. There are pictures of it posted on the xp camper website.
This is what Marc has to look at and what I saw.
It is a pretty neat set up. It is still a work in progress and I don't think anything is finalized just yet.
But here is what I know and could share with you about it.
It is similar in shape to the V2 but much larger. It would be much larger than my FWC Hawk.
The interior is quite different as well than the V2.
The interior is a front dinette model with a huge dinette. It could seat a total of four adults. The cab over bed is at least the size of a queen size bed and probably closer to king sized. The best comparison would be to the FWC Grandby front dinette as far as interior layout. The sink, stove, toilet/shower, fridge, and front dinette are in essentially the same locations.
Of course, it being an XP most things are much better and of course more expensive. My understanding is that it will have the same great diesel appliances, beautiful windows and skylight and look of the V1 or V2.
I was bothered originally with the V shaped design but after sitting in it for a while it makes more sense to me and I quite like it.
It is made for 1 ton short bed trucks. I don't think the original design will work on a long bed. It also will hang over the back of the truck - it doesn't appear to be flush with the back of the truck.
What I would love for sure is the larger front dinette, the beautiful windows and skylight, fully insulated hard sided camper that actually pops up and that I wouldn't have to change trucks.
I also really appreciate Marc's craftsmanship which is hard to describe without seeing it first hand. He is really building something unique and different that anyone else.
I'm not sure anyone yet realizes, at least I didn't anyway, how neat it will be to have a hard sized pop up camper without any tent ends or fabric. With an Alaskan you have to pop out the hard sides on the cabover that may not seal perfectly. My FWC of course has lots of tent end fabric to pop up. Even the V1 has a tent end to it.
This thing will be amazing in cold weather - which is great for me.
What I didn't like about it?
It's not a V1. There isn't as much storage. The water tank will probably be smaller. I'm not a big fan of the camper hanging off the back of the truck.
But the layout is probably better for my family anyway in the V3. And it's way nicer than my current setup.