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#51 mmarkbauer

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 12:17 AM

We would like to share with members our first year experience with an XPCamper. Our travels have included short trips of one to two weeks and a two and a half month trip to Alaska. We have encountered refinement issues as one might expect with a new revolutionary camper. The customer service Marc has provided at XPCamper has been excellent. Marc wholeheartedly stands behind his product.
All issues have been quickly resolved with a positive attitude and without controversy. Even with consideration of these issues, we enjoyed our first year and look forward to more XPCamper adventures. We continue to feel that it is the best camper on the market for comfort and versatility.
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#52 GT-Jim

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 01:58 AM

Do you think MyTaco's review has impacted other Phoenix camper sales? Seems like the Phoenix didn't really care if it did or not.

Lost my sale for sure.  I was in early contact with them about a build but was fortunate that I ran across the My Taco thread before I got two far along. I understand everything can have faults but how it is handled means a lot and that thread scared me.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 03:38 AM

Once again I have strayed beyond the bounds of the forum rules, although I thought that I was being careful. I wish that I had had access to an open forum discussion before I bought my camper.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 03:01 PM

My Syncro Westfalia had propane for the stove of course. I became used to that instant heat and total control of cooking on gas. I liked it so much that I converted my home stove to propane! The XP uses a diesel powered ceramic cooktop. I never got used to how slow it responded. I like to cook (ask anyone that I camp with!) but that cooktop took a lot of the fun out of it. I kept a two burner propane stove in the pull out storage shelf outside and used that instead.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:03 PM

All, just a note as to why some posts in this thread have been hidden. WTW is a website about camping. The owners want to keep things friendly here. To that end, not only has some of the negative posts on this thread been hidden, so has a post that was positive about the manufacturer and disputing the negative posts. We are simply trying to keep this from becoming an argumentative thread.

 

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:44 PM

In making a transition to an XP there are a few things that take getting used to. One is that the camper is inaccessible to you as well as intruders when closed. Another is the very different way the stove/hot water/ heater unit is powered and performs. I'm not saying for better or worse, but certainly is not what I was used to having used propane to cook and gas to heat. Again, these are transitional issues to deal with and are due to the novel concepts that XP tries to incorporate into the camper. I came from a Syncro Westfalia and have finally settled on an Alaskan, so I know all about transitions.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 09:32 PM

My Syncro Westfalia had propane for the stove of course. I became used to that instant heat and total control of cooking on gas. I liked it so much that I converted my home stove to propane! The XP uses a diesel powered ceramic cooktop. I never got used to how slow it responded. I like to cook (ask anyone that I camp with!) but that cooktop took a lot of the fun out of it. I kept a two burner propane stove in the pull out storage shelf outside and used that instead.


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Try the forum on the Expedition Portal site.  I haven't read any of the disputed posts but I don't want to read only fan-boy posts about campers that I have to save years for to afford.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 11:19 PM

My Syncro Westfalia had propane for the stove of course. I became used to that instant heat and total control of cooking on gas. I liked it so much that I converted my home stove to propane! The XP uses a diesel powered ceramic cooktop. I never got used to how slow it responded. I like to cook (ask anyone that I camp with!) but that cooktop took a lot of the fun out of it. I kept a two burner propane stove in the pull out storage shelf outside and used that instead.
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I agree that a diesel ceramic top can be slow to come to temp, but we've had good luck with the Wallas two burner that we have in our 'BoaterHome'. It doubles as a heater, with a small fan that runs when the stove is on and the lid is down. The current draw is quite small in stove mode, and we often put a small EcoFan on the edge of the cooler burner. It does a good job of pushing air around the cabin. Another benefit is outside venting of exhaust, so no added condensation in the cabin. I also bring a small propane stove for additional cooking outside the boat.

Caveat... A Wallas can be temperamental if not used properly, and they are expensive to repair if they break. We run KleanHeat for fuel rather than diesel.
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Posted 21 January 2016 - 12:32 AM

 

Well .... I guess ill give my 2 cents.

I was XPMarc and Toni's first customer. With Marc, I rebuilt prototype 1.1 and used it hard for over a year . I agree with most of Simi mikes evaluation and statements. In the beginning XP experienced some growing pains but that never detracted from the vision Marc and Toni had had set fourth. Perservarience has paid off and they are putting out a Very, Very Nice Product with all high end components. I.E.  Webasto, Zeiss, Carmanha, Blue Seas etc. these are all top of the line products which price reflects within reason. 

 

I have built four off road rigs with diesel truck platforms, ( Alaskan, ATC, Four Wheel and XP)  so think i have a little understanding in what it takes to accomplish this. All four were Great rigs which took me to great locations. Of the four the XP was with out a doubt the most comfortable and efficient of the bunch. Would I buy another one ??? Without hesitation if I was over landing full time. In the end the XP turned out to be way more than I needed considering time restraints with work. Hope this helps. Attached File  asset.php.jpeg   30.39K   24 downloads


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Posted 21 January 2016 - 01:48 AM

That is good to hear. I have a friend who is also happy with his XP. Did you re-sell the camper through this forum?


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