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July '19

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68 • RV PRO • July 2019 rv-pro.com R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S rooftop. It also has a bathroom area, a kitchen and several sleeping options. In fact, the floorplan offers bedding areas for up to two children and four adults. In addition, users can install the CV1's removable second-row seats in two different configurations. In "camp mode", the seats attach to the driver's wall to maximize space inside. In "transit mode", the seats install facing forward, like in a minivan or SUV, to maximize passenger comfort. The pop-up top is made with vacuum-infusion composite sandwich panel, which makes it lightweight but also super strong. The cabinets are constructed of aluminum and plastic, and have a "clean, Apple iPhone store look," according to Tezza. They can be bolted to the vehicle with removable fasteners. "The end result is very strong cabinets that hold up well; I took these cabinets in and out of my prototype vehicle more than 200 times," Tezza says. The passenger-side storage cabinet contains the refrigerator and the freshwater tank, but has room leftover for a large back- pack or duffel bag. The cabinets, refrigerator and freshwater tank connect and disconnect easily. Other storage cabinets are found throughout the unit, such as a passenger-side storage cabinet that holds the downstairs bed mattress and can be used for additional kitchen counter space. Other notable features on this camper van include: a space- frame chassis with a chassis generator that has a 2,000-watt pure sine wave inverter; a 10,000-BTU rooftop air-conditioning unit; a 14,000-BTU externally-mounted propane furnace; a 1,500- watt electric heater; a 300-watt solar power charging system; a 3-cubic-foot refrigerator; a 6-gallon blackwater system as well as a 10-gallon gray water system and a 10-gallon fresh water system; a Bluetooth stereo with LCD display, backup camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; an LED lighting system; and an available high-grain 4G LET cellphone booster. Because weight is always a concern with an RV, Tezza says he weighs every CV1 before and after conversion. The entire weight of the CV1 averages 1,100 pounds. He reports he did the same exercise with a competitive product, and it came in at 3,700 pounds. And while the pop-up rooftop is permanent, CV1's beds are removable, as are its leather captain's chair-type passenger seats and its cabinets, offering users a fully modular design. The design puts the furnace, water heater and inverter underneath Above and at right: The ModVan floorplan offers plenty of options, as users can install the CV1's removable second-row seats in two different configurations. In "camp mode", the seats attach to the driver's wall to maximize space inside. In "transit mode", the seats install facing forward, like in a minivan or SUV, to maximize passenger comfort.

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