Simplicity SRT vs Travato 59G | Affordable Assault Final | Best Affordable Class B Camper Van


It’s the third and final match up and in this
episode YOU will crown the winner of the Affordable Assault. 4 great coaches have gone head to head in
2 semi final battles. In our first match up two affordable Roadtrek
models battled it out: The Zion SRT with its sensible rear sofa/lounge layout and the Simplicity
SRT with its permanent rear bed and its mantra of “less is more”. The Simplicity SRT just barely eeked out a
win over the Zion SRT to earn itself a place in today’s finals. In our second match up one of North America’s
best selling class Bs, the Winnebago Travato 59G went head to head against one of the shortest
camper vans here in North America the Axion by Carado. The Travato’s laundry list of standard features
and compelling price allowed it to triumph over the very capable Axion. Who will win today’s Affordable Assault final? We’re going to find out as the battle between
the Travato 59G and the Simplicity SRT starts right now! Hi everyone and thanks for joining me on Ultramobility
Head2Head where RVs battle it out until there’s just one winner left standing. I’m your host Neil Balthaser and today we’re
going to find out which coach earns its place as the winner of the Affordable Assault: the
Travato 59G by Winnebago or the Simplicity SRT by Roadtrek. Two great coaches by two great coach builders. Across 3 rounds these two vans will battle
it out with you the viewers deciding which one earns the crown. Since this isn’t a review we won’t be covering
each and every feature only their differences. So it’s highly recommended that you watch
the full review of each of these coaches before watching this comparison series. I’ll put the links in the video description
below. Let’s get round 1 started. These coaches are going to go head to head
comparing chassis specs, exterior detailing, hookups, dimensions and capacities. First off engine specs are evenly matched
here because both coaches are built on the Ram Promaster chassis. All Promasters get the exact same engine:
a 3.6L V6 gas engine with an automatic 6 speed transmission that’s capable of delivering
up to 280HP and 260 lbs-ft of torque. But, that SRT moniker in Simplicity SRT stands
for short and that’s because it is built on the Promaster 2500 chassis which is the medium
length Promaster chassis measuring 19′ 6″ in length while the Travato is built on the
longest Promaster 3500 chassis measuring 20’11” in length. That’s a 1.5 foot difference in length which
does make the Simplicity SRT slightly more maneuverable and slightly easier to park. How about exterior detailing and amenities? Both are pretty clean looking with no swoopy
graphics and subtle branding. The Travato has a standard, stainless steel
valance trim and an optional lighted running board neither of which are available on the
Simplicity SRT. And the Travato has both its electrical and
city water fill hookups located up high while on the Simplicity SRT both are located down
low on the back. The Travato also has a standard electric awning
as well as a standard exterior shower, exterior service center lighting and exterior speakers. On the Simplicity SRT the awning is manual,
the exterior shower is optional and there are no available exterior service center lights
or speakers. Moving on to occupant and cargo carrying capacity:
The Simplicity SRT’s rating is a healthy 1,595lbs while the Travato’s is 1,921lbs so about 300lbs
more. The Simplicity SRT’s big strength this round
is its shorter length but we’re already seeing that the Travato has more standard features
– something that’s likely to continue as we advance to the second round. In this round we’re comparing layouts and
checking off the features for the galleys, lounges, bed rooms and bath rooms. Will the Travato put its 1.5 feet of extra
length to good use or will the Simplicity SRT’s “keepin’ it simple” mantra win the day? Let’s find out! Both the Travato and the Simplicity SRT come
with two different floorplans. The Travato 59G has a permanent lounge up
front and a garage/bedroom in the back but you can opt for the 59K’s layout which has
two twin beds and a large, rear permanent bathroom. On the Simplicity SRT there’s a standard permanent
rear bed and a front lounge or you can opt for a rear sofa bed layout that gives you
the flexibility of having both a lounge in the front and the back. Let’s start off by comparing the bedrooms. The 59G’s bed measures 77″x46″ so it’s 5 inches
longer but a whopping 14 inches less wide than the Simplicity SRT’s 72″x60″ bed. But that extra length on the Travato’s bed
is misleading because the end of the bed is tapered and only the person sleeping on the
driver’s side benefits from the full length. Both the beds on these coaches can be permanent
meaning you don’t have to set them up but the Travato 59G’s bed can be flipped up to
give you pass-thru storage. On the Simplicity SRT you have storage under
the bed and that storage can be accessed from both inside and outside the coach but there’s
no pass-thru storage since the bed is fixed. The Travato’s bed uses memory foam and is
supported by the Froli sleep system – neither of which are used on the Simplicity but honestly
I didn’t feel much difference between the two beds. One benefit the Simplicity has over the Travato
is an optional 24″ LCD TV in the bedroom. The Travato’s TV is located in the front lounge. Speaking of which, the Travato has a second
bed that can be setup in the front lounge. That bed measures 72″x42″ so nearly the same
size as its rear bed – not quite wide enough for 2 adults but large enough for one. But surprise, the Simplicity SRT also has
an optional front bed system that goes across the front seats and measures 70″x33″. So fairly evenly matched it seems in the bedroom
department with the Simplicity SRT having the larger bed but no pass-thru storage like
you have on the Travato. Let’s see how their lounges compare. Both these lounges are located at the front
of the van and both smartly utilize the swiveling cab seats to transform the cab into a living
area. Both coaches feature a table for the lounge
as well. Setup is easy on the Simplicity SRT – just
insert a pedestal table leg and pop the top on. BUT on the Travato there is no setup required
since the table is permanent and the swivel out extension is integrated. Also the Travato 59G can seat 5 while the
Simplicity SRT can only seat 2. Keep in mind however that you can opt for
the rear sofa/bed configuration on the Simplicity SRT if having a larger lounge is important
to you. In that configuration the rear lounge can
seat 4. The TVs in both these coaches are placed in
an unfortunate position. In the Travato 59G it’s mounted to the side
and on the standard configuration of the Simplicity SRT you have to swivel out the TV in the bedroom
to watch it up front. But the Travato’s TV is a standard feature
while it’s optional on the Simplicity SRT. As far as number of three-point seatbelts:
Both the Travato 59G and the standard configuration of the Simplicity SRT have only 2 3-pt seatbelts
and those are for the cab seats. But, if carrying 4 passengers in 3-pt seatbelts
is important to you then you can opt for the $1k rear sofa/bed configuration in the Simplicity
SRT and gain two more 3-point seabelts – something that’s not possible in any Travato layout. Okay time to move onto the galleys. Even though the Simplicity SRT is 1.5 feet
shorter than the Travato its galley is about the same size. It has a similar flip up counter extension,
the same 2 burner propane stove and about the same sized stainless sink. The sink on the Travato however is a marine
style sink which means that the faucet folds down into it. Sometimes marine style sinks have the problem
that the faucet turns on when you close the lid. Something you won’t have to worry about on
the Simplicity SRT since it has a residential style faucet. The Travato however has a nice thick piece
of Corian for the counter top while on the Simplicity SRT the counter top is a laminate. I like the window Winnebago put in their galley
but the stainless steel backsplash on the Simplicity SRT is both functional and looks
great. As far as storage, surprisingly the Simplicity
keeps up with the Travato with just as much under counter storage and while it doesn’t
have a cupboard above like the Travato it does have a nice pull out pantry and a deep
pots and pans drawer that the Travato doesn’t have. The Travato does have a wardrobe closet next
to the refrigerator but I wouldn’t consider that kitchen storage. Both galleys feature a properly placed rooftop
fan for ventilation and both coaches have large compressor refrigerators that are placed
at a sensible height but the Travato’s refrigerator is 1 cu. ft. larger at 6 cu. ft. and has a
separate freezer AND its microwave is also larger and doubles as a convection oven. Finally the Travato features whole coach water
filtration – standard – which the Simplicity SRT doesn’t offer. Let’s compare these coach’s electrical systems. They both have similar capacity AGM lead acid
batteries but the Simplicity has a standard inverter that’s twice the Travato’s size at
2000w. BUT, the Travato comes standard with 200w
of solar and a standard 2.8kw gas generator as compared to the standard engine alternator
that the Simplicity SRT uses. And keep in mind that there is NO solar option
on the Simplicity SRT. Neither of these coaches feature multiplex
wiring and while both can be upgraded to an underhood generator only the Travato can be
upgraded to the GL model that sports Winnebago’s Pure3 lithium system by Volta that gives you
8700wh or around 700ah of lithium, a beefy underhood generator and a 3000w inverter. That upgrade however will cost you somewhere
in the neighborhood of $20k and that would move the Travato out of the affordability
zone BUT it’s important to note that for folks that absolutely want or need lithium, only
the Travato offers a lithium upgrade path. Its the standard AGM lead acid batteries or
nothing on the Simplicity SRT. Let’s finish up this round by comparing bathrooms
and tank sizes. The Travato 59G has one of the largest bathrooms
in the class b segment measuring 28″x51″ It’s much larger and feels more open and spacious
than the Simplicity SRT’s. Both these bathrooms are 3 piece wetbaths. That means they both have sinks, toilets and
showers and all three pieces share the same area. The Travato has a bit more storage with a
medicine cabinet behind the toilet and a waterproof bin under the sink. The toilet paper holder on the Travato is
also enclosed behind a waterproof door. On the Simplicity SRT there are shelves in
the wall with nice brushed metal stays to keep items in place. One thing missing on the Simplicity SRT is
rooftop ventilation. On the Travato there’s a powered rooftop vent
dedicated in the bathroom. But the Travato also requires a pump to be
turned on when using the sink or shower in order to move the water from a temporary holding
tank in the bathroom to the gray water tank. That’s an unnecessary nuisance not present
on the Simplicity SRT. As far as tank sizes: The Simplicity SRT just
blows the Travato out of the water. Its fresh water tank is 2/3 larger at 35 gallons
to the Travato’s 21. Grey water capacity on the Simplicity SRT
is twice the Travato’s at nearly 23 gallons compared to the 11g capacity on the Travato
but the Travato has a meaningfully larger black water capacity at 15g compared to the
Simplicity SRT’s 9.6g. Both coaches have the same capacity of liquid
propane at 5.9g. The Simplicity SRT has a macerator pump system
for emptying its tanks while the Travato relies on the tried and true “gravity never fails”
system. The Travato has a standard black tank flush
system which is missing on the Simplicity SRT. Okay that wraps up Round 2. We’re starting the third and final round and
we’re comparing options, build quality, price and warranties. Let’s just get this out of the way up front:
the Simplicity SRT has 6 times – 6 times! the warranty length of the Travato at 6 years
compared to the Travato’s 1 year PLUS it offers 2 years of roadside assistance neither of
which the Travato can match. It cannot be understated how much of a huge
win this superior warranty is for the Simplicity SRT. This warranty gap is surprising considering
that a fully loaded Simplicity SRT that includes Voltstart, Roadtrek’s remote engine start
system, an underhood generator, a 24 inch LCD TV, exterior shower, side and rear screen
doors and the rear electric sofa bed with additional 3-pt seatbelts can be found online
with dealer pricing around $75k while base model Travato 59G’s can be found for about
$85k. that’s a big $10k difference BUT keep in mind that base model Travatos include a
bunch of standard features that are not available on the Simplicity SRT like: a larger refrigerator,
a convection microwave, whole coach water filtration, exterior speakers with service
center lighting, a power awning, the excellent Truma Combi heater and water heater system
which provides ducted heating, a gas generator and perhaps most significantly of all an interior
fresh water tank with interior water lines and available heating pads for the grey tank
that make the Travato much more 4 season capable than the Simplicity SRT. AND in additional
to these standard features the Travato offers a ton of optional features that are both affordable
and not available on the Simplicity SRT like: a bike rack for $1k, a ladder for $667, a
roof rack for $1k, dual-pane acrylic windows for $1,700 and a décor upgrade to high gloss
cabinetry for $377. Finally let’s talk about fit and finish and
build quality. The Travato definitely has a higher fit and
finish. The cabinets feel more solid, the counter
top in the galley is a thick piece of Corian versus a laminate and in general the materials
on the Travato look and feel nicer. However, unlike the Travato the Simplicity
SRT doesn’t use stick framing and staples behind the scenes to hold cabinets together. And that wraps up our third and final round
so now the time of judgment is upon us and you get to vote and determine the winner of
this final head to head Affordable Assault. Is it Roadtrek’s Simplicity SRT with its lower
price, 6 year warranty and “simple-everything-you-need-and-nothing-you-don’t” philosophy. Or is it Winnebago’s Travato 59g? A slightly higher priced coach that gives
you a ton of standard features and options not even available on the Simplicity SRT? Vote now by heading on over to my Community
Tab. I’ll put a link in the video description below
or if you’re on a computer just click the little “i” icon in the upper right hand corner
of your screen. When the voting’s complete and the poll is
closed I’ll let you know who I voted for! And as always if you liked this head to head
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final. Thanks so much for watching Ultramobility
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60 thoughts on “Simplicity SRT vs Travato 59G | Affordable Assault Final | Best Affordable Class B Camper Van

  1. A 1-time donation via PayPal is always appreciated! www.paypal.me/ultramobility
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    Travato review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln3tHa58_XA
    Simplicity SRT review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFRH1DNUFq4

    Semi-Final Episode: Zion SRT v Simplicity SRT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF6akcOjz1k

    Semi-Final Episode: Travato v Axion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYztE7YQFIo

  2. No question, hands down you have the most informative no nonsense channel on YouTube when it comes to Class B vans. Amazing!

  3. I've been a subscriber since Canada. Very professional and thorough presentations. Excellent job always. One suggestion, since your reviews are so thorough, maybe a printed version of the reviews, through a link. Thanks again. Bill

  4. nice contest video sir but i thought the point system was much better one…..the factors need to be quantified matched with respective pricing……very difficult to take an objective stand with no value proposition demonstrated….

  5. Tks Neil for that review, and my choice goes to Travato for many reasons that you mentionned is this informative video. See you next time.

  6. I vote for the Travato 59G

    I do miss the point system
    I'm a retired engineer and always found a way to minimize subjectivity in a decision

    So put me down for bringing back the point system for things a coach has over the competition
    then I could look at the list and decide which don't apply to our decision
    but that's easier than trying to visualize "important" things to consider without a list

    I'm headed over to the Community Tab to vote
    great video

  7. You abandoned your running scorecard for this, the final? Seems odd, as you relied on that in the previous rounds.

  8. Travato 59G seams more Seasonally ready.
    Cabinets can be more sustainable with stainless steel screws.
    Gravity pull waste systems and ventilation in bathroom is better.
    Twin bed layouts are optional.
    P.S. Warranties aren't worth the hassel. They never work for me.

  9. Sure would appreciate you applying your great expertise to the small class-C market for those of use who desire just a little more space. The Winnebago View 24D for example. Love your reviews!

  10. The travato 59g wins it for me(shocker I know lol)! As long you keep it heated on the inside it works during the winter, so even though it doesn't have a desk feature like the galleria 24a, the bathroom size and 4 season capability would make it worth it for me everytime!

  11. Have you ever thought about doing an in-depth evaluation of RV manufacturer warranties? I've been doing some research, and I'm very disillusioned by what I've found so far. Take the Airstream Atlas, for example. Top of the line. Top dollar. They use Coach-net for their 24/7 roadside assistance. The Atlas/Coach-net website brags about a $2,000 Trip Interruption reimbursement, and providing an on-site mechanic if needed. Then you go to the fine print in their actual policy. The $2,000 reimbursement only covers a collision, and not a breakdown. For the free on-site mechanic, they simply call the mechanic and you pay for him.
    In the actual Atlas warranty, if all other repair remedies fail, it is your obligation to get the RV to Ohio at your expense for them to repair.
    And I've only scratched the surface.

  12. 🎬 1 📽 🎞 🗣 🎙 🧐 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 🚐 🔩 🔧 🛠⚙️⛓ Outstanding, thank you so much for sharing. 🚐 RV Journey 🚐 🤔 One Journey Let'sMake It Count! 🚐 UltraMobility where is your logo? Excellent review as always.

  13. I vote for the PleasureWay Lexor FL…..blows both of these pretenders out of the Water!!!!!! Not even in the running!

  14. I can park my small Class C RV But I want with me on ski lifts for barbecue in sunny spring skiing . All of these unfortunately are FREEZE BOXes on wheels ! I must get CUSTOM DESIGN .
    We are in Canada and maybe go spring skiing. I go spring skiing in Canadian Rockies with my RV and modified my class C RV to have an old Coleman gravity furnace , insulated and heat traced all plumbing to start my Onan generator when termostat kicks in so nothing freezes . Gravity furnace keeps base temperature and when I ski right to my RV for a break at Marmot Basen , ( favorite for skiing with RV ) ski right to doors for a barbecue , just turn on the forced air furnace to comfortable room temperature. Are These expensive toys you show for short Canadian summer ?? Expensive freeze boxes . In high altitude in Rockies around Fernie BC even in June it can snow and at night freeze and bust all the plumbing in this plastic box on wheels. Definitely not for short Canadian summer and absolutely NO,NO for winter enjoiment of spring skiing . Not many Canadians are as stupid to buy one of these and be stuck with your
    " Pleasure Pain Plastic Deep Freeze boxes ! " Wake up to reality of our climate MR .Alzheimer brain . Are you trying to con senior citizens into buying deep freeze box to be useless in Canada . Shame what you do in this beautiful country Canada . Wake up to the reality of our climate , and young are rich like to buy but expect more than retired buyers .

  15. I think it would be best if you scored the rounds as you did previously then we ca post how we scored it. It would be like scoring a real boxing match.

  16. I vote for Simplicity SRT, primarily because it is (just) under 20 feet long while the Travato is too long to fit in a standard parking space. That extra length allows the Travato to trounce the shorter SRT in living space, so if you can fit a Travato into your lifestyle the many extra features make for a better camp vehicle. BTW, no spare tire is offered for either coach, but the Simplicity has a blank space where one was deleted to keep prices low. You could buy a spare and mount it in the factory standard spot under the bumper. Its more expensive Roadtrek cousin the ZION SRT includes the factory spare.
    As for the extra l-o-n-g warranty, there are many complaints about Roadtrek service after the sale, so I wish there were an option not to pay for service that is notoriously hard to obtain. DBaty, retired nerd. 01/17/19

  17. 35000 euro… links two different perspective of the same layout.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6y0aptN8Jg&t=562s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScLPX9E7qw0&t=454s

  18. I’d go with totally stealth 2019 Carado Banff with Ecotrek 400A lithium battery module, 200W Solar, Under hood generator, Volt Start System (Self Regeneration), Compressor driven refrigerator, Macerator Pump, Pass-through garage, Memory foam mattresses, 19'6" chassis, did I mention it's totally stealth? – – https://youtu.be/WbvgKG62Mks?t=10

  19. Neil, did you see this news about Hymer?

    https://www.kitchenertoday.com/local-news/erwin-hymer-employees-afraid-for-their-jobs-1201034

  20. Always great info.
    Found this interesting article concerning Hymer today
    https://rvdailyreport.com/industry/erwin-hymer-north-america-rocked-by-scandal/amp/

  21. When you're talking about the Travato G with Lithium, etc, that's apples and oranges with the Simplicity SRT. A more fair comparison there would be with the Zion with lithium. Even the overall length is not a true comparison, as the SRT is under 20". I'd propose that the base model Travato G is better compared to a base model of the full-size Zion. The Simplicity SRT, which I have and love, is really a way to get into the Class B RV without all of the bells and whistles. When you buy a Simplicity SRT, you know you're not getting solar, lithium, upgraded countertops, etc. It's why you can get into one for under $70,000, but still with the 6-year warranty.

  22. CEO Jim Hammill, chief financial officer Mark Weigel and chief operating officer Howard Stratton have been terminated effective immediately. At least one of the executives was escorted from the company property. "Our company's going through an audit, our accounts are frozen…

    Sources indicated that the acquisition of American Fastback was made by officials with Erwin Hymer North America using company funds, but without full knowledge of officials with Erwin Hymer Group’s corporate office in Germany.

    Things appear anything but Simple @ Roadtrek / Erwin Hymer in 2019 – Sad if True

  23. Neil, I’m sure your viewers would be very interested in any information or insight you have on the emerging financial scandal at Erwin Hymer Group North America and its potential impact on the future of Roadtrek. If I were considering purchasing any Hymer products, I would be very concerned about whether there will be a company around to back the 6-year warranty.

    I love your channel — thank you for the service you provide to us!

  24. Neil I’m starting to see deep discounts on Hymer and Roadtrek class Bs.. maybe ahead of scandal . Do you think a complete shutdown coming? Worthwhile to negotiate a low price while possible loss of warranty protection? Or avoid for now the best? Appreciate your work!

  25. I am debating on which model would be best for a single person (me) primarily traveling in the south. Also, when is the best time of year to buy to get the best price?

  26. With Roadtrek/hymer group now closed down forever. Everyone laid off. One has to think about how this affects all the reviews you did for them. their warranty no longer exists. Everyone has been left out in the cold.

  27. Terrific reviews! I note that the black/grey capacities of the Travato are mis-stated in both the semi-final and final comparison. The correct capacities are 11 gallons (black) and 15 gallons (grey).
    https://winnebagoind.com/products/class-b/2019/travato/specifications

  28. It's sad to me, I liked Road Treks originally because they were a family company (Home & Park), then they sold out to Hymer who had more money than sense. He ruined a great brand. The advantage is, I could probably pick up a "new" Simplicity for half price… allowing me to buy a warranty plan.

  29. I prefer the “marine” sink in my 2018G. It gives me a clean counter when I’m not cooking. Your bias shows here.

  30. For Canada and it's weather the Travato has the advantage. The upgrades for off the grid power options and features makes this unit more desirable. So many things to consider makes it hard to select the right camper. For longer trips and remote locations The Travato has a lot of " must have" features.

    Your overall coverage gets a Doug score of 80 out of 100. That of course is an imaginary rating for the best RV reviewer on YouTube. 👍

  31. Before anyone plunks down their hard-earned retirement money on a Travato, I strongly urge you to check out the Travato owner's Facebook group….I have never in my life seen as many complaints about an RV as I have the Travato. Despite costing upwards of $95K new, these things literally start to fall apart as you drive it off the lot. And if you bought from Camping World, that's more bad news. Lots of complaints about being overcharged for illegal fees, being charged for services that should have been included, bait and switch tactics, etc. You've been warned.

  32. $10,000 for the extra 5 years of warranty. Wanted the 59G before this video, but now going with mid-90’s Toyota RV and simply get 4-5 of the over the next 15 years if need be. Much less expensive

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