Hi everyone and welcome to Ultramobility Mini-Review where I give you just the essentials in a 5 minute review. I’m your host Neil Balthaser and today we’re taking a look at a little something different. It’s the Envy by Recon Campers. Recon Campers was founded with a desire to create a family camper that the average American can afford. Recon Campers currently offers 3 models: Two pop-tops the Envy and the Weekender and the Stealth which is the same layout as the Envy but without the pop-top. The Envy competes with a growing list of pop-top camper vans including: The brand new Tofino from Pleasureway; the Hymer Aktiv 1.0 and 2.0 Loft Editions and the recently introduced Axion Studio by Carado. Unlike all its competitors the Envy is built on the Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van. The NV200 is powered by a 2.0L 4 cylinder gas engine with a continuously variable transmission that’s capable of delivering up to 131HP and 139 lbs-ft of torque. The Envy is the smallest of its competitors measuring just 15.5′ in length – 2 whole feet shorter than even the very short Axion Studio; just a hair over 5.5′ in width and amazingly just a few inches over 6′ in height.These dimensions mean the Envy drives just like a mini-van and that short height means it will fit into your garage! Alright let’s talk about this pop-top! It’s different from any of its competitors in that when it’s up, you can push up the bed panel and the entire roof on the inside of the van is raised! That means that even if you’re 6’5″ you’re going to be able to stand up in this van – anywhere – front to back. That’s a huge advantage the Envy has over its competitors. There’s no ladder for climbing up into the loft. There’s a small step pad on the back of the passenger seat that when that seat is folded down you use as a booster to climb up into the loft. Once you’re up there you can see how big it is. There are 3 large zippered windows with screens and when you put the bed panel back in place you’ve got a large 88″x40″ bed. Down below you get one layout option which is very similar to the Tofino by Pleasure-Way.You’ve got your galley and storage along the driver’s side, your lounge mid-section and storage in the back. There is no bathroom in the Envy although there is an exterior shower. If having a toilet is important to you then you’ll need to buy a portable toilet. They’re inexpensive and can be stowed in the rear storage area. The galley is equipped with
a compressor refrigerator, a marine style sink and a 3 gallon water heater, standard and some pretty good counter prep space. There’s no stove or microwave. You can purchase a portable, single burner propane stove or even a larger Coleman on your own if you like and that stove will stow nicely under the counter. The lounge has seating for 2 and take a look at that: another 2 3-pt seat belts! Along with the Aktiv Loft edition this is the only pop-top camper van here in North America that can accommodate 4 people in 3-pt seat belts! So that makes this camper van a true family camper van. There’s a portable table that can easily be setup here in he lounge.And that same table can also be attached to the outside of the van for al fresco dining or a little outside workstation. As an added bonus there are two sliding doors on this van – one on the passenger’s side and one on the driver’s side. Having that door on the driver’s side means you can easily reach in to grab things from the back side of the cabinets without having to walk around to go inside the van. Unfortunately the cab seats don’t swivel so they can’t be made a part of the lounge.There’s no TV here but right next to the bench seat there is an AC outlet and a couple USB ports so you can plug your laptop or tablet in and conveniently have them charged while you’re on the couch. Speaking of charging the coach comes with a 100ah AGM lead acid battery which you could easily swap out to lithium on your own if you like. There’s an optional inverter and an optional converter that will allow you to recharge from shore power. Generally you’ll be relying on the chassis’ 150amp alternator for recharging but you can also opt for 100w of portable solar which you can kind of just drape over the van wherever the sun may be.And I’m happy to see that this coach features multi-plex wiring which you can see from this 7″ color touch screen control panel which also controls 4 independent dimmable light zones. That’s a great feature that’s only present on the competing Tofino by Pleasure-way. As far as options: The Envy’s got a bunch of them for the outdoor enthusiasts: you’ve got the Aero roof rack crossbars for $399 – but note however that the roof only has a 150lbs weight limit, a bike rake that can accommodate 2 bikes for $749, a work stand for $199, side screen doors for $249 each a manual patio awning for $849 and exterior premium graphics for
$649.There is no standard rooftop ventilation in the van so you’ll likely want to opt for the solar powered rooftop fan for $249. As far as pricing and availability… Well here’s how it works: Recon Campers is a conversion house. That means that they don’t supply the Nissan NV200 chassis they just convert it for you. You have to buy the Nissan NV200 cargo van and supply it to them. Recon Camper does work with a local dealer who se3lls vans to Recon Camper customers at dealer invoice pricing AND then delivers the van to Recon Camper’s facility so the process is somewhat streamlined but it’s not like Recon Campers have a showroom or a dealer network where you can just drop by, test drive one and buy it.It doesn’t work that way. Once Recon Campers has your chassis they’ll begin the conversion work and then you can go to their facility in Southern California to pick it up or they can arrange to have your newly converted van shipped right to your doorstep. Recon Campers says that the entire process can be done over the phone or from your computer. So the conversion price starts at $28,500 and MSRP pricing for Nissan NV200 cargo vans are around $22k. So you can get into a brand new camper van that fits into your garage for just under $50k.That’s got to be very appealing to many of you. Now Recon Campers has temporarily stopped taking orders to focus on expanding their production capabilities but say they plan to open sales again in the Spring of 2019 and hope to have just a 6 month start to finish production time. Warranty information as well as where you’ll take your coach for servicing was not available at the time of this video. I’ve reach out to Recon Campers and when I hear back I’ll update a pinned comment with that and any other information I’ve received. I think the Envy’s a very interesting contender in the pop-top category – it’s the only camper van that can fit in your garage and at the same time gives you a full interior height for standing AND enough 3-pt seat belts for your whole family AND does it all for less than any of its competitors.If you want me to do a full review of the Envy by Recon Campers then you need to vote right now: Head on over to my community tab and cast your vote for a full review. Coaches that get the most votes get full reviews. I’ll put a link to my Community Tab in the video description below. Okay that wraps it up. If you enjoyed this mini-review on
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