Some Positives

This is a personal preference for sure, but we really like the darker wood. We were a little afraid it would make the interior seem smaller and it has not. To our eyes it’s just warm and cozy.Transit engine power is great.

The two USB power outlets are well positioned. And I like the blue lights – they add just enough illumination to let you get out of bed in the middle of the night and see where you are going. (Spoiler: it’s the bathroom)

The small seat extension on the passenger side bench works great as a dog bed at night. While large dogs won’t fit, one of ours is about 30 lbs and she found it just right. We removed the small back cushion to give it a bit more depth. And she *may* have stolen just a little bit of the main bed area, but not enough to notice.

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Original Feature and Comparison List

When we were looking at which RV to buy, I made a list of features that I cared about for the Paseo. Mostly positives, and a few negatives.I also noted where the Paseo differs from the Travato since we looked at that model pretty seriously as well. They are very much in the same family.

This list is items we cared about, it was not meant to be an objective comprehensive review or comparison.
I’m posting it as-is because I think it will be interesting to see what items we missed or were wrong about as we get real Paseo experience. I’ve added some discussion at the bottom about things we already have further thoughts on.

“**” denotes comparison with Travato

Good Features

  • Large compressor-based two-door fridge/freezer **
  • Truma Combi
  • Roof Rack (option)
  • Good ladder (option)
  • Centralized controls
  • Integrated shades **
  • Laptop table for passenger seat
  • Turbo (mountains) **
  •      – 310hp @ 5,500 rpm (280 Travato)
  •      – 400 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm (260 Travato)
  • Armless awning
  • External solar-panel connector
  • Heated drainage (option)
  • Flat bathroom floor (Composting toilet?) **
  • Full length running board on passenger side
  • Lights have two brightness levels (most of them)
  • Galley cold water filter
  • Separate shower control
  • Nice view out the back with doors closed, awesome view when the doors are open! **
  • Good screens for side and rear doors **?
  • 250A Alternator (versus 180A in Travato) **
  • Racetrack lighting (less shadows) **
  • Large table (Deeper than K, think deeper than G?) **
  • Seatbelts (** versus K)


Negatives

  • Small TV, no HDMI input?
  • DVD not Blu-Ray
  • Side windows don’t open very wide **
  • No Inverter
  • Opening the sliding door with the small screen in place will become a real pain I suspect.
  • Bed a bit short
  • No TPM **

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Thoughts with some real experience:

Racetrack lighting works as expected – the light in the Paseo is bright and uniform, yet looking at the lights themselves is not blinding since it’s so evenly distributed.

The TV *does* have an HDMI input, missed that when we first looked at it.

The small screen that covers the side-door handle was attached with Velcro on the one we saw in Pomona. It’s been replaced with a nice little slider on our production unit. Still makes opening the side door when using the screens a two-step process, but a much easier one I expect.

Lack of TPM (Tire Pressure Monitor) has indeed been a pain. We’ve added an aftermarket unit but it’s been an expense and effort.

The quiet operation and ability to run on 120V has validated our desire for the Truma Combi.
More thoughts as the adventure progresses!

First Impressions – Highway Driving

Impressions after a couple of hours on the highway.

Ride up front is fairly smooth in my opinion (note that I am more used to cars with suspensions tuned for performance than to ones tuned for cushy rides).

The ride in the back is a bit rougher over bumps, but seems fine on decent roads.
Seats are comfortable and the tilting and telescoping steering wheel helps to make the driver more comfortable. Drivers-side adjustable lumbar support nice also.
Still feels like plenty of power, which makes getting on the highway pretty nice.
The coach itself is pretty quiet. Sure, there are some interesting noises when traversing a big bump, but in general steady-state cruising there are no squeaks or rattles. We were worried about the door to the bathroom, but so far it’s been silent.

One additional thing we experienced was a pretty strong crosswind. Weather info said 23mph, but it felt like more when I was outside refueling. It was a direct crosswind, and took a lot of concentration to keep the Paseo pointed straight. At one point where the wind was steady I had to hold several degrees of “crab”.

This is our first high-profile vehicle unless you count minivans, so I can’t say wether the Paseo was really good or bad in this situation. But I can tell you that with a crosswind that strong, you will working a bit harder behind the wheel.

Bottom-line is that we like the Transit, and find it pretty comfortable to drive.

Sleeping – A Few More Thoughts

A couple more thoughts that come to mind about sleeping in the Paseo.

The Truma is super quiet. We literally could not hear it turn on or off. (Note this was one electric only, so the gas heat might be a bit louder but from what I’ve heard that’s quiet as well.)You can hear the Norcold fridge when it runs, but is is very subtle. Sound like water flowing/swirling but would not wake you or even keep you awake. It is just barely perceptible even though very close to the bed.

I know some of the Travato folks have mentioned hearing a buzz from the Transfer Switch. I don’t hear any noise from ours.
USB charger outlets are well located – the one on the side of the galley counter is in the right spot to charge phones and keep them handy on the gallery counter (or extension) serving as a nightstand.

Jensen stereo is located in a nice location to serve as a clock, you can see it just fine from the bed.

If you turn on the water pump, you *will* wake the person sleeping directly above it when it cycles! πŸ™‚

First Night

Night #1 in our Paseo: Accomplished.

An interesting adventure, but mostly a success!

Putting the bed together wasn’t bad. Fitted queen sheet worked pretty well.

The hardest thing was putting the privacy shades in the front windows of the Transit cab. Once you get them in place they fit pretty well, but getting to that state is like wrestling with a small ironing board in a phonebooth. I assume that like some other manufacturers, Ford does not allow cab modifications. Some sort of curtains or sliding shades would be much nicer.

The curtains for the rear doors went on pretty easily. The sliding shades for the other windows were of course easy as well, and did a good job of blocking the windows.

The bed itself was fairly comfortable. Certainly on the firm side, but fine in our opinion. My weight is in the 190lb range, which I mention since weight and perceived mattress firmness interact. (bed preferences vary, so of course YMMV).

Now the big question – the length of the bed since you sleep crosswise. I’m 5’10” and was able to lay perfectly crosswise with my head lightly touching the “headboard” (padded) and my feet lightly touching the other wall. In this position my feet were at a 90 degree angle to the bed (toes pointed straight up). If I went to a bit of an angle, as caused by perhaps a 50lb dog curled up in the corner of the bed, there was even a bit more room.

It was fairly cold during the night – slightly below freezing with a pretty good amount of wind. Side insulation seemed to work well, so heads and toes were fine. A bit colder by the rear doors. Not sure if that’s due to less insulation or slight air leaks or even just being further away from the heat. Not unendurable by any means.

Taking the bed apart in the morning was quick and easy.

We did have two odd things happen in the night. At midnight, as I was laying there reading, I suddenly heard a hissing sound. Looked up and the Jensen DVD/Receiver had turned itself on. Might be something I set when setting the clock? I doubt it, but maybe. Or something triggered via Bluetooth from my paired iPhone.

And then there is the Truma. Quiet, efficient, and easy to use. Until I woke up about 3:00am and noticed it seemed a bit cold. Checked the settings and it was set to… off!
Heat source which had been EL2 was now back to the default gas as well. Really odd. Pretty confident this was *not* something I caused. And this had not happened in the previous few days when the Paseo was heated but mostly unoccupied. Or if it did do that in the middle of the night, it corrected itself by morning.

Between the Jensen illuminated clock and the blue LEDs on the USB charging ports, there was a nice night-light effect.

So all-in-all a pretty successful first night. Just enough odd stuff to make it interesting. πŸ™‚

Hiccup #1 – Tire Pressure Monitor

Well, our first hiccup is installing the TPM system. Front wheels no problem. Rear duals are another story. No way to get the senders on those valve stems. Sigh.

Guess our options are either forget monitoring the pressure (which really concerns me for duals) or something involving valve stem extensions. One of which would need to be U-shaped? Sigh again.

Guess I should have anticipated this – I sure took enough photos of the prototype Paseo we saw at the Pomona show.

Picking Up Our Paseo

Finally able to catch our breath and make a post!

Wow, quite the day. Spent the night in northern Iowa after a long days drive. With not quite enough sleep, we headed to Lichtsinn to complete the purchase of our Paseo and get our orientation.

Midway through, the snow started for real. We hung around a while until it slowed down, and then headed south.
Coming from a MINI Cooper, my first time driving the Paseo was always going to be interesting, but I hadn’t counted on adding snow-packed roads to the experience!

The Paseo was great though, and we made safely back down south and into mere rain.

Great purchase and delivery experience at Lichtsinn RV.

More updates as we get time to explore the Paseo!