Full Review | Simplicity SRT by Roadtrek | An Affordable Class B Camper Van with Options

Full Review | Simplicity SRT by Roadtrek | An Affordable Class B Camper Van with Options


Are looking for a no-frills, affordable camper
van that will get you into the RV lifestyle for under $70k? Look no further! We’re doing a full review of the 2019 Simplicity
SRT by Roadtrek and we’re starting right now! Hey there, Neil Balthaser here and welcome
to Ultramobility Reviews the channel where you vote for the RVs that you want me to review
each week. If you haven’t voted yet head on over to my
Community Tab and start voting! The very affordable Simplicity SRT is high
on many of your lists. A huge number of you voted and sent it to
the top of the review pile. Let’s jump into this review starting with
the exterior where we’re also going to talk about chassis specs and hookups. The Simplicity SRT is built on the Ram Promaster
2500 chassis which means it’s just half a foot over 19 feet in length and that means
it’s one of the shortest camper vans available here in North America. At 19’7″ you’re not going to have any problems
driving and parking this rig like a normal car. The Promaster 2500 is a gas powered 3.6L V6
Pentastar engine with a 6 speed transmission that can deliver up to 283HP and 260 lbs-feet. of torque. Like all Roadtrek models the exterior on the
Simplicity SRT is very clean. It has minimal graphics and as a part of its
no-frills philosophy Roadtrek has opted for the stock 16 inch steel wheels rather than
upgrade to the 16 inch Aluminum wheels found on their other Promaster models. There are however still 3 metallic paint options
available – all for $600. Let’s take a quick look at the driver’s side:
it’s clean. There’s no refrigerator vents here and other
than the hot water heater access panel and heater vents there’s nothing here to mar this
side of the van. As far as hookups: They’re all down low. The water and electrical hookups are on the
back of the van while the sewer hookups are along the driver’s side below the hot water
heater. While we’re on the driver’s side let’s take
a quick look at the driver’s seating position. Here I am sitting with the seat pushed all
the way back. I’m 5’10” and because the bathroom’s wall
is directly behind me I don’t have any room to recline my seat back further. Like all Promasters the steering wheel telescopes
but it doesn’t tilt. Let’s head inside now where we’re going to
also talk about specs, dimensions and features. The Simplicity SRT comes in one floor plan
which you see here. In the back is the unique feature on this
coach: a permanent bed; along the passenger side is your galley and across the aisle on
the driver’s side is your bathroom. Since Simplicity’s the name of the game here
you get one interior décor option which is: fabric for your seat cushions, solid cherry
wood cabinets and doors and wood-grained vinyl flooring. It’s good to see solid wood cabinet doors
on a coach this affordable. Like all coaches built on the Promaster chassis
I do want to point out the interior height which is 6’2″. If you’re taller you may feel a bit tight
in this coach. I do appreciate the brushed aluminum refrigerator
and back splash in the kitchen. This coach doesn’t feel cheap on the inside. I’ve been in much more expensive coaches with
a lower quality fit and finish. Let’s take a look at the galley where we’re
also going to talk about the electrical system. There’s plenty of prep space here when the
stove top is flipped down and I love that large, flip up counter extension which gives
you even more space. I like that the sink has a proper residential
style faucet, not the marine style sinks that can have a tendency to accidently turn on
when you flip down the cover. The counter top isn’t Corian but the granite
laminate looks nice and by not going all Corian Roadtrek is able to keep that price down. At the end of the counter there’s an AC outlet,
a USB port AND a DC plug. You’ve got so much storage in this galley. Look at all that storage under the sink; PLUS
all that storage under the stove. And then if you turn around you’ve got even
more storage: a large pull-out pantry and a deep, pots and pan drawer. Unfortunately neither the drawers nor the
cabinets are positive locking. Above the pots and pan drawer is your 5 cu.
ft. compressor driven refrigerator and then back across the aisle is your standard microwave. The microwave isn’t convection however. Also note that the microwave is located up
higher so go check one of these out and make sure that this height works for you. Take a look down: there’s a ton of aisle space
here. You can continue working in the galley while
someone else needs to pass by. Let’s swing around and have a look at the
electrical system. First off, ignore the large EcoTrek sticker
in this coach. EcoTrek is not available on the Simplicity
SRT. Standard on this coach you get 1200wh – that’s
around 100ah of lead acid batteries, a 2000w inverter but no solar or generator. In the standard configuration your house batteries
are charged from the chassis alternator. You can upgrade to a 280amp second alternator
or underhood generator for $3,600 but candidly this probably isn’t needed given the size
of your stock lead acid batteries. This electrical system will work fine for
you as long as you’re driving frequently enough to keep your batteries topped off. And keep in mind that the compressor refrigerator
will drain these stock lead acid batteries pretty quickly AND that you have no solar
option to help keep them topped off. So as an electrical system, I have to say
that this one is lacking and will require you to be constantly aware of your battery
state of charge. It would be nice if Roadtrek offered their
400ah EcoTrek lithium upgrade here and solar but you’ll have to step up into the Zion or
Zion SRT to get those options. Okay let’s head into the rear bedroom where
we’re also going to take a look at the bathroom. This is a permanent bed back here. That means your one and only lounge is at
the front of the van. You can swivel the two cab seats around and
put in a pedestal table which works well for 2 people. But if you have more than 2 people then the
front lounge will not be able to accommodate them. As a permanent bed this one measures 60″x72″
so not the largest of beds. You’re going to need to sleep laterally – there’s
just not enough length in this short van to have a longer bed. Here I am laying furthest aft. Keeping in mind I’m 5’10” you can see that
I just fit. And here I am laying where the wardrobe is
above my feet. Because this is a platform bed though, you
have plenty of storage underneath with access from inside the coach as well as from the
rear. You also have cabinets above on both the passenger
and driver’s side as well as that large wardrobe closet. So plenty of storage back here. There’s also a 24″ LCD here and it’s on a
swingout armature so that you can view it from the front lounge. Unfortunately, the TV armature is not positive
locking. Let’s take a look at some options before heading
into the bathroom. You can get the rear and side screen door
packages for $890. The outdoor shower is optional at $560. There’s a folding mattress for going across
the front seats. The mattress dimensions are 70″x33″ so perfect
for a child or grandkid. The big option here is the rear, forward-facing
power sofa for $1k. This takes the place of the permanent bed
and gives you a rear lounge complete with 3 seatbelts, two of which are 3-pt. seatbelts. And that’s it for your options. Roadtrek is keeping it simple with the Simplicity
SRT. All right let’s take a quick look at the bathroom
before I give you my final recommendation. This is a perfectly functional 3-piece wetbath. Wetbath means that the shower, toilet and
sink all share the same space. I like having a separate sink in the bathroom
and I appreciate that all the pipes and bits are covered. There are some class B vans that are twice
as expensive as this van that don’t cover their pipes in their bathrooms. Bonus points for the shelves with the stainless
steel trim. You don’t always have a place to hang a towel
or sit a bottle of hand soap in these small rigs so that’s good design Roadtrek. Here I am sitting on the toilet and I’m actually
pretty comfortable. There’s nothing behind my head and nothing
scrunching my shoulders. The door that I’m holding flairs out just
a bit so that when they’re closed you have a little more elbow room inside. Here I am standing up. I’m 5’10” and even my pointy hair isn’t touching
the roof. Do note however that there’s no rooftop vent
in here nor is there a window. Let’s have a quick look at tank sizes before
I give you my final recommendation. Yes you’re reading that correctly: 35 gallons
of fresh water in a 19 foot coach. Almost 23 gallons of grey water which is also
amazing. Honestly, I’ve been in much larger class B
coaches with smaller tank sizes. Generally your fresh water tank size is going
to be your limiting factor when boondocking so that huge fresh water tank is going to
allow you to boondock for longer periods. All around very good tank sizes and it’s a
bonus getting a macerator as standard. So what’s my final recommendation? Should you avoid the Simplicity SRT? Consider it? Short list it? Or buy it? I think you should… consider it. The Simplicity SRT is a great entry level
coach for a couple. You’re going to get a quality built coach
with a 6 year warranty at an affordable price. But you’re going to have to be okay with minimizing
and managing your electrical usage. Let me know if you agree in the comments section
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50 thoughts on “Full Review | Simplicity SRT by Roadtrek | An Affordable Class B Camper Van with Options”

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  • ColleenKaralee Peltomaa says:

    Great entry price for what you get and I could see some down the road add-ons, such as some solar set-ups to keep that fridge running when boondocking. Thank you for the thorough review.

  • Hi Neil. Excellent video…exactly how I would assess this rig. The only thing you missed was the old fashioned 6 gal hot water tank. I do think this rig is good value for its intended hook up use (limited boondocking). Your still shots showing sizes of driver seat, bed and wet bath are a fabulous addition. I might have put it on the short list except for the dated technology – you are probably right putting it in the consider category. It will sell itself to those buyers who don’t want or need the advanced energy and technology systems.

  • kingdavidcoffee says:

    Nice van for it's intended purpose. Certainly enough for long a weekend away. I assume it can be plugged into shore power if in a campground. I'm sure there are keep it simple fans who this can work very well for. Thanks for another nice and thoughtful review.

  • mitochondriaisback13 says:

    Great review as always. Just wondering if any class B’s have the option of getting an air ride option for the front seats? ( Raise and lower). I ask this since some of the steering wheels do not tilt, only telescope. This would allow more options of sitting arrangements since shower wall is just behind the driver’s seat. Glad to see fridge and microwave is not near the floor (some people have a hard time with their knees and hips). Also, getting a reputable company to install a lithium package, would that void Roadtreks warranty? Thanks from a long time subscriber.

  • Clicks2Flicks with The Wiz says:

    Neil, I might have missed this, but are the sofa and ottomans memory foam? Nice review, a solid entry level product, and you can't beat the 6 year warranty.

  • 6 year warranty on Roadtreks
    as compared to 1 year on Winnebagos

    so which manufacturer has confidence in the RV they make?
    as a consumer, I have to throw that question into my decision when purchasing an RV

    Leasure Travel Van RVs cost just as much and even more than a Roadtrek
    yet have just 1/2 the warranty at 3 years

    My purchase plan on our RV is simple:
    Buy the RV
    use it 5 years
    sell it with a 1 year warranty left for the new owner

    Imagine – I can drive the hell out of the Roadtrek for 5 years
    and the used van has just as good a warranty on the coach as a new Winnebago
    so I can ask a higher resale price

    that's how I plan to use the warranty to my advantage

    great review

  • Fernando Mendoza says:

    SRT? I would hardly call it that without a Hemi and at least 400 hp. (Hehe, just a Mopar joke, although it would be dope to make it compete against the Transit's EcoBoost)

  • Great review as always Neil. I know they are trying to keep the price down, but maybe a 100 and 200 watt solar option would be nice and of course, ditch the lead acid batteries or at least offer a lithium battery upgrade. I like this van a lot, would need to rear sofa though because I would like to invite friends to visit.

  • melissa weyrick says:

    Sounds like the Zion would be a better choice for Full Time and a lot of boondocking when it comes to Power Management.

  • Claude Després says:

    Tks Neil, yes a camper van for people who will use it everyday and week trips. That was the philosophy of Roadtrek in the beginning.

  • Would one of those aftermarket lithium "replacement" battery work in this case? I guess that would double the usable charge, plus you don't need to worry about that dreadful 50% level all the time…

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  • Thanks for the content. I haven't seen much on the transit chassis. I would like to hear your opinion on the chassis, and any van options out there. I am uneasy about Fiat, and Benz is expensive and the fuel sensitivity is kind of a turnoff. Ford dealerships are all over the US for service, and from what I understand the Transit chassis is proven in Europe and their US engine options are proven standards for Ford.

  • Inquiring Minds says:

    You know if they would have gone with euro-style wet bath with the drop-down sink there would have been more shower space for larger people.

  • Cecil Treadwell says:

    Don't like the bed or its low height. It should be raised so the space underneath can be used for storing things that can be removed from the front or the rear. Enough space for folding recumbent trikes is the wave of the future since more and more people of all ages are riding collapsible recumbent trikes. Design meets emergent need. Check out the wide array of folding recumbent trikes and their folded dimensions and design everything else accordingly.

  • Ken's Fulltime Vanlife says:

    The Carado Axion and the Banff offer much more value for the money! – coming in with EcoTrek lithium, solar, and underhood generator.

  • Weightless Living says:

    Neil, great review. I want to like this coach, but that interior color palette with the dark floors, darker cabinets, and dark counters is a bit of a downer on such a small Coach. This and the lack of ecotrek, solar, Under hood generator, lithium technology etc is also a huge negative. I believe all of that is going to make your review of the Axion next week look amazing. The Axion fits all of these features into almost 2 feet less space, plus with the pass through design of the rear bath and mid lounge allows for kayaks and other adventure gear that you can’t fit in this longer SRT. Add all of the great energy management on the Axion plus an even more stealth exterior and I think you’ll be reviewing a winner!!

  • Would there be anything stopping you from buying a solar suitcase with a charge controller and clamping it to the battery?

  • Neil, Nice work on the reviews! My wife and I are in the market for a Class B RV. The question I have, which chassis has the best reliability: Mercedes Sprinter, Dodge Promaster or Ford Transit?

    Thanks in advance,

    -Craig

  • I love my Simplicity SRT. I was new to rv’ing, and it was a great way to get into a Roadtrek. Great quality, great gas mileage, easy to drive/maneuver, and a 6-year warranty. I would love a 2nd battery, so that I don’t have to worry as much about power to the refrigerator overnight, but so far I haven’t boondocked, so hasn’t been an issue. I’ll keep this for several years, but when I’m ready to really hit the road and do some boondocking, I may try and upgrade the battery and add some solar after market, or upgrade to the Zion.

  • The bed is too short for me, and I don’t like the lack of power.
    Can’t wait to you do a full review of Pleasure ways Tofino! It’s now first on my list.

  • Thanks for another very informative and useful review of another good, smaller Class B camper candidate. IMO, the Hymer Aktiv still has the edge with its higher semi-permanent rear bed and greater storage, and with its more useful front lounge area. Now, if only they'd make a four-season version with all internal plumbing to go along with the great electrical system and the Truma Combi water heater/furnace system… But clearly the American market is centered around families with an annual two week vacation allotment rather than the more generous six weeks Europeans typically get, much less the growing market of early retirees and other full-timers.

  • Great review! A few things have me confused one on RT website they list the power sofa as an option.

    Two Advanced Camping RV lists simplicity’s with Volt Start and 400 amp AGM upgrades and solar and they list it as a manufacturer option vs after market thought he does say it’s a special deal they get.

    https://youtu.be/Ffu4a-G18OM

  • Neill, how do they get so much water in there when the Lexor has so much less?? in fact all of pleasureways rigs have less water.
    speaking of which, when i went to sac to look at the Plateau XLMB i also saw the Lexor and Plateau TS & FL. loved the space in the XLMB. loved the living space in the Lexor TS, but found the promaster cab to be seriously tight on leg room.
    now i just need to see the Plateau XLTS and the Ascent. i'll buy you coffee, pizza and pastries at Arizmendi if you drive round and let me take a look at yours…

  • Hi Neil:) That's an ok one. It just needs something more in the battery solar division to keep the fridge running, and locking draws. But like you said you'll have to move up to a Zion etc, I like the permant bed, a few inches higher for better underneath storage would of been nice. Good for jaunting around your own State and surrounding one's…So you're not to far from home when the battery dies. Definitely not for full time by any means.
    Have a nice day, 🙂

  • The biggest negative for me is the electric set up. This can easily be resolved with some simple mods by replacing the lead avid with a lithium battery and controller, suitcase dolor to top it off. I recently did this in my trailer

  • Ugh … I love the fixed bed but at 6 feet 4 inches I’m too tall. Are there any similarly priced class B’s with larger sleeping accommodations?
    And thank you for another great video. I always learn a great deal!

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