Pleasure-way Plateau XLTS vs Leisure Travel Vans Unity Island Bed | Comparison Review

Pleasure-way Plateau XLTS vs Leisure Travel Vans Unity Island Bed | Comparison Review

Which is better in a class B+: shorter and
narrower or wider and longer? It’s a battle between the Pleasureway Plateau
XLTS and the Leisure Travels Vans Unity Island Bed today and we’re starting right now! Hi everyone! Neil Balthaser here and welcome to Ultramobility
Reviews where you vote for the motorhomes that you want me to review and compare each
week. If you haven’t voted yet head on over to my
Community Tab and cast your votes. The link’s in the video description below. It was super close this week between a review
of the 2019 Roadtrek SS Agile and a B+ comparison between Pleasure-way’s Plateau XLTS and Leisure
Travel Vans Unity Island Bed but by a slime margin of just a few percent the B+ comparison
won out. See don’t let anyone tell you that your vote
doesn’t matter. Let’s take a quick look at the outsides of
these two coaches and see how they fair. So both these coaches are built on the Mercedes
Sprinter 3500 cut-away cab chassis which means that the front end including the cab is finished
by Mercedes and everything behind the cab is built by the coach manufacturer. But from a strictly chassis perspective both
these motorhomes are exactly the same: They both sport a 3.0L V6 turbo diesel engine and
a 5 speed transmission delivering 188HP and 325 foot-pounds of torque. Both also come loaded with all the Mercedes
Benz safety features including blind spot and collision detection and lane keep assist. From just an aesthetic standpoint I find the
exterior design of the Unity is superior to the XLTS. It looks more streamlined and less boxy. Also notice all those doors along the bottom
– that’s exterior storage and the Unity has tons of it. We’ll see the specs in a moment. One thing to consider on the Unity is that
other than the shore power hookup all the other hookups including water, cable and satellite
and dump station controls are located down low while on the XLTS everything except your
dump station are located up higher. You’ll also notice on the XLTS that there
isn’t as many doors to exterior storage and that’s because you have a lot less exterior
storage than on the Unity. Okay let’s head inside where we’re going to
compare living spaces and talk about dimensions and capacities. I like to start off with this shot showing
what it feels like stepping into each coach. Here we are in the Plateau XLTS by Pleasureway
and the first thing you’ll notice is this is a rear sofa bed/lounge configuration with
the galley and bathroom mid-section and some workstations up front. This is a very popular layout here in North
America because you get a wide open feeling down the passenger’s side and a rear lounge
that is both spacious, bright and comfortable. Take a look at the occupant and cargo carrying
capacities. The Unity trounces the XLTS with nearly a
thousand more pounds of capacity at over 2,000lbs compared to the XLTS’ 1,049. Keep in mind that the XLTS comes with certain
standard features like an undermounted generator and a full floor to ceiling Corian shower
stall both of which are pretty heavy and for which the Unity doesn’t have to account. Stepping into the Unity Island Bed you can
see that this is a completely different layout and feel. It’s not as open and airy BUT in the back
you’ve got a private bedroom and your bathroom and up front here you’ve got your galley and
lounge. Let’s take a look at the dimensions for each
one: The XLTS is 2.5 feet shorter. That extra length on the Unity is put to good
use as exterior storage with nearly 3 times the capacity of the XLTS at 63 cubic feet. But if you’re taller you’re going to be able
to move around without bumping your head in the XLTS since it’s got nearly 3 more inches
of headroom at 6’8″. Let’s jump into the rear lounge on the XLTS. The big benefits of this lounge are that it
is bright and open and comfortable. The electric sofa reclines and 3 people can
sit across there with plenty of room. Another can sit on the ottoman. The table could stand to be a bit larger but
there are cup holders back here and just a ton of storage above and below. There’s a 22 inch flat panel LCD TV back here
and it’s sensibly placed where everyone can see it. The biggest disadvantage of this lounge is
that it isn’t permanent. You’re going to have to convert it into your
bedroom at the end of the day and that constant setting up and tearing down may get old for
some of you. On the plus side up front the two front cab
seats swivel around and there are two proper workstations complete with AC outlets and
USB ports for each seat. So if someone wants to stay in bed late the
other person can get up and use this front area without disturbing the person in the
rear. Here we are in the Unity Island Bed’s front
lounge and it’s noticeably less open and spacious. When the two cab seats are swiveled around
4 people can sit around this table and this table is much more intelligently designed
with two flip up extensions that double the size of the table. 4 people are going to have plenty of space
with this table. Not only that, the sideways facing seats covert
into a kind of day bed so if you’ve got a grandkid they could possibly sleep up here. The other nice thing about this lounge is
that it is permanent since the bedroom’s in the rear. You’re always going to have space for guests
even if someone is sleeping in the back. Before we head into the galleys let’s take
a quick look at some standout features. So the Unity just blows the XLTS out of the
water when it comes to available options and these aren’t just ho-hum options either: You’ve
got 2 point stabilizers and 4 pt. leveling jacks. Those are great on these wide bodies for minimizing
the rocking as you walk about. But you can also opt to get a Wifi and 4G
extender which I think is really worth the money. On the XLTS you get multiplex wiring and color
touch screen control centers which give you a very simple way to control everything in
your RV including automatic generator start for those times when you want to run your
AC while you’re away. Features that aren’t available on the Unity. Let’s head into the galleys starting with
the XLTS. This is a smallish galley but then again we’re
in a widebody that’s 2.5 feet shorter than typical class B+’s. It’s unfortunate that there are no counter
extensions so what you see here is the prep space that you’ve got to work with. A high neck residential faucet is always nice. I love the look of the Corian backsplash going
all the way up. It’s a sophisticated feel and easy to clean. You’ve got your convection microwave located
down lower which means more bending over. As far as storage: it’s just okay. You’ve got a couple large cabinets above,
some space under the sink and a smallish pull out drawer under the microwave. Across the aisle is your 6 cubic foot 3-way
refrigerator which doesn’t have a separate freezer but is sensibly placed at a good height. I’m not a fan of the step up right in the
middle of the galley but there is good aisle-way space so that someone can pass by you if you’re
in the kitchen. Let’s take a look at the electrical systems
for each coach. The XLTS just blows the Unity out of the water
here with standard lithium batteries, a larger 2000w inverter; a standard generator not an
option like on the Unity and because we have multiplex wiring in the XLTS we get automatic
generator start and all that configurable goodness like telling the coach when it can
and can’t start the generator on its own. Also the XLTS offers more available solar
at 500w. Let’s head into the Unity’s galley and see
how it fares. I really like this galley. The L-shaped layout is functional and makes
great use of limited space. And unlike the XLTS you can see that there’s
a counter extension to give a little more prep space. I like the high neck residential faucet just
like you have on the XLTS but behind it there’s also a place for a trash can which finding
a home for is always a problem on these class b and b+ motorhomes. You get lots of storage above and lots of
storage below and across the aisle there’s a large 6.7 cubic foot 3-way refrigerator
with a separate freezer – something the XLTS doesn’t offer and above is your convection
microwave. Which do you prefer the microwave above or
below? Our final stop are the bedrooms and bathrooms
starting with the XLTS. As a bed this one’s larger but not as comfortable
as the Unity’s permanent bed. The biggest disadvantage of this bedroom is
that you have to set it up and tear it down every day – at least if you want to have a
lounge. I do like the fact that you have tablet and
cup holders on each side of the bed and because we’ve converted the bedroom from the lounge
you get the benefit of the 22inch TV to watch while you’re in bed. Let’s take a quick look at the bathroom before
heading over to the Unity. It’s a beautiful bathroom for sure with lots
of Corian everywhere including a full floor to ceiling Corian shower stall. I love the curved glass shower doors. It all has a very high end, residential feel. I also appreciate that there is nothing behind
your head or to your sides when you’re seated on the toilet. As a bathroom goes this one is just fine but
can the Unity do the XLTS one better? Let’s find out! The first thing about this bedroom is that
it’s a bed room. It’s an actual room with a door that closes. While the bed is 16 inches less wide than
on the XLTS it has the great advantage of being accessible from either side. No one is going to climb over the other person
to get into and out of bed. This convenience is something that is normally
reserved for much larger Class A motorhomes but here we have it in a class B+ that is
only 25 feet in length. I also appreciate the residential feel of
the headboard and built-in cabinetry. You’ve got lots of storage including down
below. As we swing around you see you’ve got your
own second LCD TV back here just like in the XLTS BUT when that door is closed you’ve also
got your privacy and a little dressing area. An added benefit of this layout is that the
shower stall is separate from the toilet and sink area. It’s not as luxurious as the XLTS’ shower
stall but it sure is a lot more functional. Look at the size of the tanks on the Unity. You’ve got larger grey, black and more propane
which means you can boondock longer. Plus you get a standard black tank flush system
and an optional macerate if you like those. Let’s take a quick peak inside the separate
area for the toilet and sink. There’s lots of little cubbies here for storage
both behind the sink and all those little triangular shelves in the corner plus you’ve
got that accessory channel for glasses above the sink. About the only thing I can ding here is the
shelf above our head when you’re seated on the toilet. So what’s my final recommendation between
these two great class B+ coaches? This is a tough one. I love the quality of the Pleasure-way XLTS
and I love that it’s the shortest widebody that you can buy today. And I love that it comes with lithium batteries
and a generator with remote start standard. BUT, while the Unity is 2.5 feet longer it
really packs a lot into that extra length. It’s got triple the exterior storage, twice
the cargo carrying capacity, an actual bedroom in the back which also allows for a permanent
lounge in the front. You know, I have to give it to the Unity Island
Bed. It’s just a more functional layout. Let me know if you agree in the comments below
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20 thoughts on “Pleasure-way Plateau XLTS vs Leisure Travel Vans Unity Island Bed | Comparison Review”

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  • Your bias was showing throughout the review. You compared apples to oranges (a longer coach would obviously have more storage space and interior room). The quality of the cabinetry wasn’t mentioned but Pleasure Way coaches are far superior in that area. And if you’ve ever tried to take something hot out of a microwave located above your head, the potential for a burn/spill is much greater.

  • I agree I like the unity better, a permanent bed that has space on both side to make up the bed and get out of bed is a must have for me and the higher up outside hook ups reduses alot of bending over. Did you do a review on the twin bed model?

  • What is with these manufacturers? Most of them put the Microwave and Microwave/Convection oven over the frig. I'm 5'5 and it is to high for me to use without ending up like my neighbor who is 5'5. She could not see as she was removing cooked food from her microwave/convection oven in her RV and ended up grabbing the container in the wrong place, burned her finger and the container slipped out of her hands. She now has scars on her face, shoulders and chest from third degree burns. Why don't they think before making these RVs and reconfigure the cooking area and put it under the cook top? While looking for a RV myself almost everyone I looked at had it up to high. I'm really thinking about just getting one with the three burner cook top with the regular oven under it and trying to find a place to put a regular microwave oven but I'm also interested in something like a Leisure Travel Van Unity MB but since I don't think I can have one made to my needs and wants I'm really disappointed. Have you ever heard of the Regency Ultra Brougham? If so, what do you think?

  • openyoureyes says:

    The newer motor homes aren't as cozy as the older ones. The kitchen area doesn't have a booth it's just a walk thru hall afterthought! No curtains, mini blinds etc. Nothing resembles a living room to me. all grey! I hate grey! Everything color wise, (the absence of any color) is blah! Very utilitarian!

  • Neil, LOVE your reviews sir! I have a simple request for your videos going forward, which you may ignore I’d you wish. I find myself more and more dependent on a workspace for my laptop, backup drives and such. You touch on this in this video, however there some important features that owner need to consider; Stability, sitting position, can the TV be used (replacement assumed) as a second monitor for your laptop (eye level, forward back as well as up and down adjustment) and seating comfort, size, and most importantly height adjustments. Dining tables that ADJUST up and down as you wish are excellent, if the seating is comfortable. Having a work area is critical nowadays as we all seem to be tied to our devices more and more. Thanks!

  • robert farrington says:

    I really love and  appreciate all of your reviews.  I have been looking at the Pleasure-way and Leisure Unity and after much research for me it really came down to the Warranty. At the price between both of them  it’s a 2 year warranty for the Unity and a 5 year warranty for the Unity.

  • Neil your doing a great job but what needs to be reviewed is quality and service with manufacturers something that is missing. It’s nice to see new RVs but how do they stand up.

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