When we purchased our Renegade Villagio in September 2015 we were actually planning to purchase a Leisure Travel Van with the murphy bed option. However, when we saw the QRS model and learned about Renegade’s unique construction we were hooked.
Pros and Cons
We loved the size of OLGA 1.0 (a Sunseeker 2250) but wanted more luxury. Though smaller RVs, particularly B+’s were gaining in popularity there were only a few major luxury brands built on the Sprinter chassis to consider. Having talked to lots of RVers, and watching tons of YouTube videos, we thought we wanted the Unity Murphy Bed Unit. After touring the unit, the salesman suggested we consider another option…. a Renegade Villagio QRS.
When we stepped into the Renegade we immediately felt the unit was bigger. This is due to the fact that though roughly the same height, OLGA is “squarer” at the top than the Leisure Travel Van providing a bit more headroom and storage area. During our last trip, we averaged between 16-17 mpg. I suspect we might get 1 more mpg with the Leisure Travel Van’s more contoured design….but the sense of spaciousness vs. miles per gallon was a trade-off we were willing to make.
Even a bigger consideration for us was the fact that OLGA 2.0 provided us two, separate areas to relax. While we enjoy each other’s company…sometimes you just want to be alone. And truth be told, we actually watch separate TV shows in our small motorhome on occasion. At the time, Leisure didn’t offer this option….and in fact, at that time Renegade didn’t offer a murphy bed. Both companies have evolved in the ensuing years…but we are still very happy with our decision because of the service we have received.
We wrote previously about our experience with Dave. While Dave is no longer with Renegade, his role as the helpful fount of all RV knowledge has been assumed by Joe and his service team. We had had some vinyl flooring repair done by a local dealer, under warranty, and despite the dealer’s excellent reputation we just weren’t happy with the work. At the time, a year ago, Renegade stood behind their product and agreed to repair the floor whenever we were able to get OLGA to the factory.
In the ensuing year, we have encountered a few other issues: a door hinge we weren’t particularly happy with, a slide sweeper that came loose, a squeaky stabilizer jack, etc. None of these items were major enough to prevent us from using OLGA, and frankly, if we were handier (or more confident in our abilities) we probably could have handled all of these ourselves. But list in hand, we made an appointment with Renegade service at their factory in Bristol, Indiana.
We dropped OLGA off on Monday, and after reviewing our service list with Joe’s team (and getting the answers to nearly a dozen questions that are never answered accurately during the pre-delivery walk through) we were off to Chicago. Over the next four days, we got occasional phone calls, texts and photos from the service team. We were always confident that OLGA was in good hands.
We returned to Bristol on Friday morning, knowing that Renegade might not be ready until 1 or 2 pm. But they let us borrow a truck, so we could return our rental car, and arranged for us to take a factory tour while we waited. We saw a line of Sprinter Chassis in the parking lot waiting to be moved into the factory. We saw the 1 3/8″ vacuum boned sidewall, with welded aluminum frame and 1 piece fiberglass skin which are unique to Renegade’s construction. The product they use for the interior walls is called AZDEL. Though 1/2 the weight, it is twice as strong and offers 3 times the thermal properties of luan which is used by most other motor coach builders.
We saw what seemed like miles of wiring and wondered how anyone could keep it all straight. We spoke to one of the assemblers as he installed cabinets in a 2018 QRS on the production line and learned about some of the changes in design over the past three years.
We had the opportunity to tour a new unit and as with every small RV, there are always trade-offs. I really liked the larger galley sink on the new unit, but as Denise pointed out it does restrict the under cabinet storage. While you won’t bump your head entering the cab from the coach (as we both have done on many occasions) due to the new cut away design, you give up lots of overhead storage. A solar package is now an option, which was not available when we purchased and likely would have purchased….but we aren’t trading in OLGA anytime soon.
We couldn’t be happier with the service we received from the folks at Renegade and the factory tour just confirmed we made the right decision for us.