Dear Claude and Dave

It was such a pleasure to meet with you, get the grand tour and for us to order our NeXus RV!!! Thank you so much for your hospitality and we actually had one of the best times we’ve had. Everything was just perfect and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are with the placement of our order.

Following is a link to my write up of our NeXus visit and what we saw and our overall opinion of the nexus product. I hope you like it.

I have posted the link on RV Dreams as well and I hope it generates some interest in your product.

Dick Secor & Melissa Goodwin

ROI – Ford cut away Chassis vs. Sprinter

Over the last 17 years, I have had the pleasure of helping thousands of people make their RV motorhome purchase. This unique perspective of assisting in the shopping process gave me the understanding of what is important to the retail customer. Things like value, performance, design and safety rule the day. Recently, there has been a new factor, fuel efficiency.

A decade ago, when a person would ask, “What is the gas mileage? The cute response was, “If you have to ask, you probably cannot afford it.” This response was a defense mechanism by the industry to deflect the perception that fuel consumption was going to drain the RVer of all their money or perhaps prevent a new RVer from entering into the market. This fear of fuel consumption and the cost associated with fuel has remained an important topic. Consequently, there is a fallacy that has been left unchecked and may be impacting the decision by first time buyers as well as the seasoned RVer. The fallacy, the Sprinter chassis with the Mercedes 3.0 diesel engine will save you money because the MPG’s is far better than the Ford Cut-a-way chassis with the V-10 gasoline engine.

The following comparison is meant to comprehensive, but I must admit, our company, Nexus RV (, has made the decision to build exclusively on the Ford Chassis for several major reasons. Each of those reasons is based on what we believe to be right for the retail customer.

Here is that comparison:

Fuel Cost
In an effort to demonstrate the ROI (return on investment of buying a Sprinter Chassis instead of a Ford Chassis, you must first determine some variables that are agreeable. For this comparison let us accept the following variables:
Price per Gallon (AAA fuel chart October 13th, 2011)
Diesel $3.79
Unleaded $3.42
Miles traveled per year by the RVer (industry estimate)
5,000 miles
Cost to buy Sprinter Chassis with Mercedes Engine and diesel Generator Vs. Ford with gas Generator
Miles per Gallon (MPG)
Sprinter 13 mpg
Ford 9 mpg
Annual cost of fuel
Sprinter Chassis with 3.0 Mercedes diesel
5,000 miles traveled divided by 13 miles per gallon=384 gallons used x $3.79 per gallon =
$1,458 annual fuel expense
Ford Chassis with V-10 gas
5,000 miles traveled divided by 9 miles per gallon=555 gallons used x $3.42 per gallon=
$1,900 annual fuel expense

Result: You save $442 for every 5,000 miles you travel with the purchase of a Sprinter Chassis, but remember you paid $25,000 more for the same motorhome. It would take you 56 years to get a return on your investment!

The equation can be modified to handle all the variables such as fuel cost, distance traveled or amount paid for the Sprinter Chassis.

Bottom line: No matter how long you own your motorhome you will not be able to save money with on fuel by purchasing the Sprinter Chassis vs. the Ford Chassis.

Parts and Service
Ford Motor Company has been producing the Ford Cut-a-way chassis with slight modifications for over 30 years; the V-10 engine has been used in the configuration for over 15 years. This product is manufactured in Lorain, Ohio. Thus, the availability of parts for these products is plentiful and cost effective. Contrarily, the Sprinter Chassis with the 3.0l Mercedes Engine has only been in the states under its current configuration for less than 7 years. The import cost and shipping costs make the parts for the Sprinter expensive compared to the Ford. In addition, Ford Motor Company has been in existence for over 100 years with the largest and strongest service network in the RV industry. There is not even a close second. At Nexus, because we know the buyers are not going to be close to where they bought their unit, we rely heavily on Ford’s ability to keep our customer’s on the road. Sprinter does not have a service network that would compare to the Ford’s. In fact, there are a fraction of service centers that can or will service the Sprinter Chassis.

Result: Ford Service and Parts are far more effective and affordable than the Sprinter.

Product and Performance
Although the Sprinter has some neat features and many people like the feel of the cockpit while you are driving down the road, there are some vital features that Ford has over the Sprinter that are difficult to ignore.

Here are those important features:

Ford Feature Sprinter
14,500lbs. GVWR 11,030lbs.
305 H.P Horsepower 188 H.P.
55 Gallon Fuel Capacity 26.4 Gallon
LT225/75/16E Tires LT225/85R/16
420lbs Torque 325lbs.

It is understandable that many readers may believe there are many more features that both these chassis could tout in a sales presentation. They would be correct. We have taken the most important features to the overall performance of the motorhome and concluded that in spite of the limited short term gains in fuel efficiency, the Sprinter Chassis and Mercedes engine does not compare to the Ford in those key areas such as value, safety, service and Return on Investment (ROI).

Nexus RV is a factory Direct Dealer/Manufacturer that works diligently to save retail customers money by eliminating waste, give the customers a better buying experience and build the customers exactly what they want. Moreover, we go to great lengths to inform customers of our manufacturing philosophy as well as our unique perspective of being both the dealer and the manufacturer of RVs. It is with that spirit we hope to pass along information that may help in the buying decision of thousand of potential customers.

Claude Donati
Nexus RV

Why Buy a Class C Motor Home?

After 17 years of selling all types of RVs to the retail public, it has become apparent that there are several key factors that customers expect in their RV. The importance of these items may vary from person to person but they are consistently on the list when retail customers make their buying decision.

These important items have made our decision, at Nexus RV, to build Class C and Class B+ motorhomes. Here are the biggest motivators in selecting this type of product when RVing in North America:

1. Safety- Class C’s and Class B+ products are safer to drive than any other type of RV made today. The Ford Chassis has dual airbags which is rarely available in the Class A or Diesel products.

2. Drivability- Driving a Class C is very similar to driving a car or an SUV. This fact has made it is for first time RVers and RVers that are getting older to maneuver on the highways and byways. The cockpit is comfortable and lower to the ground and the driver is behind the front axle giving you more visibility of things around you.

3. Sleeping Capacity- Having the extra bedroom in the overhead is mandatory for many of those retail customers who have children or grand children that go on trips as a family. This nice feature allows you to sleep two extra people without opening the hide a bed sofa in the living room. In the event that you do not need the extra sleeping the Class B+ product gives you nicely finished entertainment center for those couples or singles enjoy the RV lifestyle.

4. Serviceability- Because the entire cockpit and front end of the cut-a-way chassis is like a van, every Ford Service center will work on this product without hesitation. Unlike the Class A or diesel motorhome, that requires a special service center and or truck facility to be service, the Class C products can get in and out quickly and conveniently keeping customers driving down the road.

5. Size- Class C products are typically shorter and lower profile than their Class A and Diesel big brothers. Many camp ground restrictions make it difficult to own a unit that is too long or too tall. Class C products are designed to give customers maneuverability into areas that may be impassable by the bigger Class A products.

6. Price- Class C and Class B+ products have proven to be the best value while keeping as much of your hard earned money in your pocket. There is anywhere from a $25,000-$100,000 difference in the sale price of a Class C and a Class A/Diesel Pusher. This has made “Right sizing” a thing that is occurring on a daily basis. In a day and age that banks are requiring a lot of information from retail customers in order to finance a RV, the Class C product is a great alternative to stay well under $100,000 and enjoy the RV lifestyle.

7. Floor Plan- this features ties into the sleeping capacity but is more comprehensive. The Ford Cut-a-way Chassis gives you 14,500 lbs. This high GVWR allows for a nice selection of truly functional floorplans. In fact, you can get anything from a 23’ to a 32’ with three slide-out rooms. Most recently, Driver and Passenger seats that swivel have become available making the Class C product far more versatile while maintaining all the elements that make it the product of choice for today’s RVer.

At Nexus RV, we believe so strongly in these features that we are building our company on being the number one factory direct manufacturer of Class C and Class B+ products in the industry.

For more information call 1-855-786-3987 or visit our website at

Claude Donati
Nexus RV

Factory Direct Model Works

Recently, Mike Molino, RVDA President, wrote an editorial in the September/October issue of RV Business. This magazine is primarily an inside industry trade magazine that informs those that supply, manufacture and sell RVs of current affairs. I read with astonishment the candor in which Mr. Molino delivered the current philosophy of the Recreational Vehicle Dealer Association.

It appears the association is concerned with sales that occur outside a dealership’s given territory and with service centers that work on RVs that don’t sell that product. Interestingly, if the association had their way, customers would pay more for their RVs because you would only be able to buy your RV from a local dealer. Consequently, they would pay more to have their unit serviced because the customer could only get their unit serviced by a stocking dealer that would charge more per hour for repairs in order to cover the large overhead associated with stocking large inventory. By restricting the options a customer has can only increase the cost of both the unit and servicing the unit after the sale.

At Nexus, we sell Class C and Class B+ motor homes directly to the retail customers, and we have set up a network of servicing dealerships throughout the country that is more extensive than any other dealership in the industry. The fact is RVers travel throughout North America and relying on the local selling dealership to handle the service needs is nearly impossible. Many times the RVer is thousands of miles away from the selling dealer and must rely on mobile service centers and “non rolling stock service providers” to get them on the road. The current Manufacturer-Dealership business model has failed horribly with supplying customers with the service support they need. Removing all the politics and restrictions to making customers happy is the foundation that Nexus RV is working toward.

As for the selling of RVs directly to the retail customer, without the dealer network, will save customers money. The buying experience when buying from a factory direct cannot be matched by a dealership. The overwhelming advantages are easy to see. First, retail customers are looking for as much information on how their unit is built as possible. In fact, many retail customers want to understand each and every process and component that goes into the building of the unit. As a factory direct company, we know everything there is to know about our product and the reason behind each design. When visiting a dealership, the customer can only look at finished product and the dealership personnel have little information on each model because they represent many different companies and they have too much to remember. This lack of knowledge can cause many other problems down the road. Secondly, when buying factory direct, the retail customer has the ability to “menu customize” their unit. Picking fabrics, outlet locations, paint colors and important options makes the retail customer feel like they had some input on their unit. Contrarily, buying from a dealership, the retail customer is pushed hard into buying the “green one” on their lot because the dealership is trying to move the inventory as it has been on the lot for up to a year or more. Enticing customers to buy aged units with “rot lot” by lowering the price is a recipe for a dissatisfied customer. Buying factory direct, the retail customers gets to buy a unit with little miles on the odometer and that has been freshly built. The unit is truly new.

Finally, one of the most compelling reasons to buy factory direct is the value customers get when eliminating the “middle man.” At Nexus, we have measured the savings we have given our customers. After a year in business, we have saved our customers an average of $7,100 dollars. Imagine, a better buying experience because of more information, better service because of a national service network, a better unit because it is newer and it is built to the customers specs and at a lower price. Do not let anyone tell you different, if you can get all those benefits to buying from a factory direct, you should do it!