2018 Pleasure-way Plateau FL Review | A Front & Rear Lounge Luxury Class B Camper Van
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2018 Pleasure-way Plateau FL Review | A Front & Rear Lounge Luxury Class B Camper Van

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The Pleasure-way Plateau FL is a high quality, luxury class b camper van that's both functional and beautiful.

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There are few camper vans that strike an almost perfect balance between practicality and beauty. There are some which exhibit a well thought out, utilitarian design - practical, sensible but hardly inspiring nor inspired. Others which serve no other utility than to bedazzle and outshine everyone and everything else. It's difficult to balance the two yet the 2018 Pleasure-way Plateau FL manages to do it.

Living up to its moniker, the front lounge (FL) is the first thing you see upon entering and it is stunning. A gently curving raised step meets a rounded corner desk for the driver (when the cab seat is turned around) fitted with a solid, Corian work surface. There's a large window at the desk and beautiful curved wood cabinetry. A large pedestal table can be placed between the two front captain's chairs to create a dining table. It all just works together. It looks like it was designed and not an afterthought.

In the midsection of the van is the galley with its enormous solid surface counter. There's no concern about storage and the action on the cabinet doors and drawers is top notch. There's a two burner gas cooktop (sorry no induction); a convection microwave placed at a proper level and an automatic switching 3-way refrigerator. I emphasize automatic because no coach today should ship with a manual 3-way refrigerator (where you have to remember to manually switch it from DC power to propane to AC). The aise way is wide and no one will be doing the "galley shuffle". Being on the passenger side, the galley benefits from loads of windows and looks out to your own campsite when parked.

Opposite the galley is the bathroom. It's not the nicest bathroom with its plastic sink. Why can't Pleasure-way put in a nicer stainless steel sink in this $140k coach? But there's a nice large window that reminds me of the windows you find on a jet. It doesn't open and I'm fine with that since it is actually just the Mercedes recommended automotive glass. It's the same panel of glass from the front lounge in fact - Pleasure-way cuts out an opening in the bathroom wall to let that light in. It's a brilliant design that keeps the exterior of the van looking automotive sleek. I like it a lot.

After of the galley and bathroom is the rear lounge. Like the TS version of the Plateau, the rear lounge features a large sofa that converts into a queen bed (or two twin beds). This is an ideal bed configuration because the twin bed setup allows each person to get out of bed at night without disturbing the other. There are lots of panoramic windows all around letting lots of light in. The pedestal table from the front lounge can be easily moved to the rear lounge if you've got guests and need more seats. Unfortunately, there's a wardrobe cabinet above the driver's side ottoman which makes that seat impractical for sitting. I wish Pleasure-way would make that cabinet optional because I'm sure there are a lot of people who would opt for the seat versus the wardrobe. The MCD shades are nice but still feature the dreaded velcro for keeping them tight against the side of the van. I understand Pleasure-way has done away with Velcro for magnets in the 2019 model year. Hurray!

There's not a lot not to love about the FL. The front lounge is one of the best and well executed designs I've seen in any class b camper van. Not only is it very practical, it's also so beautiful. While the rear lounge acts as your living room, the front lounge acts as a den. It really does have that feel.

If I weren't so in love with my Ascent and the practicality of its 19 foot 5 inch length I'd be driving the Plateau FL. It is my favorite class b van right now. If you want a luxurious, high quality camper van and you don't mind the 23 foot length then you owe it to yourself to take a look at the 2018 Pleasure-way Plateau FL.

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