I wish you could get your hands on the Safari Condo for a test drive.

:/. Those are some pretty alarming reports on the Ducato gearbox, to be sure. That is why we decided on one gas and one diesel. After it was all ordered, the oil, filters, cabin and air filter set me back a good $250 – not to mention the motor holds 9L of oil which was about another $90. Now you’ve got me thinking how I could incorporate a bed lift into a potential floor plan. The other article says Dodge is using what they call the M40 automated manual gearbox which is just a renamed version of the Fiat system. The same was true with the gas Promasters. Matt – It sounds like we have similar tastes. That would open up lots more design possibilities…, Regarding the earlier RWD comment, there is a trade-off to every engineering solution. Long lead time to order exactly what I want. Next year IVECO (the bigger size truck from Fiat in Europe) is coming with a conventional 9 speed transmission, so hope is, that Fiat is adopting this to the Ducato and eventually also to the Pro Master as the US market is mainly automatic and if they want to sell there, they have to make a decent automatic available. A huge decision we had to make when purchasing our vans was whether to go for gasoline or diesel. Within 500 miles of San Diego I was able to find 3 that were 159” high roof. Keep up the awesome video series! The only draw back is there is no bike storage in the back like the vans you find in Europe. Promaster diesel problems Thread starter bigdogg; Start date Sep 14, 2015; bigdogg Expert Expediter.

As it turns out, we’re getting a gas one anyway! I have been searching for a used Promaster camper conversion. Really? You can send them a floor plan of your own design. At the moment, we like being married, and hope to stay that way. OK. This is exactly what I want. You can bet I’ll put together a video if I come across one. or whatever else you want to know, just drop me a line, More than happy, to help. Have you identified a modular bath insert for the dodge?

I really hope you build an RV! That’s what I get for talking it up with the sales guy before shooting our wrap-up. That's why it is called a timing chain, as it ensures the timing of the valves opening and closing stays where it should. http://www.allpar.com/trucks/ram/ProMaster.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-h8ruMKBog. We have an electric lift on our fixed bed at the back to be able to store a lot of stuff and our bikes in the huge cargo area. I especially liked the part where you tested the different tank flushing systems. What is your opinion on highway performance – will this coach cruise comfortably at 70-75mph? I agree with you about the driving characteristics of the gas vs. diesel. So, what do you think? It's not official but keep your eyes open. You will then receive an email that helps you regain access. And the second reason is, though the layout looks good, the bed isn’t high enough up to get bikes underneath.

Privacy Policy. All of the articles I have read, made it pretty clear that the life of a diesel engine is about 1/3 longer than that of a gasoline engine. You are using an out of date browser. Your thoughts?

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I’ll see if I can get an annotation in the video to clear it up without reshooting. I’ll put you down as a vote to build one. The other great feature of our van is the 400w solar array and the two AGM batteries that provide enough energy to run the two fridges and all the electrical needs without shore power, as long as the van is parked in an open area. It will be interesting to see how that holds up in long-term tests. What would your costs be? . I should check into what product they use – maybe it could be adapted for RV use.

Glad to have some readers from across the Atlantic. 1) More tan adequate insulation – glued in place polyiso. Adam has a huge advantage here. Sep 14, 2015 #1 I had my first load from Ann Arbor to Las Vegas. No. Stef will be dismayed, I’m sure.

Bed in the back sideways. Left Saturday and deadheaded to Lincoln, Nebraska, but van broke down again with the same lights going off and not wanting to go away. They now make the same engine in the 2014 Sprinter with a 7 speed automatic in the rear wheel drive or 5 speed automatic as a full time four wheel drive. PS1 did you know that Road trek is switching to an aluminum sandwich panel saving them about 700Lbs per van? They also expect the diesel to get mileage numbers in the mid to high 20’s so the 18 mpg estimate may be too conservative. Gosh…full-timing with James in our tiny little Travato?

You got me! Now, I wish I had – then I would know for sure. I enjoy them very much. Get the latest posts from The Fit RV delivered right to your inbox every Monday night! Once you get up to speed, the shift lag (that’s what I’m calling it) isn’t as noticeable. (HTTP response code 503). Adam was more in the market for a new van and after shopping around he found that the price and availability of new gas vans were much better. One article claims Dodge is using an Aisin transmission (not to be confused with Allison transmission).

Access from your area has been temporarily limited for security reasons. Many thanks. They put EIGHT cup holders in this thing. Found review with driving impressions of the diesel promaster travato 59G.

Anyways, I’m not too concerned about the FWD thing. Will it have snappy shifts like a true automatic? But none of that matters if I can’t stand driving it. Another alternative is sportsmobile. Should I give up on the “RV establishment” and build my own? Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. 4) Last of all, lots of independence from hookups, for stays in lesser known camping areas .Possibly for a week without hookups.

I haven’t climbed any mountains with it yet though. That’s how I found your great site. (We have spent quite a few vacations in the US and love camping there.) I had my first load from Ann Arbor to Las Vegas. You are, of course, technically correct.

But the Smart Car dealer told me that many people who have never driven a manual shift before freak out. Apart from these issues there are a few more things to consider. And you could always partner with an established upfitter like Van Specialties to outsource some of the heavy duty tasks. While it's a controversial subject, not every owner has experienced it. These are by far he best Vans to build out. I will be a first time RV owner.

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2016 RAM PROMASTER.These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. If they use the floor plan I saw in the video, I’m less interested. Out of curiosity, I drove a Smart Car the other day at a local dealer. In the end, we found that each was better suited for our individual lifestyles. Thank you. The Smart Car shifts just like a manual transmission, but it’s automated. However instead of the brand "Cummins" stamped on the engine block it was VM Motori, an Italian engine manufacturer that Chrysler acquired back in 2013. The ProMaster has been available as a gasoline powered van for a while now, but there are a couple reasons I really wanted the diesel. They fit in the aisle if you put them face them in opposite directions.

I’d try to go the second alternator route. Did you measure further up the side of the van ? I read about your idea to build a campervan using a Promaster as a base vehicle. Leisure Vans are my favorite but are expensive.

Finally this week, they called me up and let me know that they had not just one on the lot, but two, and invited me to come down and take one for a test drive. If you like the Challenger, you should take a look at the Westfalia Columbus [ http://www.westfalia-mobil.net/en/modelle/columbus/columbus-wohnen.php%5D.

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