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Old 04-05-2014, 02:21 PM   #1
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I'm currently building an rv conversion on my Promaster platform. I haven't seen any others done yet so I'm having a hard time finishing the interior details. There is no info on these yet. I've been trolling around this forum lately trying to get ideas. Does anyone have any personal experience or tips they would share for a first time builder? Here are the details so far-

Stand alone 120v and 12v systems. Powered from aux battery and solar trickle. Plenty of interior and exterior lights. Powered fan in rear.

Insulated with r30 in walls. R15 and 1in sub floor for my floor.

Full stereo/surround with tv and subwoofer.



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Old 04-05-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting. Please keep updating. Van looks sweet with the box on it and your layout looks cozy.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:53 PM   #3
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there is a Promasterforum.com

even the layout is similar to here, but different colors.

posts are sparse there, other than complaints about squeaking brakes, and squealing suspension.

there is at least one rv conversion, but it is a Ducato in Europe.

Perhaps you can gain advice, ideas there.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:55 PM   #4
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Ryan, I've been interested in the Ram Master as a replacemnt for my aging T1N. couple questions:
-What did you use to get R30 in the walls? I thought there was only 2" of insulatable space.
-From the spec sheet, it looks like there should be 6' of space side-to-side inside, so us short people can actually SLEEP that way (my T1N is just a few inches too narrow for it to work for me). What is the ACTUAL interior width?
-Do you have the diesel with the auto-manual tranny? If so, what is your impresion of the tranny and it's shifting?
-There is some debate concerning the rear axle ground clearance. I measured one at a lot and it was between 6.25 and 6.5" all the way across. Someone else mentioned 7.5-8". What is the clearance on your van?

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Old 04-05-2014, 08:31 PM   #5
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To get the ~r30 when I built the walls to square everything up as best I could I actually ended up with probably 8in in most areas and as few as 4 in some other.

I'm 6ft and I can sleep side to side with very little to spare. The bed is somewhat larger than a queen. Not sure actual dimensions as I've closed it up.

I have the gas engine auto tranny. I'm getting 18 mpg currently. If you get a diesel dodge limits your warranty.

And yes the rear ground clearance can't be more than 6in. This isn't a problem for us because 90% of our driving will be highway. Plus the fwd is nice.

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By the way, if you were taller say 6'2" maybe 6'3" you could sacrifice your insulation area and gain the added length.

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I am sure other Sprinter owners are interested in your Promaster. Please keep us informed as you get more experience with it. You certainly are making progress with the conversion. One major advantage of the Promaster is the wider rear width.
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I spotted a class B for sale at camperworld today. Just drove by and noticed it on the lot.
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Just curious as to how you access the roof top storage?
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There will be a ladder to the roof. Also you can't see in the picture but i have two bike racks on other side of the box.

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