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RW and VJ announce New Arrival

RW (Winston) and VJ (VerJean) are pleased to announce the newest addition to the family (name not yet selected), a 2016 ProMaster 159"WB High Top.

There was much consternation concerning gender. With both of us being very pleased owners of VW TDI Jettas, there was a strong initial consensus that a diesel was desired. But, alas, a gasser appeared. Here’s what happened. A more than 4 hour drive put us in the pilot’s seat of a new ProMaster diesel. The test drive went well. We immediately fell in love with the often maligned auto/manual transmission. A little light on the acceleration, maybe - - but in fairness, we were probably comparing this baby to our ‘modified’ TDIs which are, frankly, speedy little cars.

But then we immersed ourselves, here, in these ProMaster Forums. The lurking diesel issues, with some owners literally returning their vehicles, was hard to ignore. Yet curiously, despite all that negativism, the strong enthusiasm of most diesel owners left us with an overall ‘thumbs-up’ attitude.

Then enter our mechanic (son Timothy). Maybe we shouldn’t have listened to him. After all, he’s a ‘Ford Man’ who has nothing good to say about any Dodge product. But here’s where things finally came down to ‘gas’. As we’d previously determined that we were going “all electric” (no LP), we intend to install a large second alternator to serve as our “generator”. Our vehicle may, at times, idle for extended periods of time. We couldn’t ignore the reality that extended idling of modern diesels is strongly discouraged. And, yes, we are aware of comments, elsewhere in this forum, suggesting that gas engines may not be friendly to long idling, either - - but, on balance, the ‘technicals’ favored gas.

We close this thread-opening missive with, we hope, a photo of our utterly nude ProMaster sitting in the driveway of our Little Point Sable, Michigan home. We deliberately angled this photograph to render the ProMaster ‘larger than life’. Once we master ‘photo posting’, we’ll supplement this initial post with a little background/history of ourselves - - as we’ve yet to drill our first hole, history is all we have to offer.

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Welcome! Your fun is just beginning!

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He/she is so cute! Congratulations

2014, High Top/159 WB, 2500 gas Promaster fully converted for camping.
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You are going to love that van! Condolences on the non-diesel but it is good to think there are those who listen to their children now that they are getting to a place in their young lives to be useful mechanically.

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No condolences necessary. We gassers are just as satisfied as RD.
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A Short Look Back before Moving Forward

Our comparatively ‘lesser’ campervan design goals may best be understood from a look to our past . . .



Camping has been central to this family’s travels since the beginning although, during most of those years, we traveled by small plane and dropped the tent under a wing, often at some obscure sod-runway landing strip.



And more by accident than intention (as the airplane was ‘down’ for maintenance), we decided, in 2013, to experiment with car travel and car camping. We kinda ‘took-to-it’ as the following ‘track map’ (totaling some 106,000 miles) will attest.



Our friends thought us crazy for driving so much and, for sure, for camping - - especially in a tent. For most, their idea of camping was the Hyatt.

Last year we took the first step into the world of RV’ing by transforming our Jetta TDI into a CaRV. What’s a CaRV? Well, to legitimately claim RV status, you must have, at the least, a “shore power” receptacle:



Our CaRV conversion included 250AH of AGM battery in the trunk (weighing-in at 160 pounds which, in turn, contributed to the need for a new suspension, set of springs), a smart charger, a Whynter 12v/120v refrigerator. A host of miscellaneous other stuff (voltmeter, ammeter, solenoid and interconnect switches) completed the “conversion”.

But we still didn’t have a bed . . . alas, we still needed the tent. So, last week, we decided to retire the CaRV after one year and purchased the above-pictured 2016 159" WB High Roof ProMaster.

We’re going to keep it simple, at least initially. A bed, that’s numero uno. We love the out-of-doors so windows ‘a-plenty’ is a must. We’re going ‘all electric’ . . .including lots of lithium and a big second alternator, solar panels, a large inverter/charger and fan. No air-conditioning planned, although we hope to reserve enough roof real estate should we change our minds. Probably a new ‘front access’ frig. Haven’t settled on the “plumbing” accept to remember that, these past 106,000 miles, we’ve survived with public ‘facilities’. So, initially, no potty or shower. Beyond that, not certain how complex the plumbing might get . . . possibly just a sink with a simple hand-pump.

Much of the required ‘equipment’ has been ordered and is arriving . . . we hope to commence our first ‘cuts and holes’ soon. In the meantime, we continue to read the many ‘threads’ in this Forum - - there’s so much to learn.

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Not fair!

We weren't sure whether to post this photo in cutndry's thread with those wondrously warm and scenic sunset shots . . . but elected to keep our bad-luck local. We entitle this "Not Fair" - - we Yankees are definitely disadvantaged in the race-to-convert.

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post #8 of 114 Old 12-05-2016, 10:37 AM
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Winston,

Where's that CG in post 6? That's a nice setup with split rail fences between sites.

Man, I'm tired of driving after just looking at that map!

I have found that I get some of my best work done when there's snow on the ground. The PM heater will warm up the whole inside to shirtsleeve temps in about 10 minutes!

Enjoy the build, it's just as much fun as the trips,

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Hi Ed,

That was the Missoula KOA . . . with no electric for the CaRV and practically no internet. One can see the ethernet cable trailing off to the right toward our Ubiquiti high power 'client module'/antenna. This doesn't always help, however - - campgrounds just don't have the bandwidth for all the ensconced 'streamers' (those huge RVs which, we believe, grow roots) - - and virtually no campground knows how to regulate/manage what they do have. Sorry, we'll get off our soapbox. But it remains our pet peeve.

That US map is a screen print from our tablet . . . it's a DeLorme Topo (moving) Map - - the outgrowth of one of our pastimes - - GeoCaching. We have a handheld Garmin GPS that sits on the dash as it provides location data for the DeLorme moving map. But it also 'remembers' exactly where we have been (and when). So we started downloading these files . . . and, well, that map is the result. It's kinda interesting as it has lots more detail than can be seen from the pictured countrywide view. Take a look at this photo, for example, of our trek around Crater Lake (including the campground):



We're certainly glad we stumbled onto this means of recording 'trip memories'. Anyway, FedX just delivered our new Nations second alternator . . . time to corral mechanic son Timothy to formally start the conversion (he, at least, has a heated facility and lifts.

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. . . connect the #6awg red wire with the white stripe to terminal H3 of the balanced differential oscillating compression analyzer . . . then loosen the 10-24 nut . . . .



. . . omg, what have we done . . . ?
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