Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: oregon coast
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I like the PM seats (have the manual 6 way adjust), i'm 6'1", so it wouldn't have hurt my feelings if the seats were mounted lower and could use the adjustment to get higher, soley for the fact that i feel a little crowded in the head space and looking out the top of the windshield. But, i did notice after the 2 hour drive home from buying our PM my ankle wasn't locked up like it does in my Nissan Titan.
We never drove the Nissan NV, we had to make the call that any short box was going to be a sacrifice in space that we would regret years later. The last two trucks i have owned were Nissans (Frontier 04 and Titan 05). I have high regard for Nissans attention to the controls and details, intelligent transmissions and good engines. The headlight and wiper controls in a nissan just feel so much better, not flimsy at all. If the NV had a bigger box, even if it was jsut wider like the PM, i would have test drove it to see if it held the same standard as i have come to expect from my other two trucks.
I only had the chance to test drive a short wheel base- 2017 Transit- tall roof, i did walk into the medium roof transit and walked right back out, couldn't stand up straight and whats the point in buying a tall van if you can't stand up in it.
I did like the transit better for smoothness of acceleration and handling, also the mirror placement and style i like better for two reasons: the bubble mirror is larger makes it nicer to use, and the passenger mirror placement was perfect for me i could see the whole mirror, in my PM about a 1/4 of the bubble mirror is obscured by the door frame.
The Tranist also had a higher quality back up camera, and i seem to prefer having the screen in the review mirror than the dash, but i'll get used to it.
Where the seats in the Trasit are placed also have you looking out the middle of the windshield, you have more head room while driving which gives a nice feel.
All in all though, the extra width of the PM won out dimensionally over the Transits few extra inches in height, much more effective for conversion. Also price and availability. If we went Transit we would have to buy used to get the cost down to budget, which means taking some miles on the rig, but but even that, it seems most the used transits on the market here in Oregon were the low or medium roofs, high roofs were hard to find.
2018 Ram Promaster 159 wb - converting to an "off grid" camper/work rig for our family of 4.