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New Member Here, Undecided.

Hi Everyone, New to the forum. Been thinking about a ProMaster for some time now. Been test driving some. My usage is for work. Most of which is in/near a busy city. Love the idea size of the 118" 1500 low roof, but I'm 6'2" and am thinking I would like the 136" 1500 High Roof much more. Trying to decide is it stealthy enough. I know clearance becomes and issue. I did test drive the 159" 2500 and found parking in a standard spot not to be that great. Hoping the 136" improves upon this. Not an experienced van driver, but my daily driver is a FJ Cruiser and I tow often.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-11-2019, 09:19 AM
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6' 2" - don't even consider a low roof under any circumstances!

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I'm 6'2" and have a 136" high roof. It fits into most city parking spaces. The issue in cities is parking garages - it is too high to enter most of them.

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136” HR. "Stealth" is an illusion in the mind of the owner.

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A high roof van is a common cargo van. As stealthy as they come if you're worried about that. Unless you've got mountain bikes hanging off the back and surfboards on the roof, that is.

Not sure what work you do, but if you spend significant time INSIDE the van, go with the high roof. If you're just carrying long cargo (e.g. pipes, lumber) and would be loading and unloading it from outside like a good old-fashioned station wagon (or a pickup truck for that matter), you could get away with a low roof.

Ordered Feb 2018, arrived Sept 2018. 159-inch WB regular length, high top, 3.6L gas, both driver's and passenger-side sliding doors. Planning to lightly camper-ize it for spontaneous and free-spirited travel!
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Ya real stealth, nobody will even see that 9’ high and 7’ wide white perv van. No prob.

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Ya real stealth, nobody will even see that 9’ high and 7’ wide white perv van. No prob.
Yep. It's called hiding in plain sight.

My PM resembles a contractor van. No one gives me a 2nd look.

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I’ve never seen a so called "stealth" van that I wanted to spend more than a few minutes in let alone live in. Stealth is a joke. Does anyone really think they are fooling those in control? I can pick out a stealth van from a mile away. Do yourself a favor and build a real, livable van not dictated or constrained by what "stealth" means to you because it doesn’t mean the same thing to others. I’ve never found a place I couldn’t camp overnight in any city all it takes is a little imagination.

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I’ve never seen a so called "stealth" van that I wanted to spend more than a few minutes in let alone live in. Stealth is a joke. Does anyone really think they are fooling those in control? I can pick out a stealth van from a mile away. Do yourself a favor and build a real, livable van not dictated or constrained by what "stealth" means to you because it doesn’t mean the same thing to others. I’ve never found a place I couldn’t camp overnight in any city all it takes is a little imagination.
That's the thing about "different strokes for different folks". No one van or philosophy meets everyone's needs.

My handle here is "Travelvanvan" and it belies the purpose of my PM. It's for TRAVEL, not for boondocking or camping per se. It gets me from place to place in comfort and without drawing attention when I need to overnight or if I need to leave it unattended.

Some places (Southern California) are now forbidding sleeping in or overnighting in a van. If my van looks like an RV, I could get kicked out of wherever I happened to be. There are other concerns that I have (that others might not care about). Such as security.

I might write up a build thread (though my build is very crude and I'm reluctant). At least people might get a sense of why I do things the way I do.

Ordered Feb 2018, arrived Sept 2018. 159-inch WB regular length, high top, 3.6L gas, both driver's and passenger-side sliding doors. Planning to lightly camper-ize it for spontaneous and free-spirited travel!
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I might write up a build thread (though my build is very crude and I'm reluctant). At least people might get a sense of why I do things the way I do.
IMO, I think the vast majority (WAG) of people who build it out themselves have a "rough build".

I'm in the same boat.
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