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  1. Rolef.ca Insect Screens?

    Promaster Builds and Conversions
    No experience myself, but yes, they will fit PMs: https://www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/the-best-screen-door-weve-ever-seen-on-a-camper-van/ If we ever buy them instead of make them, I am leaning toward these: https://www.a-zcovers.com/
  2. Thoughts on Atwood / Dometic 96136 / GH6-8E Propane / Heat Exchanger Water Heater

    Promaster Builds and Conversions
    No worries. When we don't have shore power, we've found about 20min at idle heats enough water for showers. And as an apres ski bonus, it can also heat up the van! The AC backup draws 750A, so theoretically, running the inverter for a couple hours would also do it, if you had enough...
  3. Thoughts on Atwood / Dometic 96136 / GH6-8E Propane / Heat Exchanger Water Heater

    Promaster Builds and Conversions
    We went round and round on toilets. We looked at all the alternatives and narrowed it down to two options: a porta-potti or a DIY (non)composting toilet like GaryBIS built. We felt the expensive options were all overly complicated and had much greater potential for breaking down and/or...
  4. Thoughts on Atwood / Dometic 96136 / GH6-8E Propane / Heat Exchanger Water Heater

    Promaster Builds and Conversions
    A few of us here have IsoTemp hot water heaters that utilize engine coolant heat exchange (110VAC back up). They come with adjustable thermostatic mixer valves. When you draw out hot water, they automatically add enough cold water to bring it down to non-scalding, normal hot water temp. We...
  5. RV Ready Prep Package - Worth it to add-on?

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    That's good, 'cause you'd have to pry them from my cold dead butt. ;)
  6. Promaster for sale

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    Looks great! Just one suggestion, if the rear door windows are fixed. Half-height windows on the sides above the bed/couch would greatly improve ventilation in the back. Ours create a nice gentle breeze over the bed with the MaxxFan on it's lowest setting. The toe-kick drawers are brilliant.
  7. Isotemp (or other) water heater location and installation

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    We don't have a separate expansion tank on ours either and it works fine. The 110v element is just there for back-up in case you are parked for days somewhere with shore power. But like tgregg, we've found idling the engine for 15-20 minutes also works if you don't have shore power. If your...
  8. bolt size for female nut in cargo area

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    7/16-20 is a real good guess. More info here: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/archive/index.php/o-t--t-631539--.html
  9. Treating oxidized plastic trim panels

    Promaster General Discussion Forum
    Good to know, Rich. Did you try Armor All?
  10. RV Ready Prep Package - Worth it to add-on?

    Promaster General Discussion Forum
    Me too, however the RV package is likely aimed more at commercial RV manufacturers than us. Before you order something, it pays to find out what it actually does, or doesn't do. Aux switches are a good example. The way they are wired at the factory limits their functionality and restricts some...
  11. Floorplans

    Promaster Builds and Conversions
    Ammendment to post 30 above. Here is the final "as built" floorplan. Drawing and dimensions are not exact. See Shiny's build thread for photos and details. We set out to create a fully-equipped RV for two, with a large fixed bed, large shower, and a spacious open feel. This particular...
  12. Viewing Media on the Road! Ideas?

    Electronics
    This is probably a bit late for Gary, but VLC software plays DVDs, and just about every other media file type out there. https://www.videolan.org/vlc/ Versions for practically every hardware platform and OS. Billions of us happy users. And it's free!
  13. 42" TV - a new addition !

    Electronics
    Just be careful in fire season. A water bomber might drop a load on you and spoil the ambience! ;)
  14. Silicone wiper blades. Worth it?

    Promaster General Discussion Forum
    I've never tried FogX. How much does it help with heavy fog (condensation), the kind you find in the morning after sleeping in the van? Not as a substitute for other moisture management practices, but as another tool in that kit. I have tried silicone wiper blades. IMHO, they didn't seem to...
  15. Grounding AC panel

    Electronics
    I think we were all trying to say the same thing. Wowbagger's version clarified it well. Sorry for the tangent, OP Tom. Hopefully that answered your question about chassis ground locations, too.
  16. Grounding AC panel

    Electronics
    You can ground it the same place you ground your coach DC system. With the PM's unibody, that's anywhere you can get good contact with metal. Many use one of the 8mm threaded tie-down holes and sanded off the paint under the contact point. Technically, you only want an AC chassis ground when...
  17. Vancouver Island

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    Sadly, Island View Beach is closed after Labour Day. Goldstream is also close to Victoria and open year-round (no water after Oct). Beautiful, rugged coastal hiking with beach camping possibilities in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park further out, west of Victoria. Best kept local secret is East...
  18. Shiny's Build Thread

    Promaster Builds and Conversions
    Another weigh-in. This time with the conversion finished, 2 people, 27gal fresh water, 0 grey, ~5/8 tank of gas, and loaded for camping. 3760kg (8290lbs) total with the rear axle just 220kg (480lbs) heavier than the front. That's still 481kg (1060lbs) below GVW. I'm pretty pleased with that...
  19. RV Ready Prep Package - Worth it to add-on?

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    Thanks, I stand corrected. I did not get that package myself. I was going on what others have said. I don't recall anybody here actually adding rear A/C off the engine's system. Your cost research helps explains that. Others that have ordered that package did so only because they planned to...
  20. RV Ready Prep Package - Worth it to add-on?

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    I agree, it's much better to order the individual options you want. The rear heater and A/C prep package is just a handful of small generic parts easily obtained at any auto parts store. Jury is still out on the 220A alternator. But the "why not" argument is not supported by our experience...
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