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Hi all! Found PMF (is that a thing?) when googling my way through the interwebz on several questions I have.

Been ordering pieces (solar, composting toilet etc.) while I procrastinate on purchasing by weighing pros n cons between a Sprinter and Promaster for my upcoming #vanlife build in which I plan to conquer, first, the wonderful national forests of our great nation, and then move on to other countries.

I think I have settled on a Promaster for three reasons:

1. Regular ol gasoline. Sprinter, I have heard, takes only ULSD, which is not available in many countries
2. Front wheel drive which I have heard is better for offroad, vs. the Sprinters RWD.
3. Wide enough to lay crosswise. I'm 5'1", I think I can pull it off based on what I have read so far!

As soon as the omniscient and wise gods of the PMF heavens grant me access, I'll be contributing more among various threads in which I can offer help to purchase enough karma credits to buy a thread of my own, so I can ask all the questions that have been plaguing me!

Thanks and namaste!
 

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If you are really 5’1” you will fit across fine. In fact at 6’1” you could still do it. Don’t be calling KOV omniscient, wise, or a god please he may be all those but we want him to remember we are here too. You didn’t mention the $10,000- $15,000 you will save on the purchase which will allow you to do the conversion AND travel around the USA and still save money!.
 
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Hi,
I think you will fine the ProMaster a great choice for your build.

I'm curious which composting toilet you purchased?

Gary
 

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Wide enough to lay crosswise. I'm 5'1", I think I can pull it off based on what I have read so far!

As soon as the omniscient and wise gods of the PMF heavens grant me access, I'll be contributing more among various threads in which I can offer help to purchase enough karma credits to buy a thread of my own, so I can ask all the questions that have been plaguing me!
We enjoy your manner of expression and humor. We're sure the gods will give you a thumbs up.

5'1"? We're 6'4" and the cross-wise sleep is a bit tight. At 5'1", you can leave your cowboy boots on.

Welcome to the forum.
 

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Hahah thanks for all the love and warm welcome everyone! Humor and positivity is at the core of my life, and it makes life one bajillion percentage better.

I misstyped on OG post: I'm 5'11". But sounds like that's still just fine!

Logix, my credit union/bank, has been spamming me with 1.5% vehicle loan offers, and advertise you can finance 125% of the purchase cost, so I think I am going to take them up on that!

GaryBIS, i'm still deciding on which will be the best composting toilet, but the one I am interested in so far I heard from the Gone With The Wynns couple back when they were still traveling in their RV: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/composting-toilet
But hoping to find one a bit smaller than that one.

I don't want to ask too much too soon, but if anyone is willing to give me some buying advice, much appreciated. I'm mid reading what the forums have to offer on this subject currently. Really just want to find out if there is a specific dealership or two which have the best prices and most knowledgable staff.

Thanks again all! Can't wait to keep reading up and, soon, buy the thang!
 

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1. Regular ol gasoline. Sprinter, I have heard, takes only ULSD, which is not available in many countries
2. Front wheel drive which I have heard is better for offroad, vs. the Sprinters RWD.
3. Wide enough to lay crosswise. I'm 5'1", I think I can pull it off based on what I have read so far!
Welcome.

1 and 3 were big reasons for us as well to choose the Promaster. As for item 2, I think you can get the Sprinter with 4WD which might be worth considering if you are planning on serious off-roading.
 

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Welcome.

1 and 3 were big reasons for us as well to choose the Promaster. As for item 2, I think you can get the Sprinter with 4WD which might be worth considering if you are planning on serious off-roading.
Hey KeepMeMoving, thanks for the feedback, good to know my thought paths are also others'.

I have thought a lot about the Sprinter 4WD... as awesome as that would be, it's just too **** expensive, for now anyway.

I imagine there will be a 4WD kit for the ProMaster soon, if there isn't already.
 

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We enjoy your manner of expression and humor. We're sure the gods will give you a thumbs up.

5'1"? We're 6'4" and the cross-wise sleep is a bit tight. At 5'1", you can leave your cowboy boots on.

Welcome to the forum.
Hahahah I try to instill humor in everything!!

I Misstyped. I'm 5'11". But sounds like that will still be fine, so I am pretty siked!

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone :D
 

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Hi,
I think you will fine the ProMaster a great choice for your build.

I'm curious which composting toilet you purchased?

Gary
Thanks Gary, I think so too :)

I'm still in research mode on the composting toilet, but the one I like most so far is the one the Gone With The Wynns coouple used in their RV. Here's their vid on it: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/composting-toilet
 

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Hey KeepMeMoving, thanks for the feedback, good to know my thought paths are also others'.

I have thought a lot about the Sprinter 4WD... as awesome as that would be, it's just too **** expensive, for now anyway.

I imagine there will be a 4WD kit for the ProMaster soon, if there isn't already.
Check out Steve's Baja trip report and pictures here...http://www.promasterforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=59002

Someday I want to follow his wandering and hopefully get to some of the spots he has stayed.

He seems to do pretty well without the 4WD. I think he's had to get a tow once or twice, but even in those instance I'm not sure 4WD would have done much for him.
 

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Thanks Gary, I think so too :)

I'm still in research mode on the composting toilet, but the one I like most so far is the one the Gone With The Wynns coouple used in their RV. Here's their vid on it: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/composting-toilet


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The Natures Head -- a good choice, I think.

You can make them as well -- this is the one I did for my conversion:
http://www.buildagreenrv.com/our-conversion/promaster-camper-van-conversion-composting-toilet/

Some others:
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Water/RVCompostToilet/RVCompostToilet.htm

I think the urine separation ones (like Natures Head) work well for RVs.

Very happy with ours.

Gary
 

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4 WD just costs more to get towed out farther up the trail . Just yank the dual sport out of the PM when the trail gets narrow . Cheep 4WD= entrenching tool , floor mats , axe for brush after leaving floor mats behind .
 

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I just figured out how to use Multi-Quote! AAAHahahahah love this


Check out Steve's Baja trip report and pictures here...http://www.promasterforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=59002

Someday I want to follow his wandering and hopefully get to some of the spots he has stayed.

He seems to do pretty well without the 4WD. I think he's had to get a tow once or twice, but even in those instance I'm not sure 4WD would have done much for him.
I glanced at his pics, WOW! Yeah, that's what I was hoping I could do with front wheel drive. So glad to see someone else is doin it! Thanks for sharing. Bookmarked to check out more later.


Hi,
The Natures Head -- a good choice, I think.

You can make them as well -- this is the one I did for my conversion:
http://www.buildagreenrv.com/our-conversion/promaster-camper-van-conversion-composting-toilet/

Some others:
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Water/RVCompostToilet/RVCompostToilet.htm

I think the urine separation ones (like Natures Head) work well for RVs.

Very happy with ours.

Gary
**** DOOD that is one cool custom crapper! And one **** of a detailed post about it. I am coming back to that and reading it thoroughly, I think it will help me immensely in making a decision on my dookie. Yes, I have a penchant for bad puns and rhymes. tytytyttyty


4 WD just costs more to get towed out farther up the trail . Just yank the dual sport out of the PM when the trail gets narrow . Cheep 4WD= entrenching tool , floor mats , axe for brush after leaving floor mats behind .
YES! I am on the same page as you w the dual sport. My current plan is to get a Kawasaki KLR 650 camo grey. and finding a rack/lift I can attach to the back. Hoping to find a rack which is both strong enough to hold that bike and tilts to easily lower it with just one person.

But always open to other ideas and alternatives!


Here is a van for sale that might meet your needs:

http://www.promasterforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=62914
And Seapro is our electronics guru, so you know that system will be top-notch.
WOW I learned a lot from reading that thread! Very helpful, thank you! The way my brain works, I am balanced between utility and aesthetics. With a healthy dose of multi-purpose, too, of course! I'm not sure how many of yall use Instagram, but there's a couple that has an awesome PM build: https://www.instagram.com/gratefulpursuit/

I've attached a few pix of their setup to give you an idea. This, with some differences, is mostly what I am going after. Partially because I love how open and clean it is and partially because I am fairly certain I will meet my lifelong seniorita en la playa or up in the mountains; in other words on my travels, and I'd want my home to feel like hers as well. That is, until I build our teched-out eco container home on Powder Mountain, Eden, Utah =)

BUT first, travel the globe and make a million bux.


HEY THANKS yall so far for being so open and helpful!!! I'm going to spend some time soon to sketch out my build plan; when I do I'll post it up and look forward to everyone tearing it apart, so I can V2.0 it before I even begin
 

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I used to go all over the place on a 100XL. I'm bikeless at the moment . Back in the day the flying W was mostly fun , now it will be a helicopter ride to the emergency room if I'm lucky.
But a small enduro lifted into the van by a truck bed type crane ? ? ? ?
 
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