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Hey all,

Thanks for having me. So, I am a sports massage therapist who owns a business in Maryland, and in the midst of coronavirus, decided to make the transition from a brick and mortar Space to a mobile massage studio on wheels. For many reasons, I’m excited and anxious. Not worried about the business aspect at all, just about the buildout process. 2 days ago I purchased my 2019 Promaster 3500 159ext highroof. This was somewhat of a unicorn, as it had everything I was looking for and was still a NEW 2019 loaded with incentives and rebates. It’s all black, with almost every available option there is, including the “somewhat silly” rv package. It has windows all around both sides and Rear doors. Below are my initial “notes” of things I’d like, want, or just found cool. I also plan on using this van as a part time adventure rig for my wife and I on the weekends. So I need some input on steps I should take to make sure I don’t have to build this out one way, and then back track. I would like to just be able to add on as I go. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks everyone!


Van wants

Interior

Floors
Half walls
Ceiling
Sink/water tanks fresh/Grey water
Cabinetry
Recessed lights/leds on dimmer
Way to run power when van is off? Batteries/power inverter
Rear heat ac when van is off? Pre prepped
Privacy curtain behind seats on tracking?
WiFi? Hotspot from phone?

Exterior

Running boards
Window blackout mesh/tint/wrap
Prime design rear door ladder black
Van tech h3 4 bar rack
Custom sun deck built on rack bars, solar?
Led headlight/foglight conversion
Van under lighting
Maxxair vent/fan
Blackout wheels
Blackout grille mesh?

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I agree, definitely will be one of the biggest concerns. Any recommendations? It is prepped through the rv package for rear heat/ac, but after reading through here I find that most think that feature is kind of worthless.
 

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Be sure to include good insulation as that will make the heating and cooling easier.
Black is not the best color for heating -- you might think about painting the roof white.

There are quite a few solutions for the winter heating, including propane or gasoline furnaces. I'd go with a large enough furnace so you can get the van up to temperature quickly for a massage appointment -- maybe 12K BTU/hr or more.

You might be able to operate an AC (like an RV roof AC) on batteries during an appointment. It would help if you could get the van precooled at home with it plugged into your house.

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Be sure to include good insulation as that will make the heating and cooling easier.
Black is not the best color for heating -- you might think about painting the roof white.

There are quite a few solutions for the winter heating, including propane or gasoline furnaces. I'd go with a large enough furnace so you can get the van up to temperature quickly for a massage appointment -- maybe 12K BTU/hr or more.

You might be able to operate an AC (like an RV roof AC) on batteries during an appointment. It would help if you could get the van precooled at home with it plugged into your house.

Gary
All great info. Thank you. You have a specific furnace you’d recommend?
 

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I use a 16K BTU/hr propane Suburban furnace and I'm quite happy with it. Propex is a popular propane furnace and there are quite a few threads from people who have done them here on the forum.

I'm not that familiar with the gasoline ones, but lots of threads here on the forum about them.

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Sturdy steps and a grab handle. You don't want a massage-drunk client face-planting on their way out of the van. :)
 

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I think you'll want some kind of air filtration system when you are running a/c in an enclosed space with another person to reduce the risk of covid transmission. I've seen recommendations for how often the air should be exchanged, probably worth looking into.
 

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Black with glass will be very hot in direct sunlight. Get as much airflow and ventilation as you can. I have black w/out glass, and that sucker gets over 100° inside easily in the sun.
 

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This seems like a perfect platform for your business. Park it most anywhere & plenty tall. Sure you must find a way to keep it cool but it will make a great first impression compared to a white cargo van.
 
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