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This van is amazing. It was designed for a couple to live and travel full time. There are no compromises.

We chose the gas Promaster so it would be capable of world travel (there is no ULSD and DEF is difficult to source south of Mexico).

Selling because I am building a large expedition truck. I'll do another van after the truck.

Let me know if you have questions. Forward to anyone who may be in the market. Photos followed by specs & price:




























Specs and Price:

Van:
2014 Ram Promaster 3500
All plastic trim professionally painted to match van
55k miles
No issues. Regular scheduled maintenance.
Tires are Hankook Dynapro ATM RF10 LT245/75/16 with 26k miles and we employ a 5 tire rotation to increase tire life
uConnect with back up camera
Power heated folding mirrors
Rear sway bar
Heavy duty hitch with two receivers

Cab camper upgrades:
Sportscraft swivel seats both driver and passenger
Lloyds premium carpet
Custom quilted insulation kit front and side windows from NRF, Italy
Driver and passenger window vents from Hulsberg KG, Germany


Camper build features:

Fantastic Vent 4100
CR Laurence driver and passenger side windows installed
Black out roller shades on each of the CR Laurence windows
12"x24" removable table on pedestal for front two seats
Heavy Black out sheets with magnets, which block both light and heat from windshield and front two windows

Insulation and sound deadening:
Floor is two layers of 1/4” EZ Cool insulation, then factory sealed 1/4” wood floor, then radiant heat by WarmFloor, then 1/8” sheet vinyl flooring
Walls and ceiling have RAAMaudio RAAMmat BXT II sound deadener as the first layer
Walls are insulated with polyiso foam board in various thickness depending on wall voids (2 1/2” in deepest areas) cut to fit and sealed with Great Stuff spray foam.
Ceiling is insulated with 1” polyiso foam board sealed with Great Stuff spray foam
Dual layer Reflectix insulation for each CR Laurence window

Structure and cabinetry:
All cabinetry is 1/2” plywood (mostly Baltic Birch exterior grade plywood)
Five coats of General Finishes satin white poly acrylic for an incredible, smooth finish
Hinges for overhead storage are spring loaded european hinges made by IDG
Shower and toilet are gloss white Nevamar counter grade laminate
5” step built directly behind driver and passenger swivel seats with rubber stair tread
Slatted sofa sleeper, which hinges to allow full access underneath. Slated bed pulls out to 48” wide bed

Upholstery:
Wall behind sofa as well as ceiling is 1/8” plywood wrapped in 1/4” foam-backed marine vinyl
Cushions are 4” firm foam wrapped in Dacron for shape and covered in Sunbrella (comfortable for sitting and sleeping)

Storage:
Over cab shelf: 60”x22”x7"
Sofa overhead cabinet: 72”x10”x13.5"
Kitchen overhead cabinet: 33”x11x13.75"
Floor to ceiling closet: 36”x24"x75”
Cabinet under sink: 28”x34”x21”
Kitchen drawers: 2 drawers: 24”x5”x21” 2 drawers: 24”x10”x21”
Cabinet under refrigerator: 24”x18”x12”
Toilet overhead cabinet: 24”x10”x12"
Hanging garage: 75”high x 72” wide x 7” deep with velcro straps and flexible hanging bags

Power system:
Three charge sources: 30 amp Shore Power, Solar, and Alternator
Solar: 600W (3 200W Sunpower flexible panels - highest efficiency solar cells available)
Solar Charge Controller: Morningstar TriStar 45amp MPPT
Battery: 640Ah LiFePO4 battery (consisting of 16 160Ah Winston lithium cells)
BMS: HousePower MiniBMS with Tyco EV200 contactor, reset button, flashing/beeping alert, on/off system power switch
Inverter: Magnum 2000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter Charger
AC/DC Distribution panel: Progressive Dynamics PD5000
Electric Radiant Floor Heat by WarmFloor
Electric tank heaters for all water tanks and grey tank
Three wall outlets GFCI protected
Two 12V cigarette lighter outlets
Four USB power outlets


Internet connectivity:
Unlocked ATT Netgear Unite Pro mobile hotspot with MIMO 2x2 antennas (simply insert your sim card and it is active)
Pepwave Surf Soho Professional grade Wi-Fi router with 4G LTE WAN
MobileMark LTM501 WiFi MIMO roof mounted antenna (coverage for both Cellular and WiFi)
This system allows you to set up the van as its own network, grabbing signal from either cellular or available WiFi networks

Plumbing system:
Water enters the van via a quick connect city water pressure fill. You can use city water to fill the tanks or to provide pressured water directly to the sink faucet and shower
All water lines are Nylobrade open mesh polyester braided, NSF certified PVC hose , which is best to resist breaking when in below freezing temperatures
Water Heater: Quick BX1612L Marine grade Stainless Steel 1200W 16 liter with tempered mixing valve (tested 15 minute hot shower)
Shurflo Revolution Water Pump
Shurflo Pre-Pressurized accumulator tank
Shurflo pipe strainer
Dual canister water filter with 5 micron sediment filter and Doulton Imperial Sterasyl Ceramic filter. All water goes through these filters as well as a Camco TastePur Carbon filter BEFORE it hits the water tanks (this allows you to drink water from non-potable sources)
Four 10 gallon water tanks mounted in voids underneath and connected together to make 40 gallons available fresh water
32 gallon grey tank mounted in void where spare tire was originally mounted

Kitchen components:
Butcher block countertop
Thetford Spinflo kitchen centre with drying rack, cutting board and draining lid
Grohe single handle faucet with Niagara Tri-Max 3 flow .5, 1, 1.5 GPM adjustable aerator
True Induction TI-1B single burner counter inset Induction Cooktop
All drawers are durable metal sided with soft-close glides. Dual 15lb magnets keep them closed while underway
Grape Solar 5 cu. ft. Refrigerator
Apollo 1.2 cu. ft. Convection Microwave (yes you can cook a turkey in this convection microwave) (New, never been used as this was a warranty replacement)

Heat:
DC Thermal ducted SD12-5000 600W 10,020 BTU heater thermostatically controlled
Electric radiant floor heating by WarmFloor (not meant as a primary heat source)

Air Conditioning:
Autoclima UGO 12V 950W 3250 BTU air conditioner mounted permanently in closet ducted to vent next to sofa sleeper (recently serviced by Autoclima). Intake and exhaust are through the van floor

Lighting:
8 warm LEDs dimmable from switch in kitchen and 2 warm LEDs on switch in bathroom

Toilet:
Separett Privy 501 urine-diverting compost toilet on custom box with high power extractor fan. No ned for compost medium. Urine is directed to 32 gallon grey tank, which is diluted with wash water (can be drained legally in most municipalities).

Shower:
24”x 33” x 74”
Nautilus self-cleaning retractable door
Thermostatic mixing valve to ensure the right temperature every shower
KES shower head shut-off valve
Better Living Products 3-Chamber soap and shampoo dispenser
Niagara 1.5GPM shower head

Entry features:
Flexco manual step
Ador power sliding door (Press a button on the key chain and the van sliding door opens and closes. You may never grab a door handle again!)

Extras included:

Stored in garage:
Clear Flow no kink flat polyurethane water hose with pressure regulator and quick connect
Grey water discharge hose with quick connect
Camco Tri-Leveler kit
30 amp shore power cord
Roadside assistance kit with jumper cables, warning triangles, emergency vest, tire repair kit
8ft telescoping ladder

Kitchen utensils:
6 piece Corelle bowls, plates
6 place setting silverware
4 short unbreakable short tumbler glasses
4 tall unbreakable short tumbler glasses
Magma Stainless Steel gourmet non-stick cookware

Bedding:
Mattress pad
Sheet set

Decorative sofa pillows

Shelving for overhead cabinets and under sink

Tred 1100 recovery & extraction (mounted on roof)

Price: $72000
 

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You sir do EXCELLENT work! Beautiful and very nice selection in materials and components.

Two questions:
Can you post up a picture with the sofa made into a bed? I am not seeing how that makes large enough for two people.

How do you separate the shower/toilet area during use? I see what appears to be a latching mechanism in the shower picture but not the rest of the equation.

Feel free to PM me your contact information.
Cheers,
Keith (CuStOm on ExpeditionPortal)
 

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Yep. This may be the best conversion I've seen. How did you cover the exposed metal areas around the doors, overhead bin, etc?

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Thanks!

I used 1/4" foam-backed marine vinyl and wrapped 1/8" plywood to make a flat surface to cover the metal over the sliding door that connects to the parcel shelf in the front. For the parcel shelf I used a boat building technique called tick sticking to match contours and make my pattern. Then I used two pieces of 1/2" ply to make my frame and drilled it into the lip on the parcel shelf. I also wrapped that frame in 1/4" foam-backed marine vinyl.

Let me know if you have more questions.
 

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Glad you got what you were asking. Lot of effort put in. You could probably make a nice living doing a few of these per year. Is that your plan?
 

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Glad you got what you were asking. Lot of effort put in. You could probably make a nice living doing a few of these per year. Is that your plan?
Thanks. No plans to make this into a business. I will do another van while I wait for the truck to be imported from Germany. We leave today for Europe.
 

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Jostalli,

Wow... absolutely beautiful work!! You have obviously put your heart and soul
into this... is it hard to let it go?

Can you give me a review of your air conditioner?
Was it effective enough to cool the space on it's own or do you supplement
it with the vehicle's air conditioner?

Congratulations on the sale... and please give us a link to your next project!!

Tom
 

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Jostalli,

Wow... absolutely beautiful work!! You have obviously put your heart and soul
into this... is it hard to let it go?

Can you give me a review of your air conditioner?
Was it effective enough to cool the space on it's own or do you supplement
it with the vehicle's air conditioner?

Congratulations on the sale... and please give us a link to your next project!!

Tom
Thanks! I just read my last comment and must make a change to that statement. We are now in fact building vans as well as expedition trucks for sale. It was not hard letting this Promaster go as I knew there were new and exciting features we wanted to incorporate into the next build. I do not recommend the UGO as it is just a little too underpowered to be effective at cooking the space. We now recommend two options for battery powered A/C. For roof mounted we recommend the Kingtec. For split units we like the Cruise N Comfort. For photos of our latest builds please follow us on Instagram: @gratefulpursuit
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I have admired this van for a few years, in fact @Gratefulpursuit was one of my first instagram follows. The colour scheme of this van inspired my own build! A quick question on the nautilus screen.... I have a wet bath in my van and currently use a door that swings into the kitchen galley, I am considering replacing it with a sliding door of some sort, and the nautilus might work. Do you have a source for this and do you have any pics of it closed? I'm interested in the transition to the floor (or step-over in my case).

Thanks
Shaun
 

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I have admired this van for a few years, in fact @Gratefulpursuit was one of my first instagram follows. The colour scheme of this van inspired my own build! A quick question on the nautilus screen.... I have a wet bath in my van and currently use a door that swings into the kitchen galley, I am considering replacing it with a sliding door of some sort, and the nautilus might work. Do you have a source for this and do you have any pics of it closed? I'm interested in the transition to the floor (or step-over in my case).

Thanks
Shaun
Thanks so much for the kind words!

The Nautilus screen comes in several lengths and widths. Just google search the best price as there are many online retailers who now sell them.

I like the screen but not for the use you suggest as there is a top and bottom rail, which hold the screen. You would have to purchase the tallest one and it may not look nice. Also, the rails are not as sturdy as they should be. One step on the bottom rail and you will crack it.

There are accordion doors made for RV’s that may work for you but they are cheap vinyl and you may not like the look. I would stick with the door for now.
 

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Hi Jostalli,

That's an amazing battery bank. How happy are you with the Winston batteries? Are there standard off-the-shelf solutions for charging them and monitoring them?

I'm looking to charge the batteries from both the alternator and from solar panels. Are you able to do that with your configuration?

And I won't need that much capacity (I don't think). Maybe 200-250AH? Just a guess at the moment.
 

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I'll let Jostalli chime in, but for the size of your bank, you may be better off looking at a drop in solution. I say that NOT being a fan of drop in lifepo4. By the time you buy a BMS and contactors for protection, plus the cells and busbars, you're approaching the cost of a decent drop in (battleborn) with a 10 year warranty.
 
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I'll let Jostalli chime in, but Winston cells are great. With a proper BMS configured with protector contactors, you can use any charger you want. You should have no problems charging from alternator or solar.

However with the size of the bank you want, the price per amp hour would be pretty high with quality BMS and contactors. You are approaching the price of a drop in system from someone like battleborn. I'm usually not a huge fan of drop in lithium solutions like battleborn, but for the size of the bank you want, it may not make sense to go the full bms/contactor route.
 
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