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I have a list here of mods or helpful hints that work. These are simple mods to make life in the Promaster easier.
For those with u-connect and backup camera. If you travel with the back doors open, some people need a lot of air, the backup camera turns on and there is no radio function this trick solves that, only temperary though.
Setting Hand Brake and Exiting Van
If you just want to open your side door half way and keep it there, yes somebody does, this cheap trick works. Lasted a year with duck tape (tape was looking worn still worked) spacing between the strips needs to be increased.
http://www.promasterforum.com/forum/newreply.https://www.promasterforum.com/threads/sliding-door-stop-experiment.44361/#post-236601php?do=newreply&p=232489
Cup holders up high need I say more.
What did you do to your Promaster today?
Washer fluid refill, use the spout from a def container, so you don't use def, wally-world sells a red flex spout for .50 cents. The red spout needs to be put on crooked to let air in the bottle. But wally-world stockers have no clue what goes where on the shelf so good luck there. Def spout works good.
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Front door entry help best I have without a step, I use the seat belt strap when needed, not the best but it's there.
Parking brake up the shorts, again need I say more. Exit Butt first or...
Setting Hand Brake and Exiting Van
So you want an easy way to attach things to the van interior and easy to remove, use 3.5" butt door hinges. You can buy 12 packs of hinges at your home center for under $20. Pop the pin on the hinge and remove whats there. I used this method on my 1974 van worked well. Sorry no picture that was 1974.
 

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Sore back in need of lumbar support?

Try an “Inland Lumbar Back Support” this works. This is better than the lump of coal support that comes with the Promaster this can be placed where it hurts with positive pressure on the back. If placed up high you may feel like a bobble head but it does relive the ache between the shoulders. Works for the lower back too. I got mine at Micro center, in store, on one of my stretch stops.
Price was right $1.99, buy two at this price.Inland Back Support .jpg
 

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Cabin air filter DIY

How to make a cabin filter.
First you need a washable filter about $20 for a 20"x 25" makes four filters. The pet filter with activated charcoal will work too it's about $10 makes four filters too. Both available at HD. Remove the cabin filter and disassemble. Caution on the black frame that surrounds the paper filter it's egg thin. Make a cardboard template that will fit in the black frame. Cut your filter using the cardboard template, next place the template on the plastic grid that comes with the filters. When cutting the grid you need to leave some legs longer than the template as these will be used to hold the grid to the frame. 3 or 4 top and bottom and one on each side should be enough. Mark the location of the long legs on the template and then transfer to the black frame. Drill holes near the bottom lip of the black frame where you marked from the template. Some trimming may be required to insert grid into holes. Use a hot knife to mushroom the protruding legs to lock in place. Reassemble the filter and install into vehicle. If you prefer Rock Auto has cabin filters for $6.50 get your diesel air filter with the cabin air filters and save. Your zip makes or breaks shipping.
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Tool less cabin air filter change

First you need to buy 8" releasable zip ties from HD in the electrical department.
You need two zip ties put the rest in the glove box.
Next remove the metal clips from the plastic filter frame.
Insert a zip tie up from the right side filter frame through the cowl hole and over and down through the left cowl hole and through the filter frame.
Push the second zip tie head onto the the first zip tie tail that is hanging down through the filter until snug. I can remove the zip tie with my wet noodle finger nails and two hands. You my want to put a half inch nylon spacer on the first zip tie between the filter frame and the second zip tie this will give fat fingers room to work on removing the zip tie.
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Not exactly a "mod," but a HF shoe horn fits perfectly into the seatbelt hole in the B pillar. Stays put, doesn't rattle, doesn't interfere with seat belts, always there when you need it.

 

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Grab handle for sliding door install

A simple, yet elegant, install of a grab handle for people entering the van via the sliding door. :D This handle, plus the Carr super hoop step make it very easy to enter and exit the van.




If you remove the black boot at the bottom of the column, you will find one screw that needs to be removed to allow you to pull the grey plastic cover away from the column behind the passenger door.

Pull on the weatherstripping to release it from the edge of the grey column trim.

If you measure up 13 1/2" from the bottom of the grey cover you will find a hex hole punched in the steel column. Up 8" higher, you will find a second hole. I think these are used for partition holding.

If you enlarge the two holes with a drill, they will fit a 1/4-20 rivnut. Install them.

In the plastic cover drill corresponding 3/8" holes about 7/8" in from the edge. Cut two small blocks of wood - 5/8" thick, about 1" high and 3/4" wide. Drill a 3/8" hole in each. These are needed to fill the space between the plastic cover and the metal column so the screws can be tightened against a solid surface.

Run two 14/-20 x 1 1/4" round head screws thru the handle holes,thru the plastic, thru the wood spacer blocks, and screw into the rivnuts. Note: round head screws not hex head bolts!

Put the rubber weatherstrip back in place and trim to clear the handle. Done! :D

Note: when you close the door, the door opening lever will just about touch the handle, but it does not interfere (at least in my case)

But, you say, where do I get a handle that fits the two hole spacing EXACTLY?

I found these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-Black-Plas...item1a01bcd205

The guys at Fiat must have set the hole spacing to be just right for the "RV handle industry"!

All of the above should work... do so at your own risk - no warranties expressed or implied. Not available in all states, and subject to local laws and ordinances. etc....>:D

Enjoy your PM!
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Stupid parking brake arm catching me on the way out solution.
Take parking brake arm mechanism off seat base ( not a big job)
Put in vise
Bend the arm mount inward
Might take a couple tries to get it just right
Now my brake arm is close to the seat where it belongs
I had caught it almost the first day I got PM so mine was bent way out
But now it is in all nice and tight
Had to get. Under van and adjust brake cable after also
 

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Windshield cleaning for most of the year

I was saving this for Bug season but I had to drive through the salt mist so here it is.
Windshield is big and most gas station squeegees are short handled. So you go to WM buy the $6 extendable squeegee works for me and my belly doesn't clean the bugs off the hood while washing the window. Use the stations windshield cleaner solution. The problem is now you have a bug scrubber soaked with bug juice where do you put it? You unscrew the head in the rain gutter out of sight until needed again, this can be done without touching the head. I bungee the pole to the passenger seat with my bottle of window clean when done. Update I locatated the pole between the door and the hood release. Now if you ride with your better half put it on the passenger side they always clean windows better anyway. I used 3/4+” Grip clips and VHB tape to hold the pole in place so far it's holding screws to come later. I had to put a tab on the hood release just some packing tape folded upon it's self works fine. If you look close you can see it. I don't know how well this will work in the winter I'm in a warm climate most of the time but there are no bugs in the winter so you could just throw it in the back or find a warm spot under the hood to store it.
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Entrance help for the PM passenger a grab handle

I used the passenger seat the other day and found it hard to get in without the steering wheel. So I came up with this tool-less mod. Buy a dog collar and put around the hinge bracket of the seat, seatbelt side. For testing I have one on the drivers seat and it works fairly well you still need to balance your self with the other hand on the door or dash. For the passenger side left foot in the step well first and then grab the collar and pull your self up, drivers just the opposite. While writing this a light bulb lite up put one around the head rest I tried it and it works better, but the strap may feel like a washing instruction tag on your shirt Hi-way testing may be needed. seat help.jpg seat help 2.jpg
 

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I used the passenger seat the other day and found it hard to get in without the steering wheel. So I came up with this tool-less mod. Buy a dog collar and put around the hinge bracket of the seat, seatbelt side. For testing I have one on the drivers seat and it works fairly well you still need to balance your self with the other hand on the door or dash. For the passenger side left foot in the step well first and then grab the collar and pull your self up, drivers just the opposite. While writing this a light bulb lite up put one around the head rest I tried it and it works better, but the strap may feel like a washing instruction tag on your shirt Hi-way testing may be needed. seat help.jpg seat help 2.jpg
I like the strap idea, and will probably install something similar; however, the plastic buckles on dog collars are meant to give-way when a certain amount of pressure is used. This is supposed to prevent a dog from strangling itself if getting caught, but I have heard of unfortunate incidents when they didn't work as they should. Which, is why my dog is naked unless going for a walk or in my vehicle.

For the purpose of assisting entry into the van, maybe a belt buckle type of closure would be safer should the buckle give way while someone is pulling themselves up.
 

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I like the strap idea, and will probably install something similar; however, the plastic buckles on dog collars are meant to give-way when a certain amount of pressure is used. This is supposed to prevent a dog from strangling itself if getting caught, but I have heard of unfortunate incidents when they didn't work as they should. Which, is why my dog is naked unless going for a walk or in my vehicle.

For the purpose of assisting entry into the van, maybe a belt buckle type of closure would be safer should the buckle give way while someone is pulling themselves up.

You are wrong on the dog collar giving way to save the dog. What collar manufacturer is going to face a lawsuit because there collar gave way while walking the beast. The black collar is a cheap .99 cent one from WM and I can hang from it without it releasing that's 200lb's. Very few dogs weight 200lb's. The red one was on the passenger seat head rest but was used to get into the cargo area. By the way the grab handle on the head rest is self retracting with the weight of the buckle after the first bump when driving.
 

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You are wrong on the dog collar giving way to save the dog. What collar manufacturer is going to face a lawsuit because there collar gave way while walking the beast. The black collar is a cheap .99 cent one from WM and I can hang from it without it releasing that's 200lb's. Very few dogs weight 200lb's. The red one was on the passenger seat head rest but was used to get into the cargo area. By the way the grab handle on the head rest is self retracting with the weight of the buckle after the first bump when driving.

For the specific breakaway collars, there are two D rings that you hook the leash to; effectively disengaging the breakaway feature. No lawsuits. As you tested yours I'd recommend others to test theirs and/or be certain they have the quickrelease buckle vs the breakaway buckle before "installing".
 

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For those that installed heaters.

Sand dobber season is here in TX so to keep them out of my Barking heater intake/exhaust pipes, that's one of those Chinese parking heaters for those that don't know. I came up with this easy mod, a square of aluminum screen 3"x3" and a piece of pvc pipe thin wall 1.25" worked for me. A hose clamp would be better as the exhaust pipe may melt the pvc if left on. In the pic the heater is running and the intake side, the screen extends out past the end of the pipe. This was done so as not to restrict air flow. They slide on and off easy if you need to remove them.
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I separated my Espar exhaust and inlet more but your mod is a good one.
 

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I got same back support at The Dollar Tree Store, they have had them in a couple of different times, so ask if you go there.
 

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How not to lock the slider door when locking the rest.

This is a repost from another thread on this forum.
Why you need too I don't know, but it's nice to know if you need it. Open the slider look on the C pillar for the black oval, there is a button there if you push that in and hold, then push the door lock on the remote you can now open and close the slider with the other doors still locked. To lock the slider close and press the lock button on the remote.
 
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