Everything in this van is built specifically for this van. No standard cabinets adapted to fit, it is all custom. It took over 1000 hours to build and more than that in research. This van was very well thought out and designed to be a home, instead of a weekend warrior. You can find the build and my adventures on www.vanroadtrippin.com/the-build. Every design feature was intentional including having the bench seat where it is so that you can open the door, sit at the bench and enjoy nature. The build was with high quality wood and workmanship. No wood from a big box store used…it all came from higher quality lumber stores and consists of poplar and oak. Key features of this van: Solar (the van is totally off the grid) • 400 watts solar • 2 each 170 Amp-hour lithium batteries for a total of 340 amp-hours of energy • Battery to battery charger to also charge the lithium batteries while driving Water: • 15 gallon fresh water tank with level sensor • 15 gallon grey water tank with level sensor • Bosch hot water heater (this is wired to a timer so the battery doesn't accidently drain) • Sprayer in the rear to wash off dirty shoes, bike, etc. • Kitchen sink with hot and cold water Kitchen: • Whytner 65 gallon capacity dual zone chest refrigerator/freezer. Either compartments can regulate refrigerator or freezer temperatures. • Sink with faucet that also pulls out to be a wand • Microwave • Multiple (5) full size drawers for utensils, pots, pans, groceries, dry goods, etc. Bedroom • Full size bed with 5” memory foam mattress + mattress topper • The bed is on a very cool Ikea foundation that has adjustable firmness zones. You can lift the head to be propped up. • Dimmable and zoned lights (head and foot of bed) • Sliding window at the head of the bed. • Maxxair fan over the bed • Rear door windows • Swivel fan at the foot of the bed Storage: This van has tons of storage. Not an inch was wasted. • Wardrobe cabinet with a pull out bar to hang your clothes. • Storage bins above the microwave • Custom cabinet over the bench seat. Great for kitchen items & dishes. • Foot of bed storage cabinets for clothes, etc. • Under the bench seat there are 2 huge drawers. • Kitchen has a long toe-kick drawer under the fridge, as well as a full size drawer above it for utensils, and more open storage under the sink. • Under the bed from inside the cabin is a long drawer that stores the river table, as well as a large drawer for pots and pans and below that a storage compartment for the toilet. • Above the driver and passenger seat is a shelf with tons of storage • In the garage configurable shelves were built to allow maximum flexibility. A platform is also built in over the water tanks. The doors have storage pockets on them so even that space is not wasted. • The back was designed to put a bike mount inside if you so desire. Electrical: • High quality electrical components used. We did not opt for the standard wiring, but instead went with marine wiring as it has a higher tolerance for withstanding movement and vibration. • 3000 Watt inverter for 120 volt outlets throughout with USB ports • 12 volt outlets throughout • Control panel showing 12 volt electrical usage • Mobile app to monitor 120 volt usage • Cutoffs installed at strategic places to allow easy servicing of batteries (you do not want solar running if you have to change a battery) • Busbars used for 120 volt connections Other things Heat: Webasto 2000 ST installed under passenger seat with digital programmable thermostat at the head of the bed. Insulation and sounddeadening: Insulation and soundproofing installed on all walls and ceiling. The floor was also insulated before the marine grade plywood subflooring was put in and then the area was sealed in the event there is a water spill. Finally it was finished with water proof wood laminate in the front and rubber tiles in the rear. Cell signal booster: A WeBoost cell signal booster is installed for areas with weak cell service. Swivel seats: Both the driver and passenger seat swivel. The custom river table articulates so you can eat a meal from it while sitting in the swivel seats. Security: Security locks are set up to secure the vehicle from the outside as well as from the inside. Several of the locks are exclusive to Europe. I am very happy with the outcome and peace of mind. Airflow: I installed a top of the line Maxxair fan with remote. C.R. Laurence windows were installed on both side panels. The lower portion flips up so if it is raining out, inside stays dry but you can still have the windows open. Tires: Upgraded the tires to all terrain BF Goodrich KO2 tires. Not only does it give it a good look, but it rides better as well in dry, wet, and rocky boondocking roads. Backup camera: An after-market backup camera is installed. To assist with backing up at night, the reverse lightbulbs were replaced with brighter versions. Garmin GPS: Van is also outfitted with a Garmin DriveSmart 65 & Traffic GPS, with hands free calling, traffic alerts. Running boards with a 450 pound capacity were installed. Window coverings: Very high quality and custom-made window coverings were made to cover all windows as well as the Maxxair fan. They are held on with magnets which also allow you to keep them in place rolled. Outside shade: The van comes with a Moonshade. This attaches to the roof mounts and forms a nice awning like coverage and can be moved from the side to the back of the van for additional versatility. Workmanship: Only top-quality wood was used. No trips to Lowes or Home Depot for wood. We used a moisture meter to measure the moisture content of the wood to ensure it was not going to shrink or warp over time. Joints were done with tenons and glue. Most wood was planned before joining. To mount the cabinets, many builds screw them to the sheet metal supports in the van. Instead, we installed heavy duty Rivnuts and then bolted the cabinets in. The electrical was overengineered using high quality wire which far exceeded the minimum gauge. Connections were soldered and heat shrunk. Terminals were put on the wires where they connected to fuse boxes, batteries, buss boxes, etc. instead of just wrapping the wire around and screwing it in. The lithium batteries are higher quality in their own special compartment in the garage. PEX tubing was used for all plumbing and does not leak. Sensors were put on the water tanks so you can see their level from inside. There are so many things that were done to have a first-class home. After spending a year and half in the van, the effort was definitely worth it. Mileage: According to MotorBiscuit the average Promaster is expected to run at least 200,000 miles. The Promaster forum states, most expect the Promaster to last at least 250,000 with some comments testifying to up to 475,000 miles in a Ram Promaster. I will reply to all inquiries within 24 hours, thank you!
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