Welcome to Frankie! She is a 2015 Diesel Promaster 3500 159” with a high roof. I am the second owner, having spent the last 3 years living in this van off and on. The first owner lived in it full-time with his wife for two and a half years and is the person that did the build originally. I’d typically take climbing trips lasting up to 3 months, often with my girlfriend, and during the trips we’d work remotely. I utilized my phone’s hotspot for internet connection and the ample electrical system for charging my laptop/phone. I’ve loved my time in the van, but it’s time for me to get Frankie a new home. Full Walkthrough: https://youtu.be/ZeJvtaQ5W_Q The Build The interior was built with simplicity and functionality in mind. The cabinets, drawers, and closet are very spacious and flexible, allowing you to maximize the volume and add whatever bins or dividers make sense for you. I painted the interior green when I received it and have made a couple modifications here and there to make it my own. Here is a list of general features: - Fully Insulated - Espar D2 Heater (ported to diesel fuel tank – this thing is amazing) - Maxxair Delux Roof Vent (w/remote control) - Removable Swivel Desk (between front seats) - 7 Gallon Fresh + 7 Gallon Grey Water Tank (w/7gallon extra jug in rear) - Shurflo Electric Water Pump - 200 Ah Renogy Battery (Brand new! Installed in May – plenty of room to easily add more battery if you so desire) - 1000W Intertek Inverter - 60 Amp Sterling Power Smart Charger - 2x100W Solar Panels – with accompanying charging unit (plenty of room to add more) - 20 Amp Shore Power - ARB 50 Quart Fridge - RV Queen Bed - Side Door Magnetic Bug Wall (this thing is awesome) - 6 Puck Ceiling Lights (Warm) - Massive Rear “Garage” Space - Massive Long-Term Storage “Pantry” - 2 Burner, Propane Stove - Carbon Monoxide Detector + Fire Extinguisher - Numerous 2.1A USB Charging Ports (2x both sides bed, 2x kitchen, 2x passenger seat) - Voltmeter + USB Charger + 3 Switch Hub - Spice Rack + Magnetized Knife Block - Wooden Floor and Ceiling - Custom Cut 3 Piece Sunshades I have a couple of candid thoughts on the build that I think would be useful for a first-time van buyer to consider. - Fixed Bed (Queen) -- I LOVE that the bed is fixed. The fixed aspect prevents any annoying reorganization/deployment procedure when you want to go to sleep at the end of the day, but for a single person you might think a queen is quite large. It was perfect for my girlfriend and myself to have plenty of room. - Drawer/Cabinet/Closet Interior – Are mostly unfinished/uncovered. Although some might find this a bit wanting, it never bothered me much – it gives it a sort of rustic feel. Someone buying the van might be interested in covering the unfinished wood with paint or veneer sheets. I appreciated that there wasn’t a bunch of integrated shelving. - Diesel Heater – This thing is awesome. I couldn’t imagine NOT having it. If you’re going to spend time in cold environments, you want this. It blows dry heat, making it easy to dry wet clothing. Combined with the great insulation, the build served me well on multiple deep winter, Montana ice climbing trips. If you’re mainly keeping to nice weather, this won’t be as essential. - No Toilet/Shower – To each their own, but I find both of these to be huge space wasters. The previous owner included a portable toilet, but in the year I had it I used it once. You can easily purchase a portable toilet for a few hundred dollars, and it fits perfectly under the bench. I use a portable solar shower (or the river) for getting clean. - Side Windows – It has them! I loved being able to open these and let the fresh air in, especially before I had the bug wall. The natural light helps a lot, even if the windows are tinted. The Van The van has 127,066 miles on it with a 3.0L diesel engine and is FWD. This van drives smoothly on the highway, and it gets incredible fuel economy for a van of this size. The diesel drive train gives it plenty of power for steep climbs or any towing you might want to do. The transmission is an automated manual, which is likely different from anything you’ve never driven. The advantage is that you can switch between low gears, choosing to shift it manually, when tackling mountain passes/steep highway – of course you can always just keep it in automatic mode! I have all the major service records from both the previous owner and me. I drive the van from time to time, so it will have a few more miles on it when purchased. Here is a list of general features/comments: - 21 MPG City/29 MPG Highway (official sources) - Regular oil changes/fluid checks (fresh oil change on purchase) - New transmission at 111k miles (20k miles left on warranty) - New rear brakes, calipers, and rotors at 115k miles - New rotors and pads at 127k miles - BFGoodrich K02 All-Terrain tires (replaced at 100k miles, slightly oversized) - Heavy duty tire chains (for Winter travel) - Back-up Camera - Bluetooth Radio/Phone Connection - Pre-Buy Inspection (done from potential buyer) from dealership with all things reviewed green! Closing Remarks The title is completely clean/clear and in my name. There is one mechanical consideration to note about the van. For the past 5000 miles I’ve had the CEL come on 3 separate times with the code P0901 - Clutch Actuator Circuit Range/Performance. When this happens the van displays “Gear Unavailable” when you try to shift into 1st or reverse. If you clear the code, the van drives with absolutely no issue, as if nothing happened. I’ve bled the clutch and have replaced the clutch position sensor. Apparently this is commonly the issue – the code has not reappeared since. The van is registered in Washington. I am currently living in Phoenix, AZ. This isn’t a problem, but it’s something I’d like to note in case you’re wanting to buy the van. I’m happy to accommodate whatever the case may be when selling/switching ownership. Unfortunately, I am not willing to drive the van to someone, but I’ll gladly help with arrangements to pick it up! Finally, as a buyer, you cannot secure an auto loan for the full value of the van. A bank will only let you secure a loan for the value of the van without the build – this is standard practice. This means that for financing you’ll either need to pay the full amount or secure a personal loan or RV loan for the full amount. I secured a personal loan when I bought it. Please be sure that this is figured out ahead of time so we don’t have to waste anyone’s time. I’m happy to answer any questions/concerns, but hopefully this listing has been comprehensive and I have given you plenty of information to fall in love with Frankie like I have. Thanks for looking!
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