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Don't forget your helicopter when you go camping!

Video Link We saw this impressive rig while on a recent trip. Must be nice to be able to take a personal helicopter tour everywhere you go camping. .
sonicsix 10/21/15 10:53am RV Lifestyle
RE: Converting a Ram ProMaster 2500

Like the porta-potty, the inside cook top and sink are there for use when we can't go outside due to weather, lack of facilities, etc. As small as the van is, there is only about 7' between the cook top and the MaxxFan. Any odors are going to go throughout the van regardless. No cooking fish in the van! :)
sonicsix 10/20/15 08:26am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: ProStar, Sprinter, Ford Transit Reviews

The ProMaster (gas version) is a great vehicle... I have one. It is a 2014 high roof, 159" wheelbase, gas model. The early '14 diesels had some issues but my understanding is they have that ironed out at this point. I bought my ProMaster specifically to convert it into a wheelchair accessible camper van and I am about 50% done. The ProMaster has more room inside, doesn't look bloated from the outside, is front wheel drive, costs less than Ford or Sprinter, etc. The gas engine is the 3.6L Pentastar and it notoriously reliable. Coupled to the 6 speed transmission, it gets about 19-21 MPG highway and roughly 17 MPG city driving (for me anyway). Another key factor is I got an extremely well equipped model for thousands less than Ford would sell me a base model for. I think Winnebago and RoadTrek made good decisions in using the ProMaster platform to build RVs out of. Also keep in mind, more people complain on the internet than they praise, so you will almost always find more negative information than positive.
sonicsix 10/20/15 08:18am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Converting a Ram ProMaster 2500

We started on the "kitchen" today. It is recessed into the passenger side bed and is accessible by lifting up a hinged panel. We won't use the inside kitchen much, so sliding the mattress from this bed to the other every now and then isn't a big deal. If there is a bath house, we always go there to use a sink and we cook outside unless it is raining. Here is the progress thus far, we are waiting on the 2 burner cooktop to arrive. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mr_2JT8XV7o/ViVw6GAQYOI/AAAAAAAAZ7A/x5HgqbKgO0E/s640-Ic42/kitchen01.jpg
sonicsix 10/19/15 04:45pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Converting a Ram ProMaster 2500

the propane link is greyed out. Mike I fixed the link, Mike. Sorry about that... Since you have no windows in the rear that open, I would suggest another vent above the bed/cooking area to get airflow through the van. I also like those $12 12volt fans from Wal-Mart for when you're camping without plugging in. We are planning to add a vent on the rear of the van. It will be a passive vent and not powered like the MaxxFan. The MaxxFan can then pull a serious draft through the van.
sonicsix 10/17/15 09:24am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Converting a Ram ProMaster 2500

The A/C installed along side the PD4045 converter. This is a Frigidaire FFRE0633Q1 6000 BTU model. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-A5WlPDN_Pr4/Vfr7BqC8ntI/AAAAAAAAZs4/x4no_LJk0Og/s640-Ic42/beds04.jpg And here is the A/C exhaust vent from the outside... very inconspicuous. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-OTq-bL2cjCk/VhgukaHc0HI/AAAAAAAAZ00/G0sm1odkzgw/s640-Ic42/20151009_154705.jpg The Braun Millennium 2 wheelchair lift in the passenger side sliding door. This was an absolute must for the van above all else. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mHyd3bgo0Og/VgwldnTlMmI/AAAAAAAAZw8/0fh3ydBoQjE/s640-Ic42/lift03.jpg The ceiling framing being installed... https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-agDehde-fwE/ViAyRZP3QoI/AAAAAAAAZ4A/SmLyyVSZguI/s640-Ic42/ceiling04.jpg And part of the ceiling cover installed. There is a layer of UltraTouch insulation glued to the van roof, then an air gap, then a layer of Reflectix, then the white hardboard covering. This should really help keep the heat out on those hot summer days. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VhZRrLcniW0/ViAyTOE9C-I/AAAAAAAAZ4I/3kLSmqhmeEE/s640-Ic42/ceiling05.jpg
sonicsix 10/16/15 01:57pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Converting a Ram ProMaster 2500

I don;t see mention of the propane tank install ? Mike It's on the site. There is too much information there to reasonably duplicate here.
sonicsix 10/12/15 01:10pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Converting a Ram ProMaster 2500

Being unable to afford a Travato or RoadTrek Zion, we decided to try our hand at building out our own campervan. We bought a new 2014 Ram ProMaster 2500 series van, 159" wheelbase, high roof, gas model. One major thing that also prevented us from buying a factory built Class B van was the fact we need an occupied wheelchair lift in it. Once we got the van, the first step was installing the Braun Millennium 2 wheelchair lift. We got the lift second hand and saved a ton of money. Getting the lift turned out to be our first road trip... from Central Alabama to Winston-Salem, NC and back. It was a nice trip but better suited for more than 2 days. Here is a link to the part about the wheelchair lift on our personal site. OK, I guess installing the lift was actually step 2. Step 1 was installing the flooring and insulation. We put down a sheet of plastic, then a layer of UltraTouch insulation, then a layer of 1/2" plywood and then a nice linoleum that looks like hardwood floors. You can read about that part on this page. Step 3 was building the bed frames. Not only did these have to serve as beds for the wife and I, they had to hold certain items like the batteries, the converter/charger, the A/C, the refrigerator, and so on. My bed is 20" high and hers is 24" high (the fridge is under hers). We both have a nice 6" memory foam mattress. Here are the links to the parts we have completed so far: - Electrical - MaxxFan Installation - Window Unit A/C Installation We are in the planning stages for the overhead cabinets as well as the ceiling and wall coverings. The actual design has varied a little from what we envisioned simply because our minds have more room than the van does. We understand that some of you may not agree with the way we are doing the propane tank, and we appreciate your concern, but we are aware of the risks and we happy with our plan. We'll update this post as more progress is made. Here are a few pics (there are many more on our site if you are interested). Have a blessed day! Jerry and Cynthia Edit: Here is the index page for the project. This is the van when we first got it... https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vK33l2Nbv-o/Va0J10bX_WI/AAAAAAAAZQI/XMJnhNe0NtA/s640-Ic42/20150720_093926.jpg Working on the insulation and flooring... https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VPyeW8iNW3w/VcTG-K0p9aI/AAAAAAAAZcs/bGncXhds5kc/s640-Ic42/flooring01.jpg Looking in the back doors... https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0yiMfN3WoBA/VhaB5w--T-I/AAAAAAAAZys/4Bc2OzGBhB0/s640-Ic42/beds11.JPG What it currently looks like from the outside... https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-YIlOoiKKRz4/VeJdkoakhgI/AAAAAAAAZlo/cVADorraxGw/s640-Ic42/van01.jpg
sonicsix 10/11/15 12:22pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where can I find workamping opportunities?

WorkampingJobs.com is a very active site with guaranteed up-to-date ads, you can also submit a workamper resume and even leave reviews about past workamping jobs. It is 100% free for everyone to use and no registration is required.
sonicsix 08/15/15 02:41pm Workamping Forum
We Are Converting a Ram ProMaster

We bought a new 2014 Ram ProMaster 2500 series van to convert to a wheelchair accessible camper. Ours is the 159" wheelbase, high roof, gas model. It has sliding cargo doors on both sides because the wheelchair lift will block the passenger side. We will do the conversion in steps, hoping to be done by the end of the year. We will share our progress on this page for those that are interested. Here are a couple of pics as it is right now. All we have done so far is install the dash cam. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Cr6MQh9GZt4/VauzTpEkk6I/AAAAAAAAZOs/dgXuV8tSvDk/s600-Ic42/20150719_092219.jpg https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vK33l2Nbv-o/Va0J10bX_WI/AAAAAAAAZQI/XMJnhNe0NtA/s600-Ic42/20150720_093926.jpg
sonicsix 07/25/15 07:43am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Replacing the Old Analog with this Honeywell

RV Digital Thermostat Installation Guide - This is how we did ours. .
sonicsix 06/02/15 02:44pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Replace sofa bed?

We swapped our sofa bed out for 2 comfy recliners. Can't believe we didn't do it sooner. We had to disassemble the sofa to get it out and did not assemble the chairs until we had them inside. Once we had the sofa out, we put it back together and sold it in 1 day.
sonicsix 06/02/15 02:43pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Sleep Revolution 8" Sport Memory Foam Mattress

We have this mattress, which is an 8 inch queen size memory foam unit, and we love it! I know you are looking for a short queen, so here's a link where you can browse various short queens and read reviews on each. Hope this helps! .
sonicsix 06/02/15 02:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Replacing coleman thermostat

Digital Thermostat Installation Guide for RVs
sonicsix 06/02/15 02:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why did you stop full time rving?

We had to stop to deal with a case of thyroid cancer. The Lord has gotten us through all that now and we plan to be part-timers... a park model in the RGV for the winters and a small travel trailer to live in as we travel in the warmer months.
sonicsix 05/31/15 07:55am RV Lifestyle
RE: Help me understand roof maint..

If it is a rubber roof (the most common type), look for obvious holes or tears. Repair them with Dicor or Eternabond. If the original Dicor is in bad shape, consider replacing it with new Dicor or Eternabond. BE sure to check closely around all vents, antennas, etc for cracking of the sealant. Here is a guide to installing Eternabond. Hope this helps!
sonicsix 05/31/15 07:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Finally got to use my second awning

We're about to get a Casita... and blast you!! It will have 2 awnings. :)
sonicsix 05/31/15 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Pest Control Outdoor Lantern

We had one of those and didn't really notice it was there... neither did the mosquitoes.
sonicsix 05/31/15 07:26am General RVing Issues
RE: I'm interested in work camping. Can people give me advice?

You can find many, many workamping opportunities at WorkampingJobs.com. There is a "Frequently Asked Questions' page there that you may find helpful. We were full-timers and workamped and we documented almost everything we did. All of that information is freely available online at www.RVRoadTrip.us.
sonicsix 05/31/15 07:23am Workamping Forum
RE: Other than Amazon and Beet Harvest, what's out there?

WorkampingJobs.com - tons of job listings, workamper resumes and you can even leave a review about your previous workamping jobs. All free and no registration.
sonicsix 05/08/15 06:19pm Workamping Forum
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