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Old 01-19-2015, 05:13 PM   #11
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Re: Sportsmobile Promaster Photos

Alex, thanks for that first-person trip report on the Sportsmobile Promaster conversion. Your observations seem to match well with comments elsewhere on Ram Promaster forums. The need to shift out of 6th gear for any hill or acceleration seems pretty common for modern vehicles with tall overdrive for economy, even my Honda has to shift out of top gear for anything more than a flat cruise. But the forced downshifts for engine braking seem particularly problematic, I hope they'll revise those shift points for upcoming model years.

The only other Promaster RV conversion with significant user experience is the Winnebago Travato based on the 159" wheelbase chassis. Those users report smooth handling at highway speeds, so the difference between the 136" wheelbase "Treasure Chaser" unit's maneuverable but twitchy handling may be due to nearly 2 foot longer wheelbase on the Travato.

It's striking how much more interior space the Promaster provides compared to our Sprinter. We rented the "Two for the Road" Sportsmobile Sprinter from Campervan NA last spring before purchasing our Sprinter. A similar length Promaster provides almost 1-1/2 ft more interior length and 6" more width at cabinet height. However Sportsmobile's van dimensions page doesn't show that much difference because they assume a 14" footrest buildout behind the front seats for swiveling seats.
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