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Old 08-06-2019, 02:20 PM   #1
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FS: Pleasure-Way Traverse 2002 69k $19,500 Phila Area

Selling my 2002 E250 RB Pleasure-Way Traverse pop-top van. 69,000 miles. Located in the Philadelphia area. Similar to a SMB RB50 layout. Almost identical to a GTRV "Westy" van. Made in Canada, with high build quality.

Price: $19,500 firm for quick and fair sale. This is about $10,000 less than similar Traverses (some with more miles) have sold for recently. It's priced low because there are some fixes needed, as detailed below. I greatly prefer an in-person sale so the new owner can be satisfied with what he or she is getting. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to drive this across the country tomorrow, and it's ready to use and camp in right now.

Very nice-looking van in a gold/tan color, with no exterior graphics or badging other than OEM Ford stuff. With the super-low profile PW pop-top, this van is ultra stealth and looks like a regular conversion van. I even have it registered and titled as a passenger vehicle (station wagon) so you can drive or park it anywhere a regular car is allowed to go (i.e., no "motor home" plates).

As many of you know, I also have owned a Sportsmobile for many years (and still do). I bought this Traverse van earlier this year locally to see whether we preferred the smaller RB "50" layout or our existing EB SMB. I personally prefer this layout and the shorter van, but my wife likes our SMB layout better. So, that's that.

Lots of details are below, and I have a photo album online of 80+ photos, too. But first let's get the obvious out of the way: yes, it's a van from the NE, and yes, it has some rust to be addressed. The frame is solid but has normal NE rust scaling that can easily be cleaned up with some aggressive wire wheel or needle scaler work. I had planned to do this myself, but messed up my back earlier this year and am just not up to doing it right now. A local media blaster company that specializes in auto work quoted around $900 do blast the scaling off down to clean metal. There are also two rust-through spots that need to be patched, one on each rear quarter behind the rear wheels (very common E-van spot and not too hard to patch). I was quoted $750 to have it cut out and new metal welded in. The propane tank also has surface rust and needs to be sandblasted and repainted.

Photo album with 85 photos:

-2002 E250 PW Traverse
-Low miles: 69,000 miles
-5.4l gas engine
-3.73 rear axle (I do not think it's a LSD, but am not 100% certain)
- OEM Ford Alcoa wheels with nice Bridgestone Dueler AT tires, upgraded to 245/16 over the original 225/16 wheels that were on it when I bought it.
-Previous owner bought it in 2003 with 3,000 miles on it, so was basically the original owner (but technically the second). I'm the third owner.
- I added a set of the coveted rear-door pop-out windows, in matching OEM tint no less!
-Van appears to have been well maintained based on the repair history I was given. Fairly recent brakes and rotors all around, front end maintenance (new ball joints driver’s side, tie rods, etc.), and more. When I bought it I had it safety and emissions inspected in PA and it passed with no issues, except for needing the passenger side ball joints (which I had them do). PA has a pretty strict yearly mechanical and emissions inspection.
-Interior in overall pretty good condition. Nothing broken or missing and everything works as far as I know.
-All standard PW Traverse features (unlike SMB, the Traverse was a set model without really any options)
- Big bed downstairs
- Hot water heater, works on both 12v and 110v
- Propane stove
- Suburban ducted propane heater
- Microwave (works when on shore power only)
- Porta Potty in cabinet
- Remote starter and remote locking fobs
- Space for two coach batteries, although only one is currently installed
- Converter/charger (no inverter) for batteries and DC
- Recent NAPA RV coach battery and brand new starting battery with warranty
- Kenwood Exelon double-DIN stereo with navigation and SiriusXM capability. Back-up camera capable, although one is not installed.
-The previous owner had it registered in NJ as a motor home. I had it titled in PA as a passenger vehicle/station wagon, as it’s cheaper to register and allows me to park it on any residential street, drive on parkways in New England, etc. My insurance still insures as an RV, though. Unlike my SMB, the Traverse looks like a regular conversion van and blends in well.

Known issues:

-Original pop-up canvas (SunBrella fabric) is intact and works fine, but has a few very small holes (1/8” or less) that I patched using "Tear-Aid" tape, as recommended by my local Pleasure-Way dealer. Likewise, tears in the roof window screens were patched using a similar recommended product. Also, one side window needs the zipper pull repaired. Alternately, a new top from Pleasure-Way is about $1,000 and would be easy to install as a DIY project.
- Rust as previously noted.
- Sounds like it could use new idler wheels and/or tensioner for the serpentine belt (it's not that noticeable, but you can hear it).
- Needs an alignment due to new ball joints installed. I just haven't gotten around to it yet as I haven't been driving it.
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Old 08-06-2019, 04:42 PM   #2
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Looks nice. Good luck with the sale! I have seen 2 of these in person and the cabinetry is very nice.

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Old 08-08-2019, 07:13 PM   #3
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This is a great rig at a great price, very similar to a GTRV. Lose the running boards, add Bushwackers and a mild lift kit, and it would really update the look and functionality. Couldn't ask for a better first camper van.

And yes, Pleasure Way used laminated plywood cabinetry like a GTRV which is lighter and much more durable than the Sportsmobile laminated pressed cardboard.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:53 AM   #4
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Thanks @poptopper! Yes, the build quality on the Traverse is overall a bit better than SMB IMO. I think part of it is because PW only made one floor plan with basically no options, likely allowing things to be more “productionized” and tolerances tighter, etc.
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Old 08-09-2019, 01:41 PM   #5
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To @poptopper's point, here are a few photos of my van without the running boards. Also, a photo of a similar van lifted without the running boards (I think maybe someone from the forum? I forget, I saved it a while ago for inspiration).
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THIS IS ONE HELL OF A BUY! I would jump on this if anyone wants to buy my 7.3 E350 4x4! Permitted there is no rust at all!

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