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Old 11-24-2016, 03:19 PM   #1
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Starting a new Promaster conversion

Hi All,

I've read and enjoyed this site and would like to share my own planned conversion of a Promaster van that Sportsmobile Texas will be starting, hopefully soon. I'll try to attach plans of what I've discussed with Sportsmobile (hopefully this will work).

As has been mentioned by other posters here, everyone comes at this with their own unique goals and travel style and so everyone's van is different. With this in mind, I certainly understand that the design that we've come up with (my girlfriend and me) is not for everyone. But I think it will fit our needs quite well.

If anyone has any questions, I'm happy to give my thoughts, though I am certainly no expert. I can only comment about the choices we've made.

Thanks.

George
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File Type: pdf Plan.pdf (85.4 KB, 56 views)
File Type: pdf Lower Plan.pdf (87.4 KB, 26 views)
File Type: pdf Driver side 2.pdf (106.4 KB, 20 views)
File Type: pdf Passenger side.pdf (173.5 KB, 17 views)
File Type: pdf Cross Section.pdf (124.2 KB, 22 views)
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Old 11-24-2016, 03:21 PM   #2
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And here are two roof plan options we've discussed with Sportsmobile.
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Old 11-24-2016, 03:24 PM   #3
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I'm going to try to post my plans as image files instead of PDFs to see if they will show up in the thread. Here it goes:
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Old 11-24-2016, 03:25 PM   #4
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And here again are the roof plan options:
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Old 11-24-2016, 05:53 PM   #5
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You've done a lot of homework haven't you? Great to have options, isn't it?

One thing to ask yourselves, is there a possibility of children in your future? Forward facing seating is key, especially for kids, so at a minimum if there's even a chance of kids, is to leave enough floor space for a Captain's seat or two.

I've seen quite few custom SMB's go on the market because kids come along and their layout is not compatible with kids.


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Old 11-24-2016, 06:21 PM   #6
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Thanks very much for your thoughts, Herb. I know that the layout you're talking about is very popular - with a front facing bench seat behind the cab creating a front lounge. I know they do this with the Travato G and a lot of European campervans. It looks like we'll be getting this here with the Hymer Activ, Grand Canyon, and Sierra Nevada. As you say, this seems like a much better layout with kids.

In our situation, we're actually pushing retirement age and have no kids, so we are really looking at a unit that will only ever be used for the two of us. What is a bigger issue with us is having the refrigerator off the floor and the microwave above the counter (one of us has bad knees and getting down on the floor to access these would be a problem). The front bench seat, which would be redundant for us, takes up space that we need for the fridge and microwave.

Thanks again for your thoughts.

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Old 11-24-2016, 06:58 PM   #7
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Is there a reason the passenger side top cabinets are so shallow?
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Old 11-24-2016, 07:08 PM   #8
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It does look a bit shallow, doesn't it. Good catch. It wasn't my intention to make that a shallow cabinet. I figured it would just be whatever standard depth Sportsmobile would normally do. But it somehow got drawn very shallow. I'll fix that.

I was figuring that the one on the driver's side could be extra deep - more than the standard depth just to get some extra storage space.

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...In our situation, we're actually pushing retirement age and have no kids, so we are really looking at a unit that will only ever be used for the two of us...
Understandable. In that case, personally I would consider a bench on the driver's side across side rear passenger side doors. Relaxing on that bench with the side doors open is special, especially in inclement weather. I would feel too isolated from the outdoors in a rear lounging area.

Regardless, enjoy the journey and don't obsess about the process. I've seen some people spend more time planning or building their SMB's than actually using them. Get whatever layout fits your lifestyle and get out on the road with it.


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Old 11-24-2016, 08:01 PM   #10
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Thanks again. I can tell you've had a lot of experience with this stuff.
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