Originally Posted by PeteM
Originally Posted by Chance
There is a report on ProMaster forum that Sportsmobile is currently showing a ProMaster-based camper van at the Tampa RV show. Has anyone seen pictures or information on this van, or have pictures you can post?
Looks like that Tampa demo unit is now listed for sale on the Sportsmobile Texas - New Inventory page:
Rather unusual "shower in a floor cabinet". Big 4 kw inverter and electric water heater, but it seems odd they didn't opt for the larger 220 amp vehicle alternator with all those electrical loads.
Thanks for heads up on this PM conversion. I plan to attend the Houston RV show this coming week and will take a look at it if Sportsmobile is there and shows it.
For us there are a lot of "unusual" features beyond the shower/toilet-in-a-floor-cabinet (can't say I care for that design, preferring an enclosed room). And by unusual I don't mean bad, but some wouldn't work for our needs. What we like best is the openness but it comes at a high price.
It seems all electric but I don't see a cooktop at all. I guess a portable hot plate could substitute.
I don't see mention of heater so it's likely electric too. If off the grid how long would 200 Amp-hour last at even 500 watts to take the chill out of van? A couple of hours?
The rear dinette seats appear elevated about 6 inches to match cab area. That should improve forward visibility for passengers, but they all have to ride sidewards. Makes into nice-size bed for two though.
There is a lot of counter surface for this size van, but it comes at expense of storage. I don't see a wardrobe to hang clothes, and the fridge is smaller than otherwise possible.
I get the feeling this van was designed as a combination travel van and or weekender, more so than for extended camping. And to me that's the most unusual thing of all since the ProMaster lends itself so well for camping. Regardless, I hope it makes it to the Houston RV Show to get a sense of how much space a PM can provide when left somewhat open.