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Old 02-06-2017, 02:08 AM   #1
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Default Another new Pleasure-Way Ascent owner

Just like NorthPotomac in another thread, we also bought a Pleasure-Way Ascent. Exact same dealership (Beckleys), but unlike him, we took home the one off the lot. In fact, I think he's even test driven the exact one we bought. We took delivery yesterday. Our unit is an earlier 2017 model without swiveling seats, but we don't think it will be a problem for us.

We had also been leaning towards the Lexor, and changed our minds to get the Ascent. When we compared the driver's seat, we just couldn't get comfortable in a Promaster, while the Sprinter felt really good. Once we reassessed the expected usage for the near future (mostly day and weekend trips, with a few week-long trips thrown in here and there), it made sense to get the compact unit that can easily go around town. We are already appreciating its nimbleness as we get into small strip-mall parking lots that I can't imagine navigating with a 24' Sprinter.

We are looking forward to the exciting days ahead.
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Old 02-06-2017, 03:08 AM   #2
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Congratulations !



I sat in the ProMaster and I was overwhelmed. It felt awkward.

I sat in the Sprinter and I felt at home immediately.


I spoke to a few ProMaster drivers,
most say that the van drove nice,
but a few mention that they were always apprehensive when driving around town,
because it is W-I-D-E.

The Sprinter, being a bit narrower, might actually be a better everyday driver.
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Old 02-06-2017, 03:24 AM   #3
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Congratulations! I agree with you on the Promaster chassis. The driving position was really uncomfortable for me... too bad really we were very very close to buying a Hymer Aktiv, but bought a RT Agile instead. Hope you love your van!
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Old 02-06-2017, 10:08 AM   #4
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Just like NorthPotomac in another thread, we also bought a Pleasure-Way Ascent. Exact same dealership (Beckleys), but unlike him, we took home the one off the lot. In fact, I think he's even test driven the exact one we bought. We took delivery yesterday. Our unit is an earlier 2017 model without swiveling seats, but we don't think it will be a problem for us.
Yes, we did! It drove beautifully on the winding roads near Sabillasville, Maryland (we insisted on taking it off the main highway). We look forward to meeting you and to taking a pic of both Ascents together. Hearty congrats!!
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Comfort of the PM driving position is highly dependent on seat adjustment, and there is a lot. Width is easy to get used to.

After having driven the PM for a while, I do not enjoy driving my Toyotas nearly as much as I used to.
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Old 02-06-2017, 04:01 PM   #6
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Congrats, my neighbor has a 2016- he has had concerns with leaking propane fittings ant the tank and his shower door fell off...after 5 weeks waiting...I gave him email for pleasure way and the replacement showed in a week.

seems the dealer is weak- so story there is go direct if you need action.

PW gives good support even to legacy owners- they know that we are each ambassadors for the brand and if they don;t support old units, then they can;t sell us new units.

as for driving, i test drove a liked a sprinter and it was awesome, we passed as the winnie conversion quality was crap ( 09 era). I rented the citroen version of the PM in ireland and it was a pleasure to drive...even sitting on the right side and shifting the 6 speed with my left hand- the narrow roads there made everything seem wide. It was aa good machine- and I think I'd look at the Fiat before the MB if I were shopping to replace the chev

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.I spoke to a few ProMaster drivers,
most say that the van drove nice, but a few mention that they were always apprehensive when driving around town,
because it is W-I-D-E. The Sprinter, being a bit narrower, might actually be a better everyday driver.
The total difference in width is 4 inches, isn't it? 2 inches on each side makes the Promaster wide?
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The total difference in width is 4 inches, isn't it? 2 inches on each side makes the Promaster wide?
Sounds crazy, I know, but here's an exact quote from my wife after driving the Ascent on some great winding country roads: "I LOVE the way this drives. I don't want anything longer or wider."

I tried to convince her to test drive a PM. To no avail...
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4 inches on each side, so a total of 8. That 8 inches feels massive though.
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4 inches on each side, so a total of 8. That 8 inches feels massive though.
You're right about an 8 inch differential being significant (as in the RT 210PC) but if we're comparing the Ascent with the Lexor Promaster, PW specs as follows:

Width with side mirrors extended:

Ascent: 7' 11"

Lexor Promaster: 8' 2.5"

which would make for a vehicle width difference of: 3.5"
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