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Old 03-31-2015, 10:13 PM   #21
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Edit. My error. I thought wincrasher traded in his Oliver trailer.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:27 PM   #22
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The new TT is for cold(all) weather. Go to the open discussion fi rum where he reports on it extensively. He has a very, very comprehensive YouTube video as well.
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:12 PM   #23
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Yes, the Oliver is for my work lodgings. I have projects in cold weather places. Previously, I had a large 5th wheel trailer for that purpose that was nearly impossible to keep warm. The Oliver solves that problem nicely!

For all my vacationing and adventuring, I have the B-van. There's no better way to travel!
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:36 PM   #24
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I also vote for a video on your new van, as stanw said, your Oliver video was excellent.
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:33 AM   #25
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I pulled the trigger on a new Travato 59G. Here's a pic of it:


Why would I buy another one you ask? Because it's an excellent van, of course!

I sat and thought long and hard about what I wanted out of a van, and I kept coming back to what I already had. The 59K has some cool features, but it comes up short on some of my must haves. Also, the diesel didn't do it for me. You'd end up being woefully short on LP capacity, and the sample van had the check engine light on - not a good sign. The better mileage may wash the difference in fuel cost, but not the $5700 option price for the engine.

So here were my hot buttons:
Large refrigerator
Table for dining and playing cards
Rear area open for storage/cargo

More storage
Wet bath with no interior woodwork
Painted body panels
18-20 mpg
Option for better bike rack
Quality construction

What I didn't get, which I wanted, was a second battery and solar. I'm exploring having the dealer add these items. The small improvements throughout the van - the tweaks they've made from owner feedback - really make the van more desirable. At least to me anyways.

I also considered a Roadtrek for the engine alternator, but I don't really care for the layout nor the particle board cabinetry. I also considered the Lexor, and talked with the Pleasureway rep about it. They are waiting on Dodge to provide vans with the rotating seats (turns out the rotating mechanism is an aftermarket part that Winnebago and Roadtrek use) and plan to have painted fenders on 2016 models. Just didn't care for the layout, or the $15k higher price tag.

I also considered a Sprinter. The Era 170x was pretty nice, and I could get a good deal on it (~$94k), but ultimately, I don't want a van that big.

The options on this van were the Fiamma roof rack & bike rack, the paint scheme, the shiny cabinetry and the screen doors. Ended up out the door in the low 70's. Actually I'm out the door with a check for $8k, as I traded my old van and a 5th wheel trailer for it and got cash back, but that is a long story.
Well, I studied your choice and I agree with you. It has all one needs and without high and higher costs of Sprinters nowadays without much extra benefit. Well done and Congratulations.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:43 PM   #26
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I'd like to see a detailed video of what's underneath the van and inside the cabinets, also where everything is.....
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:24 PM   #27
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OK. Maybe this weekend I'll have a chance to shoot a review. I have a wide-angle lens I want to use, so that should do well underneath and inside tight spaces.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:42 AM   #28
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Wincrasher,

What is the difference between your new Travato 59g and your "old" Travato 59g. Also, does anyone know what the g and the k stand for?

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Old 04-02-2015, 01:45 AM   #29
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Another question, Do you know why the 59g has an all electric water heater and the 59k has the truma combo heater? Also what is your ground clearance, is it much lower than a sprinter, the battery underneath exposed scares me.
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the lowest thing on a promaster is usually the Onan generator. if nothing else is lower than that it seems ok to me
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