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Old 06-28-2018, 03:27 PM   #1
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Well I have a delivery date now for my GL. July 20 barring any disruptions. Ships on the 16th.

I learned production on these takes a little longer than the regular G. There is a step in there they are calling "lithium check". Have no idea if this is just some kind of test, or they have someone from Volta look it over.

Getting excited now that it's becoming real.
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:27 PM   #2
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Excited for you and can't wait to read your thoughts on the Volta system. I'm impressed with your toys...2017 Tiffin Allegro 32SA, 2019 Travato GL (on order)...
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That's very exciting! The Volta system paired with the Travato makes for an incredible rig. For boondockers, it's probably the best van for the money.
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Congrats wincrasher.

Keep us updated on “Real World” use of the System and Performance.
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Good luck with your new Travato. Let us know how well the battery system works. I’m also looking forward to additional Travato improvements in your blog, although I suppose now that you have the G version on order they won’t be as useful to those of us that have the 59K. (Your shower curtain track upgrade for the 59K bathroom has been great!).
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That's very exciting! The Volta system paired with the Travato makes for an incredible rig. For boondockers, it's probably the best van for the money.
Why is it that Promaster, Ford and Chevy vans are still not equipped with the advanced safety features provided on the Sprinter?
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Why is it that Promaster, Ford and Chevy vans are still not equipped with the advanced safety features provided on the Sprinter?
We now own two vehicles with modern safety features: our 2014 Sprinter has the active safety assist package. Our 2018 Volvo XC60 is pretty much the state of the art, i.e., its abilities make my head spin.

With this experience under my belt, I would never, EVER buy another vehicle without this stuff. It is going to save countless lives, and I don't care how good a driver you think you are.
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We now own two vehicles with modern safety features: our 2014 Sprinter has the active safety assist package. Our 2018 Volvo XC60 is pretty much the state of the art, i.e., its abilities make my head spin.

With this experience under my belt, I would never, EVER buy another vehicle without this stuff. It is going to save countless lives, and I don't care how good a driver you think you are.
I couldn't agree with you more. The absence of this feature is a constant source of irritation with the 210 we drive.

What perplexes me is this: This stuff is uniformly available on most passenger cars now. What's with the vans? Since most of these vans are used for commercial purposes, as the owner of a business using a fleet of them, wouldn't you want to have every safety device you could possibly employ to reduce the possibility of one of your bleary eyed drivers having a costly injury involved collision?
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Do any of the other vans have active safety features to the extent the Sprinter has and will have more in 2019?
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Promaster has ESC and antilock brakes. It doesn't really need stability controls like Transit or Sprinter because the chassis design is alot more stable - especially with the wheels push out to the corners of the chassis. Add to that the lower height and lower center of gravity, it just drives much like your average family minivan.

If you are talking about all the bells and whistles like lane departure warning and blind spot assist, I guess some folks like that. I find it an annoyance on my other cars. Thankfully you can turn most of that crap off if it annoys you.

What I do wish the Promaster had was adaptive cruise control. I find that really useful on a few of my cars - but in city expressways. On country highways it doesn't make much of a difference.

Of course all this stuff comes at a price. Much of it is optional on Sprinter. Promaster is MUCH less costly than Transit or Sprinter.
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