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Old 12-08-2016, 03:31 PM   #11
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Like it so much I am considering a shorter low roof model as a primary vehicle.
You too, huh?
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Old 12-08-2016, 09:23 PM   #12
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Another satisfied Travato (2016 59k) owner here. Great driving van for sure.
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After installing a HD sway bar in the rear and airbags has greatly improved handling. Depending on amount of gear I carry, I just add a few pounds of air to the bags to get solid tracking and steering. Crosswind performance is excellent and no rocking or leaning. Adding rear air bags and sway bar was an easy and cheap upgrade, about $400 for both. About 2hr to install with a couple of wrenches.
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I recently took delivery of a 2017 PW Lexor TS. Everything about it is first rate, except for the RAM-supplied OEM tires. They're just plain awful.

If you buy any Promaster-based RV, plan on spending a thou or so for a good set of Michelins or Bridgestones.

The OEM tires make staying in ones lane at highway speed a fatiguing challenge.
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Old 12-10-2016, 04:35 AM   #15
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I rented the Citroen version of that van ( ireland) and really liked driving it- mine was diesel w 6 speed manual.
drove really well, easy and nimble


I own a 10 year old Lexor ( chev) and think PW did a great job on the build.

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Old 12-12-2016, 09:43 PM   #16
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...Everything about it is first rate, except for the RAM-supplied OEM tires. They're just plain awful.

If you buy any Promaster-based RV, plan on spending a thou or so for a good set of Michelins or Bridgestones.

The OEM tires make staying in ones lane at highway speed a fatiguing challenge.
Hmm. Could you elaborate? I have a Travato with OEM Nexen Tires, and haven't experienced any trouble at all with them. For some reason, I cant pull up any Pleasureway info at the moment.. Could it be a weight issue maybe?
But, I was thinking of replacing them with a slightly larger, possibly more aggressive tire when the time comes. Which ones did you go with?, and (I assume from your comment) they made a big difference?
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My self-build certainly has had no handling issues with the original Nexan tires.
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The Nexens have sluggish response to steering input and they "tramline," that is, follow every crack in the road. It's particularly noticeable on concrete pavement that has those linear saw-cuts intended to prevent aquaplaning. The result is a continuous and tiring need for steering corrections, even while traveling in a straight line. It's not a weight issue, unless the unladen weight of a just-delivered new Lexor is a problem.

If you drive on pool-table-smooth pavement untouched with saw-cuts, instead of on aging Southern California freeways, you may not experience this.

I had precisely the same problem decades ago with Cooper tires on a Chevy bubbletop camper van. As in the current case, tire replacement effected an instant cure.

If you can tolerate the Nexens, by all means stick with them, but they're not for me.

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I'm guessing something else was wrong, tires were under-inflated, or ? I've never heard of this problem.
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Old 12-13-2016, 12:26 AM   #20
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Actually, that problem is pretty common in a lot of vehicles, even cars, and almost always can be made a lot better with a tire change. Even the stock Bridgstones on our Chevy exhibited some of it, when you compare then to the Michelin ATX-MS2 tires we have on it now. I had Fleet Farm tires on one of the cars, which I think were really Coopers, and they were absolutely terrible for getting thrown around by road ridges, and hold on if you ran off over a shoulder step and tried to get back up smoothly.
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