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Old 01-11-2019, 04:13 AM   #1
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Default Promaster reliability

We are considering selling our trailer and tow vehicle and getting a small class b that I can use as my primary vehicle. I am looking at carado or roadtrek with promaster chassis. I am concerned with some of the reliability isssues posted by fleet owners. Seems like the transmission, valve train, headlights burning out and some other quality isssues are heavily reported. Anyone have a higher mileage promaster , and how has your experience been?
It appears the transits seem to have less reported issues, but there are no small wheelbase conversions available that I know of, other than going with conversion company, e.g. Sports mobile.
Thanks for any input you may have.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:44 PM   #2
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It’s largely a matter of perspective. My 2014 PM will soon hit 100,000 miles and I’ve been on the PM forum since 2014. I cringe when I see the problems folks discuss on the Sprinter and Transit forums. By comparison, our PM seems solid as a rock.

Do be aware, though, that the Carado is a cheaper upfit with questionable quality control. People who know and accept this when they buy seem pleased with their purchase and take the upfit repairs in stride, figuring they are OK overall given the low price they paid.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:15 PM   #3
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On the Facebook pages with owners of Promaster conversions, concerning your list of issues, the only one that has shown up regularly (but decreasingly with newer models) is the headlights. No one has reported any transmission issues. A couple of people lost their engines due to coolant loss, and I believe that both ended up being caused by the UHG installation. (but never saw a definitive decision on that)

My mileage is too low... and actually most of us RVers with Promasters are pretty low since they have only been out for 4-5 years... to confirm or deny their dependability.
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Chevy Express w/ small block. Can't go wrong. Its stood the test of time.
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We have had experience with both MB Sprinter and Ford and chose the 2017 Travato K on a Promaster this time. We have not had one problem with the Promaster but do not have high mileage yet. I have been on the Travato FB group for 2 years and I do see a number of headlight replacements reported. I agree with the previous poster's comments about the quality of the Carado.. We would most definitely buy a Travato again as it is our favorite motor home. Very happy with the ride and handling.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:41 PM   #6
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As with all forums, what you see is probably only 15% of people that are having problems and the other 85% are not. I have been on several different forums for RVs and autos and this seems to be the case with problems. You only see people with problems and those that do not have problems do not post. Some, like me read the forums and post if I can help or know of a solution to the problem. A lot of good tips are in the forums to watch out for but most do not post as they are having a good time.

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That is so true. A few expediters have checked in with 4-500,000 happy miles.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:19 PM   #8
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I am pleased, so far with my new 2018 RamPromaster conversion,the ride, the handling even the braking are impressive. I was also very worried about the Ram Promaster gas chassis, the converted Safari Condo (.com) also offer a conversion based on the very dependable Chevy Express. I have searched for about one year and decided that I wanted the features of the Promaster (front wheel drive,lower floor, wider body, Pentastar engine) and decided to risk the reabilty issue. Even if I have been driving Toyota & Honda for many years, yes FCA can bring questions. I see this RV thing as a hobby just like having a boat, plane, motorcycle, makes me think that I also spend a lot with with my carbon road bikes. Have fun whatever you choose.
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Thanks for info. Having had a few trailers I am well prepared for the usual rv type stuff that comes up, so not too concerned with those issues.
I am scared of the sprinter with the emissions issues and cost of maintenance.
Good to hear you have been happy with your promaster.
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On the Facebook pages with owners of Promaster conversions, concerning your list of issues, the only one that has shown up regularly (but decreasingly with newer models) is the headlights. No one has reported any transmission issues. A couple of people lost their engines due to coolant loss, and I believe that both ended up being caused by the UHG installation. (but never saw a definitive decision on that)

My mileage is too low... and actually most of us RVers with Promasters are pretty low since they have only been out for 4-5 years... to confirm or deny their dependability.
What does UHG stands for ?
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