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Old 07-18-2015, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Travato 59K boondocking capability

To those who own Travato 59K, can you comment on the boondocking capability. Specifically I was wondering how the 2 battery setup was working with the electric only fridge. Has any one added a second solar
panel on the 59K's roof?
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compressor fridge 4 amps per hour. solar panel probably gives 4 amps per hour-for say 8 hours-thats 32 amps. i don't think just the fridge would be an issue
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You can always charge with the generator for an hour or so.

I'd be more concerned about the 13 gallon gray tank.
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My biggest hesitation on making my purchase is how it will handle going off the pavement... Dirt roads that aren't well maintained.
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i have a zion-ram promaster-this is not a deep into woods off road vehicle.

the travato is aok but it's not deep of road.

better of with a chevy based van for that
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I wouldn't worry about dirt/gravel roads unless they had deep wash-outs or big rocks poking up. But I'd have the same concern with any van except the 4x4.

You can always get a lift kit if you do rough roads often enough. Someone mentioned they lifted their Promaster 3 inches.
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You can always get a lift kit if you do rough roads often enough. Someone mentioned they lifted their Promaster 3 inches.
What "lift kit" are you referring to? Please post this mention of a Promaster 3 inch lift.
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i have a zion-ram promaster-this is not a deep into woods off road vehicle.

the travato is aok but it's not deep of road.

better of with a chevy based van for that
I really like the layout of the zion/59k, and I am 6'2, so the promaster makes the most sense for me. I just really don't want to be limited by paved roads all the time. However, I understand that the promaster isn't a sportsmobil by any means.
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What "lift kit" are you referring to? Please post this mention of a Promaster 3 inch lift.
Couldn't find it using search, but I know someone made an off-hand mention of lifting their Promaster. Have no idea who.

A google search on lift kits comes up empty.

I did find something interesting though - the Timbren kit for Promaster. These are rubber helper springs that keep you from bottoming out. I've installed these on a Suburban and a Silverado, as heavy trailers would often bottom out their suspensions. What's nice about them, besides the easy DIY install and cheap price, is that the ride is uneffected until you put on a load big enough to compress them.

I don't have any bottoming out issues, but there is not much room between the axle and the flimsy stock bump stop. On a rough road, or under hard cornering, they may do some good. So I may get a set and install them, just for funzies.

Vehicle Suspension for 2015 Ram ProMaster 3500 - Timbren TFPR001
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as i said-i have a ram promaster van and it runs and drives great.

and i'm sure it will work on moderate dirt roads.

but it is not the van i would buy for deeper boondocking stuff.


since fords E series no longer made the only option i really see for this is chevy express.

sportsmobile has extended getting the e-series by putting shell on e-serries cutout.
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