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fullofdays 06-20-2016 01:03 AM

new member - SC shopping for a mobile basecamp
Hi folks,

looking for a nice class b as a mobile basecamp while i'm traveling throughout the southeast for work during the week with secondary use for trips with my small family (wife and young son). I'm very intrigued by the new off grid technology in the etrek and am wanting off grid features but in a smaller overall chassis. Towing a 4k lb trailer is also on my wishlist but finding all these in one rig is proving difficult.

The 59G floorplan would be a good layout but doesnt have Lithium cells/underhood generator/voltstart I'm considering going with a bespoke build but dont want to wait a year or more as I have a need for a mobile basecamp in August.

My wife loves the seating option up front for our young son in the 59G floorplan. I like the murphy bed/corner bath layout in the 59G. One big drawback with the promaster chassis is the FWD and limited - no towing capacity.

Suggestions on a make/model would be welcome. Is anyone building something travato-esque on the new transit?

markopolo 06-20-2016 01:32 AM

You could buy the van with the layout you prefer then upgrade the electrical to meet your requirements. The original warranty would not apply to the changes you make.

You could pick brand name components and design a system with minimal parasitic losses. Folks have been happily going off grid in camper vans for more than 5 decades so it's really up to you to decide what it is that you need to be comfortable while using the van.

Maybe check Sportsmobile - Sportsmobile Custom Camper Vans - Ford Transit Vans Info - for a Ford Transit build.

fullofdays 06-20-2016 05:29 PM

Has anyone upfitted a Travato with underhood gen/alternator/solar/lithium/volt start?

markopolo 06-20-2016 06:08 PM

Wincrasher posted that the FitRV folks are likely doing something along those lines:

Another approach is what Wincrasher has done; autostart for the Onan generator & drop-in lithium battery replacements.

There are many ways to do things.

Maybe give us an idea of what you figure you need for air conditioning etc. Is that likely to be running most of the day and night? Will you be driving a lot - like everyday?

fullofdays 06-21-2016 02:46 AM

Majority of treks will be 2-3 days solo. 100-300 mile trips to client sites. Once at client site, I'll be commuting 20 mins a day to and from work to campsite .. Rest of trips will be long weekend touring and an annual cross country trek or two with 2 adults and a baby. Don't know how much AC I'll need at this point.

markopolo 06-21-2016 11:13 AM

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If you're able to plug in at the campsites to run air conditioning then I think you'd be OK with a traditional type Class B setup like the Travato. Of course you could always run the Onan generator (if allowed).

Mike Wendland has a Roadtrek with the largest battery bank available in a Class B I presume - 1600ah lithium IIRC. He recently had this to say:

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He noted 2 or more days as being a long stay and finds a place to plug in if it is hot and they need air conditioning.

Yan Seiner (Roadtrek employee) summed it up like this:

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Running an engine or an Onan generator is not always permitted because of campground quiet hours or no idling rules etc.

fullofdays 06-21-2016 02:36 PM

I can't find a new Travato 59g at any dealerships within 350 miles. I know it's a long shot but are there any forum members with a 59g or 59k live in upstate/midlands SC or near Charlotte NC that could give me a tour of their coach?

Craigmc 06-22-2016 04:27 PM

1990 SunSport
Not sure if this will be interesting for you, but I have a 1990 Sun Sport I'm selling. It is older but the condition is top notch. Feel free to visit my profile and look at the pictures.


MsNomer 06-26-2016 06:55 PM

Why would the PM's FWD be a negative? It's really a huge plus. Yep, you need to drive one. Select a windy day.

fullofdays 06-27-2016 02:07 AM

Because towing

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