Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
2021 Ram Promaster 3500 EXT
-159” Wheel Base, 250.5” outer length
-Rear back-up camera
-3” lift (The standard low clearance of Promasters is a problem if you want to go anywhere interesting without destroying your gray tank.)
-245/74/R16 Michelin Agilis Cross Climate tires (these along with the Promaster's extra wide wheel base give excellent control in all conditions)
-10’ Thule Awning
-Available payload after upfit is 1150 lbs (same as an F-150)
-1080W solar array
-3500W Alternator Charger. The solar array is sufficient for 4-5 days in extreme weather conditions, but the alternator is a game changer as a backup power supply for extended travel.
-6000W Inverter (you can run the hot water, electric heating, and your hair dryer while baking a turkey)
Victron Charge Controller
-800 Ah lithium ion battery bank (400 Ah relative to 24V) with state of charge display
-Six-zone dimmable lighting
-Four 120V AC outlets
-4 USB ports
-This van is smart. It cuts non essential loads (heating/stove/water heater) when the battery bank's state of charge drops below a set threshold, which protects the essential loads (refrigerator, bed outlets for cell phones and medical devices, lights, fans)
-Vitrifrigo (top of the line Italian brand) 4.2 Cu. Ft DC Fridge (It is important to understand the advantage of a DC fridge: it doesn't require you to have your inverter on all the time, which drains your batteries whether you're using it or not!)
-Thermostat-regulated electric heating (no dangerous fumes or emissions from burning fossil fuels in a confined space.)
-Roof-mounted Dometic 13,000 BTU air conditioner.
-2 Burner induction cooktop
-Nature's Head Composting toilet
-46-gallon fresh water tank
-15-gallon insulated, steel-encased gray water tank (It can take a rock hit and will not freeze in winter)
-4-gallon hot water heater (the water comes out as hot as you want it)
-Fixed shower with 4 solid walls, shower fan, and a glass door (consider the logistics of using the restroom on a cold rainy day while your partner is still lying peacefully in bed... you want that door.)
-Liquid soap dispenser
-200+lbs of 100% Pure Wool insulation throughout
-200+ ft^2 of sound deadening mats (This van is quiet, really quiet.
-Bulkhead and entry walls (These are not just decorative. You will understand the advantage of the bulkhead when you walk into the cab and feel a 40 degree temperature difference. Every piece of exposed metal is a thermal bridge, so I got rid of all of them. Other builders will claim high R values in the walls, but that won't do you much good if all your heat goes out the front and back of the vehicle! That's like walking out in a blizzard in shorts and an unzipped jacket. It doesn't really matter how good the jacket is if you don't use it right.)
-Beware! Van interiors get exposed to more water than you may realize, and most types of wood do not do well in wet conditions. I therefore choose only the domestic woods that are rated as “very durable” in terms of moisture resistance: white oak, walnut, eastern red cedar, and cherry.
-Hand-made eastern red cedar closet and drawer bottoms (yes, it smells wonderful)
-Hand-made walnut and white oak wood cabinetry and trim
-Hand-made butcher block countertops and retractable table
-Hand made solid teak shower floor
-Cabinet grade birch plywood walls
-No formaldehyde-leaching particle board, no VOC-off gassing lacquer, no asthma-causing polyurethanes fumes. The solid -wood is finished with pure tung and orange oil. This is a slow and expensive way to go, but my team wants to apply toxic chemicals about as much as you want to live with them.
-Ceiling is 72 3/4” minimum
-5-inch memory foam short queen mattress included (new in plastic)
-Custom stainless steel shower pan
-Queen Bed platform is 75” long
-Sliding bike/storage tray on 500lb slides
-Three screened windows plus Maxxair fan ventilation system. The bunk windows invite a cross breeze over the bed platform while the inner entry window allows you to open the outer sliding door and enjoy fresh air without the bugs!
Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States