- Outdoor Shower
- Lead Acid
- 200 watts
- Aftermarket Suspension
- Roof Rack
- Backup Camera
2015 Ram Promaster 1500 – 136″ Wheelbase Low-Roof
3.6L V6 Gas Engine with 198,900 miles
We are the third owners, having purchased and built it out at 115k mi. This van has been a full-time residence for the past 3.5 years. It has a clean title and a clean Carfax.
The build includes:
- 2x Rich Solar 100W Flexible Solar Panels
- Renogy 40A DC-DC Charger
- 3x 100Ah SLA Batteries
- MaxxAir Fan
- Seaflo Water Pump
- 40L Alpicool Fridge/Freezer w/ Bluetooth
- 45 gal (yes, 45gal) Freshwater Tank
- 7 gal Greywater Tank
- Olympian Wave 3 Catalytic Propane Heater
- 2-Burner Propane Stove
- Travertine Backsplash
- Swivel Passenger Seat
Also, the world’s largest roof box – we usually carry 4 snowboards and a couple of backpacks or a crashpad, but the exact capacity is untested.
This van is very well insulated with layers of spray foam, polyiso, and rockwool, and has carried us through numerous ski seasons of below-0 nightly temperatures. All of the smaller electrical lines are 12-14 AWG and serviced through a central circuit panel, larger lines are 00-8 AWG and covered by breakers throughout the van, and an electrical diagram can be provided to the new owner. All the pipes are PEX or braided vinyl and can handle an accidental freeze (though it’s easy enough to drain). A single 20lb propane tank provides about two weeks of heat in the winter and an entire summer’s worth of cooking.
The bed is slightly wider and shorter than a Full and folds up into a futon or a desk. The interior clearance is around 5’5” but my husband has had no issues living out of it as a 6’ tall person (there is slide-out seating in the kitchen for cooking).
We just changed the oil, filter, and front brakes before listing and replaced the radio (Alpine with Bluetooth) and a solar panel. Everything under the hood runs like it should. The transmission was last serviced at 180k miles and is still in good shape. Spark plugs, coils, and the valve cover were replaced at ~170k. The tires were replaced this past summer and are barely used. I’ve kept up with regular maintenance and throughout my ownership I’ve replaced numerous parts, upgrading when possible, including:
- Bilstein B4 Struts
- Mopar Strut mounts
- Moog Ball Joints
- Moog Tie rod ends
- Mevotech sway bar links
- Moog Control arms
These vans are hardy and most of the usual Promaster issues (oil cooler, radiator, valve gaskets) have already been dealt with. That said, there are a few quirks I’ve lived with:
- TPMS needs servicing (likely just a new sensor but not worth doing until you change tires)
- Dash says a running light is out, but it’s not (due to a non-OEM light being used)
- The left turn signal doesn’t always cancel after turning and returning to the center (A common problem in Promasters).
- There are a few nicks from a life at trailheads but nothing serious.
We purchased and built out a larger Promaster in August to better suit our work needs and this one has been used sparingly since then. We’ve had a lot of great adventures and our heart breaks in saying goodbye, but he has plenty of life left to live and it’s time for someone else to take the wheel.