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  1. #51
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    Jan 2005
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    Cargo van sales are dominated by fleet purchases, and those decisions factor in reliability when estimating total cost of ownership. Which is why the poor reliability of Promasters means 1/3 the monthly sales of Ford Transits despite the cheaper purchase price.

    You can build out a van for extended trips (and I suppose living in, if shit gets real) and preserve cargo capability but most retail van builds don’t have that ability. I built mine with a removable fridge and hinged platform bed that stores up by ceiling, so that I can haul large furniture or a cord of wood or a snowmachine etc. I’ve had a trucks with 6 ft bed forever and didn’t want to give up that ability completely.

    I get asked about the van purchase thing a lot, and my answer is always the same: if you have a good 4x4 truck already, a slide in camper will be the easiest and cheapest solution.

  2. #52
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
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    1,851
    good skiing w you! you saw my van, another vote for the promaster. mine's been bomber. just did 5 months in it, no issues. moose creek road is a great spot. bozeman in general is super easy. park anywhere..

    showering is the only thing to nail down. helps to be single no dog etc.. super easy.

  3. #53
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
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    With a stove these things are toasty in negative degree weather.

  4. #54
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
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    I went from a small 4x4 pickup to a Promaster, total upgrade. I'm a contractor so I built it out so I could either work out of it or use it as a camper for two of us and the dog. FWD gets me around just fine in a place that still has a foot of snow on the ground. Drives so much better.

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