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Old 06-15-2014, 09:49 AM   #15
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The front end of the 2015 will be completely restyled. Some may like it better but I'm partial to the current one with its bug eyes.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:17 PM   #16
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Would a very small light weigh trailer help with storage??
the small one do not seem to cause a decrease in mileage, or be much of an issue pulling.
I really like these Sprinter type van RVs. but there are some space issues for us.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:47 PM   #17
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I ordered one of these to go with my Travato.

http://www.stowaway2.com/hitch-cargo-carrier.aspx

Going to put outside and wet stuff in it so I can keep my interior space for bike and kayak.

The 2015 is no different than the 2014. The van part is not going to be restyled - what a stupid comment - they just started manufacturing the van - expect cosmetic updates in probably 3 years.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:50 PM   #18
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Here's a link to get a preview of the 2015 Ram Promaster van...

Fiat's Facelifted Ducato Previews 2015MY Ram ProMaster - Carscoops

The Promaster is new in North America but is old in Europe.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:25 PM   #19
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Not convinced that article is accurate with regards to the Promaster. It was just introduced a few months ago and would be surprising if, after the tooling expense and trying to introduce the brand to the public, they would so quickly change the front and rear end styling.

I suspect that this update will be for the Fiat only, to help differentiate the brands.

But who knows? Stranger things have happened.
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I am very interested in the long term reliability of the van, power train.
Are the european versions, and American version the same??
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Jerry, the drivetrain is all Chrysler - Pentastar 3.6 and a 6 speed transmission (also by Chrylser).

I'm finding the economy right on as promised 16-18 depending on speed and terrain.

Actually, I'm really liking the front wheel drive and the long wheelbase that this arrangement allows.
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Jerry, the drivetrain is all Chrysler - Pentastar 3.6 and a 6 speed transmission (also by Chrylser).

I'm finding the economy right on as promised 16-18 depending on speed and terrain.

Actually, I'm really liking the front wheel drive and the long wheelbase that this arrangement allows.
Thanks,
I like the van, love the front wheel drive concept, lower bed, wish US makers had gone to this decades ago with Vans, and trucks

The concept is perfect for any actual van type job.
One thing I dislike about the current lines of Pickup trucks is the high bed level. It looks good, but is not helpful to those of us who actually use a pickup truck, as a pickup, or a van as a van, although i realize most people do not actually use a truck as a truck anymore,
If they did, beds would be a lot lower.
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Well, we left Florida and have arrived in De. The trip was so much nicer riding in the Travanta for us and our dog and cat. We averaged 17.4 mpg which is terrific. I couldn't get over how well she handled...so easy to drive! I can see us taking many beautiful trips with this throughout the year. All I need now is a storage box on the back that wincrasher was kind enough to suggest, so we can haul more stuff. It looks like a great product and read the reviews so it is a go!
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I just got back from my trip to Florida. Stopped by last nite at Tybee Island, Ga.

Had a great trip. Cruising at 65 mph, I got 18.5 mpg. I can image if you were not on interstate and cruising country highways at 55 or 60 mph, you'd get near 20.

I'm constantly being asked about my weird looking, cheap van. People love it. I met a couple last nite that was fretting about the 5 mpg they were getting with their C class.

I am getting accustomed to my tank sizes and water capacity. I can go 4 days before I need to dump and fill my water tank.

The box I recommended will arrive Friday and I'll install it. I've decided I'd much rather have all the outside gear in a box. Just easier to deal with. Plus, I can bring a few more items that I don't frequently use, but are handy if the need arises.

Refrigerator on 12v is no problem, even in the Florida heat.
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I'm constantly being asked about my weird looking, cheap van.People love it.


The Travato/Promaster may look understated but there's nothing cheap about it.

I agree with them though, I love it too.
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Hi, did you order the standard or max size? I was going to get the max but then I saw where they both have a 200 lb weight limit. Now I'm not sure which to get. Thank you for your help.
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We are ready to purchase the stow away box with the swing away hitch. Did you order the exhaust shield for yours? I don't see that it is needed as the exhaust is on the side of the vehicle but my partner requested I ask anyway. Also, I'm thinking of getting the larger box..is this what you have as well? I loved your pictures...thanks so much!
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Yes, I got the Max size box. Didn't get an exhaust shield - like you say it's way up on the side of the van. The generator exhaust is not in the way either.

I did opt for the wheels and the rack. Everything was pre-drilled so basically it's a bolt up operation. I did everything myself as well. The instructions recommend two people to put it together.

Pics of my box, installed are here - Stowaway 2 Cargo Box
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