Neil Balthaser here and welcome to Ultramobility
News where I cover all the good and bad happening
in the RV industry.
This week Pleasure-way’s introduced a brand
new model, the Tofino at the California RV
Show in Pomona and we finally know what this
new model is and how much it costs.
It’s confirmed that the Tofino is built on
the Ram Promaster 1500 chassis and clocks
in at just a bit over 17 feet in length making
this one of the shortest commercially available
camper vans on the market in North America
Unlike other Pleasure-way motorhomes the Tofino
is not built on the extended height chassis
which means that you’re not going to stand
up in it, even with the top up unless you’re
standing directly below the opening to the
Because this little guy uses the same 280HP
3.6L V6 Pentastar engine as its bigger siblings
but is hauling around a lot less weight because
its built on the smallest Promaster chassis
and doesn’t have any heavy components like
a rooftop air conditioner or an under-mounted
generator the occupant and cargo carrying
capacity of this van is enormous: 2000lbs!
And you’re going to use all the cargo carrying
capacity to fill up an incredible 70 cu. ft.
of rear cargo storage so you’ll have plenty
of space to store your bikes, golf clubs or
camping gear on the inside of the van.
You’re also going to get a 15 gallon fresh
water tank and an 8 gallon grey water tank
and no black tank because there is no toilet
in the Tofino.
But both the fresh and grey water tanks as
well as all the water lines are on the inside
– there are no water lines or tanks exposed
to the outside which means that this camper
van is 4 season capable.
But it remains to be seen exactly how 4 season
capable this van is.
There are still unanswered questions like
exactly how well is the van insulated and
has pleasure-way put a proper battery management
system in that knows when the battery temperature
is above freezing so that it can charge it.
Those questions and more will have to be answered
in my full review.
But as it stands right now there are a couple
things that really stand out about this van.
The first is that it comes with 2 100ah lithium
batteries, a 2000w inverter, multiplex wiring,
a color touch screen control panel, a remote
to control lighting, a compressor refrigerator
AND an induction cooktop all as standard.
The compressor refrigerator and induction
cooktop are sudden departures for Pleasure-way
since all their other vans use propane for
both the refrigerator and stove.
I asked Dean Rumpel, CEO of Pleasure-way why
the change for the Tofino and this is what
he said: “With LP stoves there are specific
regulations on flammability and clearances
that you do not need with an induction stove.
It was simpler to use and with all the battery
power not a power issue.
Based on where we had to locate the fridge,
a three way fridge requires exterior venting
that falls into the code range based on how
far an open flame has to be away from a fuel
No choice but to use an AC/DC fridge.”
So there you have it.
The shorter height and length of the Tofino
has given what many of you have been asking
for from Pleasure-way.
Now the introductory price for the Tofino
is just under $70k at $69,550 but you’ll be
paying for extras like side and rear
screen doors, up to 200w of solar, a roof
rack and painted exterior moldings.
But incredibly the Tofino comes with Pleasure-ways
5 year warranty which I believe is the best
warranty I have seen at this price point.
So you can have some peace of mind that Pleasure-way
has built this van to similar quality levels
as its other motorhomes.
The biggest challenges I see right now with
the Tofino is that the rear bench seat does
not have 3-pt seatbelts and it doesn’t come
with a toilet.
A portable toilet can be purchased separately
and stowed in the back so that’s not so much
of a problem but the lack of 3-pt seatbelts
means that this almost perfect family camper
van isn’t suitable for carrying kids or grandkids.
I’ll be doing a more in-depth review of the
Tofino in the future but at least for now
based on everything that we know it sounds
like the Tofino is a really interesting addition
to pleasure-way’s lineup.
Also I want to thank our roving reporter Marc
Stephen for sending me early pictures of the
Tofino from the California RV Show happening
in Pomona this week.
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