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Old 02-21-2009, 01:39 PM   #181
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not really a van, but cool...

When I was out at Barrett-Jackson a couple of weeks ago, I saw one of these for sale:



Blazer Chalet (also sold as a Jimmy Casa Grande).

Basically a slide-in camper built around the Chevy Blazer, and sold at Chevy dealers in the 1970s.

Tres cool.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:44 PM   #182
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Mine's a '94 but it's got a 318 and i don't think the design changed very much since the '80's. At 70-75, with a full load and trailer, it got 14 mpg. That's what I got driving to Wichita and back last week.

It'll get 17 or 18 mpg at 60 or 65 when not pulling a trailer.

BETTER than my Trooper.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:47 PM   #183
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BETTER than my Trooper.
Holy smokes.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:56 PM   #184
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Holy smokes.
Better than my 3.3L Pathfinder too.
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Old 02-21-2009, 02:00 PM   #185
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Old 02-21-2009, 02:00 PM   #186
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Holy smokes.

We just got back from Big Bend NP- we were pulling 2 bikes, tons of camping stuff on the roof (and it was windy at times), but I got a low of 10 mpg and a high of 14. That poor 3.2 v6 was struggling... 45 mph up some hills. I'm thinking I coulda had a V8.
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Old 02-21-2009, 02:02 PM   #187
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Better than my 3.3L Pathfinder too.
That's the thing. These little vehicles are underpowered, so the mileage just sucks. I don't use my Trooper as a daily driver. I just need a vehicle for the occasional camping trip where I pull dirtbikes...
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Old 02-21-2009, 02:35 PM   #188
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That's the thing. These little vehicles are underpowered, so the mileage just sucks. I don't use my Trooper as a daily driver. I just need a vehicle for the occasional camping trip where I pull dirtbikes...
An old Dodge van is perfect for camping and hauling...it's all I use mine for. Operating costs are very low.
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:14 PM   #189
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That's the thing. These little vehicles are underpowered, so the mileage just sucks. I don't use my Trooper as a daily driver. I just need a vehicle for the occasional camping trip where I pull dirtbikes...
Mine is my daily (winter) driver. I'm taking it up north next weekend, four big guys, roof carrier full of stuff, hauling a trailer with two snowmobiles. Needless to say, overdrive will be off.

I expect to get well under 15mpg.
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:40 PM   #190
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Mine is my daily (winter) driver. I'm taking it up north next weekend, four big guys, roof carrier full of stuff, hauling a trailer with two snowmobiles. Needless to say, overdrive will be off.

I expect to get well under 15mpg.
my 89 chevy gets 13.5, after I lightend the load, got rid of all seats except driver and passenger,[ kept the tv] installed K&N air filter, after all that I went from 11 mpg to 13.5 mpg, dual exhaust is next,
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:43 PM   #191
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That's because they made it to the hotel in the Greenbrier.
But instead of spending the money on the hotel you could have spent it on bud.
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:56 PM   #192
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When I was out at Barrett-Jackson a couple of weeks ago, I saw one of these for sale:



Blazer Chalet (also sold as a Jimmy Casa Grande).

Basically a slide-in camper built around the Chevy Blazer, and sold at Chevy dealers in the 1970s.

Tres cool.
A guy down the street from me had one of these. It was pretty cool.
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Old 02-21-2009, 11:28 PM   #193
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Me.

The Greenbrier was a vast improvement over that shitbox VW.
Is that why we see so many of them on the road today?
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:47 AM   #194
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:39 AM   #195
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Is that why we see so many of them on the road today?
They never built that many.

I'd take a flat six over that wheezy four in a heartbeat, wouldn't you?
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