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Old 06-06-2012, 05:41 AM   #5041
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Aaaannnddd... on the flipside of the fancy Dodge Sprinter vans, you have a 1988 Ford E150 Econoline. Picked one up on Friday for $650.


Heck, $650? That's the reserve fund every Sprinter owner should have on hand, just for unexpected repairs.

There is no shame in a good ol' E-van. They may not carry as large a candy-payload, but they're still fine stalking vehicles.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:43 AM   #5042
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Heck, $650? That's the reserve fund every Sprinter owner should have on hand, just for unexpected repairs.
My towing reserve fund is more than that (in case I ever get stuck in the mountains or desert) since I have to have it towed to a "certified Sprinter dealership" for warranty work; which means the tow could be significant. For example if I'm in Moab Utah, I'd have to get it towed all the way to Denver Colorado.

$650 is less what my van consumes in peepee in a year (if I buy it from mercedes)

That van is a score.

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Old 06-06-2012, 07:59 AM   #5043
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There is no shame in a good ol' E-van. They may not carry as large a candy-payload, but they're still fine stalking vehicles.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:01 AM   #5044
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My towing reserve fund is more than that (in case I ever get stuck in the mountains or desert) since I have to have it towed to a "certified Sprinter dealership" for warranty work; which means the tow could be significant. For example if I'm in Moab Utah, I'd have to get it towed all the way to Denver Colorado.
WTF is a "Reserve fund"?

naggaz is broke deez days.

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Old 06-06-2012, 08:05 AM   #5045
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I know about broke.

New shocks all around, new brake rotors and brake pads, Trans. fluid and filter change... hell even the oil change in the 7.3 is expensive. But now she's in top shape for towing.





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Old 06-06-2012, 08:13 AM   #5046
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I agree with Hayduke that it looks better withuot running boards... this hurts though... If I didn't have the bloody raised roof I'd remove the running boards on mine as well, but they're useful for taking/putting stuff on top.

How you gonna cary your bike, plan on removing the bench or the seats? I suppose the seats are the plushy type, there are captain leather seats for cheap on fleabay/etc - if you're looking to pimp the interior as well.

nice rig ...
Thanks. The seats are stock-equipped for quick-release install/removal, so it is a 3-minute task. As for loading the bike, I have 48" of height clearance, so I'll have to quish the forks a bit. You can see CodyY's method in his pic (with ratchet straps), but I have a more elegant solution (I think). Stay tuned.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:55 AM   #5047
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Thanks. .... but I have a more elegant solution (I think). Stay tuned.

Oooh! Does this elegant solution involve a plasma cutter and the roof?

Please post pics!
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:18 AM   #5048
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Oooh! Does this elegant solution involve a plasma cutter and the roof?

Please post pics!
I recommended that solution last night and he didn't seem interested. I also offered up making a custom small wheel for the bike for transportation....... Seems like a better idea then ratchet strapping forks, which I have done before....

This thread is great, I still follow it even though I sold my van over a year ago...
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:39 AM   #5049
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You can see CodyY's method in his pic (with ratchet straps), but I have a more elegant solution (I think). Stay tuned.
Rode the bike to get the Van. Gotta do what ya gotta do, right?
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:31 AM   #5050
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Rode the bike to get the Van. Gotta do what ya gotta do, right?
Understood. Wasn't bashing the method- I've seen many people do the same thing.

Newner- feel free to be the first person to mount a wheelbarrow tire on the front of your bike to load it. It would be comical, I'm sure.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:58 AM   #5051
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:12 PM   #5052
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Oooh! Does this elegant solution involve a plasma cutter and the roof?

Please post pics!
Plasma cutter? Now you tell me. I cut mine out with my trusty sabre saw. Nothing to it.
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:56 PM   #5053
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Understood. Wasn't bashing the method- I've seen many people do the same thing.

Newner- feel free to be the first person to mount a wheelbarrow tire on the front of your bike to load it. It would be comical, I'm sure.

Funny, I'm contemplating this right now as I need to stab my SE into Vanrouge for a couple day trip. Hopefull DirtyDog will have his solution public by then.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:46 PM   #5054
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Funny, I'm contemplating this right now as I need to stab my SE into Vanrouge for a couple day trip. Hopefull DirtyDog will have his solution public by then.
With fork bleeders there's very little risk of damage to the seals in a "travel " situation

And an SE is quite a bit shorter overall
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:32 PM   #5055
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Understood. Wasn't bashing the method- I've seen many people do the same thing.

Newner- feel free to be the first person to mount a wheelbarrow tire on the front of your bike to load it. It would be comical, I'm sure.
I've seen this done a couple times before. usually by guys loading motocross bikes into Chevy Astro vans. It actually seems to work really well.
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