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Old 04-19-2013, 01:38 PM   #6346
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Nice rig! What motor?
What else? A 7.3


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Old 04-19-2013, 01:39 PM   #6347
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Really sweet van.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #6348
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One of the issues is sourcing a diesel generator- one that fits underneath is $6k plus installation, ouch. Basically would've liked to have roof AC for the dogs when we leave them in the van. I suppose 2-3 batteries might keep the AC going for a while, have to look into specs.



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Stayed the night in Perry GA last Thursday, big dog show in town, motel was full of Dog People.

There were 3 full sized vans in the lot with rooftop air.... and Honda generators mounted to the back left door!

All the mounts were slightly different, all looked homemade (or made-to-order). All were platform, hung from support arms at a diagonal. The generators were strapped down to the platform, and then cable-locked or locked in various manners. All had some kind of cover or awning over the gen. The nicest one looked like it would fold up when the generator was not there, and even had a clear vinyl cover/awning.

Sorry no pics (would have saved me 1,000 words ), it started storming before I got pics of them. But I did get some pictures of the Doggy Sprinters (to follow) before the skies opened up.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #6349
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Is it?

A 4x4 conversion is somewhere between $8k-16k for a basic conversion. Camperizing the thing could go all the way to stratosphere, average of about $12k for what the above van had. Add to it the price of the van, and it might not be that expensive. Don't forget to add the cool factor, not too many similar vans out there.

One thing with the above van though, I doubt the mileage. There is more wear than you'd expect from only 60k miles, even when factoring in the age.

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For a 91 I think so. If that was a mid-late 90's it'd be more reasonable. I think that van as it sits is mid-teens.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:59 PM   #6350
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Dog People Sprinters





This was on the window of the one on the left in the above, just in case they sell parts. I think that front end looks good.
[Hey Geek! Can you say "snowplow"? ]
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:07 PM   #6351
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And as long as I'm going through phone pics......

Seen in Boise ID. Note the (barely visible in pic-2) three antennas (antennae?) on the roof. Ship-to-shore radio?



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Old 04-19-2013, 04:16 PM   #6352
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And as long as I'm going through phone pics......
And I've got nowhere else to post it.....




Seen written on the wall, next to the control panel, of the Pipeline Inspection Camera truck I was driving.
Note the "How to solve all problems." subset.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:37 PM   #6353
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This was on the window of the one on the left in the above, just in case they sell parts. I think that front end looks good.
[Hey Geek! Can you say "snowplow"? ]
That looks a bit like a Krystal Sprinter - it is a conversion company that makes high end limos out of them.
Basically a "private jet" for the road.
They are causing an issue in Manhattan because the big wigs are all buying them but they won't fit in any parking garages.. so they just have their chauffeurs circle the block over and over while they are in meetings. Causing a bit of a sprinter-limo-jam in the city



The snow plow on the front might be an issue in the places I prefer to go
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:41 PM   #6354
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er.. all that said you can just buy various body kits for 'em if you want.
If I was living on the east coast I'd probably go with something like this :

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Old 04-19-2013, 06:02 PM   #6355
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er.. all that said you can just buy various body kits for 'em if you want.
If I was living on the east coast I'd probably go with something like this :

You'd quickly learn about frost heaves.

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That looks a bit like a Krystal Sprinter - it is a conversion company that makes high end limos out of them.
Basically a "private jet" for the road.
They are causing an issue in Manhattan because the big wigs are all buying them but they won't fit in any parking garages.. so they just have their chauffeurs circle the block over and over while they are in meetings. Causing a bit of a sprinter-limo-jam in the city


I've had that issue in Denver; my van won't fit in many of the garages. Valets hate me.
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Yeah me too.. if the feet of clearance isn't "10' " or higher.. I don't even try.

There's a poor guy on Sprinter forum that recently got screwed in a carwash.. it was one of those automatic wash things.

He went under the "clearance bar" no problem, but it was set too high. The Carwash grabbed his front wheel and dragged his Sprinter into the car wash which wasn't tall enough and it completely trashed the roof of his van!

Then his van got stuck in the carwash and the car behind him got dragged into the back end of him

Talk about a nightmare.





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Holy crap! Hope the wash covered it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:23 AM   #6359
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Well, I am one, albeit big, step away from converting this one into a minimalist class B. Planning on adding shower, toilet, sink, fridge, heating, some vents, and foldable/removable couches at the back to allow bikes etc to be transported inside if need be. No grey/black water tanks, less headaches in the winter. Seating reduced to 4, sleeping arrangements for 2, possibly 4.

One of the issues is sourcing a diesel generator- one that fits underneath is $6k plus installation, ouch. Basically would've liked to have roof AC for the dogs when we leave them in the van. I suppose 2-3 batteries might keep the AC going for a while, have to look into specs.



Next project is the 4x4 conversion...

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Answers my question about extended + conversion vans. ...but its the only one I've seen.

For doing what you're doing, I think extended is the only way you'll make it work.


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Old 04-20-2013, 07:34 AM   #6360
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Stayed the night in Perry GA last Thursday, big dog show in town, motel was full of Dog People.

There were 3 full sized vans in the lot with rooftop air.... and Honda generators mounted to the back left door!
No need for a picture, I go to these kind of show and I know what you're talking about

Yes, that's a possibility- those are only $1500 or so. There are few issues with that though. One, I have bicycles mounted on a hitch carrier. Two, the spare tire is going to be mounted behind the left back door, underneath mount is taken by batteries. I was thinking to mount the spare on the roof, but then I need that space for one or two kayaks, plus it's almost a 2 people job to get one of these tires up there.

If I were to have the generator at the back it's gonna be awfully busy, plus it's a bit too 'visible' for some of the places we go.
Have to look a bit more into this.

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Answers my question about extended + conversion vans. ...but its the only one I've seen.

For doing what you're doing, I think extended is the only way you'll make it work.


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I've seen quite a few conversion vans in the States, not as many up here. This is an Arizona van. I think it makes more sense to get them simply because they're as cheap as a regular van if shopping properly for one, but they're insulated, raised roofs, better graphics, already wired for inverters, TVs, chair monitors, chairs swivel, air back and front, etc.

If I had more money I might buy a tall Sprinter/Transit/etc for inside space and better mileage, but I prefer the E350 for simplicity and parts access- last and only time this broke down was a sized bearing in a pulley, serpentine belt jumped off, found the pulley 30 miles away going on its own power pulling a trailer as well.

I think of this as a mobile bedroom, not a live in unit, so space is not as important- toilet/shower is the only way to convince wife to come along.

But yes, a regular van would be too short, plus the mileage is almost the same.


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