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Old 02-06-2014, 07:01 AM   #1
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Want to start an adventure-mobile- what foundation?

Having sold my totally build-up '08 4runner, I'm sorely missing having an off-road vehicle. We have a VW Touareg TDI for daily family duties, wife has a mini for commuting, and I ride my bikes.

I have no mission set planned yet, being that I live in the DC suburbs, but since I'm military, I move a lot. I would be cool to have a 4x4 truck that can occasionally camped in/on (me and two boys), haul toys (boat, dirt bikes, etc), and be unique and "cool".

I started thinking about a van like a quigley, or a 3/4 diesel with an adventure camper for the back (so it can be removed when not needed), or something I haven't thought of yet. Anyone go down this road before?
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:11 AM   #2
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AWD Astro/Safari conversion van with a mild lift.

Cheap, fun, can tow.
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:40 AM   #3
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AWD Astro/Safari conversion van with a mild lift.

Cheap, fun, can tow.
Huh, I never knew they existed...time to do some reading.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:23 AM   #4
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2" Lift looks pretty cheap and straightforward.

That same 4.3L V6 they put in everything, so parts are everywhere.

I'm thinking about it if I can find a rust-free cheap one.
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:13 PM   #5
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Having sold my totally build-up '08 4runner, I'm sorely missing having an off-road vehicle. We have a VW Touareg TDI for daily family duties, wife has a mini for commuting, and I ride my bikes.

I have no mission set planned yet, being that I live in the DC suburbs, but since I'm military, I move a lot. I would be cool to have a 4x4 truck that can occasionally camped in/on (me and two boys), haul toys (boat, dirt bikes, etc), and be unique and "cool".

I started thinking about a van like a quigley, or a 3/4 diesel with an adventure camper for the back (so it can be removed when not needed), or something I haven't thought of yet. Anyone go down this road before?
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:23 PM   #6
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Here's one in Norcal.

** 2005 GMC Safari ,AKA Chevy Astro AWD , Lifted , Camper 109 k** - $9950 (inner sunset / UCSF)



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2005 gmc safari passenger odometer: 109 automatic transmission

For Sale: 2005 GMC Safari
Mileage : 107k
Drive Train: AWD
190 HP , 4.3 Liter V-6
Camper conversion by owner
Insulated throughout
3" Lift
31 inch all terrain Tires
Off road heavy Duty Shocks
Air Bag suspension on Rear
Drilled and slotted break disks all round
Performance Break Pads
Pioneer Head unit with excellent Alpine speakers throughout
Clean paint
Color coded Bumpers
Cargo Box on roof
Slight window tint
Front and rear A/C
Power windows
Power locks
Split door on rear
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15-17 MPG
Last year made

I have owned this van for 3 Years and have had no major problem. I have maintained with routinely oil changes. Transition oil change and differential oil change.
I usually flush the coolant once a year.
I had it lifted I Texas while I was out there working and brought it back to California. The lift is a 3" one with 31" tires. That gives it about 4.5 in of lift.
The truck rides great. I've just changed all the body mounts, engine mounts, and idle arms which are known weak parts of the front suspension. So there is no squeaks.
The Rear seats have been removed to allow for Bed and storage.
The Van is set up with a memory foam mattress to sleep 1 comfortable or 2 at a squeeze. The rest is designed to carry everything you may need. Some of the storage is accessible from the rear and some the front. It still has some work on Cabinets done to finish. I'd say it 60% depending on what you want.
This Van ticks all the boxes.
It's economical
Can go anywhere
Lifted
Rare
Very Clean
Has lots of clearance
Lots of power unlike its German counterpart
Daily driver
Weekend Camper
Lots of storage
Reliable
Easily parked in the city
Comfortable for long distance trips
Great for the snow
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:00 PM   #7
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If you are in the military, I'd have to suggest an M1010. I've seen some cool civilian camper conversions.
http://www.southernjeeps.org/phpbb/v...572adcd7ff1d3b
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:22 PM   #8
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As much as I like the Astro, not,
My dream adventure mobile would be more along this line.
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