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Old 08-24-2012, 08:40 AM   #2161
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The good news:

The brown truck should be dropping off another pile of 80/20 today


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Old 08-24-2012, 08:54 AM   #2162
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but for an adventure van that is heavy with 2wd and no LSD do you have any concerns with ability offroad without getting stuck?

I'm just curious, as I'm starting to do more and more overland stuff

Edit: have you thought about importing parts and doing something custom? or do you not think you're gonna need it. you said early that you didn't want to go with the 170" because of high centering..
I've gotten the van stuck once so far.
The key to getting stuck is to block the way with vehicles trapped behind you so that they have to help you get unstuck so they can continue along 5 cars worth of people pushed me out.

I own a KTM950 and KTM500 for when I really want to go offroad

Generally speaking the van does a great job of getting us to a "base camp". Well enough... that I'm not going to spend $20K doing a 4wd kit on it (voiding my warranty in the process). This is going to be a very high mileage vehicle in all likely hood (I have put 28K on it in the last year).. so I'm not interested in a "kit solution" that hasn't been proven.

All that said; I will buy a 4wd if MB brings it over.


And here's a bunch of random photos as I try and motivate myself to get some work done on the van this weekend
(and try to take away the sting of the $510 vehicle registration bill )





















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Old 08-24-2012, 12:17 PM   #2163
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:53 PM   #2164
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...now I just need to do the wiring

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Hey Geek, I just ordered the same hitch. Plan on installing it tomorrow. I completely spaced on the wiring harness though. What/where did you get yours? Can you do a little write up on that too? The wiring is where I'm a complete idiot.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:52 AM   #2165
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Got the wiring from e-trailer.

I've yet to install it.

I'll be spending the next 3 days working on the van.. not sure if its going to get done or not but I've wired trailer lights into many vehicles over the years and the Sprinter should be super easy considering how easy it is to access all the wiring at the back.

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Old 08-30-2012, 01:06 PM   #2166
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One thing about the Sprinter...being european, it's got euro style tail lights. As such, you can't "just tap" the light wiring to get trailer lights. You need the Euro converter, which is a bit of an active electronic device. Hoppe makes several of these, but a word of warning...they will fail. At some point, when you least expect it, they will fail. They are cheap...either have a spare, or be prepared to get one quickly. Or go with a much higher level engineered solution like this one:

http://www.ethitch.com/id2.html

Yes, this says it is for heavy duty trucks, but they have the same problem...lights on big trucks are the same as euro tail lights. This box is big and burly, but it's insanely well made using discrete components, which are replaceable (with standard OTS parts). If you're building a true adventure rig, this is a better choice, IMHO. But for the same price, I could see saving some space and taking your chances with two Hoppes. Just be warned, they WILL fail.


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Old 08-30-2012, 01:33 PM   #2167
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You're upset at $510 to register that after you've put how many thousands of dollars into it so far?

My truck was $800. So I don't wanna hear it
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:46 PM   #2168
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Any info on the other van in the image? Is it a sprinter? Build thread? conversion thread? Vent info on those back window vents?

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Old 08-30-2012, 03:48 PM   #2169
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Well, I'm curious about the compressor, even if no one else is...
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:50 PM   #2170
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Any info on the other van in the image? Is it a sprinter? Build thread? conversion thread? Vent info on those back window vents?
That's a Ford Econoline Van with a 7.3 Powerstroke.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:50 PM   #2171
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Any info on the other van in the image? Is it a sprinter? Build thread? conversion thread? Vent info on those back window vents?
Trust,

That's my Ford E350. The back windows just have "louvers" on them; they do nothing but look badass.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #2172
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Trust,

That's my Ford E350. The back windows just have "louvers" on them; they do nothing but look badass.
Good old Stalker Van, all fashion and not much function. :ymca
I've seen Evil Stalker Van on another thread... that is badass.

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Old 08-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #2173
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That's my Ford E350. The back windows just have "louvers" on them; they do nothing but look badass.


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Old 08-30-2012, 05:03 PM   #2174
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Back to the build this weekend (if the damn temps would go below 90 ).

I picked up another 20 feet of 2 gauge and 20 feet of 4 gauge wire this week... we received a bunch of interweave fabric samples... now if I can only make all of the pieces come together.



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They both have their own FB page.

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