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Old 10-29-2012, 12:58 PM   #2296
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:59 PM   #2297
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Go ahead, be the first, I double dog dare ya.

I mean if a crown vic can do baby lion's back, why not.
http://youtu.be/vHvXi_HejnI

Just don't end up like this.
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y'know.. the thing never feels top heavy when you drive it.. but somehow on fins & things or lions back I think it might feel top heavy
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:17 PM   #2298
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You've got all of us jealous out there enjoying yourself

That's about the depth of snow I had when I lost my wipers...dang vans are so tall it's hard to remove any of it...needed one of those 5' telescoping snow brushes/scrapers just to do the winshield

My solution was to punch it in reverse and slam on the brakes, worked best when the roof got warmed up a bit from the heater

Ever seen any Jet Packs on ebay? Maybe build a 80/20 rack to hold one?

My bad, never heard of a campground capable of 67' rigs - what the heck kind of rv is that? Volvo semi tractor and trailer build out?

Drove a ~50'' Pathfinder MH once, very tough making corners in town, few parking spots, owner eventually took out some gas pumps

Bought my first van back in 1988, always had one since. Looking for an extended chevy/gmc cargo right now, 2000 - 2002 so it has the small block chevy 5.7 motor, cheap plates, insurance
and I've got my 2 totalled ones for parts

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TooFast: we were at the Lone Mesa group campground (one of our friends was in a 67 foot rig so we needed a campground that could handle big RVs).

I lost my antenna in the first snow fall too... thanks for the headsup on the windshield wipers.. I was lucky I didn't lose them when I lost the antenna!


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Old 10-29-2012, 04:13 PM   #2299
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My bad, never heard of a campground capable of 67' rigs - what the heck kind of rv is that? Volvo semi tractor and trailer build out?
Mark had a full size quad slide-out motorhome and a trailer with motorcycles behind it. Not sure what kind it was (it has a caterpillar engine).. and didn't really get a photo of it though you can see the nose of it sticking out in front of Andy's van in this pic:

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Old 10-29-2012, 04:19 PM   #2300
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Could this possibly be the last shipment from 8020 for this project?



So after thoughts after living in the van last week:

Priorities:

1) get heater installed
2) get a roof rack - expedition style maybe?
3) get an awning
4) get solar installed

...then back to the interior - we love the way the new layout works.

We camped with Andy and his roadtrek earlier this summer and I got a bunch of great ideas from it. Now we met up with him again further in my project and I had a different list of things i wanted to examine in his van. I really appreciate him letting me crawl through the thing.

This time it gave me a few ideas on how to better use some of my space so we may actually end up adding a couple of full size vertical cabinets...

The big difference between his layout and mine is that there is no way he could ever put a motorcycle or mountain bikes inside and my goal is to keep that ability.




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Old 10-29-2012, 06:22 PM   #2301
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:54 PM   #2302
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Hey dude, with such a large roof you are going to hate loading and unloading the roof. I don't even use mine on the Vanagon... PITA!!!!
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:03 PM   #2303
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Yeah we've been thinking about that...
the right side of the roof rack would have an awning mounted to it and then two 135watt solar panels in series.

The left side I'm thinking of maybe installing a roller at the back to help loading/unloading of a kayak/canoe?

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Old 10-29-2012, 07:08 PM   #2304
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Yes on the solar panels, no on everything else. Keep it low profile up there.

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Old 10-30-2012, 10:28 AM   #2305
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there's a pink plumbing van that runs around here with a pretty sweet one
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:56 PM   #2306
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there's a pink plumbing van that runs around here with a pretty sweet one
slightly out of context -- which or what pretty sweet one? rack?
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:40 AM   #2307
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slightly out of context -- which or what pretty sweet one? rack?
Yeah the rack. This one I thinks
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:51 AM   #2308
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I like the idea of a stout rack on top of advan. Solar panels, expedition size dry bags for when you need even more storage, and a couple of small deck chairs for sunset activities.

We spent most of the 90's living weekends in Trooper / Pathfinder / 4Runner. Kayaks were used as storage pods with cockpit covers (not sure this would be as effective with newer shoe sized boats - we finished that tour in Dagger RPM's.)

No boat trips used dry bags instead of car toppers for better load / unload and no wind blocker when empty. This system worked very well for us.

Advan canoe / kayak load assist:



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Old 10-31-2012, 06:30 AM   #2309
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:33 AM   #2310
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This is two blocks from my office. There's no end of asshats who pull in there and ignore the flashing lights. Always funny when it happens.


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