Building an Adventure Van

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  1. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    I remember when van camping looked like this;

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  2. pfb

    pfb Riding, not skiing.

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  3. terry.mc

    terry.mc Stop ruining my vacation

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    Groovy man...
  4. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    YES!

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  5. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Used 15.7 amps overnight... Not bad at all! But it was in the 40s in the van so the fridge didn't need to run much.

    Fridge is @ 36.7 degrees inside now.


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  6. Geek

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    This

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    Sure beats refilling/draining this!

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    The fridge is huge. A week of food easily.

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  7. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Indoor outdoor wireless thermometer we bought in Steamboat Springs yesterday. The outdoor sensor is in the fridge

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  8. Geek

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    Won't take long while driving to get back to full batteries :D

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  9. Geek

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  11. waytooslow

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  12. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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  13. TooFast

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    Not enough room left to haul two little mountain bikes inside the van?

    Nice weather up there - front range is getting much needed rain today, tomorrow,....
  14. EmmEff

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    Nope, too many sensors, control pads, and display screens. Rumour has it that the new fridge temperature monitor has a monitor of it's own to ensure the batteries in the monitor are at the right voltage and temperature. :rofl
  15. RLK

    RLK 4,949

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    Safe travels Geek and Tweety!
  16. TooFast

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    I heard he's a 80/20 distributor now.....carries a complete inventory of fittings. etc with him right in the van :freaky

    Biggest inventory west of the Mississippi, dam!

    Need some angle brackets? Here let me take my bike stand apart...using a hitch mount store bought one now....

    P.S. Did he buy a special charger for the monitor batteries? You know, both the monitor and the monitor's monitor batteries? Maybe that's what the PV panel going to be for....what if it's a cloudy day? warm beer? :jkam

    Can't wait to see the alarm system with all that copper, electronics, gadgets, etc inside that big side window.....perhaps a UPS system for the alarm system? Mobile alarm receiver (with back up batteries and monitor) via low orbit satellite? What about night vision cameras, audio proximity warning system ? - "caution, overhead cabinet approaching rapidly, pull back, pull back"!! Ouch again, Should I dial 911 for you?
  17. Mr. J

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    Weight is the Enemy
    At 'touring' speeds, fuel consumption is primarily related to weight. As a very rough guide, a diesel­ engined vehicle's consumption increases by 1.0 - 1.5 litres/l00 km for every 1000 kg over 3000 kg (at speeds below 80 km/hr). Whilst excess weight degrades fuel economy, it is a very serious problem
    with tyres. Recently, and following a spate of publicised tyre failures, a survey of thousands of private US motorhomes showed that almost all exceeded tyre manufacturers' maximum loadings by 20%­30%, and many by 50% or more. Further, most users were running on tyre pressures lower than specified for the rigs' maximum recommended loading - let alone the gross overloads they were running at. The US trade tyre association that commissioned the survey stated that: 'With gross overloading, and all-but universal under inflation, US recreational vehicle tyres are subject to more abuse than any other known form of tyre usage. . . . this includes mine, quarry and exploration vehicles' .
    In Australia , many commercially built campervans, and quite a few motorhomes, are already close to their legally permitted maximum weigh 'empty'. Check carefully before buying. You may well find there's only 300 kg or so still available - for people and everything else.
    One simply must stay within the maximum weight-carrying capacity, often specified as GYM (Gross Vehicle Mass) to avoid vehicular and legal problems.
    One needs little more for semi-permanent living than for a week or two away: supplies are readily available Australia-wide. Even in the outback one is rarely more than a day or three from a supermarket. And, with rare exceptions (e.g. the Tanami Track (Halls Creek to Alice Springs ) fuel is available at least every 400 km - 500 km.
    Before planning your layout, reduce what you think you need to the absolute minimum (and then reduce that by 25%). Not only will it be easier on the vehicle, and on your wallet, but things will be much easier to find. Every so often check what you have not used - and leave it behind.
    Regard a larger rig mainly as providing more living space - not an opportunity to carry more stuff.

    from here: http://www.caravanandmotorhomebooks.com/articles/conversion_1.htm
  18. Geek

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    Averaged 22mpg this last tank. Woot.


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  19. TooFast

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    What's the total overall MPG for the your mileage to date? Scan gauge tell ya? We'd like to know :evil

    Then total cost (pee juice, scheduled service, etc) per mile of ownership?

    Good info for the rest of us MB Sprinter wannabees...
  20. Geek

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    Just saw a mama grizzly with three cubs. Wow!

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