Building an Adventure Van

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Geek, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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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! :freaky

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  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Somebody tell OutsideVans I wanna job doing lifestyle photography for them :D

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    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    papaduc Been here awhile

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    You mean you don't already??? :huh
  5. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Geek: I think you're starting to suck almost as much as Hayduke does.

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  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    One of my favorite things:

    a queen sized bed.. blue tooth controlled tunes.. and a nap with a view like this. :thumb

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  9. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Do you think anyone's ever driven a Sprinter on Fins'n'Things? :rofl

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    Geek, you are supposed to be working, bro! Get back to work.
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  15. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    :ksteve

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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 :rofl
  18. TooFast

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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

  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    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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  20. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Could this possibly be the last shipment from 8020 for this project? :scratch

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    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... :dunno

    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.

    :norton

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