Building an Adventure Van

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

  1. Pervect

    Pervect Adventurer

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    But it's a great build, I must admit.....:clap
  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    You guys think I suck?

    I just ran into this guy 20 minutes ago. I tried to take consolation in the fact that my 950 is nicer than his v-strom and my 500 is nicer than his XR... but then it occurred to me that the taxes he paid on a $300K vehicle was more than what all five of our bikes put together cost :huh

    :rofl

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  3. bobfab

    bobfab Long timer

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    Fair enough! Its cool that the heater uses the fuel that the vehicle already uses. Filling the propane tank is a bit of a pain, however we have only done it as a preventative measure thus far, havent actually run out of propane on a trip yet :clap

    Jealous of your moab trip(s)!
  4. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    For some reason, his trailer looks a little underwhelming. :lol3
  5. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    KLR rider hits Powerball
  6. emerson.biguns

    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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    Did you talk to him at all about his trip and whether it happened or not?

    :ear



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  7. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    The rack under the XR is actually the rear deck that attaches to the truck - he can carry one bike on the deck by itself or uses the trailer for two.

    He's headed to Vermont today... says he average about 10mpg.

    His "big trip" was supposed to happen last year but didn't for whatever reason.. he's still headed towards it.

    iirc he has an ADV username of something like "road trek" but doesn't get on here often.

    :freaky
  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I got the 500's valves checked, trials wheel put back on the rear, golem filter installed and oil/filter changed.

    Then I ran to the store for some essentials :D

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    the fridge will be put to good use this weekend :deal
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  9. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I just had someone contact me (not from adv) and ask me what I would charge to build them a van kitted like mine for them... and they were serious :huh
  10. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    See you in Moab Geekster....will PM you
  11. Moto Beak

    Moto Beak Professional Amateur

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    So, how much?:deal
  12. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    :freaky

    I don't know when I'll have ADV access again - but I PM'd you my cel.
    I'll be pulling out of Golden 3:30'ish headed over the divide.

    :freaky
  13. TooFast

    TooFast Long timer

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    Wish he'd be in my neighborhood when his Ford diesel blows up....I'd put a real motor in it and have a real nice rig
  14. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude Old Fart in Training.......

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    .EASTERN SAWATCH MOUNTAINS ABOVE 11000 FT-
    INCLUDING...INDEPENDENCE PASS...MT ELBERT...MT MASSIVE
    408 AM MST THU NOV 8 2012
    ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM FRIDAY TO 11 PM MST
    SATURDAY...
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
    WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2
    PM FRIDAY TO 11 PM MST SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO
    LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * LOCATION...THE EASTERN SAWATCH MOUNTAINS ABOVE 11000 FEET.
    * CAUSE AND TIMING...A LARGE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL SETTLE
    OVER THE GREAT BASIN LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND REMAIN THERE
    THROUGH SATURDAY. A PROLONGED PERIOD OF MOIST SOUTHWESTERLY
    WINDS WILL IMPACT THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE DURING THIS TIME
    RESULTING IN PERIODS OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. THE HEAVIEST
    SNOW AND STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED FRIDAY NIGHT AND
    SATURDAY.
    * SNOW ACCUMULATION...8 TO 16 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
    POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WEST FACING SLOPES.
    * WIND...SOUTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 40 GUSTING TO 60 MPH CAUSING
    CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND WHITEOUT CONDITIONS
    AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY.
    * IMPACT...TRAVEL WILL BE VERY HAZARDOUS DUE TO A COMBINATION OF
    HEAVY BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...NEAR ZERO VISIBILITIES AND
    ICY...SNOW COVERED ROADS...ESPECIALLY FRIDAY NIGHT AND
    SATURDAY.
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
    STRONG WINDS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY ARE EXPECTED DUE TO HEAVY
    SNOWFALL AND BLOWING SNOW.
    AVOID TRAVEL IN THE WARNING AREA. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL
    IN THE WARNING AREA DURING THE TIME OF THE WARNING...LISTEN TO
    THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST AND CONSIDER TRAVELING AT ANOTHER
    TIME OR BY ANOTHER ROUTE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE WARNING AREA
    DURING THE TIME OF THE WARNING...TAKE ALONG A WINTER SURVIVAL
    KIT. IF YOU BECOME STRANDED IN A RURAL AREA...STAY WITH YOUR
    VEHICLE UNTIL HELP ARRIVES. TO KEEP WARM IN YOUR VEHICLE...RUN
    YOUR ENGINE 10 MINUTES EACH HOUR...AND MAKE SURE THE EXHAUST PIPE
    IS CLEAR OF SNOW TO AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING


    Good luck, and take Pictures!
  15. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Perfect!
    I'm going over the mountains today... so I'll miss it going out - and then if it is done 11pm saturday they'll have Vail and Loveland passes plowed that night so returning Sunday will be no problem

    :thumb

    (or so I hope :D )


    Moab:

    Thursday: Partly cloudy. High of 72F. Breezy. Winds from the South at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

    Friday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 61F.

    Saturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of snow and a chance of rain. High of 46F. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

    Sunday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 41F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph.


    If we do get some precipitation I'm probably going to kick myself for not bringing my wheel with the knobby on it
    (I threw the rear with the trials tire on it on the back).
  16. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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  17. Trixie

    Trixie No, not that Trixie

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    do we we even need to say it? :D
  18. Jman

    Jman a.k.a. FUglyK

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    I think we should just for completeness.



    Geek = Suck. :D
  19. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    Allow me, YOU SUCK! but in a good way. :lol3

    It's a 16 hour trip for me. :cry
  20. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Awesome day... Rode Metal Masher, Bull Canyon, Gemini Bridges. Got wet a few times (was nice to cool down)

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    ...has turned into a beautiful evening though

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