Building an Adventure Van

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

  1. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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    enjoy man... thanks for stopping by on the way out!:freaky
  2. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Finally got to drive a sprinter. I transit construction equipment, and one of my customers bought a couple of 3500's.

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    They were "strippers". Manual seats etc. Didn't even have cruise control.

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    They outfitted them as pipeline inspection trucks.
    Just a reminder,
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    because on the right rear was the filler for the

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    to fuel this

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    which powered all this.

    Camera line reels.

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    And the operations console.

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    They mostly use big International box trucks, but they wanted a couple of "smaller" rigs for tight urban work. I heard these two will probably be the the only built. The fabrication chief said it was too small of a box for his needs. Not much room left for the cameras and misc crap that needs to be packed along.

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    Took it St Louis to Denver, scaled @ 9280 lbs (will get another 1000-1500 lbs of crawler-cameras & etc later) and not much wind, it got about 20mpg running 70mph all the way (governed).


    I think I like these Sprinter thingys. But spring for the Cruise control, at least. :D




    Otis
  3. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    27 outside?

    Money well spent :D

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  4. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Had a crazy storm come through overnight.. Felt like the van was going to flip over.

    If it is windy like that here very often I'll bet those arches don't take as long as you think to form :eek1 (I'm looking though through arch in Arches N.P. out the windshield as I type this.

    Almost felt sorry for Paul & Derek sleeping on the ground outside (the didn't even bring a tent) but in reality no sympathy needed...

    'I don't get to sleep in the dirt nearly enough' -Paul A few years ago

    ... To each their own :D

    :freaky


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  5. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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  6. Lovin' it Strom

    Lovin' it Strom High functioning sociopath

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  7. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Did I mention how much I enjoyed my D2 this weekend? :rofl

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  8. TooFast

    TooFast Long timer

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    Looks like your fantastic fan vent is open..eating beans last night?

    Did Paul and Derek head wuss out rather than sleep under the stars?

    Or maybe they sleeping under the van?
  9. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    A couple of ride pics before the snow came...

    on metal masher:
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    Cane creek:

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  10. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Note to self: take heed in the forecast before you leave.

    If there is crap weather forecast.. put the bike inside the van instead of being lazy and throwing it on the back bumper :patch

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  11. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

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    I'd think you want a plug for the exhaust too.

    How do you like the trials tires?
  12. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    MT43 is the way to go, brah.
  13. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I love the MT43 on the rear in the steep stuff.. but can't stand it on the front.
    I'm currently running an MT21 on the front with it.

    :freaky
  14. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    TKC80 Front, MT43 rear here! :clap
  15. zgfiredude

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

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    What? :rofl:rofl


    You are going to want to really get all that mag chloride schmagma off of your bike ASAP! Looks like good riding for awhile anyway!:clap
  16. zgfiredude

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

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    For emergencies like this, get some Tyvek and just make a burrito (not pun intended) out of the bike to keep it clean.

    Or one of this style of deflectors for the Sprinter....[​IMG]
  17. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    We got in two full days of riding.. then the snow cancelled day 3. No complaints here :thumbs

    I washed the van and the bike as soon as I dropped out of the snow on the way home. :freaky

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  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    That's a great idea! I wonder if I could stop at a grocery store and just use a full roll of saran wrap on it before I go over vail pass? :hmmmmm

    Hell I think I'll keep a roll in the top cabinet of the van just in case :thumb
  19. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    or.. get the plastic wrap they use for shipping: http://www.amazon.com/Rolls-CLEAR-Stretch-Plastic-Pallet/dp/B000UH6SH2 ... much stronger than grocery-type plastic wrap.
  20. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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