Building an Adventure Van

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

  1. papaduc

    papaduc Been here awhile

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    Did those tires work well on the Sprinter?
    Had to be better than OEM!
  2. Brian-M

    Brian-M Melting in GA

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    Geek, I've known for a long time that you suck... nice to see you're really upped your Level of suckage.

    To put an emphasis on your suckage I'm going to post this pic of my thumb from a couple months ago...


















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    Fun with tablesaws when your push-stick slips.



    But then again,it's not all bad down here in GA (now that I can finally stand to be outdoors)....

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    Doesn't change your suckage factor though. :deal


    Sincerely, your Bacon serving, BMW failing, Bearded friend... :beer
  3. jimrobinette

    jimrobinette Been here awhile

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    Or any U-Haul dealer.
  4. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I miss you brother! Hopefully you'll come visit some time so <strike>you can throw more sand at me</strike> I can kick some more sand in your face :rofl

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  5. mra35

    mra35 Adventurer

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    Did the cheap roll of saran wrap three weeks ago about the same time as when you were out there the first time. Looked at the weather, saw that I had to drive through a bunch of crap, ran up to the store got a roll and wrapped that sucker. Worked great. The bike looked like yours going over Vail pass. Once I got to Green River I cut it off an threw it away. Kept the mag chloride off.
  6. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Another Key West drive this year Geek?
  7. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    A sunny 75 with light tropics breeze. Cold beer.

    Cell photo through screen & digitally thinned. :shog

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  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Not sure but probably not.. we do the "family thing" every 2 years generally.
    ...besides... we have a heater now so we don't have to go south :rofl

    The van now has almost 36,000 miles on it :eek1 :patch
  9. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    Can you dig it...?

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    MC haul area/patio.

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    Standard equipment..Dodge Photon engine for direct sunlight conversion to gasoline...unlimited range.

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    Coming soon.

    bill
  10. beemer67

    beemer67 Really Old airhead

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    Hey Bill,

    Cool van .. even comes with the first letter of your first name on the side. :rofl

    I think I would probably prefer Geek's conversion, but realistically could only afford yours.

    Chris
  11. Trixie

    Trixie No, not that Trixie

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    What model is that? A winnebag?
  12. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    It's a denutted, gutted and slutted Minnie Winnie, 1974 Dodge chassis.
    I believe the engine is a 360 but it might be a 318.

    Purchased for the price of the tires...$700(tires are new, all 7).

    Going out today to bolt up re-gasketed exhaust headers.

    Inside is stripped out except for the table/bed combo.

    Got a couple of bids on foaming the inside.

    Anyone with experience doing that?

    bill
  13. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Haven't been doing much to the van except driving it.

    Added DEF again at 37,000 miles.

    Had a tail light bulb go out.
    Typical German over-engineering - there is a trick to getting the things off the van, but if you know the trick it is well designed and easy to do (I found the trick on youtube so I didn't break all the clips :D )

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    Tip for future Sprinter owners:

    When you go to places like Advance Auto Parts or Autozone and you ask for something like a tail light bulb for a 2011 Mercedes Sprinter and their computer says they don't carry the part you need.. ask them to look for the same part for a 2007 Dodge Sprinter.
    What do you know! Lots in stock! :rofl

    i.e. their databases are not up to date and do not know that ALL sprinters since 2007 have the same bulbs, etc.
  14. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    You should consider upgrading to LEDs anyway...doh.
  15. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

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    A good parts man will know what's interchangeable. Too bad those are in such short supply.
  16. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    Last time I went in a Checker auto supply and asked for pressure plate bolts, guy asked what a pressure plate was. :huh
  17. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Hey Geek

    Great Sprinter build. I was gonna buy a 20 yr old Eurovan Westfalia but now I have decided I don't want to spend that much on a old vehicle. So I'm thinking Sprinter. I'm gonna use it for basically the same thing you are using yours for. Tired of tenting. I'll keep it pretty basic till it's paid off. I just want to sleep in it and be able to swivel the seats around and sit in it when the weather is bad. I don't really plan on spending much time standing in it. I'll cook at the picnic table or portable table under the awning off the van. I'm 6' 2" but I think I'd be ok with the standard height crew van. Cheaper and better on fuel. What are your thoughts on roof height now you have had yours for a while. Thanks Blair
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    imho, buy the tall one... that's the point of the sprinter for me.

    I would gladly give up a mpg for the tall one. I LOVE being able to stand up inside. Getting into your riding gear.. or out of... or getting changed.. etc - it is so nice being able to stand up and stretch out in the thing.

    Being able to stand up and walk around the bikes when you are tying them down.. being able to put a tall bike inside like the 950 and it fits no problem and without having to crawl around being bent over. You don't have to compress the forks or remove the windscreen on tall bikes.

    The extra vertical space also provides tons of storage if you put in top cabinets like I have - all for free (no extra length).
    My one upper cabinet down the driver's side is more than enough to hold all of two people's riding gear - helmets, boots, kneepads, armor, ride pants, etc - completely with space left over - and you've not used 1 inch of floor space. :deal

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    ...but I'm biased :D
  19. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Food for thought. They have some wicked deals on right now. MB is discounting the price by 4K plus 1K fuel card. Unfortunately that's only on remaining stock no standard height but at least 1 Crew like yours available.
  20. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    They are changing the headlights and some other cosmetic things rumor has it.. so they probably want to clear the current "look".