Building an Adventure Van

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

  1. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    The list of things to do from the last trip is already as long as my arm! :patch
    Come to think of it.. we still haven't unloaded it from the last trip yet :lol3
  2. djb_rh

    djb_rh Been here awhile

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    Got mine home after a few hundred miles towing right at the limit (nearly 5k) and the next day I get a CEL for something to do with heating or sensing temp of the DEF. Seems to be running fine, but obviously needs to go in (still under warranty).

    I've got the same size BFG ATs on it now as you, Geek. Looks like the dealer can reprogram for them to show proper speed, so I'll ask about that when it's in. Also, my local dealer is a Renntech dealer, so I'm really thinking about doing the ECU tune they have. Haven't found anyone who didn't like it, nor anyone reporting any problems with it (and some have a LOT of miles with it). 80 more HP and 100 more ft-lbs is gonna be pretty noticeable. Also removes the 82MPH speed limiter. You thought about doing that, Geek? Guessing it's not new to you, anyway.

    Can't mountain bike in these parts. We've been having rain nearly every day, and often biblical amounts, for WEEKS now. I was at the beach for two of those (and did some fatbike riding in the sand for workouts), but this is getting really old. Everything is soup...*sigh*


    --Donnie
  3. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    This guy was camping in the Parking lot of Winter Park yesterday morning. I guess they are less strict for Mountain Bikers than they are for skiers?

    I'm going to have to take advantage of this... :evil :D

    [​IMG]


    .mobile
  4. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

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    Could it be more that in the winter, it's harder to maintain the parking lot if there are vehicles in it or are Mt. Bikers just really that cheap a mofo (except when it comes to bling)?
  5. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    That's a good point.

    I think it is also a "volume" thing. The busiest day with mountain bikers has less people than the least busiest day with skiers.

    We never stood in line once... just walked up and got on the lift each time. :thumb
    We got there at 9:30 (i.e. not early) and parked right up next to the base.
  6. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    When are you getting your rear windows done.
  7. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Dunno.. Too much stuff going on right now (summer is too short.. fun stuff comes first! :D ).

    They are sitting in the garage.. I can do them any time; but not in a hurry.
    I have other things I'd rather get done on the van first if I get van work time.

    In the meanwhile more of:

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    :ricky
  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Yup.

    With Duke down hors de combat YOU are the new King of teh Suck

    :bluduh

    (hope you're having a blast!)

    M
  9. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    where is the fun in riding "off road" when it is paved? :scratch
  10. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    When it leads to stuff like this :D

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  11. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    No peddlin' up hill for today biznitches! :rofl

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  12. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

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    I'm just gonna drop this here for your 4x4 consideration...
  13. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    no 6x pictiures
  14. herbieGB

    herbieGB .

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    Out on a road trip and saw a pre 07 sprinter van in utah, so naturally i get closer to gawk/look for new ideas to adapt to my 04.

    In the location of the rear driver side window they had a hard cover and there with a lock in the middle. Found it online used by westfalia. Have you guys seen how these work? Itd be great if these could open and fold up to full open air atrium style

    :happay

    http://images02.olx.com/ui/5/74/41/...m-Sprinter-Westfalia-RVs-Campers-Caravans.jpg
  15. O'Hooligan

    O'Hooligan Ken Dodd's dads dogs dead

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    ....and then I came across this color which I really like! :hmmmmm


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    Hey that's my van:D
  16. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I really like the tan color! Is it a factory color?
  17. timmie415

    timmie415 n00b poster but not rider

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    Took me about 32.5 hours to pour through this posting from start to finish.

    First, good thing my boss does not care too terribly about "unauthorized" hours. I just read every post and had to research so many E.E. master thesis type issues...

    Second the forum that knocked our AdvRider "distracting" banter has no clue how it can get on here. I found every page informative! At least we kept it civil for oil and wire gauge arguments on this forum!




    Geek, you have inspired me to build something that I know I should not build. I really should be buy a RoadTrek or Sportsmobile or the like...



    Bandsaw, drillpress and router? Those are my take-home must haves for an 80/20 job. Maybe a miter saw also..? Any other big ticket item this job would not have been accomplished without?

    Freaking awesome build Geek! If you had the AWD/4x4 figured out my checkbook would be yours..!



    -tim



    oh yes, the other thing I have learned is
    GEEK
    you SUCK..!
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    #1 is a miter saw. Every 8020 cut I have done was with the miter saw.

    Drill press is #2. You can pay for the drill press just by making your own corner connectors out of 1.25" angle stock instead of buying the real 89/20 ones (but you'll need washers to compensate for the thickness difference)

    Those two and a good set of t-handle Allen's will do 95%. Have fun!

    The bandsaw and router are for word working bits. Not needed for the 8020 bits.

    This thread hasn't been updated in a while because we've been too busy enjoying summer to work on the van.

    What I wouldn't give for a garage with a 10 foot door once winter arrives. I'd have the van done!

    Ps Van is at 46,000 miles.
    The BFG ATs I put on (at 7000?) are toast.
    I'm trying to nurse them until the snow flies.

    :freaky

    Most here is what I did with some 8020 the other day :D

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    .mobile
  19. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    Interesting wheelie bar. :D
  20. GPzPop

    GPzPop the lurkerizer

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    now, how about a pic of that set up, strapped on to a pick-up, which is being transported on a flatbed tow truck, on top of a rail car, etc. etc.

    nice work, super jellie!

    --S