Building an Adventure Van

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

  1. ian408

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    Plasti-dip. You can do it yourself.

    Matte would be the way to go.
  2. Patrick46

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    I'll just say that from MY experience...(I drove a flatblack 'rat-rod' for awhile...) :lol3

    that I'd use grey, as the black will show dirt alot easier, and DEFINATELY NOT FLAT!

    The flat paint has more 'teeth' to hold dirt. So if not gloss, then satin for sure.
  3. Sheep Shagger

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    +1 Satin is the way to go. Flat is as much of a pain as gloss.
  4. a1fa

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  5. Geek

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    so if I put an electric motor to the rear wheels and mount about 50 of those suckers to the roof.. can I build a perpetual motion machine? :D
  6. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    I'd like to see you try it. :evil
  7. ian408

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    I like the electric motor idea. Maybe put those on the front wheels and have all wheel drive--like the new Porsche :lol3
  8. a1fa

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    Add an army of hamsters for additional horsepower.
  9. Geek

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    I watched a Ford Explorer roll coming around a bend after skiing once. A woman and her young daughter who was strapped in a child seat. The truck landed on its roof and slid a ways. When I pried open the door the mom was pretty messed up. It appeared that the skis that were in the truck and not fastened down had flown forward and did a number on her head. The kid was fine aside from wetting herself.

    I bought a roof rack for my skis as soon as I got home.

    Sorry for the hijack.
  11. Mr. J

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    never hurts to interject a little reality check. we get caught up in our stuff and sometimes forget the consequences
  12. Sheep Shagger

    Sheep Shagger Show me your fleece

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    No experience with them in a vehicle, but in every other situation I have seen them in, they are noisy. The design of the interlocking slats just lends itself to noise. For that reason alone I'd rule them out in a van.

    I'm sure when new and if plastic slats, they will be quiet, but after some time with all those moving parts and ware on them, your going to get a rattle.

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    If you want overhead storage with doors your not going to knock you head on, I'd get the style hinge that you use with a solid door that lifts up to the roof, and you can slide back into the cabinet if needed.
  13. Geek

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    All interior lights will be LED.. I've still not found the ones I want; I'm a fan of "warm yellow light" and can't stand "cold blue light".
  14. ducnut

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    Might be something here that interests you. I and many others on another forum have ordered from them.
  15. morini-ford

    morini-ford Adventurer

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    Yes, i have, excellent choise . They don't rattle, even on Belgian roads. Europeans know what i mean ( it's like driving off-road sometimes over here)
    Very space-saving when opening, you don't find yourself in the way compared with standard cabinet doors.
    Has already done the kitchinette this way, building the cabinet above the motorbike at the moment, almost same model as your picture.
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    with a table sliding out ( half or complete )

    Vere nice picture by the way, seems american manufacturers are taking camping seriously also. I like this one....
  16. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    What about actual driving off-road... are they going to rattle then?

    I appreciate your input :freaky

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  17. troidus

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    Looks like a road to me, but I grew up in Oklahoma and live in Kansas.
  18. morini-ford

    morini-ford Adventurer

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    I did roads far worse than that. Will upload a little onboard movie on dropbox. Hang on , must look it up !

    PS ; could use a westvleteren now, it's evening here...:slurp
  19. morini-ford

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    here is a temporary footage of the the van ( full equiped with motorbike ) descending off-road in a French canyon. I liked the brodie knob, filming and manual shifting with the other hand. At the end , the road was getting worse , my wife also :eek1 , and i stopped filming.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16914589/SANY0046.MP4

    this was the place

    http://g.co/maps/mmbzt

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    the Ford Transit van is not a 4x4 , but it's doing a very good job ( however, de transit is available in 4x4 diesel )

    A lot of european manufactures are using them. Even for showers in the middle of the van ( space-saving)
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    German builder : http://www.globecar.de/en/models/d-line/campscout.html
  20. Geek

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    Tire pressure monitor sensors showed up for the new wheels today:

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    ...and my first box of "adult legos" arrived too :evil

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    Einstein approves...
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    I was looking everywhere for a hose clamp I couldn't find... :patch

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