Building an Adventure Van

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

  1. p-luc

    p-luc Let play out-side

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  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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  3. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    So what you are saying is if I can find someone to buy all those screws.. I can retire? :lol3

    :freaky
  4. p-luc

    p-luc Let play out-side

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    Almost, I was thinking: Am I building a rocket or what?


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  5. LemurPilot

    LemurPilot Nugget

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    Gotcha. I ordered the sink online, it's a really well made Smev:
    http://www.PANTHER-RVPRODUCTS.COM/
    If I did it again, I'd order a bigger burner unit. The sink is fine but with 2 pans on the burners it's really cramped. 3 burners are too much but 2 big, well spaced ones would be perfect.

    Just looked through their site, seems they've dropped a lot of choice since I bought mine :dunno

    Over half way through down here. The dreams of driving off in the van and the sense of freedom it gives are making me nuts :becca
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    From the cool trucks thread:

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    Lots of things Geek would love, but can't get. :augie

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  7. ArcticaMT6

    ArcticaMT6 Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a challenge to me. Geek shouldn't back down from a challenge.
  8. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Pretty please come to US. :freaky

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    PirateJohn Banned

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    James Adams ɹǝsn uʍop ǝpᴉsdn Administrator

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  11. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    Iveco eh?

    The Canadian military has had Iveco light trucks for quite a while.
    Everyone I've talked to who has experience with them says they're crap.
    Then again I've never talked to a soldier who thinks any of the non-armoured
    vehicles are any good.
    We'll see I guess.
  12. IKIGAI

    IKIGAI Been here awhile

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    Read more: http://www.leftlanenews.com/mercedes-sprinter-4x4.html#ixzz2pfw7hRMi

    There are shops doing 4x4 conversions here in NA but the cost is jaw dropping prohibitive, unless you are using the van to generate some pretty good revenue.
    The factory upgrade works out to around $11,500, and I've seen some custom conversion quotes on the net coming in at the $28,000 mark.
    Big difference, too big for the recreational user.
  13. nhbubba

    nhbubba Internet Tough Guy

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    So this is a helluva thread.

    I started on page 1 several days ago and finally made it to the end. Fuggin' marvelous!

    Last year I was fortunate enough to find myself in New Zealand for 3 weeks. Everywhere we went-particularly on South Island-there were these mini-campers. I couldn't get over how awesome these things were. Many were far smaller than your Sprinter. Many based on VW vans, many more based on small Toyota vans (HiAce? LiteAce? I ferget). I remember thinking how awesome those vehicles are. How much more reasonable they are compared to those MONSTER Class A motorhomes you see so much of here in the US.

    In my view you have combined those light campers with a toy-hauler.. which is fuggin' marvelous.

    Superbly well done. I leave this thread thinking I must have one. THIS is my kind of traveling. I see FreeTheBeast has checked in here mentioning having bought one. He's in my area and I've heard of him. Hopefully I'll cross paths with him one day and get to see his.

    Thanks for the ideas. :beer
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    LemurPilot Nugget

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    That's exactly where I got my van passion, NZ. I rented this little Hiace for a couple of weeks and had a blast. It's amazing how much gear they fit in those tiny things, and they're super economical. With a few more inches of ground clearance and 4 wheel drive...

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    I hope you've been here and here.
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    nhbubba Internet Tough Guy

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    Friction275 Been here awhile

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    These are available in the US and built on Ford, Chevy or GMC, gas or diesel chassis so you can choose your strengths and weakness accordingly. At 100-130k new they run pretty close to a new fully outfitted Merc Sprinter with comparable options (wet or dry bath, onboard water, shore connections, etc) and they sleep more people due to the over cab bed.

    They won't see the economy of the Merc Blue Tech but that's always the cost of 4wd truck chassis.

    In the US market it also means that parts are available in every town at every auto parts store or dealer.

    http://www.tigervehicles.com/

    They seem to be just the right amount of ugly on the outside and nice on the inside for the ADV rider crowd...

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  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I got stuck today on a piece of ice the size of a frisbee :patch

    What I wouldn't give for a limited slip rear end.

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  19. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

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    Doesn't Auburn Gear or East Coast Gear Supply make something for you?
  20. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I'm not sure if they make something for Sprinter or not. I'm trying to avoid voiding any part of my 100,000 mile warranty.

    In this case I was on a dirt road and met an 18 wheeler at a 90 degree corner. I got over with two wheels on the edge of the road to let him go by.. and then went to drive away and the van wouldn't move.

    It was in "one wheel drive" with that wheel on the ice.

    I turned off the ASR and after 5 minutes of spinning back and forth I managed to burn through the ice down to the dirt and drive away.. but the damn thing should haven't never been stuck to begin with :patch I did have my chains with me if I needed them.. but I was trying to avoid getting dirty as I was on the way to a client :lol3

    If we don't do 4WD I think I'm going to invest in a receiver winch that I can mount front or rear for the time when I truly bury the thing.