Vans!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hayduke, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. boardrider247

    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    I've owned a few vw vans over the years and really like them. But the tow rating isn't going to be enough for me.
    Nor is it awd or 4wd. And I don't think I could ever bring myself to buy a vw with a automatic transmission.

    Whatever I buy will be fullsize. A 3/4 ton 4x4 van would be great but they are expensive and rare. If I could get a good buy on one that would most likely be the winner.
  2. Ko

    Ko Observant as never

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    Does anyone have any experience with an E350 7.3PSD in cold temps? I'm about to cross the Labrador and I'm not sure whether or not I should put a piece of cardboard/something on the front grille to block some cold air. The van takes a long time to warm up at warmer temps, I'm leaning towards putting something just cause it can't hurt it, so maybe it helps?

    Perhaps I should be thinking of installing studded tires instead of worrying about engine temps :lol3

    Ko
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  5. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    You gotta admit a 'fly and drive' for that rig would be cool. Even cooler might be a 'fly and also pick up a small dual sport out there while I'm at it'.

    I hear Death Valley is nice this time of year.

    Yer welcome.:1drink

    PS - Guessing no rust.
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    Dode is bringing Fiat's Vans to replace Mercedes Sprinter line-up!

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    Ride_There Will ride for bacon.

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    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    Only if you pick the right weekend and the last one wasn't it. :vardy At least it didn't rain. :freaky
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  14. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    What are the thoughts on an 11,000 lb RV on a 3500 Sprinter chassis... in the snow? Chains good enough? Studded tires better? Neither, just stay at home?
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    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Typically a 3500 chassis maxes out GVW at 9900Lbs for a single rear wheel. So with 11k you are running a dual rear tire?

    Just load enough food so when you get stuck you can be at home and live in it until thaw:1drink
  16. Ko

    Ko Observant as never

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    Chains trump studs... I'd run winter tires or aggressive tires, and if in danger to get stuck throw on the chains.

    +1, pack enough food :lol3 Kidding aside, if it's not backcountry I wouldn't worry.

    Ko
  17. Ko

    Ko Observant as never

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  18. ErikY.

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    Studded ice radials and chains only if needed ie: 4' of snow going up or down a mountain. A good ice tire even without studs is vastly better than an all-season!
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    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Yeah it's a dully. 2012 model. So if I go studded winter tire, the next dumbass question would be front and back? And do I have to go with both on the dullies? Proly a stupid question, but I don't know jack about dullies... 6 new tires may determine my "need" to use it in the winter. :thumbup::thumbdown::thumbup::thumbdown::thumbup::thumbdown::thumbup::thumbdown:

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  20. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    Front and back :1drink. And all 4 on the back I'd say. There's less weight per square inch back there so stud em up.