Can we start a mini/small van camper thread?

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by derekdeadend, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    We just used the Harbor Freight magnetic trailer lights, attached to bike with Velcro straps.
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  2. jbuser

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    Packed and ready to launch first thing tomorrow. Me and da mutts be headed south for warmth. A month or more on the road this time. We shall see what we shall see. The roof basket was causing the van to bob and weave from turbulence. I went with the HF cargo basket and bag to keep the weight down low and outside the living area. First stop is Tellico Plains for a couple/three days.
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  4. MartiniUp

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    :thumb I wish Ford made the small Transit about a foot longer.
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    A foot wider would suit me just fine. It's just a skosh tight with niceties inside. I fit lengthwise on the bed no sweat.
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  6. MartiniUp

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    I want to put a full size DB inside.
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  7. ride4321

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    10 day forecast here in NY is showing highs in the 30s and 40s. I'll be finishing up my prep work on the van and bike this week and packing to head south in about 10 days. Time to get outta Dodge for the winter. I'll post up pics when it's all packed and ready to leave.
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  8. motoreiter

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    Your exhaust doesn't burn the bag you've got on that cargo basket? It looks awfully close?
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  9. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    i could fit a dirt bike in mine length wise, but not height wise. 2016 model.

    bed wise, i had a 6'6"x 4' wide bed in the back of mine with all storage underneath.
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  10. sleazy rider

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    500 miles today and it's fine. I'll keep an eye on it, but the exhaust appears to flow under it.
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  11. motoreiter

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    That's cool...worst case maybe just slap a heat shield on that corner of the cargo basket. If I seem interested in this issue, it's because I'm thinking about getting a cargo basket on my xTerra, and am worried about the same issue. I'll post a pic of my xTerra a bit later.
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  12. sleazy rider

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    HF’s bag is $30. If I use one up a year? Who cares. :lol3
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  13. sleazy rider

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    Reality meets dreams. 32* night and the wind infiltration will need addressing. Thank goodness for shore power and space heater!

    The wind kicked up hard and I ended up putting the awning away at midnight.
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  14. ride4321

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    Do you have reflectix window coverings? They made a big difference on my minivan. I also have a curtain to shut out the front seats and windows. It was very cold sleeping in the low 30s but once these were installed I noticed a huge difference in comfort.
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  15. sleazy rider

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    notes taken. I do have the curtain installed.
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  16. MartiniUp

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    I agree with your worry. No way I would be comfortable with that on a long trip. And everything inside is going to stink like ^%$#! At least adapt some turn down tips and raise the basket.
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  17. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Not to pick on the guy, but I agree. Get a raised hitch reciever to put the rack level with the top of the bumper. This will help with ground clearance as well, as the current way will be dragging on some parking lot entrances. A little 45 degree on the tailpipe and all will be good.

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  18. sleazy rider

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    Raised hitch receivers aren’t available. All the stuff in the bag is also in Tupperware totes. Y’all worry too much! :lol3

    As far as clearance? I was on some seriously steep and twisty Pennsylvania dirt roads. No contact with the ground at any time.
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  19. jbuser

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    Im Selling if anyone is looking for a nice VW.
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  20. 5spd97

    5spd97 Been here awhile

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    My son just bought a new 2019 LWB Transit Connect cargo van to use as his daily driver. It's just he and his gf and she has apretty new CRV. He wanted something fuctional that gets pretty good fuel economy and that he carry surf and kite boards and equipment. Its long enough to sleep in or carry mbs. 2.0 liter with an 8 spd auto. I drove it from the dealership (1 1/2 hrs) and was pretty impressed. Lots of potential and drives fine. He'll start mods pretty soon.
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