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Old 07-01-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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Default Van enthusiasts?

Anyone a van enthusiast like me?
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:48 PM
 
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No, but I think some can look cool. I wouldn't mind having a Mystery Machine for awhile though.

For some van pics I posted in another thread,
Ideas wanted for 86 Dodge Van interiors
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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i like vans, in fact at one time i wanted to build one, but have since decided that they are somewhat impractical for my needs. perhaps one day i might still decide to build one though.
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:32 AM
 
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Minivans and full size vans are the most practical in terms of space usage and function. I have never cared about the cool factor. Like the sitting position and compared to most SUV's you also get better gas mileage.
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:48 AM
 
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Today I saw a van with the Quigley 4WD conversion. That was one cool looking van
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Vans are often much cheaper to insure. They are also really comfortable for driving ergonomics (20 + hrs in the saddle). Which is a good thing for my older VW camper vans, because they only go fast DOWNHILL. I do lots of mtn touring, and it can be embarrassing to be passed by U-haul trucks going up the passes.

The current Chrysler minivan in the household has 198,900 on the clock. Gets 24 mpg @ 70mph w/ AC, doesn't use a bit of oil between changes (20k / Amsoil), and has been used from everything as a 2,500 mile hearse, to a wedding party hauler, and hauling refrigerators, building 4 houses, countless furniture moves...


Some of my favorite VW vans WetWesties - A Pacific Northwest Camping Society, Rialta Heaven - Welcome - Rialta Eurovan Camper, VW Rialta Camper, Used Camper Van, Westy Ventures /* Home
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Chambersburg PA
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I didn't used to be but I love my Grand caravan now.
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:57 PM
 
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What about the big conversion vans?
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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Do you own one or is it thinking to buy one? If it is buy, buy one with out rear windows, so you could paint it better. My 86 Dodge Conversion Van came with big windows so most any theme paint is out.

Cops like to have a look see in vans too, that is something to consider.

Since the interior in mine is aging past use, creating dust form the foam, and I am certain that dust contains toxins, I will be doing the inside over soon.

Dodge tend to shed paint, and mine is starting, so I guess by next year by Fall it will hyave to be painted on the exterior as well. To me since I live in NH, this no rust vehical is a big deal and happens to be very low mileage. It will never be a work van, but could pull a trailer set up any way i want. I have the trailer now, which is a 6x6x 12 enclosed.

It's use is to carry a large motorcycle, which i did no sooner than i bought it. I was in Arkansas and winter hit. The bike has it's own trailer, and that and the bike went into the van's trailer for wintering.

My wife and I first met at a Buck Skinner's Ron de Voo , so for us doing up the inside in that mannor just makes sence. More or less most camp items can stay in the van this way, which means less packing.

With the big windows it is a grim task to figure out how to paint the outside.
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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I love vans!

I've always wanted one of those Quigley 4x4's. The owner of the Lexus dealer I worked at owned one built on a Ford E250 and let me drive it a couple times.

Something like this with a nice diesel would be great:


Right now, over in Japan, there's a styling trend called "Dajiban" (literally, "Dodge Van") that revolves around Dodge vans that were sold to the Japanese public after they were decomissioned by the US military on the islands. It's even started a trade shipping used Dodge Vans to Japan from LA!

In addition to hefty engine mods (Japanese emissions laws are much more lax than ours and more conucive to tuning), many owners add locally-made rims by Watanabe. The "coolest" vans are the ones that still have their base/unit markings on them, and many people stencil replica markings onto vans that don't have them.






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They even track them!
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