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    I would say the Ford 6.2 2011 and newer is your...

    I would say the Ford 6.2 2011 and newer is your answer for sure. The Ford 6.2 IMO is a hidden gem. Everybody wants the 6.7 Powerstroke because America loves shit they don't need for the most part. I...
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    6.5/5.7/454?

    6.5/5.7/454?
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    Oh yes. We had a discussion about it a long time...

    Oh yes. We had a discussion about it a long time ago(maybe a year ago now?) when everybody was talking about diesel vs gas vs price comparison.
    The Ford 6.2 is solid, just gets overshadowed by the...
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    The pop up will be fine for winter and summer...

    The pop up will be fine for winter and summer use. A decent heater/furnace paired with a 20/30lb propane will go a long ways.
    But, if this is a dedicated camping rig as in you will be using a truck...
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    The cheapest way and user friendly is propane as...

    The cheapest way and user friendly is propane as in Mr. Buddy or Olympian Wave 3/6. But, you can get serious condensation build up and of course Carbon Monoxide issues. Both can be...
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    tBatt, I will send you a PM with what I am...

    tBatt, I will send you a PM with what I am working with you if don't mind answering some questions which is pretty similar to this.
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    I took the idea mentioned previously, and filled...

    I took the idea mentioned previously, and filled the void between my camper + wheel well. It is a easy solution which gives me quite a bit more space. I will not be storing anything in there unless I...
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    Thanks for the info. I have a stock 1995 Dometic...

    Thanks for the info. I have a stock 1995 Dometic 3way that is in the Camper right now, along with the stock forced air camper furnace. Further questions, I have heard of pretty big issues with the...
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    I will be building my between camper + wheel well...

    I will be building my between camper + wheel well project soon and will post pics up in the next month or two.
    With that,

    Pop-up camper electrical/solar guru's see here.
    My 95' Skamper did not...
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    Riff, this is exactly what I am looking for. If...

    Riff, this is exactly what I am looking for. If you post some better pics, that would seriously appreciated. Thanks! Your setup looks damn nice.
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    So, after review today. I have two 78'' x 20'' x...

    So, after review today. I have two 78'' x 20'' x 10'' areas between where my camper box actually sits in the bed to the side of the bed. With that, I am looking to either do 1 or 2 options.
    1....
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    Calling all truck slide in peeps. So, I have a...

    Calling all truck slide in peeps. So, I have a 95' Skamper Pop-Up slide in on my truck that I just acquired. I am looking for ideas on how to get a ski rack on the thing. My options seem to be are....
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    It basically looks like a Scamp except with a...

    It basically looks like a Scamp except with a more hefty price tag, and a rickety ass table to boot.
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    This one doesn't even at least try. Some get put...

    This one doesn't even at least try. Some get put up around Colorado where basically they spent about $50 on OSB, hacked together some shit, put in a $50 foam mattress and automatically it is #vanlife...
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    Okay, so the ad is complete shit. He is really...

    Okay, so the ad is complete shit. He is really talking this vehicle up like it is some nice piece of ass, in reality, it is not. The thing is not "This gets really good gas mileage". It probably...
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    I am with you. My only thing with this is Ujoint...

    I am with you. My only thing with this is Ujoint offers a very solid product/service with Chris on E350's that is a bundle package of quality if that makes sense. I have done my days at the junkyard...
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    People absolutely do! Lots of ambulances running...

    People absolutely do! Lots of ambulances running around which is what that Chevy 3500 express pretty much is. But, realistically, it is pretty much the same as the van builds/cost at the end of the...
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    That's a slick looking Cummins + hardside! Yay...

    That's a slick looking Cummins + hardside! Yay for the single rear wheel instead of the dually.
    I was on the truck/hardside camper bandwagon just up until recently really. I checked out a guys E350...
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    I hear ya online friend. I am still torn just for...

    I hear ya online friend. I am still torn just for the price sake.
    I was going to do a 3rd vehicle truck + camper just because I can save $10-15k off of a 4x4 E350.
    Then, I came to realization that...
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    4x4 conversion van's absolutely do with today's...

    4x4 conversion van's absolutely do with today's market. I know that you guys are not looking at the market on the off-road vans, or else you would understand why this is not a bad deal for what you...
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    He ended up taking it to Ujoint for the...

    He ended up taking it to Ujoint for the conversion to 6'', and it is actually on their website. It is a decent price for what it is. Like he mentions in the ad. The miles aren't an issue at all, for...
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    If I wasn't a scumbag, and was employed I would...

    If I wasn't a scumbag, and was employed I would be buying this right about now. https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/4xford-e350-van-on-35s/6561061376.html
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    There is actually many questions that I have for...

    There is actually many questions that I have for this specific build. Most importantly, what in the fuck did you do to get a 1995 E350 to the tune of $140k and you can't even stand up in the interior...
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    The good news is you can find parts all over the...

    The good news is you can find parts all over the place for this truck. It would be an interesting project. It'll sell though for too much probably on the .gov stuff.
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    I figure about $15k you could build that thing to...

    I figure about $15k you could build that thing to be pretty cool on the cheap.
    $5k in upgraded motor/rebuilt tranny.
    $2500k in suspension parts
    another $2500 in replacing/rewiring all the bullshit...
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    That thing is going to be fucking terrible in the...

    That thing is going to be fucking terrible in the winter.
    A few pages back there is a Tacoma build where the guy built basically this same design..except it is a foldable hard-side that he built...
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    https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/4x4-expedition...

    https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/4x4-expedition-camperor-best/6565501091.html
    Over $100k invested..asking $70k. Talk about you'll never get the return for your money on this thing, it pays to do...
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    So, what I did with this. My local mechanic shop...

    So, what I did with this. My local mechanic shop is a mom & pop with an awesome master mechanic who works there.
    With that, I soaked my plugs for 48 hours, re-spraying with PB blaster after the...
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    I had a 04' F-150 FX4 w/ 5.4 V8. I had a hair...

    I had a 04' F-150 FX4 w/ 5.4 V8. I had a hair over 200k on it, only thing that was a PITA was the 3 piece spark plug change at 185k. I should've never sold it but that's life.
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    Agree with the above about power of gas vs diesel...

    Agree with the above about power of gas vs diesel
    Here is the reason I am going with the 6.2L gas instead of the 6.7 PowerStroke.
    I am getting a newer truck, with lower mileage, for literally $10k+...
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    Here is the deal with that. For a 1989-2002...

    Here is the deal with that.
    For a 1989-2002 Dodge 2500/3500 w/ a Cummins they are still going for $10-15k in good shape
    The 2003+ Dodge's are still around 12-15+k even with 200k+
    For a...
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    Something to think about, unless you are towing...

    Something to think about, unless you are towing something fierce. You really don't need a diesel unless you can afford it..I say again...unless you can afford it.
    I used to be sold on diesel's(and...
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    Just checked that out. You are correct. Well, at...

    Just checked that out. You are correct. Well, at least that saves us shade-tree mechanic's some money if we decide to go that route. I am still torn on going 4x4 truck w/ hard side camper or trying...
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    Can one buy the parts kits from any of these...

    Can one buy the parts kits from any of these places and just DIY? I love the van setup but am not going to pay $10-15k for a shop to do it especially when they aren't doing a signifiant amount of...
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    Price is high...yes but the Concourses go for...

    Price is high...yes but the Concourses go for $30k+ for year 2000+. Camper vans here in Colorado for 80's/90's E350's are $10k on average for a gasser 4wd w/ a carb'd motor that still needs work....
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    Got any more pics that you care to share?

    Got any more pics that you care to share?
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    I drove enough FMTV's back in the day that I know...

    I drove enough FMTV's back in the day that I know they are crude, reliable for what they are, and definitely off-road capable. Comfortable they are not, noisy they are and huge. The MTX I feel like...
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    Don't remember if this was posted or not....

    Don't remember if this was posted or not. http://forum.expeditionportal.com/threads/179997-FOR-Sale-2011-Ford-F-350-Super-Duty-4x4-Flatbed-with-1997-4WC-Grandby-Camper-Package
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    Well at least you have something. What's the...

    Well at least you have something. What's the ideal winter camping situation looking like in that dream?
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    What is your setup looking like right now?

    What is your setup looking like right now?
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    I used to be a huge diesel man...until I moved to...

    I used to be a huge diesel man...until I moved to Colorado and started winter camping here. I've had Chevy/Ford/Dodge/Toyota Hilux(living in Europe) diesels and my next camper for winter is going to...
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    The truck mentioned for all intents and purposes...

    The truck mentioned for all intents and purposes is a CX version of a 1ton truck albeit old.
    Any CX truck platform 3/4 or 1ton seem to be $20k+ easily, and that is still for 90's or early 2000's...
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    No doubt about that. I would budget $15k in parts...

    No doubt about that. I would budget $15k in parts alone for a nice build, $10k for a good build but with lots of junkyard refurbished parts, and an entire summer to get that thing to where I could...
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    I think it is a pretty interesting read on what...

    I think it is a pretty interesting read on what people are looking for in Colorado. I would buy this in a heartbeat but I am going to build my 4x4 truck camper in about two years, timing just isn't...
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    https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/1979-ford-creg...

    https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/1979-ford-creger-camper/6395990536.html

    I would love to buy this for about $5k, put about $10k of upgrades including a cummins 6BT swap in it, and have one...
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    Do I have a question for you. How did the 5.7...

    Do I have a question for you. How did the 5.7 fare with the hardside plus pulling a trailer with sleds? In the next two years, I am looking at the same setup as you. I have it narrowed down right now...
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    The Tiger's are cool looking, but for $25k on a...

    The Tiger's are cool looking, but for $25k on a 1994 Astro..you aren't getting much there.
    If anyone is looking for Sprinter Vans/Tigers/whatever. I would recommend not looking in any of the...
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    I would try to go with the AGM but depends on...

    I would try to go with the AGM but depends on what kind of deal/price you get on a battery. Cooking inside could be done by A. wiring your van correctly and going electric stove route. The other...
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    https://denver.craigslist.org/rvs/d/1964-f350-ford...

    https://denver.craigslist.org/rvs/d/1964-f350-ford-custom-4x4/6380177848.html

    This would be a cool rig to have. The price is high for what it is..and the 5mpg isn't going to be pretty with only a...
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    This is much appreciated. After doing some...

    This is much appreciated. After doing some research, and budgeting, it looks like gas is the way to go for me. I think I have somewhat settled on the Ford F250/350 2010-2014ish with the 6.2 gas seems...
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