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  1. #9076
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    Vanlife inflation is retarded.

    However did see this guy driving through Minnesota/Wisconsin earlier today.

    https://www.instagram.com/gingervanman/?hl=en

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  2. #9077
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    Just got my 5kw chinese heater in the mail today from Falcon. Stoked. Now to find a good box for the build.

  3. #9078
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifelinksplit View Post
    Vanlife inflation is retarded.
    Yes, but will it end? When? I don't think people will start dumping vans for years.
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  4. #9079
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    If you buy that Astro it is just screaming for a howling wolf/ moon mural.

  5. #9080
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhyatt View Post
    Yes, but will it end? When? I don't think people will start dumping vans for years.
    It's not all #vanlife making things crazy, it's #brokelife fueling demand. Cheap vans aren't cheap anymore because IMO people are buying them vans and living in them across the country. I could probably find 10-20 examples around my workplace cruising around for about 10-20 minutes, i know there's some go-to places in SLC where they congregate and also there's single randoms in various neighborhoods near the interstate and a bit beyond. I see this happening in plenty of other places out west too. Out East? I have no idea what jacks the prices there, maybe the same thing?

  6. #9081
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    Even an $80k van looks pretty reasonable compared to housing in many places people want to live.

  7. #9082
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    Yup. Vanlife was (still is for most) a pretty fringe lifestyle, but with RE prices out of most people's reach and....at least for now.....being able to live in a 100k van for two years and then sell it for almost no $$ lost it actually kinda makes sense.

    A van would be way cheaper than my apartment right now. At least you have something at the end of the day. Renting is just setting piles of cash on fire every month.

  8. #9083
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    I think the problem with Astro vans is most people treated them like trucks not vans, but they weren't built as heavy duty as even the 1/2 trucks of the era. So you will get "lemons" that were used by contractors as trucks or families towing the 6000lb ski boat to Lake Powell and beat on like they were 3/4 trucks.
    Wonder whats happened to jhyatt's potential one. Rear bumper sags so much it's showing where it's supported and the front door doesn't match up. Also I've never seen an AWD that wasn't badged as such. Those aren't just for marketing it's also for folks at chain control, etc.
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  9. #9084
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteroom_Guardian View Post
    Yup. Vanlife was (still is for most) a pretty fringe lifestyle, but with RE prices out of most people's reach and....at least for now.....being able to live in a 100k van for two years and then sell it for almost no $$ lost it actually kinda makes sense.

    A van would be way cheaper than my apartment right now. At least you have something at the end of the day. Renting is just setting piles of cash on fire every month.

    I'd bet you if I rented instead of bought and upgraded homes through the years I'd be way ahead. At the end of the day as a homeowner there are piles of bills (made worse by TA2017) and tons of risk. Putting the money in a low cost, large cap US equity fund and letting it ride would have been a solid, no hassle alternative.

    In 30 years we've also spent 3 of them living less than well doing remodels, living in the basements-twice, and cooking in the garage. Then spent years paying off the HELOC's. Not to mention the taxes, maintenance(doing and/or paying for), insurance, fuel oil, etc etc and aggravation.

  10. #9085
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    @jhyatt

    I had two GMC Safari vans, loved that vehicle. First one I had was AWD which stopped working and the cost to repair was so high I drove it as RWD for a couple years. Next time I bought an RWD because it's all I could find, those things are a bit of a unicorn in the NE now due to rust issues.

    Look for rusty fuel lines, it's a given with those rigs and the lines are $$ to buy. Ultimately I couldn't get a sticker due to the rusty lines.

    The sliding door can be an issue, of course what large sliding van door doesn't at some point? Mine was annoying but I could make it close.

    If you want to find a good one, they're all on Vancouver Island. I swear I saw a dozen Astros when I was there a few years ago

  11. #9086
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    Thanks. I am going to check it out this afternoon. I ran some numbers and looked at my calendar. I can do without it and continue in the outback/motels but am still curious. It might be a fun project. Remove the cheesy pinstriping, basic build inside with stuff I can move between vehicles (power supply and fridge, etc), and clean it out.
    But I don't want a huge time/money suck.

    Quote Originally Posted by ticketchecker View Post
    @jhyatt

    I had two GMC Safari vans, loved that vehicle. First one I had was AWD which stopped working and the cost to repair was so high I drove it as RWD for a couple years. Next time I bought an RWD because it's all I could find, those things are a bit of a unicorn in the NE now due to rust issues.

    Look for rusty fuel lines, it's a given with those rigs and the lines are $$ to buy. Ultimately I couldn't get a sticker due to the rusty lines.

    The sliding door can be an issue, of course what large sliding van door doesn't at some point? Mine was annoying but I could make it close.

    If you want to find a good one, they're all on Vancouver Island. I swear I saw a dozen Astros when I was there a few years ago
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  12. #9087
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    There’s going to be a cheap small van at a Florida police auction

    Too soon?


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  13. #9088
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    Never too soon for Florida Man
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    The world needs more Donnely and less Stainless.

  14. #9089
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    These are in the van! I asked if they came with the van purchase and the guy said he would sell them to me. 70-year-old dude
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  15. #9090
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    Yeah, you want to check that thing with a black light.

  16. #9091
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    Ask him which ones are his favorites, and why.
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

  17. #9092
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    Astros living up to their hype.

  18. #9093
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    While that's hilarious, it's not really cool to post that pic in a thread not labeled as NSFW.

  19. #9094
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    Ass-tro van FTW

  20. #9095
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    Can you put a roof rack or roof box on a conversion top? You just drill into it?
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  21. #9096
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhyatt View Post
    Can you put a roof rack or roof box on a conversion top? You just drill into it?
    You can drill anything in that Ass-tro.
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

  22. #9097
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    Drill, baby, drill!

  23. #9098
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    that thing has the VCR built in eh?


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  24. #9099
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    $6500 seems a touch overpriced to buy someone's personal masturbation station IMO. But on the flip side..........my god that Astro is so fucking gross I can't focus to make an another joke, ha.

  25. #9100
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    Here's an update on my project. Mainly posting to get the smut off the main page

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