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  1. #7551
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    Buy it so I can show you there is definitely a need for TLC and plenty of work. I know what the bulletproofing and top cost. That van is a quick day away from an electrical fire. I would redo everything that owner did. Reminds me of a van similar to it that got left for scrap in Moab last year
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  2. #7552
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    Yikes

    Some folks just aren’t cut out for vanlife.

  3. #7553
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    Exactly. The two loose batteries in the cab are classic as well. Says just a little rust and then takes down the photo of the rust.

  4. #7554
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    Buy it so I can show you there is definitely a need for TLC and plenty of work. I know what the bulletproofing and top cost. That van is a quick day away from an electrical fire. I would redo everything that owner did. Reminds me of a van similar to it that got left for scrap in Moab last year
    Lucky for the seller...there a lot of people with more money than sense buying camper rigs around denver.

  5. #7555
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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    Lucky for the seller...there a lot of people with more money than sense buying camper rigs around denver.
    Maybe...I got a lot of smart people looking at my van. Only idiots I heard from were from New Jersey and CA.

    The buyers in Colorado aren't as stupid as you might think. You have to be quick with cash but they are savy and ask a lot of questions before buying a disaster. Kinda like the real estate around here.

  6. #7556
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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    Minivan now has running water because well fuck it.

    This rules, great work! I need to figure out a sink setup in mine with limited space. Wish I didn't buy the biggest 12V fridge available because i'm still gonna have to bring a cooler

  7. #7557
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    Buy it so I can show you there is definitely a need for TLC and plenty of work. I know what the bulletproofing and top cost. That van is a quick day away from an electrical fire. I would redo everything that owner did. Reminds me of a van similar to it that got left for scrap in Moab last year
    Oh no doubt. Scrap the interior, but it at least has the panels + electric system bones.
    Rebuild front suspension/drive shafts, coils, rear leafs, Agile RIP, new wheels + tires.
    I think you could spend $5-8k and be in it total of ~$25kish and have a pretty nice ride if you could stomach the body work. Donor van for $1k or go cut out the panels at the scrap yard would be the easiest. Then again...I have a full shop + welder + plasma so the average Joe would not want to do any of that. Or spend the amount of time on it. Then again, these E-series vans are demanding high dollar these days no matter what shape. I just saw one go here in the front range for $17k, no 4wd, no high top, and pretty much same condition as this one. People want the van + camper no matter what.

  8. #7558
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    I agree and hope the person buying it does something just like that. It is a half assed project as is.

  9. #7559
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    Maybe...I got a lot of smart people looking at my van. Only idiots I heard from were from New Jersey and CA.

    The buyers in Colorado aren't as stupid as you might think. You have to be quick with cash but they are savy and ask a lot of questions before buying a disaster. Kinda like the real estate around here.
    I think smarter people look at your van than the average shopper -- because it's well done and they can tell. I sold my last two clapped out Astros damn fast with very little in the way of questions. Pretty sure the dude handed me cash over asking before I even explained to him that it came with spare parts he was going to need.

  10. #7560
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    I bought my clapped out project car and the blue moto knowing nothing. Partially because they aren't common. Gotta start out as an infant and learn from experience. Bloody knuckles and wasted money is a way of life for mechanically minded people.

    The real mental patients IMO are the ones who have a dozen projects all over their property. I can't imagine how they think they will ever have time to get it all fixed.


  11. #7561
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    Bloody knuckles and wasted money is a way of life for mechanically minded people.
    Man does that hit home.

    I'm also just here to say I wouldn't touch that dumpster fire at anywhere close to that. Yes, the market is stupid, but it doesn't mean I have to be stupid too.

  12. #7562
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    The real mental patients IMO are the ones who have a dozen projects all over their property. I can't imagine how they think they will ever have time to get it all fixed.
    This is me currently. Too many driveway projects plus an entire house remodel that is on its ending. I would be buying this dudes van right now if i didn't have a camper project and a truck project already. Gut interior, keep all his electrical just re-wire it all. Build interior, then just basically order a bunch of bolt on suspension parts + wheels + tires and you are setup for success. Deal with the body + looks another time. Not enough time in my life to take this on.

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    Somebody might find this interesting. This guy is an awesome woodworker and helped his buddy throw together a quick car-camping setup.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv2s6KmG4AA

  15. #7565
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    Everyone see Bjarn (Codys filmer for Fifty) is starting a company to build out Vans? Pretty cool stuff, he does some cool stuff.
    http://www.firsttracksonline.com

    I wish i could be like SkiFishBum

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  17. #7567
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    ‘Odometer broken’. That’s a red flag for a camper.

  18. #7568
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    Living in Juneau, AK with the Canadian border closed for the past year, we haven't been able to do squat with our truck camper. Out of boredom decided to spend the last weekend at Eaglecrest camping in the parking lot and skiing all day with my son. A few other folks were doing the same all winter because the lodges have been closed and the campers make a great private lodge.

    I ripped the propane heater, refrigerator, water heater, oven, black/grey tank out, and the entire interior last year. Re-insulated with 2" foam and reinforced plastic/fiberglass panels. We run a diesel heater piped into the camper (more space inside). I have an on-demand water heater (smaller footprint). And we use a 12v cooler/refrigerator (more space). We can still shower, with water draining through hole in floor to 5 gallon bucket, and grey water drains into bucket as well. No black tank, now just use a "honey bucket". We have tons of floor space now to dry clothes out and generally move around. Camper is also several hundred pounds lighter with the oven, water heater, black/grey tanks gone. Use far less water with no flushing toilet.
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    My 9 yr old hiking out the ridge for turns......
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  19. #7569
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post

    My 9 yr old hiking out the ridge for turns......
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    Dude, he's pitted!

    Fuck Yeah!

  20. #7570
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post

    My 9 yr old hiking out the ridge for turns......
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    The powder is deeper when you are shorter.

    Great picture

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    It's similar to tele skiing.....always looks deeper

  22. #7572
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    Spent 5 nights under my topper this week in Moab and St. George. It's actually pretty comfortable. The only real upgrades would be better water storage (using two 5 gallon jugs with hand pump for fancy non-tap water drinking water and a 7 gal for dishes/etc) and solar. A shower system would be great too. I made one out of PVC that I can charge with a bike pump. It only holds maybe 8-10 gallons and doesn't last long at all. Refilling it is a pain. Didn't even bring it on this trip, just found a place to swim everyday.

    For desert bike trips and ski parking lots a trailer might be the ticket though. Would be nice to get a primo spot in the BLM and then leave the trailer parked while adventuring so save the spot.

  23. #7573
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    I'm quite fond of my redneck Ramada.
    Going to add a garage for bikes and BBQ etc etc when I'm all healed up.

    Sent from my SM-G981U using Tapatalk

  24. #7574
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post

    My 9 yr old hiking out the ridge for turns......
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    one of the best pics on these forums. well done, dad.

  25. #7575
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirVicSmasher View Post
    I'm quite fond of my redneck Ramada.
    Going to add a garage for bikes and BBQ etc etc when I'm all healed up.

    Sent from my SM-G981U using Tapatalk
    Hell yeah

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