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Old 09-28-2017, 07:15 PM
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Perhaps a smaller option than the Sprinter is a Ford Transit Connect. A couple I know have outfitted theirs for overnight use and it's pretty nice, especially for just one person. Basics only of course, not the 4 Seasons.
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Old 09-28-2017, 08:14 PM
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Might as well get a proper minivan instead. Transit Connects are still smaller than a Caravan or Sierra. With less power and FWD only. I don’t see the appeal, other than looks.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:45 PM
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Spotted a new candidate this past weekend... Big Red!







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Old 10-10-2017, 09:32 PM
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How about a converted bus?

There is one for sale right by my house- seller is asking 18k- I bet he would take 10.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:18 AM
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How about a converted bus?

There is one for sale right by my house- seller is asking 18k- I bet he would take 10.
Which reminds me of this--a Wash U Architecture student's project--a bus conversion:
https://gizmodo.com/this-architectur...o-a-1155859387
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:21 AM
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:28 AM
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Look for old ford econoline work vans. They might have taken a beating in pervious lives, but they have always been solid.

Or Chevy Astro vans.

My mom just retired at 56, bought herself a Ford F-150 and a 27’ trailer. Living in that now full time.

Not sure I could do it personally for long term but to each their own.


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Old 10-11-2017, 07:34 AM
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Look for old ford econoline work vans. They might have taken a beating in pervious lives, but they have always been solid.

Or Chevy Astro vans.

My mom just retired at 56, bought herself a Ford F-150 and a 27’ trailer. Living in that now full time.

Not sure I could do it personally for long term but to each their own.


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Spotted this one yesterday (no relation to seller)...

https://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/ct...336860491.html






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Old 10-11-2017, 08:32 AM
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Saw my first Tiny House on the road yesterday evening, what a POS IMO. The lady was pulling the top heavy rig with an F 250 up Palo Flechado a 2 mile 6% grade at under 10 mph. The arse end of the TH was nearly scraping the pavement as the load was way off balance. I'd bet the TH was wagging her all over the place on straight flat roads. Her gas lid was open and the cap was dangling so I imagine her Check Engine light was on when she summitted. She did pull over and let the string following her pass. The rig didn't look too road worthy, I'd opt for a travel trailer over a TH every day but whatever floats your boat..........
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:44 AM
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Man, I look at this and the whole #vanlife thing and I get into it, wonder what different choices I'd made if this were a thing (that appealed to me) back when..

But, then I realize my last (and not yet born) daughter will be off to college by the time I'm 51 -- Plenty of time to live that #vanlife when they're out of the house -- at least on the weekends!
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:20 PM
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Man, I look at this and the whole #vanlife thing and I get into it, wonder what different choices I'd made if this were a thing (that appealed to me) back when..

But, then I realize my last (and not yet born) daughter will be off to college by the time I'm 51 -- Plenty of time to live that #vanlife when they're out of the house -- at least on the weekends!
same situation here except my youngest will be off to college in 12 years when I'm 46!

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Old 10-11-2017, 02:08 PM
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I lived in my Ford Econoline cargo van for almost a year a long time ago. they work great and any mechanic can fix it for cheap and usually has the parts.
I bought another cargo van and still keep it as a third car.
When biking and hiking, the real van dudes usually have a ford or gm or dodge van. the weekend #vanlife people have the $$ sprinters and VW westfalia because they are cool.
my buddies tease me about my 'chester the molester' van. FREE CANDY!

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Look for old ford econoline work vans. They might have taken a beating in pervious lives, but they have always been solid.

Or Chevy Astro vans.

My mom just retired at 56, bought herself a Ford F-150 and a 27’ trailer. Living in that now full time.

Not sure I could do it personally for long term but to each their own.


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Old 10-11-2017, 11:53 PM
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I have no idea why, but we had trouble even getting the attention of scammers when we sold my mom's van. It had previously been outfitted for a plumber, really solid, nobody wanted it. We pretty much gave it away.

I want to do a conversion on a Sprinter.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:27 AM
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Though not expensive compared to VWs, still a little out of my range.

Still, I'd like to go for one of these Toyota Camp Mate vans.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:51 AM
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My mom just retired at 56, bought herself a Ford F-150 and a 27’ trailer. Living in that now full time.

Not sure I could do it personally for long term but to each their own.
We did a "camping" trip this past weekend with my parents at an RV park here in Texas. We stayed in a cabin onsite and they stayed in their RV. It was a real eye-opener. There's an entire sub-culture around the RV/van/trailer lifestyle that I just wasn't aware of. We met multiple people that were living full time in a few of these rigs or at least spending a significant amount of time in them. One of which was a really cool, younger couple with two kids from Seattle. They decided to sell their business and hit the road for awhile in their RV. Different paths...

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