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Old 03-05-2008   #1
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ultimate shuttle/weekend warrior vehicle

im needing a vehicle and have been saving, just got a raise and have been pre approved for some cash.

im thinking van with rack, and a built in fridge? what are some good brands for a van? serious here.

im wanting to turn it into the weekend warrior van on steroids, quenn matress, barbque grill, built in fridge would be killer so i don't have to worry about the cooler. and some extras

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Old 03-05-2008   #2
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Doesnt get better then a Sportsmobile!

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Old 03-05-2008   #3
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that beats any shuttle vehicle ive ever seen hands down. probably out of the price range but buying a cheaper one and having my hombres help with some car work is a possibility.
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Old 03-05-2008   #4
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Earth Roamer...also very burly and expensive:
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Old 03-05-2008   #5
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Those are some pretty cool vehicles. Maybe that is what I need, just live out of a van?
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Old 03-05-2008   #6
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you might laugh at this suggestion, or you may really get into it.

Check out 1980's VW westfalias. They are not fast, but have room to sleep 4 people comfortably. They also have a sink, stove and Frig built in. 15 gal water tank, 20lb propane tank and the fridge runs off propane or electric if you can "plug in".

I have a 1984 that had over 285,000 miles (spedo broke a couple years ago)

VW made a disel van in the "Box" style for a few years, I think 80 to 83, possibly later. They also had a carburated model from 1980 to 1983. Fuel injection was standard in 1983.5 (do not buy an 83.5). Make sure you get an 84 or newer if you go with a gas fuel injected engine.

As stated, they are not fast over the passes, but get you there in style. Plenty of room for a nice stereo setup. they have a nice hidden compartment under the drivers seat for stowing a secondary battery for camp use (pair this with a solar panel for the roof).

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the westfallia is the van ive been looking for the most. hard for me to find one around casper that's #1 for sale #2 good condition.
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The earth roamer is just about the mot amazing thing I have ever seen on 4 wheels. It has a California king mattress over the cab of the truck, plus another convertible bed for 2. Granite counter tops, microwave, fridge, sink, stove, shower, toilet, coffee maker. All for just $200,000 to $230,000. Anybody want to trade one for these for my house?

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I was looking at vans like this for a while but my big concern is clearance (thinking OBJ, Gunny Gorge, MX shuttles). So then I looked at some big full cab/full bed trucks with a topper and rigging a bed in the back. But the mileage sucks. Now I'm thinking I might just go get an Outback (they last forever; I've driven my Suby into the ground, as you can attest to; it'll easily break 200G-250G), give it a lift (yeah, I know ), and keep a cooler with me all the time and sleep in the back.

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got this for $1000, and you can spend the rest on outfitting. Huge clearence and we took it through some horrible roads. Gas mileage isn't great but you can convert to biodesil.
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