help picking a new surf vehic

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by cuda, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. Surfnfish

    Surfnfish Well-Known Member

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    conversion vans were part of our fleet for decades until we moved to Oregon and preferred awd/4x4 for all rigs. With extended roof and sofa bed in the back, nothing better for hauling boards, family, overnight camping, or winter surfing...sit on sofabed to don wetsuit out of the cold...end of session, turn on the engine and heaters, back onto the sofabed to peel off wetsuit, wet feet in changing tub...takes all the sting out of the worse part of winter surfing, changing...once we relocate to warmer climes, my 4x4 Suburban will be replaced with another raised roof van..
     
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  2. rootdown

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    I will never not have a van. I love my vw eurovan, even with every loving sensor blinking and constant beeping, mystery rattles and hisses, and non working doors.
     
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  3. kpd73

    kpd73 Well-Known Member

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    This is my DREAM build- not the inside- queen size bed? Cracker, Please!
    Aside- All my vans are 1990's E-150's conversion or cargo and have been after a machine Exactly like this one for some time.
    If this is everything the ad says it is that ask price is pretty reasonable. Kind of reasonable.
    What a sick f%$#ing Rig. Damn...
     
  4. PeakMaster

    PeakMaster Well-Known Member

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    I read an extensive writeup on the Sprinters failure of the exhaust system and catalytic converter system. Google it. Guy owned 50 of them or so for a rapid delivery business he owned. Super costly 02 and related sensor failures....$6K repair per.
     
  5. deemce

    deemce Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone go Van anymore?
    Everytime I pull up somewhere with all my boards, gear, food, water, etc inside, room to change- Inside in the Winter - and proceed, I hear the same thing Every time from at least one or 2 dudes freezing outside...


    Yep Keith...that would be me standing outside my Outback freezing my cohones!
     
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  6. Salinity

    Salinity Active Member

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    Inspired by Keith's setup and seeing a few awesome Sportsmobiles on trips to Baja when I lived in SD, I've been keeping a lookout on CL for a conversion / camper-type van in the hopes of someday grabbing one (when my actual shelter decides to allow me to once again have some "disposable income").
     
  7. JMJackFish

    JMJackFish Well-Known Member

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    Wish the new VW Camper was a 4x4 diesel and available now. I'd get in line with the rest of you for that dream rig.
     
  8. Artz

    Artz Active Member

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    I drive Forester. My 3rd I’m now thinking of going with the Outback for my next Subaru. Outback is roomier a little more civilized and for towing you can get the six cylinder.
     
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  9. Artz

    Artz Active Member

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    If you can afford one Mercedes makes a 4x4 Sprinter. I wonder if you could get a 4x4 conversion on a Ford Transit Van? THere is a rumor that the Ram Pro Master Van will have a 4x4 in the near future.
     
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