So far pretty happy with our Express AWD. We live and play in the Mojave. Van goes some surprising places. Ours came with 3.73 gears with limited slip rear. Very helpful.
Unlike previous 3/4 ton 4X4 trucks that powered over everything. This guy just bounces along. With bed, fridge, solar...
Vehicle is a 2003 Chevy AWD 1500 Express van 5.3 engine.
Problem is when towing my 4,400 pound trailer up long grades the needle moves into the red.
What can be done to improve the engine cooling on this van?
Guys, I appreciate the suggestions so far but we live, camp and explore in there...
The only downside I see to an older ER is engine and trans wearing out or failing.
On the other hand. The engine and trans are probably the lowest cost items on the rig.
My opinion is of course based entirely on supposition. So you probably should not listen to me.
Call me old and lazy but when it is raining, snowing or too hot or cold. That pass trough is a winner.
I also like the thought that if I wake up in a wildfire or other problem. I am in the drivers seat and gone in less than two blinks of the eye.
To each their own.
I have a rear bench that folds flat to a bed. It came out of an 03 Express and is a grey. You can have it if you want it. in A 1 pristine condition and it comes with the seat belts. You can have it if you want it. Just come pick it up. North end of the Antelope Valley. Just shoot me a PM. Only...
While reading about them on the internet. I ran across a company that makes them street legal.
In my warped little mind... A little, light diesel "jeep" for under 25 grand is a great deal considering what new jeeps cost. But to each their own.
Some guys here built their own. (That Air Force looking truck and the white one.) but not everyone can nor does everyone want to camp and explore in a Subaru.
And for those folks who cannot build their own. Companies have been formed to provide what those folks want.
From the pictures it appears this new "budget" Earthroamer is made like every other RV. 1x2's with panels stapled or nailed to it. Inside components also seem to be basic off the shelf RV equipment.
So the coach lifespan will be about 10 years before delimitation and water leaks. Airstream...
Unless I missed it. I could find no info on the camper body construction. It sure looks like every other truck camper out there construction wise. If that is so. Not sure this is a good buy as the camper will die decades before the truck wears out.
Once again I remind everyone the above opinion...
Nice that one phone call and the replacement was shipped the next day. A response like that took all the sting out of the failed unit.
Maybe one day every manufactured item will be perfect but until then. CS can save or sink the day.
My Dometic saga.
Had a CFX65 installed in my van. All hooked up to the AGM battery which is fed by solar panels. Ran all week before I went camping. First day in camp and the frig pooped. Still enjoyed my three day trip and returned home.
The installer (Area 63 Productions) contacted Dometic...