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    Gas Sprinter owners?

    As I do more research on existing van platforms for my next rig, I'm weighing the Ford Transit vs. the gas Sprinter, 2WD, both probably in a Crew configuration that would be modified later. Are there any owners here that can comment on their ownership experience? I'm talking about driving...
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    Vanspace3D design software?

    Since I've been looking at vans again, Google's AI is tracking me and showed me this company: https://www.vanspace3d.co/ It is 3D design software for building a campervan. Has anyone used it, or a similar program? I have SketchUp but haven't spent the time to learn it. That Vanspace3D...
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    Ford Transit high roof builds?

    After a couple years of not having a van, and trying to figure out the transition plan for my aging station wagon, I'm starting to look at vans again. The van in my signature was sold for a few reasons: - Built to accommodate 2 adults. We are now a family of 4 with no plans of adding more. -...
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    Tablets with WIFI + cellular or WIFI only?

    I'm working through all of the discussions on tablets and other vehicle electronics, but wanted to post this question. I'm reassessing all of my technology. My laptop is a tank from circa 2013. I'm a little tired of a smartphone being a convenient distraction from life. My current...
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    2014-16 EcoDiesel - Post settlement and ECU update?

    An opportunity may be presenting itself, so I'm trying to get read-up on the EcoDiesel as fast as I can. I haven't been in a rush, but loosely researching 1/2 ton crew cab trucks to replace my fullsize van (sold) and a VW station wagon. Long ago I was interested in the RAM EcoDiesels, but then...
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    F150 with the Heavy Duty Payload Package?

    I'm curious to know if anyone on the forum has a newer F150 with the Heavy Duty Payload Package (HDPP), and how have you liked it? Specifically, I'm looking for feedback with the HDPP paired with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine, but happy to hear from any HDPP owners in general. I'm researching...
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    Putting a FWC Hawk in a short-bed truck?

    I'm currently in research mode (and in negotiations with the wife) over our next vehicle. When we got married, I brought the van in my sig. and a VW station wagon into our relationship. Now that we have 2 kids in car seats, the van doesn't really work well for a family of 4, and I'm tired of...
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    When it's time to sell, do you leave your rig as-is, or pull parts for the next build (if you can)?

    The title pretty much says it all. I'm in the process of cleaning up my van to sell and I'm debating on letting it all go, or if there are parts that I should keep for my next build? I built the "house" electrical portion of my rig to be pretty modular, so it could be fully removed (the house...
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    Yakima vs. Thule roof racks?

    I've been a long time Thule owner, but my latest experience has me wondering if I should consider other options. I was looking to mount my existing "old style" square crossbars to one of our vehicles where I never had a foot pack/fit kit for it. I used Thule's fit guide, but the recommendation...
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    Van not sensing driver door is open?

    I'm wondering if anyone as come across this in these GM vans. In my 2005 Chevy Express van, the radio does not turn off when I turn off the van, remove the key, and open the door. There is also no door chime if I leave the keys in the ignition with the engine off and open the door. The radio...
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    Economical battery isolator?

    I'm preparing to sell my van and removing equipment I want to keep for my next build. When I put in a house battery, I installed a Hell Roaring isolator to keep the house separate from the starting battery. Considering the Hell Roaring isolator is around $200, I would like to keep it and see...
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    4 people (2 adults, 2 kids) in a camper shell for 5.5' bed?

    I'm considering my next vehicle that will work for my family so I'm looking pretty hard at used 1/2 ton trucks. My original focus was a crew cab with a 6.5' bed, but I'm discovering that 6.5'-ish beds are not that easy to find (in more recent years), whereas 5.5'-ish beds are a dime a dozen. I...
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    F150 - 5.5' vs. 6.5' bed?

    I have another thread going about the EcoBoost engines in the more recent F150s, and I'm also considering bed length. My initial thought and main goal was that I wanted a 6.5' bed, with the thought that if I wanted to sleep in it (with a topper), I would fit (I'm 6'2"). A couple things have...
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    Vagabond Outdoors Nomad, Leentu pop-up (full-size)?

    I just did a search and did not find a thread dedicated to these camper tops for the fullsize trucks. Does anyone have any experience with the Vagabond Nomad or offerings by Leetu in the wild yet? I've been following the "GFC vs. Vagabond" camper thread (here) and there is no mention of the...
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    2016-2017 F150 4x4 EcoBoost - Real world experiences??

    We are getting closer to switching up the vehicle fleet, and I'm narrowing down my choices. My car (VW Passat AWD) is mostly a duplicate of my wife's existing car (Honda CR-V), and the van is developing more issues than I can stay ahead of (rust, paint problems, interior layout not ideal now...
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    Prescription eyewear for adventures and sports? (hiking, skiing, biking, etc.)

    Prescription eyewear for adventures and sports? (hiking, skiing, biking, etc.) Since 1992 I wore contacts exclusively (except in the evenings before bed, and mornings), up until 2014 when I was finally tired of the discomfort and switched back to being a full-time eyeglass wearer. Something...
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    Any alpine tourers on the board?

    Is anyone here on the forum into alpine touring? I'm looking into some dedicated gear, and would like to get some guidance without joining a more AT-specific forum. I have some specific questions around the range of motion you can get in different boot models today. Thanks!
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    RAM 1500 with the 8 speed tranny?

    I was hoping those who own one of these trucks can chime in with their experience. I'm looking closely at 2014-2015 models. I'm considering a different vehicle and as I look at lists for 1/2 ton trucks (mostly on Autotrader), I notice there is a subset of these trucks (with the 8 speed tranny)...
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    Wedge and Full length pop-up toppers - Making the bed area livable in cold climates?

    I have commented a time or 2 before that I may be looking to replace my van. With a 4 yr. old and another kid due any day now, the current layout and condition of my van has me considering other options, and on the top of my list is a 1/2 ton truck. If I did move to a 1/2 ton truck, I would...
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    Removing side barn door hinge pins on GM van?

    Has anyone had rusted hinge pins on their mid-2000s GM van and used this product (no affiliation with Double Arrow)...
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