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    Gas Sprinter owners?

    This is awesome information, thank you! It seems that you may be the only person here with a gas Sprinter!? I might PM you as well, but for the sake of the community, how has the maintenance been over your 1+ years of ownership? I hear a few horror stories around the diesel Sprinters, and...
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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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    Which van to start with?? Please help

    Just saw this article today: https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/31/business/van-life-covid-19/index.html
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    Which van to start with?? Please help

    I'm definitely not in a hurry. I'm looking at this as a 2-3 year plan; gives me time to look at build examples and decide what I want. I'm undecided between a high roof Transit 148" EB (gas, 2WD or AWD) and a high roof Sprinter 144" (most likely gas). I need to dig deeper, but some complain...
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    Which van to start with?? Please help

    I know this thread is getting on the older side, but wanted to see where the OP ended up with his decision. I had a low-roof 2005 Express for 10ish years and the main reasons I sold it was the rear seat was not ideal for my young kids (too far back from the front seats to hand back toys and...
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    Vanspace3D design software?

    These are not overwhelmingly positive reviews. I found comments in another van forum that were not encouraging either. I found a YouTube channel of the supposed creators of the software. Seems that they are busier being vanlife YouTubers showing the girl in a bikini than being real software...
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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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    Transit AWD build overland style-I'm back in a van

    Maybe I missed it in the previous pages, but I saw at the start of this thread that you were a van guy, then you went to truck + camper, then you bought and built this van. Were you always planning to "build to sell" or have you found that you just prefer the truck + camper setup over a van? I...
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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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    Chevrolet Express Van - AWD to 4x4 conversion

    You'll have to look at my images and discussion on the first page of this thread, then get underneath your van to really understand the features, lengths, and angles you are dealing with. I don't think a NP242 has a booted slip-yoke output for the front. If that is true, and no conversion kit...
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    Chevrolet Express Van - AWD to 4x4 conversion

    If you don't want/need low range, I'm not sure that a swap from an AWD transfer case to something like a NP241 makes sense, in my opinion. I chose the NP241 to get low range, and have a manual shifting transfer case. I no longer own the van. The interior layout was not conducive to our...
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    TopperLift....might be a RTT alternative?

    Rather than starting a new thread, I thought I would just reboot this one... Is anyone using one of these TopperLift systems, or seen one in use out in the wild? I will spare everyone from my incoherent brain dump as I attempt to juggle conflicting criteria for what my wife and I want in a...
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    2014-16 EcoDiesel - Post settlement and ECU update?

    It would have to be a stripped shell model with the Ford HDPP package, pretty much no matter what. For any lesser truck, I would have to abandon the camper idea.
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    2014-16 EcoDiesel - Post settlement and ECU update?

    You're right. I just took a closer look at this: https://www.ramtrucks.com/assets/towing_guide/pdf/2015_ram_1500_towing_charts.pdf Quad cab, 4x4, 6'4" bed, EcoDiesel is listed at 1,400 lbs. I was going by the VIN and what the online "VIN Decoder" told me. Apparently that is not very...
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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?

    Walking into a dealer and ordering the truck you want is certainly the simplest solution...assuming one can support the payment of said truck. I just used the "Build Your Truck" tool at Ford.com and a 2020 F150 XLT, 3.5L EcoBoost, HDPP, and a couple other selections makes it a $50,000+ truck...
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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?

    Thanks for the replies. My goal is have sleeping space in the truck, and the hitch available for a boat, so that kind of eliminates the ability to pull additional sleeping space. Maybe "living space" was not the right term to use. All I'm looking for is 4 insulated walls and a roof, that...
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    New product debut by Four Wheel Campers

    I figured it wouldn't take long for FWC to get into this model line. I will soon be in the market for a truck...if only my garage opening were taller! :(
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