1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Van life?

Discussion in 'The Main Board' started by hypnos, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. hypnos

    hypnos Talkative Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2018
    Messages:
    1,322
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    https://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/transit-cargo-van/

    I have used several vans in my construction career of this type. Chevy and dodge, mainly.

    I wasn't dissapointed with the chevy, it has a good amount of space and power, but doesn't have the overhead room of the dodge sprinter, mercedes or the ford transit. If you plan on living in a van (god help me) being able to stand fully upright would be a good thing from time to time.

    n2alc.jpg

    I hated everything about the dodge to be frank. It was a mess of dilapidated sheet metal junk. Everything about it was a bit miserable, other than space.

    The transit on the other hand, from those i have seen on several jobsites have been outstanding, every crew that pulls up on a job driving one gets grilled from me about what their opinion on them is. So far i haven't heard any complaints.

    They come wired for inverters (at least this years model does) and they offer many options for height, wheel base, engine, drive train (2 or 4 wheel) and built in storage. Even electric versions coming this year, although unfortunately in Europe first.

    If you had to *cough* live in a van, what would you pick and why? Except you, @Atlas. :cool: fricken chevy guys...
     
    Atlas likes this.
  2. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Messages:
    3,688
    Likes Received:
    1,900
    I actually wouldn't buy a Chevy, I was just suggesting that you do....

    I'm buying one of these if it's a van.
    https://sportsmobile.com/
     
    hypnos likes this.
  3. hypnos

    hypnos Talkative Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2018
    Messages:
    1,322
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    That actually makes being a creepy guy in a van, cool. almost...
     
    Atlas likes this.
  4. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Messages:
    3,688
    Likes Received:
    1,900
    hypnos likes this.
  5. hypnos

    hypnos Talkative Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2018
    Messages:
    1,322
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    Well, good thing you can take it out and put it in a ford when your dodge takes a crap. Good call.
     
    Atlas likes this.
  6. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Messages:
    3,688
    Likes Received:
    1,900
    Hahaha. Ok.

    Mine has the best motor ever built. I'm not too worried about it dying any time soon.
     
    hypnos likes this.
  7. hypnos

    hypnos Talkative Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2018
    Messages:
    1,322
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    How'd they get a ford coyote engine in your dodge?
     
    Atlas likes this.
  8. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Messages:
    3,688
    Likes Received:
    1,900
    My cummins could fit that thing in one cylinder.

    I hadn't seen the transit conversions that sportsmobile is doing. They look pretty good. When I had mine I spent a lot of time looking at how they did things so I could make my own.
     
    hypnos likes this.
  9. hypnos

    hypnos Talkative Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2018
    Messages:
    1,322
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    I definitely want to do my own conversion. It won't cost much at all for me to do one.
     
  10. hypnos

    hypnos Talkative Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2018
    Messages:
    1,322
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    And yes, one blown cylinder probably could.
     
  11. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Messages:
    3,688
    Likes Received:
    1,900
    I've never driven a Coyote engine powered vehicle. I hear they are quite nice. It's too bad they are so small, some times you just need cubes. My truck is the last of the 5.9 24 valve engines. If I was going to buy a new truck I probably would buy a Ford at this point, i think they look better. The main thing is, i really dont ever want to own a DEF truck with the associated crap.

    Yup, you can make a pretty nice living space for cheap. Just remember screws not nails for longevity.
     
    hypnos likes this.
  12. hypnos

    hypnos Talkative Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2018
    Messages:
    1,322
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    Screws??? What like these??? 20190214_150013.jpg 20190416_060735.jpg 20190305_111044.jpg

    Pshhh...i do this fer a livin jack! :p
     
    Atlas likes this.
  13. hypnos

    hypnos Talkative Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2018
    Messages:
    1,322
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    Fair enough, i am pretty certain you know allot more than me about engines. I am not as much of a gear head as I'd like to be.
     
    Atlas likes this.
  14. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Messages:
    3,688
    Likes Received:
    1,900
    I'm a bit biased towards diesels. That is all.
     
    hypnos likes this.
  15. hypnos

    hypnos Talkative Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2018
    Messages:
    1,322
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    I like diesel vehicles for several reasons, but i would not like paying for repairs on one. One thing about climate tho for diesal engines, in my corner of the world the fuel gels like vaseline in the cold and they don't start reliably without a block heater. For allot of people in allot of places diesel vehicles are great, but when allot of your winter stays at temperatures colder than Mars for extended periods the few negatives begin to outweigh the multitude of benefits..
     
    Atlas likes this.