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Van life?

What do you think owning a van as a daily driver would be like?

My wife randomly dropped, “you should get a van”

Hmm. KIDNAPR or FREHUGS would be my license plate for sure. She thinks I should get a box van so I can drive around with a kayak. Strange lady. But it did get me thinking. Build up a sleeping platform. Easy camping and fishing. Used vans are affordable.


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Van Life is a hipster term for people living in a van and traveling (not a big RV like old people; not a junker like the homeless)

is that what you mean?
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I logged 55,000 miles over two consecutive summers in an '85 Westfalia. I went to all 49 states on the continent. Good times! Then I got married.
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There are LOTS of options...


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Van Life is a hipster term for people living in a van and traveling (not a big RV like old people; not a junker like the homeless)

is that what you mean?
Nope. Not at all. Just want secure travel options for fishing the western states. And Minnesota
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What do you think owning a van as a daily driver would be like?

My wife randomly dropped, “you should get a van”

Hmm. KIDNAPR or FREHUGS would be my license plate for sure. She thinks I should get a box van so I can drive around with a kayak. Strange lady. But it did get me thinking. Build up a sleeping platform. Easy camping and fishing. Used vans are affordable.

That wouldn't be that bad. Like a pickup with a camper shell.
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I had a Dodge Ram 250 conversion van as a DD for many years... with the raised roof. When I purchased it from a dentist, I ripped out most of the stuff in the rear he had, leaving just the bench seat/bed. My girl, dog, and I had a blast in it.... perfect for fishing (pulled my bass boat), races, and hippie music festivals, etc.

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Build up a sleeping platform. Easy camping and fishing.
You have diametrically opposite desires going - you will want stand up room, head space too & that makes it worse; will you cook the fish where you are parked? in the rain?

So what you choose will have to compromise one or the other

VW Vanagon Westy used to be the best compromise (poptop) - mine was used by just that (it has a stove and the rivers here have... trout!)

but it was underpowered and not reliable

Would a Ford Transit work for you? A co. called GT-RV will mod many different vans - for $$
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The Ford Transits with the Ecoboost V6 really scoot.
The tall ones get blown around by the wind a lot.
If you're in the city much, the length can occaisionally be a bother.
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The Benz Sprinter (or Dodge) is all the rage now, but they are huge. Good for traveling the "western states" not a good DD
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I rode in one of those Dodge/Benz camper thing with 5 guys, and no cargo. It rode like my diesel truck. I am sure once loaded they rode much nicer. We have a Sienna, wife, myself and kids love it, but if you are thinking utility van, for the money, they can't be beat. Huge cargo space with enough room to sleep in along with all types of gear. They suck gas if you are like most people, compare them to a 3 cylinder Geo. I am a truck guy. All the siht can rattling all day long outside in the bed is enough for me not to get a cargo van. I can't deal with squeaking or rattling behind me in that large space echoing off the steel box. I really like those Dodge Sphincter vans. They are tall, enough for me to stand up in.
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Dang it, you just put Somebody's Baby in my head just looking at that pic. "She's gotta be someone baby"
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgzJupBkVyA

I have been wanting one of these since I saw it about 7-8 years ago

Vash, this is what you need
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It's what he needs but is an Earth Bruiser what he want to pay for???
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The Benz Sprinter (or Dodge) is all the rage now, but they are huge. Good for traveling the "western states" not a good DD
some use the old you can't kill it 3.0 5cyl turbo diesel same as the 300sd 70-80's
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Sprinters and Transits are both rust buckets here in the UK. The VW T4 and T5 have a cult following hence used prices are high. We also have Renaults, Citroen/Peugeot)Vauxhall, and Fiats to choose from.

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