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Old 11-02-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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UJoint V4 Awsome at SEMA

Check out the expedition van taken to the next level, live from SEMA:
http://www.exploringelements.com/sema-n ... ur-dreams/
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:19 PM   #2
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SaWeet!

that is all I got to say about that.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:43 PM   #3
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NO.

You lose everything that is valuable about a van, gain everything bad about a bubble B without the benefits, get an impossible engine bay without any advantage over a F series, all on a platform that's scheduled to be out of production.

This is so wrong in so many ways, and it only needs a built in ATV to be more garish and useless.



Edit: sorry Chris
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:32 AM   #4
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Yep, mixed thoughts on this rig:
Really attractive "look" on first sight, and big ol' congrats to Chris on the execution, all-pro.
Is it the beer goggles, or am I really seeing 8 shox up front. Ride quality? Height issues?
Agree with Jage, some loss of utility compared to regular ol' vans.
Gotta love a brother for trying something new, and completing the thought.

OK, Chris, we need to hear from you, your reviews on the overall utility of this new thang, 'cause none of us have any way to gauge without your voice.
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UJoint V4 Awsome at SEMA

Wow, that's a bit harsh there Jeremiah. I think it's pretty unique. 17 MPG!, I'd be more than psyched to get anywhere near that with my 7.3, As far as a soon to be discontinued chassis, I think the whole point is that this can be retrofitted onto older van bodies. I really like that front bumper and those rear lights are slick, I've been wanting to find something on a smaller scale to fit into my reunel rear bumper where I currently have some upgraded LED back up lights. Nice work!
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:29 AM   #6
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I think Jage was secretly hoping that Chris would be performing this modification on one of the new Nissan vans!

Sure, you loose the connectivity of the cab with the house, but what other viable vehicle platforms options are there? Well, maybe Jage's point is that there are plenty of F-series pickups available and there's no word that they are going out of production.


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Old 11-03-2012, 07:45 PM   #7
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Well, maybe Jage's point is that there are plenty of F-series pickups availableb
Which gets you a LOT such as a workable engine bay, uptuned engine, a factory 4x4 system... the room under the engine for a live axle...

I'm not questioning the quality of the build, but seriously it looks like you can't even jump in the back without doing the full popup. It looks very Dakar volunteer or "go tour Siberia in the spring" capable. In fact it looks just like an old european built unimog camper I saw tooling around Yellowstone in 1997.

Still, I don't see the utility beyond "hey look how much MORE of everything my rig is" because either a van would be better, a pickup would be better, or a mog would be better depending on the actual application.

That's like, just my opinion man.
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and, it is, after all, 135 big bux (if I read that right) Need to hear from ya' Chris... tell how it jus' plain rocks!
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I found the ladder very scary to climb into and out of the rig, particularly out. It was very unstable, the stairs were to small and there was no handrail on the steps or on the side of the rig by the door.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:36 AM   #10
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It doesn't look as cool as the smb econolines. Bucks stop there for me.
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