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Old 09-29-2014, 08:42 PM   #11
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Gordon and Carl. If you guys fit I think I will be fine.
I will probably do the mod on the seat to get a little more legroom. All in all it sounds like
this will work out great.

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Old 09-29-2014, 09:33 PM   #12
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It's a lot easier to mod the Ford seats for more legroom (floor plan dependent) than it is to stuff a solid axle under a Chevy. The Chevy IFS axle is only rated for 4600 pounds, and a full camper build will probably shoot the van over that. The Ford Dana 60 is good for 6,000 pounds.
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I'm 6'8" with a 36" inseam and have a Ford EB. I don't have any problem driving it for several hours, though the passenger seat is a bit more cramped. My layout is custom with basically a queen size bed in back. It sleeps fine. My Voyager top is a little low for me, a little hot in warm weather, but nice to always have up for quick stops. A pop top would give you more room for standing and be maybe a little cooler in the desert. By the sound of other people on the forum, the furnace works equally well to keep you warm in cold weather regardless of top.

If most of your trips are a few hours or less and you want 4wd capability, a Ford is your best bet. And like you said, as tall as you are, not much ever fits perfectly anyway...
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:48 PM   #14
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Most of my trips will be within a few hours of home.
A locking front diff is important to me and as carringb pointed out the swap isnt cheap.
The choice is coming down to comfort or durability. I think we will go with what will get us home.
A member was nice enough to measure the bed in his "50" tonight. Hopefully I will spend most nights in the penthouse. Thank all of you for your input. This has been more informative than the last several months searching the forums.


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