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Old 10-08-2020, 11:14 AM   #1
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2018 Chevy Express Conversion

I took about a year to custom build this rig as a replacement/ improvement for my current 2012 camper van. Personal circumstances (read Corona virus) have forced me to put it on the market.

The pop top is modeled after the Westfalia type tops you see on Volkswagons, Fixed fairing and v-top. Super easy to put up and down, low profile for stealth camping when you need it.

I bought this van for it's low miles and excellent fuel economy. I know a lot of guys want the 4x4 and lift kits and ladders, but that ain't me. I'm more concerned with the stealth capabilities, because I urban camp quite a bit and HATE getting rousted. I've been all over the country in my 2x in all kinds of weather and never had a problem.

Boilerplate specs below followed by a description of the build. Hope this baby gets a family who will love it as much or more than I do. PM me with any questions. $67,675.00






4.3L V-6
8 speed automatic EC transmission
14,610 miles
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Air Bag-Frontal-Passenger
Air Bag-Passenger Switch (On/Off)
Air Bag-Side Body-Front
Air Bag-Side Head-Front
Brakes-ABS
Brakes-Type-4 Wheel DISC
Daytime Running Lights
Engine Immobilizer
Traction Control
Cruise control
Air Conditioning-Front
Max Seating Capacity: 2
Power Locks
Remote keyless entry
Remote start
Seat Trim-Vinyl
Seats-Front Bucket
Steering-Power
Trip Computer
Windows-Power
Audio-AM/FM Stereo
Audio-MP3 Player
110 v. power outlet
Onstar system
Wi-fi hotspot
Rear vision camera
TPMS
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Custom color-matched fiberglass lid with fairing
Gas spring assisted lift system
Sliding, stowable upper bunk
Custom tent with 3 zippered and screened windows
Insulated lid, walls, doors and floors
Lightweight laminate cabinetry with push button latches
11.28 Gallon external propane tank
16,000 BTU propane furnace
2 burner stainless steel propane cooktop 7200 /5200 BTU
Auxiliary gas quick connection for external BBQ or other accessories
2000-Watt 12 V pure sine wave inverter / charger
DC-DC battery charger with MPPT solar controller
160-Watt Flexible solar panel
170 amp-hour LiFePo battery with expansion room for 340 A.H.
Battery monitor
Remote on/off switch for inverter
Extension cord for shore power
50 Q. ARB 12 V refrigerator / freezer
LED lighting
Dimmable accent lights
Dimmable reading lights
Rear 12 V outlet
Rear 110 VAC outlet
Rear cargo lighting
Quiet 3 GPM water pump
19-gallon water storage capacity
4-gallon marine water heater with 750 watt backup coil
Stainless steel sink and faucet
5-gallon gray water vessel
Swiveling front passenger seat
Auxiliary side table
Large rear dining table
Solid walnut countertops
Stainless steel backsplash
Convertible settee / double bed
Screened doors back and side with magnetic closures
Reversable window covers
Windshield cover
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Old 10-08-2020, 11:45 AM   #2
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Sure is a nice looking van. Good luck with the sale!
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Old 10-09-2020, 06:05 PM   #3
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I like the way this is done. What is the gearing ?



Whatever I get has to tow my 19' Airstream +/- #4500


How will this little V6 do ? Anyone have any wisdom to share ?
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Old 10-09-2020, 09:39 PM   #4
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@Unimat.... I see a trailer hitch on your van and assume its a class 3, have you any experience towing with this rig ?
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Old 10-10-2020, 11:18 AM   #5
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As to the gearing, I don't know the ratios, but the 8 speed tranny has very narrow power bands. Lots of torque. For a 4.3L. V-6 it has plenty of get up and go (for my taste) I occasionally use my one ton to pull a light 12' trailer and it does great. That being said, it's got the 4.8L. V-8 with a 6 speed. I have heard that a one ton is the preferred chassis for towing, but I really don't have any experience with big trailers.
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Old 10-12-2020, 06:41 AM   #6
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Thanks for filling me in Unimat
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Did u make poptop yourself?! Looks nice.
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Yes I did, and let me say for the record that it was a helluva project. But i have the mold now and can make the lids fairly quickly now that I've done a couple. If you are interested, I did a whole thread on the project here: https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/fo...ial-19778.html
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Old 10-15-2020, 07:46 PM   #9
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@unimat you did a great job. Put a lot of thought into it. I also own a Chev but a 2000. What was your swivel seat mechanism source? Does not appear to add any significant height to the seat. Thanks
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Old 10-16-2020, 11:05 AM   #10
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LenS, thanks, and you're right, I did put a lot into it. Too much as it turns out.
The swivel plate was from www.discounttruckandvan and it does add about an inch and a half to the seat height. It gets my wife up where she can see the countryside better!
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