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Old 12-08-2022, 05:02 AM   #11
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What section should I start the thread in?? Electronics, camp fire, or maybe drivetrain?
Right, could be several subforums, but I like drivetrain or electrical/electronics.

Maybe we need a new subforum for EVs.
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Old 12-08-2022, 11:24 AM   #12
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Definitely interested. I've been pondering an EV conversion to a 92-08 E-series into a moderate range daily driver.

My thought would be to pull the body off the frame and then completely re-build/re-work the frame to be more EV specific. An perimeter type frame tends to be easier for battery fitment than a ladder frame. And helps to protect the battery bank from side-impacts.

Another option would be to buy a Mach E and do a body-swap, although when I saw one of those yesterday in a parking lot, I was surprised at how small it is. I'm not sure how easy it would be to adjust the Mach E "roller skate" wheelbase.
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I don't think I ever watched the build to completion, and I do remember safety coming second or third in a lot of ways, but this guy was working on converting his VW bus to electric with some help from EV West not too long ago:
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Interesting, but seems counterintuitive to the camping mission. Need good range into areas with no service (let alone high voltage electricity). Seems like the last place for an EV.
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^^^ I agree for the immediate future, but eventually the technology will improve and it will be a decent option. More efficient solar and more efficient batteries. Time will tell. I like the idea personally. I feel like a big ole hypocrite driving my loudass 7.3 in the woods seeking peace and quite...

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My thought would be to pull the body off the frame and then completely re-build/re-work the frame to be more EV specific. An perimeter type frame tends to be easier for battery fitment than a ladder frame. And helps to protect the battery bank from side-impacts.
^^^ exactly how we did our 64 galax-e.

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I don't think I ever watched the build to completion, and I do remember safety coming second or third in a lot of ways, but this guy was working on converting his VW bus to electric with some help from EV West not too long ago:
Too cool, Ill watch that when I have a chance. Id pee myself if any air cooled old school bus like that handed me my ass up a grade or from a stoplight, lol.
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Count me in too. Would be interested to follow this. I think a lot of us here are always interested in van anything even if it's not always camping specific.
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Old 12-11-2022, 08:41 AM   #17
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Interesting, but seems counterintuitive to the camping mission. Need good range into areas with no service (let alone high voltage electricity). Seems like the last place for an EV.
I totally agree, I just want to see it done. EV conversions are neat and lots of E-series vans are used for local delivery/service work which IMO is the only place EV makes sense.
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I don't think I ever watched the build to completion, and I do remember safety coming second or third in a lot of ways, but this guy was working on converting his VW bus to electric with some help from EV West not too long ago:
This guy is pretty flaky, with minimal knowledge and skills. He takes almost no safety precautions, welding without a shirt, etc. and continually screws things up.

He has a current video about traveling cross-country in his bus but broke down the first day out (I didn't watch it).

There are other videos by people with better skills on a number of types of vehicles. Some are based on kits, but I haven't seen any econoline or other van conversions. Here's the first of a series by a guy converting a Hummer:



My concern for a SM or home conversion van is re-charging. It makes all the sense in the world for a delivery van but what do you do in the boonies?
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My concern for a SM or home conversion van is re-charging. It makes all the sense in the world for a delivery van but what do you do in the boonies?
In theory - big solar array set up at camp; assuming one will be camped for a few days without moving.

Realistically - more of a local trip van and not for trips into the boonies (which is how I would use one).
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