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Old 06-09-2012, 10:17 PM   #11
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Re: How to sleep, which setup(pop top, camper top, rooftop)

Option four. Buy a 9 year old van for say around $2,900 then put a penthouse on that. You'll easily get ten years worth of use out of it.
This looks like a good possibility:

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At the end of ten years buy a 2013 van, which will be cheap by then, and move the penthouse top over to the second van. It will fit since the van bodies are the same.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:26 PM   #12
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Re: How to sleep, which setup(pop top, camper top, rooftop)

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Option four. Buy a 9 year old van for say around $2,900 then put a penthouse on that. You'll easily get ten years worth of use out of it.
This looks like a good possibility:

Craigslist 2003 Ford e250

At the end of ten years buy a 2013 van, which will be cheap by then, and move the penthouse top over to the second van. It will fit since the van bodies are the same.
Thats a good idea if you need to replace it in ten years but it wont be with a 2013 Ford Econoline... The Transit is replacing the Econoline starting now. So after 51 years and four body styles the Econoline is done...Seems like if you found a good van you could keep it indefinitely... I kept my first van for 28 years and now my friend who bought it has had it 10 more...its still going strong...
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:52 AM   #13
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Re: How to sleep, which setup(pop top, camper top, rooftop)

Didn't I read somewhere that the Econolines were getting a short reprieve? Or was it just the cutaways?
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:48 PM   #14
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Re: How to sleep, which setup(pop top, camper top, rooftop)

I had a SMB w/ a rear dinette and contempo top. I am 5'11" and it was tight w/ the little woman (5'3") and a dachshund. Sleeping lengthwise would be much more comfortable and easier for middle of the night getups.
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