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Old 10-15-2017, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hello All....

I've been on here a few times but now am serious about finding my dream rig. Any suggestions would be great. I kind of want to build in order to keep my cost down and get exactly what I want, but if there is a van out there that's all that I want....I'll go for it if price is right. So I don't want some fancy expensive Euro style...older, low miles and set up to live in, or could be. I'm figuring diesel and I'm a bit shy of the 6.0 so if I could find a 7.3, I'd be excited about that. Pop top is plus, I'm in Alaska so 4x4 and heater are a I said I can add things but would prefer not to do whole 4x4 conversion unless its great op. I'm in AK so there aren't van conversion places up here. Anyway that's a start...Thx!!

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Old 10-15-2017, 03:57 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Great group of people here with lots of friendly, experienced help. I just bought my van and am slowly adding the items I want and need. I am in Virginia and there is a total lack of van conversion companies anywhere close to me ... the closest I know of is in NC.

BTW, I do not know where in AK you are but here is a link to an Alaska van conversion company:
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Old 10-15-2017, 07:23 PM   #3
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Welcome. 7.3L's can be a challenge to find, but they're out there.

6.0's are great with some modifications, 7.3's will probably have more miles (due to their age), and V10's have a lot going for them. If you're not towing, a 5.4L works for many people. I wouldn't let the engine limit your choices if the right van comes along.

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Old 10-16-2017, 06:50 AM   #4
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Welcome!.... and one more thing......barn doors are more versatile than a side slider door if you want a galley box and/or storage on the doors....

although there are many happy folks around with sliders...
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:02 AM   #5
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Welcome,what kind of budget do you have?areyou willing to travel for purchase? If so there are many sraigslist search engines like “zoom the list” “search tempest” etc
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