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Old 07-08-2021, 02:17 PM   #31
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This is a great thread with great ideas, different values and experiences. It is probably the first forum thread anywhere ever that has gone this far without devolving in to a locked down political argument. I hope we can keep it that way for awhile...
Every time I see there's a new post in this thread, I cringe a little in anticipation of what you mention Eric. So far, so good.

I hate locking threads, but we've also experienced the destruction that can happen when threads aren't locked down in time, and they devolve into chaos.



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Old 07-08-2021, 02:18 PM   #32
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I have often wondered how so many people can afford multi million dollar ocean front homes, condos, or just plane million dollar properties. They are everywhere! Take notice of that, and ask yourself the same question?
Now days I commonly see 100k Ford trucks and many other autos that I believe should be half this price. (But they aren’t) driving everywhere.
Simple fact is that there are many people that have money, and can afford them just as all of the million dollar homes that you see.
Also keep in mind that 100k only has the buying power of maybe 25k now days.
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:19 PM   #33
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Yep, this would have already descended to that point on many forums.
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:34 PM   #34
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Yep, this would have already descended to that point on many forums.
Yeah we are all seasoned adults here. We should remember that our experiences differ but we can always learn something new from other people on how to succeed in anything from fixing a broken van to making your first million dollars of funny money.
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:45 PM   #35
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I mean, if I want some real funny money and to be an instant millionaire, a quick trip to Mexico with their exchange rate always feels good. A $2000 sandwich? Sign me up.

Now if only the food in Denver was as good as CDMX...
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All of what I wrote was realistic but watching what Wells Fargo (the worst bank ever) is doing today says the funny money train is gonna crash here soon.
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Wow this was a record for a sensible discussion on a social media platform. I too was waiting for a shoe to drop.
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Old 07-08-2021, 07:58 PM   #38
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Sorry if I spoiled it by mentioning it. C'mon folks, this is the internet. Surely we have more to disagree on!

Carrying on with similar observations. I just spent a week tootling around Colorado. There are a LOT of very expensive cabins in the middle of nowhere, hours off road from everything and certainly very painful if you forgot the milk. AND NO ONE IS IN THEM!!! I can dig the idea of having money, spending it on stuff and enjoying said stuff. It really freaks me out to see absolute crazy money spent (such as a very nice, large cabin hanging off the side of the Alpine Loop somewhere) and it doesn't look like anyone has been there in years.

How does that work?

I also think this when I stroll through or by a marina, something I love to do probably because I've always lived inland. Tons of high dollar boats in this country sitting there rotting, obviously not used or even visited in years.
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Old 07-08-2021, 09:18 PM   #39
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Love this thread!

How to get $70k van?

Find a COVID deal on a used basic home built interior (folding bench seat/bed, cabinets, stove, sink) van with a pop-top for ~$20k, DIY the crap out of it (raptor paint, aluminess bumper, roof rack, solar, swivel seats, wheels, tires, etc) for ~$15k depending of funds and tastes, and voila: you now have a bad-ass $70k van!
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We just built it ourselves. $6k for the base EB van, $6k for the Fiberine 'camper' top, and then customized to our needs / likes. We have seating for 4 and actual beds for 3, along with a huge kitchen counter, great storage, and swivel seats! The only complaints my wife has is that it is too tall (thanks weldtec!) and how small our water supply is.
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