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Vehicle Name Big Backpack
Year 2018
Make Chevy
Model Express 3500
Color Red
Packages Quigley 4x4 w/ lift, custom SMB interior & penthouse
2018 Chevy Express 3500
2018 Chevy Express 3500 2018 Chevy Express 3500
History My wife and I purchased this bone-stock used cargo van in 2019. It has been a work-in-progress ever since:
1. Quigley 4x4 mod in late 2019
2. SMB interior mod in early 2020
3. SMB penthouse mod in early 2022
Otherwise spending time storming around the great western US-of-A searching for uncrowded places.
Exterior
2018 Chevy Express 3500 Exterior 2018 Chevy Express 3500 Exterior 2018 Chevy Express 3500 Exterior
Aluminess rear bumper and storage box, Aluminess nerf bars, hidden shore power connection and water fill and drains.

Wish List: Quigley front bumper

Interior
2018 Chevy Express 3500 Interior 2018 Chevy Express 3500 Interior 2018 Chevy Express 3500 Interior
Danhard AC, induction stove, refrigerator, microwave, water heater, porta potty stored under gaucho, lockbox for laptops/valuables (Tuffy), under-floor storage box, propane delete.

Wheels, Tires, & Suspension
BFG KM3 M/T tires (LT295/70R17), Black Rhino "Armory" wheels (17x9.5") with thin spacers, rear factory LSD, rear air springs and compressor (AirLift), 3" body lift (Quigley)

Random Thought: Admittedly the wheels are kinda silly and perhaps unnecessary. However they make me break into a smile every time I see the van.

Under the Hood
6.0L gas engine, HD transmission, 4x4 conversion (Quigley).

Random Thought #1: Has anyone ever come across a supercharger kit for a GM van? Asking for a friend...
Random Thought #2: Who knew that adding an aftermarket locking gas cap to a late-model GM van with the factory E85 flex fuel option would mess with your fuel mileage in a big way? Even when you never ever buy E85 gas. I would love to discuss this issue with anyone more knowledgeable than I on the matter.

Systems, Solar, & Electronics
Second alternator system (Nations 300A alternator plus Balmar external regulator), 200AH AGM battery, 3000W inverter (Magnum), cell booster (WeBoost), wide-angle rearview camera system (Brandmotion FullVUE camera/mirror)

Wish List: Lithium battery

Favorite Destinations
2018 Chevy Express 3500 Favorite Destinations 2018 Chevy Express 3500 Favorite Destinations 2018 Chevy Express 3500 Favorite Destinations
Any location off the beaten path. Strong preference towards dirt roads, mountain passes, hot weather, and states west of the Mississippi River.
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Old 03-18-2022, 11:37 AM   #2
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Nice, welcome. Nice to see another GM van.
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Old 03-18-2022, 09:54 PM   #3
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Nice work. Any more pics? More info.?

Thanks.

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Old 03-18-2022, 10:28 PM   #4
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Welcome, and I agree nice to see another GM van. More pics appreciated.
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Old 03-19-2022, 11:47 AM   #5
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Thank you for the "welcomes", everyone!

I promise to provide more pics and descriptions shortly. Virtually all my photos (except the one I posted) were taken before the very recent penthouse mod (thanks again, SMB-Austin). So I'm looking for the planets to align (e.g. time to hand wash then some dry sunny weather for day or so) in order to get some quality pics.
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