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Old 05-09-2012, 11:26 PM   #1
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Hello a Noob to SMB

I came across this site looking for off the grid camping.

I've lurked a bit, now I'm hooked.

I must say this forum is very versed in tech and ability.

At one time I was looking to build a expedition camp trailer for my very stout Jeep to pull. That was when I didn't have the chance to buy a solid true 1 ton van.

Well I found one, it's solid, rust is only on the rockers. It wasn't always a rust belt van.



So I'm using it to take my jeep out further and camp in it.


I got a lot of ideas here thank you. I've taken some SMB ideas and plans to heart.

I made a Bus Depot type Ezy-Awning from a $25 10x10 canopy from Dunham's sporting goods. attaching it using clamp on tarp clamp screw down on to the drip rail.

I'm putting in this weekend

foam insulation and a vanrug

Next
front captains seats.
queen memory foam raised bed
running dual batteries and inverter for now.
plus other camp necessities


I'm taking it out the first time camping on memorial day for a test run.

After the trip I want plan out cabinets
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:01 AM   #2
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Re: Hello a Noob to SMB

Look into Falcon all-terrain II tow bars and the like. It's a world of difference both hooking and unhooking.

Looking forward to the build progress!
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:44 PM   #3
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Re: Hello a Noob to SMB

You've fixed the rust first, right?
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:28 PM   #4
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You've fixed the rust first, right?

I purchased the van a few months ago and all ready started the rust fixes. POR15 and I are good friends
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:38 PM   #5
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Re: Hello a Noob to SMB

welcome!

awesome jeep ... I hope you get into a 4x4 SMB one day because there is nothing like it out there for same price/value.

Not that it's cheap .... it's all relative
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:08 AM   #6
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welcome!

awesome jeep ... I hope you get into a 4x4 SMB one day because there is nothing like it out there for same price/value.

Not that it's cheap .... it's all relative

Yep I'm a Jeeper we have this saying about our jeeps, and yes it all is relative.

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I have not posted in a while here. sorry

Since last time.

The van has been stripped of the interior and fixed 90% of rear rust. Working on front floor boards this winter.
$150 of refletex is lining the rear and found a stubborn leak at roof seam under the rain gutter

added:
vanrug by bedrug.
$150 of refletex
queen bed and made a non folding frame for cargo space
30amp power source from a scraped pop up 2-120v and 2-12v outlets
New Hankook ATM E-rated tires and new rims
Thule coffin box on a ladder rack system
Fan-tastic remote controlled vent fan
11 foot Domestic awning and screen room
welded in folding RV hand rail used with a platform step for the Mrs.
ceramic heater 120v
1500 Watt Continuous/3000 Watt Peak Power Inverter and 2 marine batteries charged of shore power soon the van also

on the list to add is hot water and 12v onboard air













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Old 08-21-2012, 10:42 AM   #7
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That's nice, not too much rust for a michigander van. Good luck with it.
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:03 PM   #8
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I'm interested in seeing how your "welded in step" setup works. Do you have any pictures of it extended?
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I have disagree!

There is no past tense in SPENDING!

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