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school me: what do you think of these Craigslist vans?
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(08-07-2018, 12:33 AM)Handy_Dan Wrote: The best vans I've ever owned were under $1,000

Dodge vans with a 318 engine.  

LoL, Who can argue with a 318?!?!?

Everyone has a different theory on a vehicle- especially us guys.

Mine:
If you buy a van for $7,000, and the transmission fails, you are going to be stuck paying someone $$$ to fix it-
Because you paid 7,000 for the van, you are 'married' to it.
That transmission repair may, or may not be good. You may end up spending the same amount again to fix the last fix.

If you buy a van for $1,000, and the transmission fails, you are going to push it in the lake*, and get another one.



* Proverbially!
Sometimes dweller in 234k miles '07 Grand C-van w/ a solar powered fridge and not much else
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#32
318 or if you didn't need all that power then the 225 slant six. Both were pretty much bullet proof.
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#33
Just found another kewl one:
https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/c...48733.html

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me: newbie, temporarily stuck in a motel, in Wait Mode, still have lots of dumb Qs

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(08-06-2018, 09:59 PM)Gary Wrote: 2x6 dont belong on the ceiling
Translation please. Smile

Gary Wrote:did you know i am really good at finding people rigs?
LOL! Bring 'em on! Smile
I figured at least some of you would enjoy this, and I learn best by real world examples. Smile
me: newbie, temporarily stuck in a motel, in Wait Mode, still have lots of dumb Qs

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"Cause how you get there is the worthier part." Shephard Book to Kaylee, "Serenity", Firefly
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Thanks to everyone about the foam warning (as well as all the great advice)!

(08-07-2018, 06:05 PM)GotSmart Wrote: Then there are the ones that off gas chemicals.

I'm moderately chemical sensitive, due to my TBI, so please continue bringing these things up. Smile
me: newbie, temporarily stuck in a motel, in Wait Mode, still have lots of dumb Qs

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"Cause how you get there is the worthier part." Shephard Book to Kaylee, "Serenity", Firefly
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#36
This Astro for $1750 is by far the cleanest:
https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/csw/c...04215.html

This was in your Minneapolis CL today, but somethings wrong, no running van sells for $650:
https://eauclaire.craigslist.org/cto/d/c...30529.html

Then this for $1850:
https://eauclaire.craigslist.org/cto/d/p...82127.html

Decent for the price of $1350:
https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/c...44105.html

Seems there is a fair number of them.
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#37
Thanks!

Nobody liked the ambulance?!?

I've got a new one I'm pretty much lusting over:
"2008 Chevy Uplander cargo van one owner runs and looks great - $3950 (Caledonia, mn)"
https://rmn.craigslist.org/ctd/d/2008-ch...52738.html

Things I like:
- only ten years old, and more likely to be trouble free during my learning curve
- cool (temp-wise) color & tinted windows

Dumb Question:
Can one go directly between the driver seat and the back without exiting?
That's one of my absolute non-negotiable requirements.
Here's the picture of the inside, showing some sort of barrier:
[Image: 00j0j_1tFVWYuZj3R_600x450.jpg]

Cons:
- no roof rack, so solar would be less stealthy
- dealer, with no reliable online references (granted, it's a small town, so lower volume)
- sliding doors (that's one of my things - I'd prefer hinged doors)
- no clear shot of the cup holders Wink
me: newbie, temporarily stuck in a motel, in Wait Mode, still have lots of dumb Qs

"We are in a car." K9 to Mickey, "School Reunion", Doctor Who
"Cause how you get there is the worthier part." Shephard Book to Kaylee, "Serenity", Firefly
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#38
Not sure if you can pass through, the left side kinda-sorta looks like it may open but then again that’s right behind the driver so probably not.

Most full-sized cargo vans either are “empty” between the driver and passenger sides (no mesh guard) or have a door. About half of the cargo vans I have seen on CL are completely open, and the other half have the barrier.

I doubt that the minivan based ones will allow you a pass through.

I’d recommend that you stay full-sized as long as you don’t drive a lot, there’s much more space and the solar and roof vent possibilities are way superior to a minivan.

I’d still go with a minivan if I end up full-timing but that’s because I would be driving a lot and don’t need the solar or powered vent. My Prius doesn’t have either and I get along. 

Right now I’m off in the mountains and even though it’s cloudy and rainy (which would negate solar), I haven’t had really bad ventilation issues. I just run a 12v fan continously and open the car up in between rains. Would a “Maxx Air” fan (it’s fully covered vs the normal F Fan models) be nice, sure, but not on a car...
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