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MisterE

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 5, 2014 - 08:50pm PT
Nice to see this bumped!

Dingus - the sticker was already on the van when I bought it...

I really wanted to do a Sprinter! That one looks sweet - be sure and post up after Sportsmobile does the conversion!

Erik
Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
Feb 6, 2014 - 01:24pm PT
I just have a psychological block concerning flaunting the climber identity.

I obviously pushed that button, but its not actually a "climber's van" as we equally ski, bike, hike, climb, kayak, etc. Its a big plain white van and I wanted some graphics so people wouldn't say, "hey, nice FedEx van". (which they still do) My wife found the knot online in vector format, and I was able to play with it to get a pattern that would work. We played with other graphics with paddles, etc., and it was too complicated.

But you are right, some will see that van parked at a climbing spot and expect some hot climbers with attitude but what they will find is a middle-age couple of moderate climbing ability.
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
Feb 6, 2014 - 01:35pm PT
Sick!
couchmaster

climber
Jan 3, 2015 - 08:18pm PT


Bump for amazing van conversion stuff!


Dingus McGee

Social climber
Where Safety trumps Leaving No Trace
Jan 4, 2015 - 04:47am PT
The Ford Van Econoline series is no longer produced. A few weeks ago I took a look at a 2015 Ford Transit, the big one which is similar looking to the Dodge Sprinter van. It had a 3.5 L Ecoboost V6 $43G. The little Ford unit is called the transit connect.

http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/specifications/engine/

EcoBoost regular gas, 365 hp, 420 ft=lb torque, electronic 6 speed auto trans.

The drivers position for navigating in close quarters is excellent. w/Rview camera.

Laramie Regular $1.97, Diesel $2.97 translates to more Kcal/$ for Gas.

Will the particulate dispersing Diesel Die? Think Asthma reduction if so.

I suspect Ford Transit sales even in the first year will roll over the Sprinter sales.

tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jan 4, 2015 - 06:39am PT
Beautifull work. personally I like a much less cluttered layout in a climbing van. Most conversion vans are way over done inmop. I especialy dislike any kind of captain style chairs in the back. they suck up liveing space. My vanagon I built a compact kitchen with cubbyhole storage like you would see in a boat. the cooler lived right behind the passenger seat/battery compartment and made a perfect seat. The only kind of seats I would want in a van other than the bed would be foot locker style with padded lid. I generaly prefered that simpler rig to Isa's decked out Westy. The westy is so full of useless sh#t that it feels cramped on bad weather rest days. By compareson my simpler set up in my vanagon had ample room for 2 people to sit and play full sized guitars out of the weather. The added bonus was my vanagon was a Syncro and an absolute beast on bad roads.
vanagon Syncro. Seneca in April long time ago...
vanagon Syncro. Seneca in April long time ago...
Credit: tradmanclimbs
snowy rest day in the Syncro
snowy rest day in the Syncro
Credit: tradmanclimbs
I have very few photos of that rig:(
My current succession of mini vand have had no choice but to keep it simple..
headding home...
headding home...
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
Feb 9, 2015 - 04:09am PT
Bump
MisterE

Gym climber
Being In Sierra Happy Of Place
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 31, 2015 - 11:15am PT
The gauntlet has been thrown down - the conversion by which all other conversions shall be compared. All hail the castle-truck, and bow down before it's awesomeness:

Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
Jul 31, 2015 - 11:42am PT
Someone had asked about a year ago to post photos of our Sprinter van after buildout. We've now had it about a year and have had a blast with it. The "climber" buildout with the platform bed and plenty of storage underneath is the way to go. We got the smallest shower/bath you can get to maximize windows, and we got the diesel furnace and additional insulation package for use in winter.

We get asked a lot, is it worth it to get the 4x4 version? For us it would be yes but we didn't want to wait since they are just now coming out. We've gotten stuck 4 or 5 times now in mud, sand and snow but we have taken it to places where only 4x4's normally go. I now carry traction sleds, a pick, shovel and air compressor.

After I took this photo I turned to the left and...
After I took this photo I turned to the left and...
Credit: Ney Grant
Rattlesnake.  No big deal except we walked up to take a look, and didn...
Rattlesnake. No big deal except we walked up to take a look, and didn't notice the second (closer) one until looking at the photos!
Credit: Ney Grant
Yep, lots of photos taken on Sonora Pass at this place, but its all go...
Yep, lots of photos taken on Sonora Pass at this place, but its all good!
Credit: Ney Grant
Near the top of Sonora Pass
Near the top of Sonora Pass
Credit: Ney Grant
That is Bodie.
That is Bodie.
Credit: Ney Grant
That is Ande.
That is Ande.
Credit: Ney Grant
Approaching Egyptian Ridge, Nevada
Approaching Egyptian Ridge, Nevada
Credit: Ney Grant
Camping on the beach
Camping on the beach
Credit: Ney Grant
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 31, 2015 - 11:52am PT
I now carry traction sleds, a pick, shovel and air compressor

Have you considered getting a power augur and a winch?
MisterE

Gym climber
Being In Sierra Happy Of Place
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 31, 2015 - 12:22pm PT
Cool rig, Ney - can we see some more pictures of the inside? Shower, cabinets, etc?
Bad Climber

climber
Jul 31, 2015 - 12:48pm PT
Yeah, Ney, very cool. More detail pics, please.

@MrE: That castle truck is amazing. Of course, you don't want to move camp very often. Oy, what a chore to setup/take down.

BAd
Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
Jul 31, 2015 - 01:47pm PT
OK, here is another outside shot and some inside shots I just went out and took:

The day after we did North Ridge Lone Pine peak.  A long day!
The day after we did North Ridge Lone Pine peak. A long day!
Credit: Ney Grant
Fridge facing door, not blocking it. Small potty. Stove, sink, narrow ...
Fridge facing door, not blocking it. Small potty. Stove, sink, narrow closet that also has microwave and diesel furnace in it.
Credit: Ney Grant
Another view. Lots of overhead storage we've never filled completely.
Another view. Lots of overhead storage we've never filled completely.
Credit: Ney Grant
Yep, even a small TV around the corner that swings out or watch from b...
Yep, even a small TV around the corner that swings out or watch from bed. Somehow cheesy movies are much better when viewed out in the middle of the Nevada desert in the van.
Credit: Ney Grant
Many layouts get counter space by partially blocking the door but we w...
Many layouts get counter space by partially blocking the door but we wanted it open to bring the outside in. But it does mean we have little counter space.
Credit: Ney Grant
TacomaDome

Trad climber
Tacoma, WA
Jul 31, 2015 - 03:26pm PT
Sweet looking van. In my mind I am sitting there at the beach too with wine in hand. Did you pay a company to do the conversion or did you do it yourself? If you don't mind can you let me know the total cost? Or cost of van + cost of conversion separated out.
Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
Jul 31, 2015 - 04:30pm PT
We used Sportsmobile for the conversion. You can see photos of the van before conversion upthread a few pages. We bought a standard "fleet" van. I worked on the outside and my wife designed the interior. Sportsmobile did the interior and some exterior work. They are known for quality 4x4 van conversions and they did do an awesome job. I sent you a PM on the cost.
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