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rich sims

Trad climber
co
Oct 12, 2010 - 09:18pm PT
(WBraun
I forgot.

You need to install a periscope.)
What ever happened to the van in the Valley with the wood burning stove?
bubble boy

Big Wall climber
topanga, CA
Dec 9, 2010 - 11:34pm PT
Credit: bubble boy
Credit: bubble boy
Credit: bubble boy

Another van project! I'm about halfway done. Insulation, bed and table, wood panel and of course zebra fabric. Still to do: electric, propane, shelving and a good three month road trip to make sure she works.
MB of the Central Valley

climber
kingsburg, CA
Dec 9, 2010 - 11:46pm PT
Bubble Boy:

The potted-plant-holder-in-the-door detail in the OP is a Must Do. Too cool.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Dec 10, 2010 - 03:27am PT
MisterE, do you still have the van?
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Dec 10, 2010 - 10:48am PT
Very cool. Just doing the first few steps would allow for a great platform to camp haul gear around and would still be useful for other duties.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Dec 10, 2010 - 11:07am PT
Mr.E sold the van a couple of years ago before moving to Cali. We did one last trip down to Cochise in it. The tiny propane wall heater is also a must-have in any good stealth van.
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2010 - 03:41pm PT
Nice work, Bubble Boy!

Note: hard to put the bonsai holder in with the sliding door...
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2010 - 03:48pm PT
I sold it to a college kid in Flagstaff who was doing a lot of travelling between time at school.

He was super psyched about it, and I was looking to down-size.

Hey bubble boy, I see you are in Topanga. I live in Canoga Park. Hit me up if you want some feedback on the conversion.

Erik
bergbryce

Mountain climber
Oakland -> SLT
May 13, 2011 - 04:05pm PT
bump for a sweet van thread
Climbnrok

Trad climber
LA
Jan 23, 2014 - 08:27pm PT
Your van just got linked to by hackaday. Welcome to all the nerds :)

http://hackaday.com/2014/01/23/stealth-camper-van/
Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
Feb 5, 2014 - 01:58pm PT
Ok, so here is about as non-stealthy as you can get. This is our van, which is waiting for the interior to be converted by Sportsmobile in March. So no, not as creative or resourceful as MisterE.

But it has been fun to work on the outside of it (painted a bunch of stuff black, climbing rope graphics, lights, etc.). Can't wait for it to be built out...

Credit: Ney Grant
Credit: Ney Grant
Credit: Ney Grant
Credit: Ney Grant

Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
Feb 5, 2014 - 03:12pm PT
Wow, that van has "steal my sh1t" written all over it. And/or "tool me now".

Well, that is a depressing response. There are a lot of conversion vans out there, especially 4x4s, with lights and lots of crap on them. I didn't think that made them a target. Granted, more of a target than a stealth van.

Well, you certainly took the edge off the fun I had working on the graphics.



Walter

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Feb 5, 2014 - 03:14pm PT
Go Climbing!!!
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Feb 5, 2014 - 03:14pm PT
I remember being super-inspired by this conversion project, didn't remember that it was MisterE! My lady has Westfalia on the brain for when her car dies, but I'm going to try to convince her to go this route (but in something with either all-wheel drive or better gas mileage).
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Feb 5, 2014 - 03:18pm PT
I like the Celtic Clove Hitch graphic.

I'd LOVE to have a Sprinter.
nfejohn

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Feb 5, 2014 - 03:23pm PT
Ney Grant. Love the graphics!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Feb 5, 2014 - 03:35pm PT
Great graphics on the Sprinter, it won't make you any more of a target then anyone else! Everytime I just step into our van it brings a smile to my face! Enjoy and Mr. E great work, awesome job.
Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
Feb 5, 2014 - 03:46pm PT
Charlie - Do you have a Sprinter that says "Rock" something on the license plate?
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Feb 5, 2014 - 05:22pm PT
Yeah, great clove hith graphics!



I keep debating on my next ride. I thought I had found it, a 2004 Chevy Express AWD conversion van for cheap. But I climbed under it to inspect and it wasn't AWD :-(. I don't think the guy selling it knew he was mistaken, but I'm not sure why he tought it was AWD in the first place. I need AWD or 4WD for skiing; I'm not putting on chains. It's next to impossible to find the express AWD used in California at a reasonable price. I need to sit at least 4, preferably more, and want to camp too. Will probably up end with a diesel crew cab pickup and camper.
Dingus McGee

Social climber
Laramie
Feb 5, 2014 - 08:33pm PT
Supporter Washington State Troopers Association

He fell for this? A group in WY tried to get me to donate & I immediately called the local sheriff to find out they only see about 10% of the "donation" at the state level and the donatee gets to pocket the rest. It is all legal under the Federal Rules of non-profits. The sheriff told me they would see a lot more, 100%, if I would just mail the check to them.

NO decal and it doesn't mean sh#t to the patrolmen anyway the sheriff said. They know the decal sales peoples pitch," If an officer sees ones of these it is likely he will let you go. So Simple!!
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