Sleeper/Bike Van project

Discussion in 'Free Zone' started by Racer X, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. Racer X

    Racer X Member

    Location:
    Whittier
    Name:
    B
    Current Bike:
    Kona Explosif
  2. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
  3. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    It is his permanent home.
     
  4. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
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  5. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara Well-Known Member

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
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  6. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Vans are the sht for camping.

    If Toyota made one with 4WD and 10k-lb towing capacity I could think about getting another.
     
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  7. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    I would love to trick out my van but I need to be able to fill it up with our fair booth supplies.
    If I could just insulate, floor, and put in a solar-battery system, then that would be enough for my needs.
    Now, lifting and 4wd for a Transit is quite expensive so I doubt I'm going down that road....
     
  8. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why Cycles S7
    Sprinters.jpg
    On my last Prescot trip, we had two of them....
    I slept in the condo.
     
  9. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    I am in albiet much smaller.
     
  10. 406

    406 Member

    Location:
    San Diego
    Name:
    Brian
    Current Bike:
    Ripmo
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  11. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Keep resisting. Once you build a bunch of furniture in there, goodbye utility. An RV is something different.
     
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  12. CBone

    CBone Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    Photo of the Envy model is in the Alabama Hill w/Mt. Whitney in the background. that would be an awesome place to camp.
     
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  13. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Just pull off the 395 and find a spot. Gotta love BLM land.
     
  14. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Yeah, I've been back and forth over it for years and utility always wins out for me and my needs.
    I have done extensive camping in all types of weather in my uncoverted van.
    Regular camping gear covers a lot of bases. An indoor rated Propane heater works wonders and an E-Z Up or tarp gives extra shady room for cooking and lounging. Why sit in the van when you wanted to be outdoors anyway...
     
  15. doublewide

    doublewide Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    Cuz that's where your hostages are.....
     
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  16. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    As a former VW Westy owner, I like these a lot! Is that $28k price out the door, or is that just the conversion portion?
    (I could read it, but where's the fun in that?)
     
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  17. doublewide

    doublewide Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant

    Stealth
    Starting from $21,750*
    *price does not include base vehicle
     
  18. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Yeah, less than sprinter versions, but still add another $20-25k (new) since "*price does not include base vehicle"


    A van would be cool to have for longer trips. I do ok in my truck but it can be hard to find (free) places to stay where there isn't BLM or National Forest land, and in urban areas. So stealth camping ability would be nice for places like Santa Cruz, for example. The recon looks nice but bikes would have to go outside, which I don't like. I could easily get by with a bare or minimally built out sprinter. Only problem now is I have no where to park it - won't fit in my garage and no street parking in my complex. My only other requirement would be some decent ground clearance for forest roads.
     
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  19. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    A-Hills: Good photo op; not as good a camping area. Too close to town and too easy for urchins to drive around there in the dead of night.
     
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  20. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why Cycles S7
    I don't get it......

    You buy a utility vehicle and convert it into a camper van that has no utility (can you store the bikes inside?).
    As a camper and it too small for more than a one (or 2) night trip.
    Might be better off buying a trailer (not a huge fan).
     
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  21. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Thank you, internets!!!
     
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