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  • #677804
    Rico in AZ
    559 Posts

    This is how I used to roll,

    For a bed I started out by making a platform using the little indentations in the bed to support 2x6s with 3/4″ plywood on top. I thought having the space underneath to stow splitboards and plastic totes would be great, but it was way too close to the ceiling, about 18″. All the wood now sits in my yard warping. I wound up just sleeping in the bed diagonal, with all the totes inside on the back seat. Me n my wife wound up sleeping in the bed for years, but it had it’s drawbacks; wind, rain, cold.

    This is how I roll now,

    My wife had to talk me into it, but its great. I can stand up in it, which is saying a lot, as I’m 6’4″. It’s waterproof, windproof, and there’s room to build out a galley kitchen this winter. It’s fairly heavy, about 750 lbs empty, so I had to re-spring the back end. But highway mileage isn’t bad, 17mpg if I’m not trying to hurry.

    I have every intention to be splitboarding out of it this winter. Got it in August, spent a very rainy summer week in it in Colorado. Still lots of things to figure out. Heating, condensation, storage rocket box, etc…

    @TEX wrote:

    Now Im getting tires, camper shell, rack ect.
    Im trying to figure out the bed situation. My previous rig had a full size mattress. Nice for sleeping but only left 2 feet to get dressed in. Thinking about only using half the bed this season with a twin matress. That will allow for my legs to hang down which should be much easier to get dressed in.
    Will have a rooftop thule box on it to so when its time to go from Town to trail I can carry four with gear in complete comfort.

    If I did it all over again (my advice to you) I would have gone with a fiberglass shell like this,

    Or maybe even this,

    The extra head room would have been worth the extra $. I would build the sleeping platform on one side of the bed. Get the shell with the rack rails for a Thule box for snowy/icy/wet snowboards.

    I think cots are crazy, IMO. You gotta have the insulation below your sleeping bag. Sleeping bag alone won’t cut it.

    Is it too soon to talk about a Eastside Sierra get together?

    #677805
    strain
    42 Posts

    Going to be the winter of the van for me. Just sleeping on the seats for now, but I want to swap out the back seats for a sleeping platform soon.

    The glass roof might not be ideal for cold weather camping, but man… is it ever special sleeping under the stars in this thing!

    #677806
    powslash
    382 Posts

    ^Those Delica vans. Have been curious about those. How is it? We can’t get em in the states. Separate rant: can’t get Toyota diesels either.

    @ricorides wrote:

    I think cots are crazy, IMO. You gotta have the insulation below your sleeping bag. Sleeping bag alone won’t cut it.

    Oh sleeping pads for sure. I use at least two. The cot I have is pretty uncomfortable by itself. With pads, no worries. Combined with a zero degree down bag and a couple heavy wool blankets it’s good to go. I’m a cold sleeper, just pile on the blankets.

    #677807
    sdmarkus
    407 Posts

    Dude Rico, congrats on the FWC! Check these guys out if you haven’t already for camper mods, build-out, etc.

    http://www.wanderthewest.com/forum/

    Killer van Andrew! :thumpsup:

    #677808
    strain
    42 Posts

    @powslash wrote:

    ^Those Delica vans. Have been curious about those. How is it? We can’t get em in the states. Separate rant: can’t get Toyota diesels either.

    On one hand, they come will all the joys of owning an 18 year old minivan, but there are plenty in southwest BC so parts are pretty easy to come by, and there are a couple shops that specialize in JDM vehicles.

    On the other hand, its super badass and totally unstoppable. I’ve thrown a few “undriveable” roads at it and it didn’t even break a sweat. Plus it’s diesel and looks utterly ridiculous. What’s not to love?

    #677809
    HikeforTurns
    1114 Posts

    @powslash wrote:

    ^Those Delica vans. Have been curious about those. How is it? We can’t get em in the states. Separate rant: can’t get Toyota diesels either.

    Chevy Colorado will come with an available 2.8l Duramax in Fall 2015. Too bad the MSRP will be well north of $40k. It would be a sweet pow chaser though.

    Here is one with a prototype BDS lift kit:

    :drool:

    #677810
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    If I did it all over again (my advice to you) I would have gone with a fiberglass shell like this,

    Or maybe even this,

    The extra head room would have been worth the extra $. I would build the sleeping platform on one side of the bed. Get the shell with the rack rails for a Thule box for snowy/icy/wet snowboards.

    Yeah, Rico….this is my Sierra Motel round 2 . I had a 2003 1500 Sierra with a shell for ten years. Just replacing the best trailhead rig I had. In the old shell I also used the slats and stuck a full size mattress in the back. Had my boards and everything else underneath. Really comfortable with a full size mattress but as you said a little close to the top.
    I will be building an aluminum tubed rack for one side. I will put a twin mattress on the top of the rack and will have storage below. I want all of mine to be removable because during the week I need my truck. I will be removing the shell for days or weeks at a time.

    I am getting Thule racks for this shell and will be using a rooftop box for splits. That way I can easily fit four splitters with gear for the ride to that other trailhead.

    #677811
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    @HikeforTurns wrote:

    @powslash wrote:

    ^Those Delica vans. Have been curious about those. How is it? We can’t get em in the states. Separate rant: can’t get Toyota diesels either.

    Chevy Colorado will come with an available 2.8l Duramax in Fall 2015. Too bad the MSRP will be well north of $40k. It would be a sweet pow chaser though.

    Here is one with a prototype BDS lift kit:

    :drool:

    ^^^ :drool:

    Love my Colorado…225K and counting. Really intrigued on the Duramax, anxious to hear how people like it in the Colorado.

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #677812
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    What’s the bed length on a Colorado? Buying my latest truck was funny. First thing I would do is lay down in the bed and make sure I could stretch out
    Bad ass looking truck

    #677813
    HikeforTurns
    1114 Posts

    Tex, I believe you can get either a 5’2″ bed or a 6’2″ bed on both extended and crew cab models.

    #677814
    Crispy Pata
    6 Posts

    Hey dudes nice topic.
    +1 on the pictures strain, makes great RV-porn. Awesome starry night shot and that van is bulletproof.

    +1 to Jackschranz’s evolutionary decision to sleep in the car. I started down that path 15 years ago when put an air mattress and a camp stove in the back of my SUV.

    I bought a used Lance truck camper a few years ago, and I’ve been modifying it and experimenting different ways of living to be safer and more comfortable in the cold and snow. I got a lot of ideas from doing Internet searches for winter boondocking.

    My top winter additions and comfort items so far: 55W solar panel, MPPT charge controller, 75ah AGM battery, 12V outlet, small inverter, vaporizer(420), down comforter, led bulbs, insulated window covers, floor rugs, buddy heater, baby wipes, Starbucks instant coffee, RV antifreeze for toilet water pump mod, plastic storage bins that you can stand on, 2 inch memory foam mattress, hard liquor and canned beer.

    This is how I’ve been rolling for the last few seasons.

    Pic is from a small town south of Crested Butte CO.

    wassup sdmarkus, we parked next to each other at Silverton, good to hear you still rolling in the TC

    +1 “Yeah for the mobile splitting lifestyle it doesn’t get any better or easier than sleeping in your rig.”

    #677815
    splittilps
    154 Posts

    Your needs will change a bit depending on if you’re just sleeping in a car or modding a vehicle to be more campable. Just a few things to add

    – That Delica is SICK!

    – The guy who mentioned getting a VCR to handle charging of an auxiliary battery meant to say ACR (automatic charging relay). This is a good one https://www.bluesea.com/products/7610/SI-ACR_Automatic_Charging_Relay_-_12_24V_DC_120A

    – You can find lot of good info on camper van or overlander websites. I have a 1991 VW Westfalia and spend lots of time on here http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewforum.php?f=20 Their search function isn’t great but there is lots of good info that translates to other vehicles

    – be real careful when considering to add insulation to the body panels of vehicles. Lots of foam type products will trap moisture next to the body panels and cause your car to rust out. There will be lots of moisture in any vehicle that you sleep in, even with windows cracked. More heat will be lost through your windows anyway since the upolstery/door panels/etc can create dead air space (which insulates) behind them.

    #677816
    sdmarkus
    407 Posts

    @Crispy Pata wrote:

    wassup sdmarkus, we parked next to each other at Silverton, good to hear you still rolling in the TC

    Yeah Dude, figured that was your rig! Maybe we’ll see you again in Silverton this year :rock:

    Impressive list of mods my friend…

    #677817
    highanxiety
    47 Posts

    A lot of good info in this thread. Drooling over some of the set-ups. I am planning to drive x/c this Winter in my Tacoma and trying to save $$ by sleeping in the back with cap. Have built a sleeping platform etc. Wish I had a taller cap though, good thing I am short I guess. Will try and get some pictures up to share at some point.
    Trying to decide if I want to rig some sort of way to lock myself in from the inside so no one can open the cap or tailgate while I am sleeping. Also trying to figure out ventilation, is cracking the window best bet for cap setup? Was thinking about taking one of those 4″ square fans from a computer and mounting it in a piece foam to put in the window. Not sure the best way to power it though. Anyway now to sell more gear so i can afford gas, which I hope keeps on dropping in price.

    SDMarkus, ever since I saw your rig at June couple years back I’ve been wanting a similar set up, looks like a great way to go. Wish my truck was bigger.

    #677818
    H.R. Flufnstuf
    97 Posts

    Vehicles 25 years of age or older may be imported into the USA, so this ’89 Delica should be eligible:
    http://portland.craigslist.org/nco/ctd/4740516990.html

    #677819
    highanxiety
    47 Posts

    #677820
    maxpower88
    58 Posts

    ^^Damn dude, that set up is tits! The pictures you sent to my flip-phone didn’t do it justice :mrgreen:

    Just ordered my custom 4wheelcamper, should be ready in 4-6 weeks! Definitely went overboard on the options but it will be titty balls for sure :clap:

    #677821
    Jefe009
    675 Posts

    @H.R. Flufnstuf wrote:

    Vehicles 25 years of age or older may be imported into the USA, so this ’89 Delica should be eligible:
    http://portland.craigslist.org/nco/ctd/4740516990.html

    Wow, I always wanted a Chamonix. I’m very very tempted by this.

    www.splitlife.net

    #677822
    Powder_Rider
    498 Posts

    This Stealth Van would seems like the ideal choice with 4WD:

    [youtube:1hl6jb9l]nd4QGsFeYsA[/youtube:1hl6jb9l]

    Not my van but would like to build something similar.

    [youtube:1hl6jb9l]nesOMadLqLM[/youtube:1hl6jb9l]

    #677823
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Ohhhhhh For those of you who are Chevy fans , the Zr2 Colorado concept truck

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/auto-shows/chevrolet%e2%80%99s-zr2-concept-is-the-diesel-powered-off-roader-you-want/ar-BBeTobC?ocid=iehp

    Man that looks good :drool:

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