Originally Posted by dylanear
You must have missed my link to those forums in my OP.
Definitely spent some time in there. But still coming up with more questions than finding answers at this point.
Yes I did, sorry, just joined and jumped in!
VW? Air cooled? Water cooled? Problems with the running gear, or just camper related things? Both?
I love my 13', but if you full time at all, yep a 16' seems like the ticket. Those 3 feet and 500-600lbs extra make for a much more practical home I think.
AH, the Van. It is a 1994 GMC Vandura 3500, 7.4 L engine, a monster that gets less than 10 MPG. Nice thing is that it is paid for. Only costs me insurance till I gas up to go. It is a pretty cool camper. Has a high top so I can stand upright, a 2 burner propane
stove, 3 way fridge
, toilet/shower inside, 2 nice closets, a drawer, side dinette for 2 and a sofa that I can barely sleep on. The dinette drops down and there is a filler board and it becomes a queen size bed. It also has fresh, grey, black water tanks and a generator
that does not work at this time (needs rebuilt). A/C unit on the top of the coach and a propane furnace
and hot water tank. I have been weekend powwow camping for 3+ years with just the battery
for a little power for lights
and my laptop.
It is not child friendly by design, which is why I would go another route if I have to go in debt for another camping setup, i.e.. Outback and a Scamp
. I could drag the g-children along sometimes.
It is my daily driver too, but I do not drive much. I worked at home for the last 6 years and now retired,
The problem I have had was ongoing problem with the distributer cap and rotor burning out. I replaced them 5 times in under 5,000 miles. Then we decided to replace the whole distributer shaft that goes down to drivetrain and got 2 defective ones. The third one looks like it fixed that problem.
Now it hesitates and backfires in the carb when I get on the gas pedal hard. It also runs real rough when first started if it sits for 2-3 days, by the time I am a couple of blocks down the road it settles down. My nephew (and primary mechanic) thinks it may be spark plug wire. He does not like the looks of one that probably dropped down against the heat shield when other work was done.
He will replace them in the next week and we will see what happens. Right now I stay within 100 miles of home, but the bucket list includes going to all the National Parks along with some northern and western powwows.
I am too old to push that van down Route 66