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Old 11-13-2020, 12:27 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Another option I'm leaving myself is to get a city van like the Ford Transit Connect or Ram ProMaster City, or Nissan NV200. Basically it's the smallest cargo vans on the road (US).
These are a nice option compared to a Dodge/Chrysler soccer-mom minivan. With a smaller footprint yet not sacrificing useful space, and their powertrains are usually more efficient.

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Old 11-13-2020, 01:18 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Ford have today announced an electric Transit, with three wheelbases and three roof heights. 115kW battery. Quoth DDG:
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2022 Ford E-Transit electric van revealed with 126-mile ...
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Ford revealed the all-electric 2022 E-Transit van lineup Thursday morning, showing the world its vision for a petroleum-free fleet. With 126 miles of range and 317 pound-feet of torque, Ford ...
https://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/e-transit/2022/
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Old 11-18-2020, 03:08 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Ford have today announced an electric Transit, with three wheelbases and three roof heights. 115kW battery. Quoth DDG:


https://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/e-transit/2022/
I'm kinda impartial to the "city" version of these vans. Looks like they're passing up on doing an e-van on this size. Or the US won't get them? Kinda like we don't get diesel powered city vans either.
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Old 11-20-2020, 06:45 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Kinda like we don't get diesel powered city vans either.
Blame it on the EPA regulations not being harmonized with Euro standards.
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Oh yeah, I ran across this van that I just had to share;
69 Dodge Panel Van
For those curious, the van sold for $12,656. I'm betting it'll be a pretty dependable van (considering) for the new owner.
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Rabbit hole continues... the slant 6 is actually one of the best turbo candidates out there. Inline, offset to one side for room with intake and exhaust on the same side, very stout iron block and head, and pretty low compression.
Here's an add that was under $300 and pick up a bunch of MPG as a percentage.
https://www.allpar.com/threads/turbo...ost-1085223131
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That would've fit under the hood of my Clark Cortez motorhome.
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The 5th generation Dodge Caravan makes a good campervan for 1-2 people and will get 30 mpg on the highway @ 65 mph. My wife and I have rented one from Escape Campervans 4 times for a week each trip when we were visiting National parks in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. We averaged about 26-28 mpg in a mix of interstate, state highway and dirt roads. Steady state cruising got the instant MPG into the low 30s.

The Caravan is nice because the stow n go adds extra space. Escape's conversion pulls the middle bench and replaces it with a storage area over the stow and go. That triples as a bench seat and bed. They left the rear bench in place to legally carry passengers. The kitchen was behind the rear bench. Slide out fridge, stove, sink and some storage. The fresh water and grey water tanks were in the rear stow n go.

Personally I wouldn't waste space on a sink and grey water tank in a rig this small. The sink is too small to do anything. For my Astro Campervan we just use a water jerry can with spout.


Escape replaced their Caravan vans with Transit Connects they call the Santa Cruz. (It has a fixed bed and a slick pull out kitchen)

Juicy has the same set-up as the Escape Caravan we rented. Juicy's Youtube video of their van features:


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That's an awesome kitchen setup for one of those. And yeah, a sink in a rig that small is a total waste of time, space and money.
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That's an awesome kitchen setup for one of those. And yeah, a sink in a rig that small is a total waste of time, space and money.
I like the kitchen in the Escape Santa Cruz better but I would replace the sink with a cutting board over storage






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