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Old 06-23-2017, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Old Tele man View Post
Great milage...but lousy erodynamics while driving (wink,wink).
True but you could do some areo work like a boat tail etc. Its also a trade off of aerodynamics for room for camping and space to mount solar panels.
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Old 06-24-2017, 01:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Those are some lucky little kids with a dad building stuff like this for ultra quiet camping excursions. Beautiful van too. Style and DIY ain't common.
See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.

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Old 06-25-2017, 03:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would love to do something like this. Ultimate dream camper van would have the powertrain from a 100kwh Tesla in a van like a Sprinter or Transit with the roof covered with solar panels. Could even have awnings of panels that slide out on each side from under the main panels for maximum power production and shade. A couple kw of solar should more than cover the energy needs if it's not moving far each day and charging stations would make up the extra needed for winter and long trips.

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Old 06-25-2017, 08:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When I'm camping, I prefer to set up in the shade, especially here in Florida.

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