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All Things Bikes and Tacos! (...and Now Vans)

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by Gunshot-6A, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Jun 30, 2022 at 7:32 AM
    dman100

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    We bought our Transit in Sept 2020, threw in a quicky bed platform, bike fork mounts under the bed, and I hard-wired in the Dometic PLB40 I used for Taco camping to run our Dometic chest fridge. 9 months later we had it converted by a local shop with insulation, kitchen, outside shower, 300Ah batteries and solar, bigger upright fridge, even a furnace and toilet. It’s been a game-changer. Bikes hidden inside; quiet and comfortable sleeping even in snow, wind or rain; instant camp setup. I’m retired but my wife works full-time in a hospital, no “work from van”, and we’ve driven it 24K miles and camped in it almost 100 nights. Plus it’s great for local day rides - hot food, cold beer, etc with the bikes secure if you need to stop somewhere. The AWD Transit is excellent in snow and pretty good off-rod considering it’s size. Not cheap, but it’s definitely not a lawn ornament for us. On the other hand I just got back from a 1700 mile road trip with a bunch of guys, that included 300-400 miles of off-pavement BDR stuff in Oregon, and the Taco is still best for that. Even though I had to use a tent.
     
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  2. Jun 30, 2022 at 7:51 AM
    honda50r

    honda50r Not a Mallcrawler

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    Let's not forget these things get hella better MPG too. Limited downsides compared to a Tacoma in my opinion except they're not mall crawl-rated
     
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  3. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:09 AM
    ginseng27

    ginseng27 who knows?

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    not enough.
    i was gonna make some comment about "this is TW...this is not a taco..." but i can't help but be insanely jealous of that van. good work man!! It's gonna be a blast. Got a few friends with legit camper builds and they're pretty snazzy!

    and more expensive.
     
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  4. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:09 AM
    dman100

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    Our high roof EcoBoost Transit averages around 15 with mostly highway. That’s with a lot of crap inside, plus awning and solar on the roof. Same roads my 3rd gen gets 21+, stock except for slightly larger E Range KO2’s. Not sure a converted Sprinter 4wd does much better than 20.
    OK, back to bikes and Taco’s.
     
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  5. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:11 AM
    113tac

    113tac Well-Known Member

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    That sounds pretty awesome! One of my main concerns with the van is sleeping in it in virginia summers. Given when I do sleep in it we would likely be in the mountains or not in Virginia but it is still a concern. Dual roof fans would probably help...but not down to the 60s like I like to sleep haha.

    It's a lot to think about for me for sure. My GF also has a tacoma so I would probably get a nice van as a "daily" since I work from home and don't need to drive much anyways. Then we still have a tacoma and a nice van haha. I'm just worried I wouldn't use it to it's fullest potential.
     
  6. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:13 AM
    ginseng27

    ginseng27 who knows?

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    not enough.
    but do any of us really use any of our gear to its fullest potential? I mean, my bike is certainly more capable than I'm probably pushign into it.
     
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  7. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:13 AM
    backcountryj

    backcountryj Athlete - per @ginseng27 Google definition

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    I’ve been changing more tires than I’d have liked lately. Picked up an overpriced cushcore tire lever. Changing a tire still isn’t a sweat-less job, but this little gizmo and a compressor do make it substantially easier IMHO.

    CushCore Bead Dropper – Bike Tire Lever, Tire Insert Installation Tool https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0883G1XRD
     
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  8. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:40 AM
    113tac

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    Mostly Stock for now, 265 75 16 Falken AT3W, Tinted fronts...
    That is a fair point, I guess it's a cost vs use at fullest haha. But I guess my truck has also been in that category for the last year or so.
     
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  9. Jun 30, 2022 at 9:42 AM
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    Lot of truth to that statement - however I have always been in the mindset of showing up to an interview in a suit and tie than casual street wear. Especially in terms of bikes, my bike is way more capable than I am in almost any situation, however it's an easier pill to swallow that I am the limiting factor on the bike instead of the bike being the factor in what I can do. It justifies my stupid expenses and upgrades all the time....do I need it? Nope! Do I want it? Yup!
     
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  10. Jun 30, 2022 at 9:47 AM
    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free 1983 - 2015... It was a good run

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    To add to that though, I like being over-biked because it can save me in some cases. If I go into something with a little too much heat for my abilities, good suspension and brakes can sometimes be the difference between coming out the other side good, but completely puckered or eating shit. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!
     
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  11. Jun 30, 2022 at 9:49 AM
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    It's un-American to be undergunned in any situation. :D
     
  12. Jun 30, 2022 at 10:15 AM
    ginseng27

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    not enough.
    i'm a software engineer. I prefer to over engineer certain things if it can be done. haha! I am definitely overbiked on one bike. the other bike, underbiked. but all good fun.
     
  13. Jun 30, 2022 at 10:30 AM
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    I did it last year for the first time.
    Not going this year, but I do see doing it again.
    Lots of fun, and sometimes hard.
    At some point I was miserable every single day with the humidity.
     
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  14. Jun 30, 2022 at 10:57 AM
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    We live in the East where it’s either cool at night or dry heat. And in summer we usually camp near coast or in the mountains. In fact the furnace is more important than AC for us; we’ve camped at SnoParks down to 10-11° F. We have one sliding window and a ceiling vent/fan. Last year we were in Wisconsin/Minnesota/Nebraska etc and it got pretty warm … leaving doors open with screens helped a lot but I suspect AC is needed for VA or further south in summer. And that sucks a lot of power. Note that we don’t actually have hookups (except to refill water and charge batteries) and we are usually dispersed camping on BLM or FS land.
     
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  15. Jun 30, 2022 at 11:03 AM
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    lol, I'm sure! I saw the 10 day forecast and parts of the state are close to 100*. The heat and humidity is going to be brutal. I don't know anyone else going so this will be interesting lol. The only two people who I know that live out in that area are only "possibles" for one or two of the days that week.
    Got any tips?
     
  16. Jun 30, 2022 at 11:35 AM
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    It’s New Bike Day! Just got a text from my wife that it was dropped off, photos later :yay:
     
  17. Jun 30, 2022 at 11:56 AM
    abacall

    abacall Life's too short

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    When it’s just wet enough to be awesome.

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  18. Jun 30, 2022 at 12:50 PM
    honda50r

    honda50r Not a Mallcrawler

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    Do I even need to say it?

    That's what she said
     
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  19. Jun 30, 2022 at 12:56 PM
    SenatorBlutarsky

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    Kinda feels like new bike day for me as my Orbea has finally been put back together after the whole linkage bolt debacle. It took two weeks to get a new linkage bolt from Spain!

    I've also got new bearings in the rear hub, new rotors and brake pads, and full re-built suspension. I can't wait to ride tonight.
     
  20. Jun 30, 2022 at 1:29 PM
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    A lot depends upon how you are doing it.
    I used Pork Belly with my own tent.
    I went not knowing anyone doing it, but when I checked into my hotel in Omaha the day before saw two guys I knew in the lobby. Ended up riding with them and their friends.
    Advice is take all day to ride. Not much to do getting to camp too early but bake in the heat.
    Treat the whole thing as a series of 10-15 mile rides.
    Stop in the towns. Eat pork, corn. Stop for beer. Eat pie. Have ice cream.
    We'd ride 7 am to about 3 or 4 with many stops.
    Then set up camp and shower. We'd look for dinner and explore the towns and have some more beers.
    Crash between 10-11 and do it all over.
     
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