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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:33 am 
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Nice rant, Grifter - love it. :good:

I rode in some nice full sized Toyota vans in Costa Rica - thought the same thing.

If it fits the purpose, a great option. I put Firestone air bags on my Tundra for when the load gets up there - mostly when I had my toy hauler. Easy install and they help a lot.

I do like the "away from prying eyes" part of a van but recently put a shell on the Tundra to function as my escape pod, so rigging a carrier across the back.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:02 am 
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adam728 wrote:
At 200 hp it IS a powerhouse. My second truck was a 1992 K1500 with the TBI 4.3L, with a whopping 160 hp. ...
Some nice clean trucks you've had Adam. The Vortec version of the 4.3 apparently upped the horses, but I still can't get better than 18 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg is more typical, where the new V8 powered trucks are now capable of near 20 mpg.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:03 am 
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Honestly I've been running these for the last 4 years

Powerfull.......said no one ever, 154hp 274ft-lbs and 6,000lbs

But 24mpg all day any day

They are slightly temperamental but by two have been very reliable

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:33 pm 
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The Sprinters are great but expensive (unless totally clapped out). The people mover ones like you have are cool for a lot of bikes and people and the Diesel ones are really amazing on economy. :2_thumbsup:

Luckily, I almost never take more than two bikes. Mostly just me, maybe a buddy on occasion. The E150 Econoline is pretty good to drive, not bad to park. Can go into low height underground parking lots. :2_thumbsup:

The newer line of Ford Vans have some interesting options but most all in the $40 range to start. No thanks.

I paid $12K for my Van when it was 4 years old, had 30K on it, was dinged up but had not been too over loaded (or so it appeared!) The dealer had fixed all the dents and dings and re-painted it, new tires. A private party deal would have been better ... but I could not find one that fit my purposes.

The OP is talking $5K. Hard to find anything truly reliable and nice for $5K ... probably have to go with an old Toyota pick up ... the engines last but the entire rest of the truck will need service: suspension, bushings, steering, wheel bearings, cooling, belts, F.I. or Carb work.

All may need service after 100K miles ... but if well maintained engine can go over 250K miles. :drinks:

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