E150 Handicap Moto Van? - Reliability Questions From A GM Guy
I am thinking of buying a van for motocross touring (try different MX and Enduro track in summer) . furthermore i am planing to go to Spain for a 2 week Motocross touring as well . and in general i am an easygoing camper which wanna park the car beside the roads/beaches/... and enjoy the nature
i have looked at small-medium size vans , something like Ford Transit !? are these cars roomy enough for what i want !? or i need a bigger vans !?
and in general what equipment should i buy and install in the van !? or what equipment should i carry with me ?
By David C
I have a 99 f150 4x4 that I have been driving for the last 15 years. Runs great never had any major problems with it, figured I would drive it forever.
Until this weekend, ran across a deal on a 15 f150 crewcab 4x4. Omg..this thing is nice. Haven't driven a newer truck and now I'm in love.
They have came a long way in trucks.
Whats up guys? Always looked at threads and never thought I would be doing one.
Well back to the situation of why I ended up deciding to buy and build a moto van.
I was at my GF house and had my 2 dirt bikes in the back of my truck. I went inside to get some food while I left my truck outside, my whole visited lasted around 45 minutes and in that time my two bikes almost got hijacked by some stupid motherf***rs. Thank god I went to my truck to retrieve my wallet and encountered 2 kids trying to unload my bike out of my truck. I quickly sprinted to catch them, but had a sore leg from that day of riding and wasn't even able to keep up with them. Me and my girl thought about how crazy that situation was and at the moment I knew i needed a van in my life.
I was waiting for a perfect condition extended van with low miles, mint condition and under 5k. well you guys should know I was pretty much asking for a unicorn with tits. After 3 months of looking relentlessly everyday craigslist, I encountered a standard E150 2005, 70k miles for 5,700 mint condition and we had to jump on that deal.
I was afraid that I might regret the decision of going standard length, but I went for it and guess what? I'm in route to a standard van that can fit 3 bikes (4 with hitch receiver) and have a sleeper sofa without the use of an extended van.
Pros of having a van:
- no more rain hitting my bike before or after the track
- peace of mind
- don't have to unload
- can camp and road trip in it
- no need for trailer
- its a van
- might give away free candy
Please feel free to give me any ideas or steal my ideas if you want
Well lets stop the writing and show the pictures:
here is the van that was purchased
Put the bike in and at least it fits. The van had these ugly grey front and rear bumpers with grey wheels, so I went to work with the matte black paint. Hit the exhaust while I was at it: and the hit the KX as well: Took out the floor to fix some underneath rust: While the floor dried I tok advantage and put some thermal-shield on the windows for insulation. Finished sealed floor with diamond plate aluminum so hide the connection between the two mats, the one located in the front seats and the cargo liner from the back Painted some rust in the roof I was going to put wood on the door panels, but went with aluminum and pasted some cardboard in the back for noise reduction. It was a cleaner finish and not easy damageable and can get wet. Added a table on this side of the van to make some sandwiches maybe even put a grill on top got the lock hinges on amazon, for the table I bought a bamboo cutting board so it would look professional and fir perfectly without me trying to pull my carpenter skills. Wall build, I wanted to maximize as much space as I could so we built the partition wall with a slant to it. The slant will be where the people who are sitting in the back will put their back against, there will be cushions but that is next to come. The window works to see if everything is okay in the back or if you need to grab something real quick without having to stop and get out. I wanted a shelf on top to store miscellaneous for trips. Pretty much I was asking for a lot but was going to try any way. The wall is a good idea to not get headaches from gas fumes and be able to store the bikes without the inconvenience of mud, gas, oil, etc in the sleeping and driving area. I met a guy one time with a van that said after the day of riding moto and storing the bikes back in the van. the car would smell like a gas nozzle for the next 40 mins until all the air went out the front 2 windows. Ask yourself in a situation where its raining and you can't put the windows down and all that gas smell is over you. that was something i was willing to avoid at all cost. (my girlfriend hates gas smell, for this reason the wall had to done)