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Stealth camper thread.
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>>1243958
Living in a van by the river
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>>1243959
Chillin as a virgin more than ever
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>>1243962
more than ever hour after our
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>>1243967
Cooler out of ice my grapes got sour
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>>1243958
Why the fuck would you try to put toilets or showers in a van? Just go to a YMCA or a truck stop or something.
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>>1244164
>Chillin on backroads Yosemite
>The drugs kick in
>Boy do I gotta shit
>Well better drive to a truck stop or a YMCA
>Google maps 18 hours
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Plymouth voyager with a bed and my camping stuff works pretty well. 4 door Hyundai Accent (2001)was surprisingly good, the back seat folded flat, good for sleeping then just push the stuff into the trunk and put the set back up. slept in that every night for 3 months. Two door Hyundai was not so good
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>>1244164
Some countries or states have specific laws for people living in vehicles. In NZ for example you have to greet your vehicle to pass an inspection to be allowed to sleep in it; min requirements being room to poop, a sink with running water and enough water storage for 12L per person plus a greywater hose 3m long.
They had to bring in strict laws cuz French tourists were shitting literally everywhere. If your van hasn't passed the inspection then you'll be fine $400 if you're not parked at a paid camping site with toilet facilities.
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>>1244388
>not shitting in the woods
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>>1244756
>They had to bring in strict laws cuz French tourists were shitting literally everywhere

and remember kids, if you decide to live the van life, you're no better than these people and you will be treated accordingly
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Thinking about an astro. Any downsides to this?
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>>1244756
Damn ,those frog's, figging it up for everybody.
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>>1244790
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0la5DBtOVNI
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>>1246177
Spoken like a true van nigger.
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>>1244756
>inspection to be allowed to sleep in it; min requirements being room to poop
I actually can’t imagine this scenario. A government official has to go inside your vehicle and visually check for a toilet, before you’re allowed to sleep in it.
>Oi m8 yew got yur poopin license????
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>>1243958
If I see you fuckers parking your van on my property, I'll shoot the windows out with buckshot.
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>>1246325
ok big guy. but i already got your daughter. she's gonna be the jenny on my forrest stump. we're gonna do so many drugs in my weird hippy van.
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>>1244756
Just tell the tourists to dig cat holes.
No need pass a bunch of shit laws
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>thread fills up with people who don't like vans again
I know /out/ is a slow board but let's not let it turn into /ck/.
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Where's busanon? Hasn't posted in a while.
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I need to put my van pics in a folder, they're all just loosely thrown in with porn and may-mays at the moment.
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>hit the brakes
>fucking lamp goes flying and smacks you in the head
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>>1246521
>stealth
>brings a dog that can bark
You don't understand what stealth means do you?
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>>1246532
>what is securing objects to the bottom of a surface via drilling a hole or other methods of bracing?
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Going to buy a bed cap right now with my girl with plans on building a small camper setup in the back of my truck. Pic related, im super stoked for this shit and ready to travel hard in my truck this summer.
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>>1246548
Looks comfy Anon, the futon should be good cuz you can put it away and use the space for other shit.
Where you headed to?
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>>1246278
>>Oi m8 yew got yur poopin license????

speech is not like this in nz, american...............
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>>1246596
Oi mait put another poop on the barbie
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Is this thing stealthy enough to even bug out the forest or am i just over the topic? You tell me guys.
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>>1244397
I have a voyager and was considering doing this sometime, mine's a rusty piece of shit though
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>>1246998
Pretty much screams look at me! I have good shit inside!
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>>1244388
plenty of bathrooms in the valley.....
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>>1244164
>Toilet
Get a composting or chem toilet from home Depot, worth the investment to not have to go outside of you need to shit at night or first thing in the morning.
>Shower
Camping showers (the canvas bags you hang from a tree branch) or make a solar shower out of a black pvc pipe on the roof of your vehicle.
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OP here

I really regret making this stupid fucking thread. I did it when I had a few drinks in me.

All your ideas are terrible, and it's been too long to where I can't delete my own thread now. Please stop posting in it. It's now full of idiocy and regret.
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>>1247506
You made it as the last #vanlife general died, so it's the new thread. Just ignore situates shitposters like >>1246325
And >>1246268 who like to hang out in threads about things they don't like.

Real question though, mate of mine is recommending me a Mitsubishi Delicate as a first van. Thoughts? Everywhere I see on the net is Kombis and Ford Sprinters.
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>>1247639
*Delica
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>>1246536
huskies dont bark
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>>1246536
Its a high top extended econoline with windows. How the fuck can that ever be stealthy.

>>1247744
Huskies do not often bark like the small idiot dogs do, but they are the most vocal dogs out there.
They "talk" all the time to get attention.
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>>1247639
The Delica is built on a truck frame. Same ones as the Pajero/Shogun and L200. They are very mechanically robust and the engine can easily be tuned for more power. (Literally just turning a screw).
Also more advantages like being able to engage 4WD Hi while moving (under 100km/hr), and being able to drive on normal roads whilst in 4WD Hi without causing damage.

They can also run on straight vegetable oil without any modification so possibly free fuel.
The Transits, Sprinters and Kombis can't do any of that.

Its better than the VVV Kombo in every way.

The Mercedes Transits are bigger and wider though. And some of them you can even stand up in and that might be a deal breaker.
The RWD Transits and Sprinters are just as mechanically reliable, but more apt to electrical problems.
Overall they are very reliable, even though they are likely to have seen more mistreatment in their previous life than a Delica has.
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>>1244397
Paint it brown or sumthin that isn't really stealthy
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TO ANYONE BUYING A VAN:
Be very careful when you buy something old, especially if you don't have any experience.

Two months ago I bought a 30 year old van against everyone's advice.

Almost the whole floor and many parts of the chassis needed to be cut out and replaced due to rust.
The van looked like an A-Team montage.
All four wheel arches, a front wing, both door steps, a rear channel, the door sills, the windscreen and some other bits.

At this point, my mechanic (who has to be a truck specialist) suggested I do a straight trade in for a more modern van with a high roof, and people here agreed as well but I was too stupid to listen and wanted to be like the cool cats on the youtube. Instead I listened to some other idiot who told my my van was very sought after for festivals because it has four wheels at the rear so its good in mud.

I couldn't even drive it because I only have a car and van license, and this van was on a 5ton heavy van/truck license, so I parked it in a field, where the front beam axle sank into the ground due to rain and its own weight, got the whole van stuck.So much for being good in muck.
I called in a tow truck, but it couldn't pull the van out so we tried with a 4x4 and a tractor until finally a boat tow truck on solid ground with a 50 foot length of chain and a winch managed to pull it out, bulldozing half the field with the front axle in the process.

Then came time for inspection, which required replacing several balljoints, all the rubber bushes for the suspension and springs, two rear shock absorbers, both brake drums and two brake disks because of warpage, a brake cylinder and several brake lines, a gasket for the valve cover, a leak in the fuel pump, and two engine mounts.
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>>1247820
When I took it back to the mechanic, he told me that the engine mount problem was caused by two fuel injector nozzles not firing properly, causing juddering.

He also found an oil leak from the alternator, caused by the alternator being mounted improperly, which had in turn destroyed the bearing on its drive shaft, and chewed up the mounting hole on the engine side bracket, so a new alternator, and some engineering of the bracket had to be done.
The leaks had also caused contamination of the timing belt, which also needed replacement.

Last week I took it for a spin even though I'm still in the process of getting the license and noticed it makes a whining noise at more than 30mph. (The top speed is 45mph).
So it turns out the differential also needs to be looked at or replaced.

And the fucking steering wheel is too heavy to turn as well. I can barely turn it with two hands,
Why does it need seven full fucking turns of the wheel for a complete lock?

I've spent thousands on it and not even begun a conversion. The job breakdown in the invoice was insane.
I think I'm going to trade for that Fiat Ducato now.
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>>1246421
underrated post
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>>1247821
I admire your commitment.
Personally I'd have left it bogged in the grass.
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Why does every vandweller fucker have to outfit it into some kind of mobile home bullshit with wood everywhere and thick linen and padding, wasting valuable space and adding needless weight? Can't you just lay down a sleeping mat and a sleeping bag? Basically just take camping gear, not even super ultralight or anything.
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>>1247837
i always wondered this desu, dont need all that extra stuff, a caravan has really always been a moving tent. all I want in a van is proper bed to sleep on and space to store stuff
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>>1247837
Storage, and convenience.

It's nice to have cutlery in a drawer or ready made bed instead of having to unpack, and repack every time you want to eat or sleep .
And having a place where you can clean dishes.
Or having a slide out drawer instead of having to move 132 stacked boxes everytime you need a sock.
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>>1247881
So, being lazy as fuck, and/or owning too much shit they don't need, got it.
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>>1247820
>>1247821
congratulations you are the dumbest person on 4chan
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>>1247884
>>1247891
Shut up, loser.
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I sleep in my Subaru outback occasionally. It's pretty good, the back seats fold flat and I can put a single mattress in it.
The shit thing in Australia though is that I can get caught for drink driving if I'm over the limit and asleep in my car. Fucking stupid law.
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>>1247901
Even in the backseat?
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>>1247904
same applies in the UK, they can argue that you are still in control of the vehicle
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>>1247904
Yep, no way around it basically, not unless you have a sober person with you to claim they're the one who'll be driving.
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>>1247904
Yep, if you've been drinking and you go and get something out of your car while it's parked in public you can be done DUI.
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>>1247907
In the USA you can be in your car drunk as long as the keys arent in the ignition
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>>1247906
>>1247907
>>1247908
In the US, at least where I live, as long as you aren't in the driver's seat (or passenger's if the cop is a dick) you have plausible deniability.
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>>1247909
You just have to have the keys on you here.
I used to put my keys behind the bar in my local pub and sleep in my car, the cops couldn't do anything because my keys weren't on me.
I'd have to wait until 10am the next day for the pub to open so I could get my keys.
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>>1247909
>>1247912
Makes sense

And honestly, it's a dumbass fucking law, even their TV ads clearly tell you to stop-revive-survive. What, so just keep driving if you're drunk instead, tired after pub closed and you're already sleepy?
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>>1246998
>>1247004

It also screams "government research vehicle fuck off"
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>>1247929
i dont think criminals car whether the vehicle belongs to the government or not
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>>1247929
More like rich Dutch or German "surfer", or an overlander depending where you see it.

You see trucks like that streetparked in Berlin all the time, and in winter at places like Algarve in Portugal parked at the LIDL owned private beach or something like that.
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>>1247820
>didn't inspect the vehicle before purchase
>bought a vehicle you have no license for
>bought a fucking 5+ton van ???
>bought a dually van
nigger, what
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>>1246577
Planning to hit the pacific northwest this fall, but all over utah (located in SLC), idaho, wyoming, colorado, montana. Shit, with this setup its literally anywhere i want to go in the continental US.

Both pics related, but not my setup. Still designing.
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>>1246515
>mfw I'm spending too much time in my van to put up a good fight.
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>>1246520
>>1246521
>>1246528
>>1246532
>>1246534
This now a vanbuild porn thread
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>>1248164
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>>1248165
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>>1248166
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>>1248167
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>>1248169
I dig this idea of using maps as wall covering
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>>1248172
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>>1248173
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>>1244792

They're a little smaller than you might think, also, if you do your own wrenching they suck to work on, the awd ones are surprisingly capable off-road for what they are though
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>>1248182
They're the size of a VW T4 or T5. Slightly smaller than the biggest minivans.
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>>1247781
Thanks for the advice. I'm 6'4" so I've basically accepted that I'm not gonna be able to stand up in any van. I can't even stand up on coach busses.
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>>1247820
>>1247821
That sucks Anon, hope the new vehicle treats you better.
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>>1247837
Insulation is a must unless you want to die of being too hot or cold.
I agree a lot of people go full retard on the word though, especially heavy with that is just gonna eat into fuel consumption. Personally I'd insulate, makes the bed frame out of something really lightweight then cover everything with auto carpet
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>>1247904
Yeah, if you're drunk in your vehicle and your keys are nearby (they don't even have to be on the ignition or on your person) it counts as drink driving.
That being said I've slept in the back of my van drunk after parties when I was at University because nobody gives a fuck out in the country.
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>>1248172
Yeah I like the map thing too. Not covering every square inch but prob as a feature on a big wall.
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>>1247821
>>1247820
Your sheer idiocy is astounding
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>>1248080
>PNW
>fall

Definitely you should test your van for the water sealing before you head out.
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I have a 2016 forrester can i pimp it out fer campin?
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>>1247820
"van life" is a hobby for extremely wealthy college dropouts. cut your losses and move on.
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>>1248401
It'd be a squeeze, might be worth looking into a camper you can tow behind.

>>1248407
They make a small percentage, yes. A lot are people who realized it's cheaper than renting an apartment, some are people who travel for work or do seasonal work, others are people with /out/ hobbies like skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking etc.
I've you have a van ours surprisingly cheap to live in one. Water and electricity is free, your only real expenses are had for driving and food, followed by small irregular things like rego, insurance and LPG gas for your stove/heater.

Didn't we have a regular in these threads that was an Alaskan fisherman 3 months a year and spent the rest of the year fucking around in Florida?
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what I really want to do is park up a bus on a bit of land tbqh. I'm not much interested in travelling but more an alternative way of living thats far cheaper than renting
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>>1247820
I'd been thinking of building a starcraft camper replica on a scratch built frame for this reason
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>>1248733
accidentally posted.
I wanted to say that it seems like it would make sense instead of paying extra for a van I would have to repair from ground up anyways
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>>1248734
A stripped down chassis would be a better idea.
On a truck the bed unbolts with like a dozen bolts and you get to keep the cab.
Fitting brakelines, pedals, handbrake, steering system, mounting points for the engine/springs/gearbox is a huge hassle.
Just get a normal duty frame like the so you can work on it yourself.
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>>1248761
That would however require finding an unspoiled intact chassis... which is hard to do in europe where we have no trucks and everything is unibody. Plus I want it to be light enough to fit into 3 tonnes finished.
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Enjoy your
>daily fume inhalation
>chance of rodent shit giving you deadly illnesses
>constant money hemorrhage for repairs
>sedentary lifestyle driving around looking for spots
>lack of critical REM sleep long term from your brain in self defence mode in new, unfamiliar area (you can't control this, it's why militaries have safe barracks instead of permanent field exercises and why nomadic tribes travel in safe groups and settle for whole seasons at a time in huge caves, yurts and tipis)
>hunched posture from low roof (subconsciously you stoop all the time even if it's tall enough)
>massive timesink decking it out
>everything smelling of farts
>all the good vans being bought by hipster millenials
>inability to have a longterm relationship (try living in a box with someone for more than a week)
>kids? hahaha
>No room for hobbies or a second, practical vehicle
>10MPG and awkward parking every time you want to drive to the shops
>if you're in Europe, niggers and arabs have learned about the #vanlife and will pump sleeping gas, use pneumatic drills or just break in with a knife to rob you, or just smash your van as they walk past
>isolated life
>everything smells of farts
>everything gets dirty
>WHAT THE FUCK I'M SICK OF BEING IN THIS ROOM >can't leave, you're in the middle of nowhere/stealthing in a carpark or residential road/it's raining/high crime area
>can't have a dog unless it enjoys small spaces and you enjoy dogfarts
>still have to pay tax for residential vehicle in lots of countries

Most people forget that the "van down by the river" also comes with the "down by the river". Being on the road long term sucks. Buy a camper van trailer and a parcel of land and live your NEETdreams or whatever while you build up to getting a serious house and property where you can grow your own food, have mates round and eventually have lots of babbies

You know I'm right. Look how many #vanlifers quit, or just use them at the weekend, fulltimers all look tired w/ shit posture
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>>1248816
Blessed post in a sea of brainlets
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>>1247794
hide in plain sight
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>>1248782
Something like the Opel Campo is only 1 ton without the bed.
If there is some rust repair you need to do on the frame rails, it will still be easier to do than fabricating a whole chassis.
And much cheaper too, because it's already registered and you won't need to pay tax.
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>>1248816
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>>1248816
>lack of critical REM sleep long term from your brain in self defence mode in new, unfamiliar area (you can't control this, it's why militaries have safe barracks instead of permanent field exercises and why nomadic tribes travel in safe groups and settle for whole seasons at a time in huge caves, yurts and tipis)
even if it's tall enough)
that's the dumbest shit I've read in a long while which really says a lot considering what website this is. Even for 4chin standards you are pretty low IQ. congrats on having subhuman intelligenz I guess.
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How much battery capacity does one need to run a few LED's, a VHF radio (50-80 watt) and an inverter that can charge my laptop and bt speaker. No talking absolut minimum here.
Also, how do you guys charge up? Shore power? Solar? Wind? Or the car?
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>>1249031
He actually has a point, you know, and a damn good one if you ask me. Feeling safe is a prerequisite for quality sleep.
Without quality sleep, your brain goes autistic
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>>1249067
Maybe that anon is suffering from lack of sleep?

Maybe we just created a new meme.

>bro your lack of sleep is killing this board.
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>>1249056
Look at how many watts all your shit needs
Get sightly more wattage than that.
Decide on how much generation you need from there. Charging some batteries off your alternator would be fine for small shit like phones, a small laptop, radio and LEDs but if you want to run shit like a fridge, tv, heating etc then solar or gas might be the way to go depending on your climate. I saw literally only one video of a guy using wind, but would work if you live or travel around a windy place.
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>>1249069
The post was clearly bad bait though, and judging by his obsession with farts and >Yuropoors he's probably from /ck/ ie: shitpost : The Board.
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>>1249067
That was his only valid point really.

But the body will soon adjust to waking up multiple times a night.

If it usually takes you hours to fall into REM sleep you will after some time do it in minutes.

Not sure how it happens but I dream often, even when I've only been asleep for 20 minutes.
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>>1248232
You're doing something seriously wrong if insulation or lack-there-of of your vehicle kills you while you're inside. To stay dry... stay in the car. Cold, turn heater on. Hot, AC. Ventilation, turn circulation fan on. It's 2018 already, sheesh.

It's no harder than sleeping in a 4-season tent, hell, it's far easier. Just bring a suitable sleeping bag/quilt if you must.
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>>1248816

>Look how many #vanlifers quit, or just use them at the weekend

I don't think many of the people in this thread are looking at this as a permanent living arrangement. It just seems like a cool, fun, cheap way to travel and camp out.

>lack of critical REM sleep long term from your brain in self defence mode in new, unfamiliar area (you can't control this, it's why militaries have safe barracks instead of permanent field exercises and why nomadic tribes travel in safe groups and settle for whole seasons at a time in huge caves, yurts and tipis)

That sounds like BS to me. I never have any issues sleeping in unfamiliar places. It makes sense that military troops would have difficulty getting REM sleep, as they are constantly worried about being killed. I always have the best sleep when I'm out sleeping in a lean-to that I built in the woods next to a fire.
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>>1244790
ha, cuz they don't pay property tax, so they are second-class citizen.
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>>1247820
Ford transit?
For anyone reading this, DO NOT buy a Ford Transit.
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>>1246538
i think most vans in these pics don't move alot.
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>>1248230

you can put a soft bed rug on it and you can walk on your knee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXPwck_WcvE
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>>1248816
>lack of critical REM sleep long term from your brain in self defence mode in new, unfamiliar area (you can't control this, it's why militaries have safe barracks instead of permanent field exercises and why nomadic tribes travel in safe groups and settle for whole seasons at a time in huge caves, yurts and tipis)
I disagree. Some individuals maybe have that experience, but for me I always have more vivid dreams when I'm in my van.

I must confess I don't stay fulltime though. It's much easier to do half the week. Get the best of both worlds.

Also my city has lots of rivers, so the "van down by the river" thing is easily done.
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>>1249056
Depends on your lights. My little LEDs along with a couple candles is enough for me. They take a total of 3 AA batteries and I haven't changed them in over a month.
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Sup guiz.
About 2 months ago /out/ inspired me to get a van.
So here's my toyota. It's comfy and it was fun to build.
It is a carburettor engine and I would not recommend those because they're a pain.
I made the interior from mostly recycled crap. Except for the bedding because it's important for your body and whatnot.
It also has 7 dinosaur posters inside. My camera isn't good enough to get a decent shot of them though.
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>>1249182
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>>1249182
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>>1248917
Not here, I'd have to get it registered as rebuilt anyways.

And like I said trucks are almost impossible to find where I am, due to gas prices. People use trailers instead.
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>>1249173
Why not?
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>>1249279
all the transmissions in the 2012 transit connect go out at around 40k miles,
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>>1249281
>>1249173
so we got NISSAN NV and GM express left?
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>>1249281
The Transit Connect has no relation to the fullsized Transit, and is practically a Focus/Fiesta.

The transmissions are also not exclusive to the Connect and besides the manual being shared with the Fiesta/Focus, the auto is joint GM-Ford technology and is found in everything from the Lincoln MXT to the Chevy Malibu.


>>1249283
There's VW, Mercedes and Fiat/RAM too.
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>>1249279
Vintage Ford transits are notorious for just reaching a point where they rot away from the inside.
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>>1249285
VW too broke, benz too expensive, Ram is alright.
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>>1249141
Yeah I agree, but it just depends where you live, I wouldn't go without insulation if I was winter camping in Canada. Insulation doesn't weigh much and if your parking in the city the noise reduction would be nice too.
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>>1249184
>>1249183
>>1249182
Looks comfy Anon, nice one.
Also I don't know why I laughed at dinosaur posters. You can't mention them now and not post pics
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>>1249283
Also the Mitsubishi Dicklicker.
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>>1248816
>if you're in Europe, niggers and arabs have learned about the #vanlife and will pump sleeping gas, use pneumatic drills or just break in with a knife to rob you, or just smash your van as they walk past
this is the one thing that would worry me
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>>1248860
Brown or gray is just as neutral as white but they don't hit your eye from ten kilometers away
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>>1249349
That's a feature of all British cars.
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>>1249473
Don't forget the Toyota Highass.
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>>1247820
>>1247821

The amount of stupid contained in these posts is either just impressive or sad, I'm not sure which. You didn't look under a 30 year old vehicle for rust? You left it in a field? like what?

Don't buy an old rusted piece of shit van. If you're serious about living in it you need something much newer with the exception of a few really good older models.

You're going to need 15-20k for the conversion if you want it livable with any quality of life. Solar is expensive. High efficiency fridges are expensive. Insulation is expensive.

Van life is not the "oh I'm poor we got it for 2000 dollars and did the work ourselves and it turned out awesome" youtube portrays.
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>>1249151
Bro get some sleep
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>>1249141
know how I know you've never been in a hot or cold environment in a van long term? Insulation is absolutely critical.

"just run the AC or heat" puts your daily gas / diesel bill 50-150 dollars. If paying 15000 dollars a year for AC and heat is what you want to do I guess that would work.
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>>1248816
>if you're in Europe, niggers and arabs have learned about the #vanlife and will pump sleeping gas, use pneumatic drills or just break in with a knife to rob you, or just smash your van as they walk past
Still not as dangerous as going to school in the US. Also you gotta love when 56% amerimutt creaturas are the ones writing this shit.
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>>1250350
Criminals in Europe are highly organized and often target vans, especially ones with social media handles on the windows, because they know they're going to find a G7X MkII, a MacBook and a Dji Mavic.

Mostly they will just watch, and wait for you to leave, then using tgeir own vehicle for cover, they silently break the quarter window, and reach in to open the door.

Installing deadbolts on all doors is a good idea.

Never heard of sleeping gas (whatever that is) or pneumatic drills being used.

>Still not as dangerous as going to school in the US.
Consider not going to school then.
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>>1250330
Piss off, I have two rustboxes that work great. One's a 70's Dodge with a fiberglass top from a Ford conversion that i've lived I'm for four years now.
If you don't know how to work on a car, you shouldn't do van life, though.
But if you do have auto skills, older cars are loads easier to fix yourself on the roadside.
Let me tell you how easy it is to fix an electrical problem in a car with almost no electronic components....
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>>1248822
>t. obvious self post
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>>1249182
>>1249183
>>1249184
I like it, but this is /out so I'm sure someone will eventually come along and tell you why they think it's shit.
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>>1250449
Well for one, its shit because you like it.
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>>1247904
Yea I got a DUI charge for sleeping in my car back seat, keys in my pocket. Lost my job, girl and essentially my life over it plus thousands of dollars in fines
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>>1247907
>>1247906
what about if you put one of those locks on the steering wheel?
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>>1249141
Breh...gasoline to fuel that costs way more than insulation
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>>1250485
They recently made that legal in my home state
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>>1250413
Just leave a fake wallet, old broken mobile phone and a bag of oregano lying out on the bed. They'll grab that and bail thinking they've scored big only to get $5 worth of crap.
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>>1250643
whaii da ore-gunnoh?
aruh da criminalis italiani? Theya gonna make-uh you a pittsa sausseh of there nonna?
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>>1250497
if you had the keys for the lock as well i assume it would be the same outcome
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>>1247837
Cause they trying to fug
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>>1250643
you'll still be out $100 a broken window
make it the first thing they find, don't leave it out cuase then they'll be way more inclined to break that window
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>>1249516
park in nice neighborhoods. don't park where all the other van lifers park.
there's this vanlife neighborhood in New Orleans and every other van there has a busted out window. I park my van 1/4mile away in a gentrified neighborhood and ride my bike the extra distance to where I need to go.
think about the foot traffic where your parked. is there any reason why a tweaker would walk passed it? don't park there, park on a perpendicular street that isn't part of any point a to point b route. dead end neighborhoods and streets are great places to leave your vehicle unattended. park in front of houses that look like someone may be at home
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>>1250348
or you could put on a sweater , get under some blankets
park in the shade, walk out of your vehicle
or
DRIVE TO A NICER CLIMATE
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>>1244756
Sounds like you need some designated shitting streets.
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>>1247820
>especially if you don't have any experience.
>I bought a 30 year old van against everyone's advice.

So let me get this straight, you had no experience and ignored advice about buying an old van?

No one here needs your warning about buying an old van. You're just bullheaded to the point of retardation.
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>>1250485
wow, what kind of oowertrip asshole do you have to be to decide to fuck someone over for making a conscious decision not to drive while impoared
"oh wow, this guys is not endangerif anyone but wow stupid kid, i bet I can really really fuck him over"
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>>1250643
Thats stupid. You are literally taunting niggers to break in and steal your shit.

Just get the deadbolts. They can't open the doors when you have deadbolts.

They can't break big windows without making a lot of noise either and scrambling through them attracts attention.

>>1251214
In Europe there are certain in cities like Berlin where whole streets are full of vans, but those are for locals to park not people living there.

Travelers will usually make use of designated parking areas with water fountains and sewage dumps.

In the sunny parts, lots of RV and Vans camped at the supermarket. Especially LIDL. And surfer types park at some beach almost always in packs.
Many people really like vans and collect them with photos so the owners often know one another and keep an eye out.
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>>1251348
dept ticket quotas. they'll find any excuse to extort money out of you
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>>1248816
>hur
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one time I decided to crack open the cells of my three year old battery, I noticed one was a little low so I topped it off with distilled water. in the process I am sure I knocked some of the battery surface grime into the cell. soon after -or maybe even before-I developed battery problems. could this be the reason for my battery problems?
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>>1252199
Yes. Corrosion gets knocked loose, falls in between the cells and shorts them.

You can restore the battery using epsom salts.
(Google it on the YouTube)
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>>1252199
Shorted cell, when fully charged, will show a noticeable voltage drop-off immediately after coming off a charger.
In-car, this presents as a weak battery if you turn your car off for anything more than a few minutes.
Define "battery problems".
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>>1252366
If you have a volt meter you can check it.
Under load it will drop from 12v to 10v or less and stay that way permanently or temporarily.
Cranking will usually become slower as well.
A normal battery will return to 12v.
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>>1251886
>Black people in civilised countries
How is it taunting? You can't see in the back of a van until you've already broken in and gotten inside, unless you have a Kombi or something.


>>1252199
>Dilutes the acid in his battery
>Wonders why he got battery problems
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've had a harbor freight multimeter set on my car all day. with doors closed the battery drained about .5v over 5hr or so. I kept the door closed most of that time.

later I started experimenting with opening and closing my door.
at first it would drop my voltage about 0.1v with every open-and-close-door trial

and then the negative cable broke so I shoved the cable back into the connecter. voltage was similar.
I also decided to leave the door open and it was kinda draining and then after a couple minutes the voltage started to drop very fast like 0.1volts every other minute.
I then closed the door

in the ten minutes I took to write this post the voltage dropped from 12.00v down to 11.65v
I disconnected the battery

could a damaged shit multimeter cuase my battery to drain just by being hooked up to it?

any ideas what I should look into checking
2000ford truck, stock wiring
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note:
I broke the negative test cable on the voltmeter

I will also check the voltage of the battery right now while it is disconnexted
>I did that
I learned the battery has to be connected to the vehicle to get a reading on the multimeter
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>>1252388
Could be shorted cell.

Try disconnecting high tension cables so the engine won't start (remember their position. Use labels), and cranking starter for 10 seconds to see if battery recovers from voltage drop.
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>>1252396
What I meant is that voltage will drop during cranking, and if the battery is good it will recover much of the voltage lost.
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I briefly reconnected my battery, although I did not tighten the posts.
I applied the multimeter and the reading had dropped down to 9.45v and was dropping like 0.01v/seconds
(like 2 to 4 seconds at a time it 'felt' like)
what the heck???

any ideas?
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>>1252398
>What I meant is that voltage will drop during cranking,
I haven't even tried cranking it yet. I'm sure it will be dead by the time I'm ready to drive off. I'll report it. please help me, doh
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I hope it's just the hazard fraught multimeter
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I reconnect my battery and applied the multimeter
it started going from 11.5v to like 12v in the time it took some guys to pop their hood and give me a jumpstart.

I tried to start the car under its own power before hooking up their cables.
no go
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or was it 10.5v up to 11.0v?
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I drove the truck 5mi for 15minutes and then idles for about 15minutes In the drive thru. it got the battery up to 13.0v and I disconnected it for the night.

a month ago when the troubles started, I was getting a 14v reading twice from autozone after drives
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>>1252527
Pull the battery and the alternator and have them both tested at two different stores. If both show good, put a known good battery in and see what it does.
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>>1252477
>I tried to start the car under its own power before hooking up their cables.no go
Explain no go. Just hear click and nothing happens? Or slow cranking until nothing?

>>1252527
>>1252593
The battery at full charge is 12v and the alternator outputs 14v to charge.
If your battery was reading 14v on its own maybe the alternator is overcharging the battery?
I'm not an electrician. The fix might even be very simple like corrosion on the terminals.
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>>1244756
this is the second time France has fucked up nz why do we even let them here anymore
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>>1248485
Like Bubbles' parents in Trailer Park Boys haha
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>>1252637
yeah i guess
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>>1247820
>until finally a boat tow truck on solid ground with a 50 foot length of chain and a winch managed to pull it out, bulldozing half the field with the front axle in the process


I am sorry for your misfortune but... that shits hilarious
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>>1249173
what about a 2014 connect? I know the larger Transit has some unresolved recall, I finally took them out of the running for my van selection when I found out about that
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>>1249281
the newer models (2014 and up) might not have that problem (I have been searching for weeks now and it hasn't shown up on my radar). Not to say that they wont have problems, who knows!
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>>1252385
>He thinks you aren't supposed to add water
Anon, I.....
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>>1252618
You'd get a very high voltage at the (15v+) battery while the engine is running if the alternator is overcharging the battery, ant you'd have noticeable fluid loss in the cells if this were the case.
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>>1252835
>You'd get a very high voltage at the (15v+) battery while the engine is running if the alternator is overcharging the battery

Not if one of the cells is already shorted.

>you'd have noticeable fluid loss in the cells if this were the case.
He has fluid loss. Its what made me think of overcharging in the first place.
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>>1252865
>Has fluid loss
Topping up occasionally is normal; without knowing more about the battery, I can't say that it's happening TOO often.
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>>1252729
>what about a 2014 connect?
too small. your bed will take up the whole rear end and leave you no where to stand except your bed unless you have some sort of tiny fold away bed with no headroom that you don't even plan on having sex on
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>>1252593
>put a known good battery in and see what it does.
it kills the battery by quickly discharging it when I leave the car door ajar for more than 10 or 20 minutes. my battery was good and has gone to shit in the past month. everyone says buy a new battery, I'll wait until I resolve this battery drain before I buy another

>>1252618
>Explain no go. Just hear click and nothing happens? Or slow cranking until nothExplain no go. Just hear click and nothing happens? Or slow cranking until nothinging
it just sound like a weak pitiful attempt at cranking,
it was not clicking iirc
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>>1252880
>kills the battery by quickly discharging it
A DIFFERENT battery?
I get you're nervous about potentially wrecking another battery, but without a comparison it's hard to pin it on the battery specifically.

I'm not saying it's the battery, but it's the battery.
How old is it?
If you think it might be a short in the electrical system, a good place to check is voltage across your fuses when the car is off.
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which van stealth malamut gorkius should i buy if i really don't want the goats ti hurt me?
should i go with the Seraphim ULTRA Kondenzator GL450-HR55 ( a bit pricy 2200$).
or is the basic Seraphim QRK-400 enough for this purpose? (about 8 or 900 dollars).
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>>1243958
You fuckers keep trespassing to my property, I'm going to have to start making you dig your own holes, since I'm getting sick of shovelling you fuckers in.
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>>1253227
Put up a gate, you lazy fuck.
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>>1252635
I coming next year with a working holliday visa, kiwi boi
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so I kept opening and closing my driver side door for a couple hours with multimeter connected to battery and no results

I then left the passenger side front door open and after some time the voltage started dramatically dropping, I closed the door and it continued dropping until I unplugged the battery. fuck

any idea?
2000 ford truck
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>>1253485
There is a switch that senses if the door is open or not. You might need to remove it. Other option is the "security box" nightmare. Basically it's the vehicles anti theft system, but sometimes they go hay wire and do weird things. They can't be removed because all the ignition systems run through them and Ford doesn't release any specs on them because they don't want people to disable them and steal the vehicle.
My advice would be to repeat your experiment and try locking the truck with the key fob. Controlling the system manually by removing the switches might be your best bet. You might also go full bubba and put a big battery cutoff switch if nothing else works, just make sure it can handle the load.
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^^^as far as I know my basic model truck has no security unit

also it uses a regular key, no fob

and then today I kept that door closed and checked the voltage every hour or so and then in one of those periods it's dropped from 13v down to 10.5v so I no longer think it is Becaise of the door. it just randomly draws voltage from my battery, uggghhh

yesterday it took like 8hours parked before the voltage suddenly dropped and today it was parked for like 2hours and then the voltage started dropping

I'm gonna reconnect my battery and see if voltage is still at 10.5v

.

I need to figure out how to use the amp measurement function of my multimeter
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>>1253634
>need to figure out how to use the amp measurement function of my multimeter
Stop.
Never check amperage directly off the battery or you'll blow the multimeter's fuse.
This still sounds like an old battery.
Charge it full, then disconnect the terminals. THEN check every hour to see if voltage changes. Not it drops with no circuit at all, battery is bad.
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>>1253653
>Not
If. Should be "if"
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when I put the multimeter across the terminals while disconnected from the vehicle then the voltage reads zero on the multimeter

and how would that explain the voltage suddenly dropping from 12.5v down to 10.5v in a matter of like 15 minutes?
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>>1250350
>yurocucks getting assblasted at facts
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okay so my battery drained fast (down to 10.5v) this morning for no reason so I disconnected the positive terminal

well I tried again to get a voltage reading while the battery is disconnected and it worked and is now back up to 12.5v , possibly enough to start the truck, although I haven't tried yet
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>>1253793
>>1253825
I'm not sure at this point if you're just randomly checking voltage or of you're charging each time...
It reads like you aren't, so I'll assume that.
A battery that reads zero disconnected, then reads 12.5v with no charge in between must be user error. That's just not possible.
Getting a zero reading at all is extremely rare.
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>>1253472
>mfw Aussie so I can just move to NZ or Bongland without needing a visa
Feels good. I'd rather move to Canada or Alaska though but NZ is close enough.
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>>1253485
Fuck just buy a new battery. You've spent most of this week on trying to fix this thing. Time is money, go drop $50 on a new one so you can be done with it and go about your life.
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>>1253874
>Getting a zero reading at all is extremely rare.
yeah that zero reading was an error
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>>1253881
I'm homeless I live out my truck and hang out at the skatepark with all day to run the multimeter, I'm going to have a friend show me how to check the Amos across fuses and I'll check all them tomorrow

new battery is $135 with 3yr warranty, $170 for five year warranty

how much is a used battery?

I had a job and my boss went broke and hasn't paid me out the $3000 he owes me

luckily I know how to live almost for free
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>>1253887
Try swapping batteries out with another car.
This way you'll figure out where the fault lies.
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>>1252876
>sex
ha ha ha, oh you sweet summer child, I'm a wizard

and I only need a 30in wide bed

and I'm not going to be able to stand in that thing no matter what

all worth it to get above 20mpg, for me anyway
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>>1248816
>if you're in Europe, niggers and Arabs have learned about the #vanlife and will pump sleeping gas, use pneumatic drills or just break in with a knife to rob you, or just smash your van as they walk past

Thankfully, I live in America,
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>>1253887
Honestly, get a job somewhere, save a quick couple of grand and keep that as your "oh fuck my vans broken again" fund.
Go to your govts labour board and report your old boss. They'll squeeze your $3k out of him for you even if it means him getting jail time. Not your problem if he cracks a shit about it, he should've paid you.
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>>1253917
This.
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>>1253878
maoris though
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>>1248816
>>if you're in Europe, niggers and arabs have learned about the #vanlife and will pump sleeping gas, use pneumatic drills or just break in with a knife to rob you, or just smash your van as they walk past

This the dumbest shit I've seen in a long while. Go ahead and look up some statistics about this if you're really that paranoid. You'll find that you're more likely to die from chocking on your Doritos. Othewise stay in your moms basement. That way no one will be comming to rape and murder you and your familily which happens everywhere, all the time to people who sleep in vans...

>>1253943
Don't tell me you just eat these things up raw?
Serously some people need to get outside and see the world sometimes instead of trusting 4chan for information about the state of society
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>>1254196
Really? Out of his whole post that was the only part that struck you as stupid?

>>1254196
>Go ahead and look up some statistics about this
Where can I find statistics about van burglary in Europe?
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>>1254198
Those statistics are considered racist so they are no longer gathered. By asking for them you have committed a hate crime
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>>1254196
Euro here, when I was 9 and my mom told me we were going on a trip to the USA I was legit worried we'd get killed
Americans don't seem to realise how shitty many aspects of their country is from an outsider point of view
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>>1253887
wtf? you should be able to get a battery for like $60 at walmart, thats where mine is from
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>>1254241

>Euro here, when I was 9 and my mom told me we were going on a trip to the USA I was legit worried we'd get killed

Your parents and teachers and media abused you as a child by filling your head with propaganda. Do you realize that it's not normal for a 9 year old to have these thoughts unless someone evil put them there?




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