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Old 12-18-2011, 12:09 AM   #41
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Hi, I found this forum a few days ago after looking for info on my newly acquired class B. I live in northeastern Illinois and just purchased a 1993 Dodge Intervec Falcon 190SLF. It has about 47,000 miles and almost no rust. The original owners really took care of it and left everything stock, except for the new fridge. They kept all of the original paperwork and brochures from the manufacturer. I'll try to post pictures of that soon. There is a little work to done on it, but I am looking forward to our 3,000 mile road trip this winter.

Here's a photo of La Bestia!



I also own a 1978 VW Westfalia Campmobile that I purchased from the original owner in Michigan about five years ago. They would drive around with the interior covered with blankets to keep it clean. It's been left stock and almost all original with 148,000 miles.

Here's a photo of Wilson, the 1978 VW Campmobile.



I'm looking forward to sharing info with others on this site and reading up on the old posts. I have a lot to learn before the first trip!
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:28 AM   #42
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Both of your vans look to be in really good shape. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:52 PM   #43
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Hi folks. I'm Cherry and I'm preparing to live full time in my newly purchased 1987 Ford E250 Starcraft Turtle Top Camper Van. Earlier this year I had a medical crisis that cost me my job and I am in the process of losing my house so my 6 cats and I will be roaming the country doing work camping and volunteer work. In my former life I was a veterinary technician and a few of my cats are pets on wheels certified. I'm a good source of information for van dwellers and their pets so I encourage you to take full advantage of my knowledge in that area while I pick your brain on van dwelling.

My biggest challenge right now is that I can not find another model van like mine. I'm searching for an owners manual desperately.

Here's a pic of the currently named Hootie (soon to be PITA I think)
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:14 PM   #44
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Here's a pic of the currently named Hootie (soon to be PITA I think)


Welcome to the forum Cherry.
Your van looks like the Turtle Top Classic II shown in this eBay ad for a brochure:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1987-Turtle-...-/350167316068

Might be worth contacting them to see if they also have an Owner Manual.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:49 AM   #45
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Good grief now I can add another manufacturer to the list. I thought turtle top was the style that explained the cab over bed. My conversion is by Starcraft By the way - not sure if you need this for your owners manual collection but this is the closest I could find for my camper.
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Yes, I will add that manual to the public section of the forum - thanks.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:05 AM   #47
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I'm amused to see that some of the 1991 Starcraft conversions came with Nintendo built in.
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Hi,

I'm Colin and I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. I hope to retire, from an engineering business soon. My better half is originally from Korea, but after 16 years here, is now a Kiwi. I have a 42 foot sailing Catamaran, which I hope to get lots of use out of, in retirement.

I joined here, because I am hoping to spend 4 months of our next winter, your summer, touring the Northern States. I originally intended to get a car and stay in motels, but on seeing the 'B' class vans, I thought they might be the best of both worlds.

3 years ago, I bought a motor home in Europe, and toured there for 6 months, and loved taking our house with us, from place to place. Many years ago, I bought an old Mercury Cougar, and toured the Southern States. That was when my kids were small.

I am thinking of starting near Chicago, where I have an internet-business friend, who I have not yet met, but who has offered lodgings, and help on arrival. My budget is limited, so I am looking at an older, but good condition van. I am hoping to keep the purchase at between $8k to $15k. I am an engineer and the older style (without a computer to run everything), is something I can maintain, and tell when to get things looked at.

The problems I need to overcome are; Where to purchase said 'B' Class, how to insure it (what address can I give that will satisfy the insurance company), what other things do I need to look out for. All comments and suggestions will be keenly looked over.

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Old 03-21-2012, 04:39 PM   #49
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Hi all,

Just found this thread, so guess I'd better say a bit about myself. I was raised in the UK and came to Canada to be with my wife 14 years ago. We live quietly and modestly in the Niagara region of Ontario.

I kind of grew up around and in "Class B" campers, the first vacations I took as a kid were in my Dad's Ford Thames Dormobile conversion, which I don't remember allll that clearly, being very young. After that we had a small hardtop travel trailer, which was pulled by the family sedan for a couple of years, then we got a VW Transporter (T2 bay window) Devon conversion, of 1972ish vintage, that we had several seasons of vacations and weekends with, which we also pulled the small camper with, and brought my Grandparents along a couple of times. It wasn't the pop top moonraker, but only had a double bed, folding down from a center dinette, I would sleep across the front seats, my sister curled up in the hatch. Maybe because us kids were getting too tall, but also I think the VW passed out of favor when it developed some structural rust spots, and we downsized to a "tent trailer" which wasn't really the popup type, opened up large, but was draughty as hell, no camping at Easter in that one. Then we were back to a different small hardtop camper again.

While I was learning to drive, I was dreaming of getting a VW "bus" of my own, at this time in the UK they were still rather affordable, it was the early years of the classic car boom and the focus was on the more upmarket and enthusiast type cars at that point, however, by the time I passed my test, the insurance industry had had a meltdown, with pricing by engine size and number of seats making premiums astronomical for a young driver... I ended up with a tiny hatchback... I went through university, was temping when I met my wife, moved to Canada, settled down...

We've been tent campers the last dozen years or so, and the first half, we were scrimping and saving to get a home of our own. I missed the "bus" there again so to speak, back then there were still enough VWs around in the wild that they were reasonably priced, but it's been more a case of liking the package rather than being such an ardent VW fan, so I now regard them as somewhat unreasonably priced for what you get, as a practical RV these days, in this area. (Parts availability has gone very poor, probably better out west where more of them survive) If I'd bought one back then, I'd probably still be running it, but cursing the 2 week delay in shipping for the most basic items. Anyway, tent camping is beginning to pall, it seems like too much effort to pack up for weekends, and then we don't wanna pack up wet and spend the next week trying to get the tent dry, so don't go if there's rain in the forecast. Also off peak opportunities are limited. Then on-peak as it were, the sun can be brutal, still feel it burning through tarp and canvas unless you get real shade. Then enjoyment is pretty much determined by which particular site you get, some are lumpy and uneven as hell, some have no shade, some are dustbowls, which instantly become mudbowls in a thunder shower. That and we're getting older, and the damp in the mornings has us aching like hell.

So we've been wanting an RV that can be left "Ready to go" mostly, grab some clothes, food, take off and that gets us off the ground, and keeps us drier. Also something with more of a "3 season" ability would be ideal so we can take off more often, not worrying that it's gonna be a bit cool or might rain. We've been fall camping quite a few times anyway though, so don't need arctic standard insulation and high capacity furnace. Mostly we want to go weekending, but also to take some of our expanding tribe of grandkids with us in the summer so it would be the base camp mothership, and bring extra tents if necessary for sleeping. (Wife had her kids very young, when I arrived they were teens, so we're rather young grandparents.) Anyway, for a few years I'd been looking for the "perfect" towable, but it's been dawning that a DD that can tow anything decent is gonna drink a fortune in gas on a day to day basis. Having a tow vehicle, solely for towing does not make sense due to high insurance costs, however, I discovered that small motorhomes, Class Bs, small Cs, etc appear to be MUCH cheaper on insurance, purely because they are dedicated RVs, that you're not going to daily drive. Thus the Class B and B+ and small C type vans began to make a helluva lot of sense. Can't get much more "ready to go".

I'd consider myself "handy" I do all my own vehicle maintenance and repairs, even major repairs, pretty self reliant in that respect. I wouldn't say I hate "these danged newfangled computers" on vehicles, just that the diagnostic stuff is inordinately expensive in the first 10 years or so of the vehicles life, and troubleshooting info is scarce, so for that and emissions testing reasons, I'm hoping to find something '97 or older. I'm kind of undecided whether I want to do my own conversion or not. Undoubtedly there will be work to do on an older RV anyway, and I am sort of hoping to work toward a fully "dry campable" "boondockable" setup with reasonable mod cons, so we can try camping on govt land. (Most campsites in the immediate locale run at $40 a night!!) I have a notion that I might wanna specifically aim for even older than 90s units though, more like 70s or 80s, because I have alternative fuel ideas that are far easier to implement on carbed motors.

Other things I'm interested in are computers, electronics, astronomy, innovating and gadgeteering, I'd call it inventing , but mostly it's cheaper ways for me to achieve some end, not necessarily a marketable one I try to live frugally, and never buy new where used will do, in some instances it's not a case of not affording something, it's a case of being more self reliant, less wasteful (retasking someone elses junk) or just because I want to know how. I suppose also I have a decreasing degree of trust in "professionals" of all fields, and also in new products being better than older ones. I think the final straw for that was going through a coffee pot every 6 months for a couple of years, all of which were unfixable trash, I deliberately sought out a clean 80s vintage one, we've been using it 6 or 7 years... Call it also the "do more with less" approach. So when I get the "But why?? they only cost $150" type of responses, I'll be all

My username, for those wondering, is an anti-hero, Flashman, from the novels of George McDonald Fraser, a cad and a coward, who somehow comes out ahead, call it inverse snobbery in username selection

So that's me, hi to all,

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I've seen your recent posts but have not had the time to respond. I just got back from a trip to Maine and suddenly it has turned to Summer here in New Brunswick. Welcome to the forum. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
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