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My van camper
#31
(03-03-2016, 12:35 AM)Konaexpress Wrote: Umm.......why in the world would you lift a van. 4X4 is why God made Jeep and other vehicles. Don't use the but end of a screwdriver if you need a hammer.

John

Thank for advice, good point.
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(03-02-2016, 09:17 AM)HoboJoe Wrote: Hi all. I have a 95 Astro cargo van.It averages 18 mpgs. Have gotten 21 mpg in it. Only had 41,000 miles on it when I purchased it. I`m 6` tall and it suits me. My bed is sideways at the back with three totes under the front and three under the back of the bed plus a plastic three door cabinet in My living space. Have a house battery. Considered solar but don" t have the need for it? As they say " I live out of it not in it", I roam around Ky and Tn with the Smokeys being my favorite place to dwell. Anybody else in hollering distance..HoboJoe

How about sharing a picture of your rig, would like to see how it all went together. Thanks for description Happy Trails, Frank
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(02-29-2016, 04:30 PM)Campor99 Wrote: Attached is photo

2000 Astro  AWD  equipment Coleman cot quite comfortable and light, Engel frig/freezer, Honda 2000 gen.,extra battery.

Next mod is 2" lift kit. Does well in snow and poor traction conditions. Its small but, I did 18 mos in a 1998 Jimmy, much more
comfortable for traveling. Will probably put a DIY high top on sometime this spring.

Best to all you guys and girls out there living your adventure in a Van.


Anyone seen brush guard bumpers for Astro/Safari vans, please advise, Thanks all
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(03-03-2016, 05:34 AM)Campor99 Wrote: How about sharing a picture of your rig, would like to see how it all went together. Thanks for description Happy Trails, Frank

P.S Is yours a AWD,  do you stay on the western slope of Smokey's or east?
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(03-02-2016, 06:12 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: who ever told you wouldn't need an alignment is flat out wrong unless you are talking a body lift.  so I looked up lift kits and see they are a combination body and suspension.  I don't like body lifts either.  I feel 1 inch max on the body lift is all I would go.  now you can find endless number of people that will disagree with me,  I don't care.  I am giving you advice for the long term,  any type of lift on an independent suspension will make it less reliable and more prone to breakdown and wearing of parts.  AWD's already wear parts needlessly,  you will just accelerate this wear.  so do what you want I am just letting you know ahead of time.  highdesertranger

Thanks again for your advice, any ideas on just a leveling kit for front end as that is all that I need as my Astro is 2"lower on front than rear

Thanks so much for your advice and help on this issue
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#36
If you can live small, you will love the Astro/Safari Vans, they are a tuff van and give you a comfortable driving truck.
Love mine, 16K in one year, and will pull or go alone as camper unit. Have done 16K this year. Check out YouTube on
Astro/Safari van campers, and other U tube channels on the joys of Astro/Safari van lifestyles campers.

Hope you all like this thread Best to all and enjoy the life of Adventure, Framl
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#37
well the first thing to do is figure out if the front is sagging or someone lifted the rear. then fix accordingly. the ride height should be in the shop manual which is a good thing to have if you plan on keeping your van. if you are going to buy one for this info make sure that's it's the right one. highdesertranger
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PLEASE SHARE YOUR VAN PHOTO'S  OF YOUR CAMPING VAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, THIS IS YOUR VAN THREAD, NOT MINE, WE WANT
PEOPLE TO SHARE THEIR LOVELY EXPERIENCES!  THANKS TO YOU!!!!!
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(03-03-2016, 07:28 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: well the first thing to do is figure out if the front is sagging or someone lifted the rear.  then fix accordingly.  the ride height should be in the shop manual which is a good thing to have if you plan on keeping your van.  if you are going to buy one for this info make sure that's it's the right one.   highdesertranger

THANKS AGAIN FOR THE INFO, I BELIEVE THAT MY VAN IS STOCK, THE NOSE IS ABOUT 2" BELOW REAR WHEEL HEIGHT, WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IT
LEVEL, THANKS AGAIN FOR GOOD ADVICE, I'M TOTALLY NOT EDUCATED ON MECHANICS.
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well you need to find out if it's sagging in the front end. tape measure and a spec sheet. highdesertranger
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