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    Eric Woodbury
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    Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    I've always preferred photo expeditions by auto. My first was a station wagon. Then a couple 1971 VW vans. After that a 1983 Ford Econoline. This was safer, more powerful, and whole family friendly. Now I have a 2004 Ford Econoline E350. I had it modified with nice seats for the kids, a pop-top so it could sleep four.

    Alas, we are not four any more. Kids have moved on, I'm retired and travel sometimes alone. At 14 mpg, the Econoline is too big of a footprint, both in carbon, dollars, and parking. I'm considering a used Ford Transit CONNECT delivery van. It looks fine for one or two of us.

    What are the rest of you using? Likes and dislikes.

    Thanks and happy trails,
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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    I have the Ford Transit connect. It's an unassuming work van that's not questioned wherever it goes, even trespassing. It has the front seat comfort of a refined minivan. I get about 26 or 27 mpg. I do use it for work and for photography.

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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    I've gone from a K2500 to a RAV4 and now a Subaru Forester. I really like it. I need 4WD where I live and the Forester delivers. Plenty of room, comfortable, maneuverable, reliable.


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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    Ditto on the Subaru Forester, ours is a real trooper even in deep snow. However, a few years ago I decided I wanted to sleep in my vehicle as I got tired of crawling in and out of a tent. I got a Toyota Tacoma and put a Leer canopy (with raised rear) on the back. With snow tires and 4 wheel drive it's a real expedition vehicle, yet small enough to get down some narrow forest trails, with assistance of my trusty saw. Last month it took me up a couple of icy roads in Eastern WA, turning back only when the drop-off to the side was just too scary. On some trips I carry Speedotron lights, 4x5 equipment and lots of accessories - the carrying capacity is important to me.
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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?


    Blizzard, Charlotte Pass.

    Gelatin-silver photograph on Ultrafine Silver Eagle VC FB photographic paper, image size 16.3cm X 21.3cm,
    from a 4x5 Arista Edu Ultra 400 negative exposed in a Tachihara 45GF double extension field view camera fitted with a Nikkor-W 210mm f5.6 lens.
    It is only April and the snows have started. The road out has no snow plough service and if there isn't a break in the weather the car will stay there until September.
    This is not good for an automobile, not even my nice old Subaru Outback that has never failed me. Snow stopped, got out, close call, thanks Soobie.
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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    Seems like the Transit van could be a good choice especially if itís available with 4 wheel or All wheel drive. Currently Iíve got a Ram 3500 4x4 which is functionally is great but not very economical. Nice thing is that I can have a ton of gear in the truck and still sleep in the back. We also have a Subaru Forester which is very good but can be a little cramped.

    Have fun with your search.

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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    Dodge/Mercedes/White Sprinter vans. Diesel, 24mpg on the highway. Various configurations and easy to convert to campers or whatever. Used market they are no bad at all and drive well. UPS switched to them in our area and cut fuel costs big time when the fuel mileage doubled during deliveries. Gravel and dirt roads in the country and they are holding up well.
    They do have 4x4 versions but expensive. The 2WD normal vans with a winch handle a lot.
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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willie View Post
    The 2WD normal vans with a winch handle a lot.

    I could use a good wench every now and then.


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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    My mountain bike for 5 months in NZ with the 4x5 was the perfect vehicle for me.

    Now my ride is a 2002 Eurovan, Westfalia Weekender. A shorter van/wheelbase by 16" than the full size Eurovan camper. No stove or sink. Great one person photo machine.

    But if I was to buy new: https://sportsmobile.com/sportsmobile-4x4/

    Customed for sheet film developing up to 8x10, maybe 11x14
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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

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