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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    I was way back at the hot springs in Saline Valley before it became a remote hippie hangout. Had venisons steaks cooking atop a Coleman stove by moonlight while I was in the hot spring; but a coyote walked right up and pulled one right off the hot grill. Then I found a flat spot on nearby clay to set down my mat and sleeping bag; but around dawn I was darn near trampled to death by a braying herd of wild donkeys. After hunting for red volcanic lava bombs atop what later became known as "hippie hill", we headed back out and broke an oil pan on those horrible washboard roads, a long, long ways from anywhere. Managed to plug the hole with sticks and toilet paper and sap. ... long story, plenty more misadventure. Ran into a Navy Seal paratrooper training doing practice search and rescue back there, but they never did find one of their own guys! That didn't bode well. But when we finally did make it back to a paved road, we learned the only two tow trucks in the entire vast county were themselves broken down somewhere. Permanently patched the hole with some epoxy putty obtained in Bishop. Kids do dumb things, and I was certainly once included in that category. Now I've graduated into the "adults do dumb things" category instead.

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Very nice Van, I like he kept the steel safety wall

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

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    Went to see the weekender/gateway camper over the weekend and not sure if it is worth 80k, disappointed!

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    It's not, not only that, repair would be slow because it is rare

    Right now every pickup, van, camper is way overvalued

    I just sold my 4 year old F150 for almost what I bought it for, I figured good time to sell and cash out

    also a good time for me to NOT have any car or truck

    I no longer need or desire a car, they are death machines, people are driving like idiots and a lot are dying

    I am staying home, I already get everything delivered, I am very close to medical, as I planned

    A county bus will come to my front door, load me and haul me far for $1

    Time to stay home, for me a good solution

    I can walk to 3 restaurants, the farmers market delivers, as does Kroger

    I can take a big or tiny camera on my eBike to my local Historical Village and shoot portraits

    btw, I am keeping my camper trailer, as I love it as an escape 10 feet from my home

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    to me a vehicle is critical, because all the places I want to take photos of are far away, and a 4x4, while not 100% necessary is still highly desirable because the most beautiful places in New Mexico are all at the end of a long dirt road. Nonetheless, US$80k is more than my house cost, and I've never spent more than US$10k on a vehicle.

    That said, I still love the idea of a go anywhere camper van. I know someone who has a Sprinter--really nice 4x4, with decent accommodations for two--but I'm pretty sure they spent more than US$100k. It it primarily setup as a search and rescue base station with a half dozen radios and antennas. I do agree with Tin Can that the market is severely upside down at the moment. My POS Land Cruiser (actually a LC rebadged as a Lexus) that I'm putting up for sale soon has a current market value twice what it had 8 years ago when I bought it, and it much rougher than it was then.

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    Wait till the pandemic is reasonably over, when lots of these live-on-the-road types will either have become tired of that lifestyle or have gone back to work. And anything new auto-wise is at a premium right now due to parts scarcity. I predict that there will be plenty of bargains down the line. The fad won't last. Once the inevitable sea change arrives, you'll see lots of fancy exercise machines dumped first, then right after that, fancy marginally-used RV's. What happens to cute designer face mask manufacturers, well, glad I didn't invest in any of those.

    As far as Sprinters go, there are just such ridiculously high numbers of new ones being snatched up by all the parcel carriers, especially Amazon and FedEx, that once this first round of tax depreciation cycle has run its course, they're going to hit the used market in significant quantity, just like we once encountered whole dealerships of moderately used Hertz rental cars and trucks. But today, everyone is competing with those big parcel distributors just to buy one. There is no incentive for lowering the price to anyone - they can't make em fast enough.

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    I'm surprised nobody has mention Thomas Heaton's videos of his Mitsubishi Delica camper van conversion.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...75l8E_ZWKAeZrN

    He is a photographer, after all, and has even dabbled in large format a few times.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/drew_saunders/

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