Vail, Las Vegas, Sedona,Grand Canyon, Moab

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jb1rd73
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Vail, Las Vegas, Sedona,Grand Canyon, Moab

Post by jb1rd73 » Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:02 pm

My in-laws came to visit from Colombia and wanted to see Las Vegas so I loaded up the van and we went for a little tour of the Southwest. The van truly amazes me, it ran flawlessly once again and all of the equipment did too. (the fridge was the only let down, it had a hard time in the desert heat, 12v is a joke and the propane wasn't much better, but it did cool off nicely in Flagstaff) We averaged 12mpg at 60-65 mph for the whole trip ( I kept record at each fill up and did the math each time so as to not get unjustifiable numbers) I was pretty pleased with this, the mileage may have been a bit better but the stop and go driving we did around Vegas for 2 days really hurt, 6mpg OUCH!!!!! When running 65-70 the mileage avg to 9.6
On the Strip
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Jerome Arizona, one of my favorite places in the SW. If you have never been definitely go
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Outside the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. My in-laws had never camped before, they are in their 70's
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Grand Canyon
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Moab
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Re: Vail, Las Vegas, Sedona,Grand Canyon, Moab

Post by VT964x4 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:21 am

Sounds like a marvelous trip, thanks for posting the pics. Jerome is now on the list! :)

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Re: Vail, Las Vegas, Sedona,Grand Canyon, Moab

Post by Tucsonan » Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:55 am

Nice trip, I hear a brick or two of dry ice will help the fridge!
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Re: Vail, Las Vegas, Sedona,Grand Canyon, Moab

Post by jb1rd73 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:50 pm

That's a great idea, thank you!!!
Tucsonan wrote:Nice trip, I hear a brick or two of dry ice will help the fridge!

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Re: Vail, Las Vegas, Sedona,Grand Canyon, Moab

Post by jb1rd73 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:53 pm

It really was, a bit more time would have been awesome. I convinced the wife after having her drive a small stint that the 4wd conversion is a worthy endeavor and that keeping the beast is now a priority and finding storage and cushion for my new business will have to come from somewhere else :)
VT964x4 wrote:Sounds like a marvelous trip, thanks for posting the pics. Jerome is now on the list! :)

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Re: Vail, Las Vegas, Sedona,Grand Canyon, Moab

Post by Keystone » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:45 am

Yay!
:)
jb1rd73 wrote:It really was, a bit more time would have been awesome. I convinced the wife after having her drive a small stint that the 4wd conversion is a worthy endeavor and that keeping the beast is now a priority and finding storage and cushion for my new business will have to come from somewhere else :)
VT964x4 wrote:Sounds like a marvelous trip, thanks for posting the pics. Jerome is now on the list! :)
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Re: Vail, Las Vegas, Sedona,Grand Canyon, Moab

Post by VT964x4 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:10 am

Well, there you go! All sorts of intriguing possibilities on the 4x4 front. Boulder OffRoad in Lafayette, CO (where I and others have had it done) and the guys at UJOINT in North Carolina (who seem to be doing some really interesting work and have a photo of a B190 4x4 on their website), and... Oh, the obsession it becomes... Just remember, we will never recoup what we spend on the conversion when and if we ever sell...perish the thought!

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Re: Vail, Las Vegas, Sedona,Grand Canyon, Moab

Post by jb1rd73 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:07 am

If you don't mind, how much was the conversion through Boulder Offroad? (PM me if you would like)I have a quote from Ramesy at Agile Offroad in San Diego for $11 to 12k not including wheels and tires) UJOINT is upwards of $17k w/o wheels/tires. Plus I would like to add the Aluminess F/R bumpers another $2500-3k It is a lot to spend but it opens up so many opportunities!!!
VT964x4 wrote:Well, there you go! All sorts of intriguing possibilities on the 4x4 front. Boulder OffRoad in Lafayette, CO (where I and others have had it done) and the guys at UJOINT in North Carolina (who seem to be doing some really interesting work and have a photo of a B190 4x4 on their website), and... Oh, the obsession it becomes... Just remember, we will never recoup what we spend on the conversion when and if we ever sell...perish the thought!

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