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  1. Mat Mobile

    Mat Mobile's Roadtrek ('98 Chevy 3500 2WD)

    Travel day 16 : Saint-Jean-d'Angély I'm going to create a thread documenting our travels but will use this thread for any change/maintenance we make to the van. I've had only one issue up till now. I lost the gasket between the exhaust manifold and the exhaust pipe (9212). I happened to be...
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    WELDTEC DESIGNS Sema Build 2019 with GROWING UP GARAGE

    Sorry, too busy driving around the world (currently in France) in our Roadtrek that has your lift kit. 😁 I wouldn't buy the Titan fuel tank. I definately a good idea but it won't fit my tire carrier and I already have enough fuel autonomy. It's also beyond my budget. When I was looking at...
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    E350 Chinook Build

    I also have 4 6V batteries. A total of 900 Amp hour. We're very happy with them.
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    Mat Mobile's Roadtrek ('98 Chevy 3500 2WD)

    Countdown to start: Approximately 7 weeks! 😏 If you're interested in a bunch of little improvements, you can check out this: Instagram post. I don't think a full post is necessary on hooks, carpets, cutting boards and other minor improvements for this hardcore group, but let me know if you...
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    Looking to raise a 2004 Chevy Express 3500 Roadtrek Popular 190

    I'd go with Weldtec lift spindles. If you want extra lift, add their coil spacers. I would not change the coils (other than stock as they do end up dropping with time). I did spindles and coils and it's too much (see signature for build thread). The alignment shops can't get it right. I've...
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    Mat Mobile's Roadtrek ('98 Chevy 3500 2WD)

    Countdown to start: Approximately 2 months! 😳 Just a quick update. The van is almost done. Just finishing up with little details (that take lots of time) which I will post soon. I posted question thread here about the logisitics of international travel: The_Bohemivan across Europe - Technical...
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    Mat Mobile's Roadtrek ('98 Chevy 3500 2WD)

    Not really. The van was in storage for winter and I just got it back last Monday. I got the full measurements so I'm starting to work on getting shipping quotes. FYI: Height 9' (without Roadshower) Width : 88" (7'4") Length : 269" (22'5") Just before I put it in storage, the garage that did...
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    Chevrolet Express / GMC Savana RWD Van Info thread (All years / 1500, 2500, 3500)

    That is correct. I installed the 81008 coil springs vs. the 81012 that came with my van. It's the same spring rate but with a 1-1/8" static height difference. But I estimate the result of the front end lift of my van at about 5"! :eek: My thread is in my signature and suspension work starts at...
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    Chevrolet suspension lift (2 wheel drive)

    My RV is a cut-away like yours and I lifted it with Weldtec products (3" Weldtec spindles, taller Moog springs, Weldtec leafsprings): I suggest calling Jeremy (619-596-9831). It's the best way to reach him and then discuss what you want to do with your van.
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    Mat Mobile's Roadtrek ('98 Chevy 3500 2WD)

    Wait Jeremy! Let me finish this trip first! [emoji6] But yes... the fun begins! And I’m really happy with your kit. It still needs minor adjustments in alignment and going from 4.11 to 4.56 (or something like that) but sometimes you don’t figure out these things until you’ve driven the van for...
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    Mat Mobile's Roadtrek ('98 Chevy 3500 2WD)

    Another wild campsite that’s picture worthy: Plus I took kitesurfing lessons last week. I still have to get the equipment and practice a whole lot more but it’s the perfect #vanlife sport: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    WELDTEC DESIGNS Sema Build 2019 with GROWING UP GARAGE

    I’m looking forward to a 4x4 conversion! Please take the time to explain how it all goes together because your kit still seems too mysterious to me. What parts/brackets are WTD, what GM/stock aftermarket parts you use, etc? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Mat Mobile's Roadtrek ('98 Chevy 3500 2WD)

    On a side note, have you ever wondered what the roof rack looks like from my 3rd floor balcony? I did. Now I know: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Mat Mobile's Roadtrek ('98 Chevy 3500 2WD)

    We drove down the 108 in New Brunswick the other day. Definitely not a 4x4 road but pretty rough for an RV! But Gandalf did really well! Much better than before. It ranked pretty high on the “Slow down! Said my wife” meter. We took the van up a logging road just a little bit for lunch. The...
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    Mat Mobile's Roadtrek ('98 Chevy 3500 2WD)

    I finished up the van by repairing the fresh water system. After trying to repair the original one, I finally had to replace it (with a bigger better one of course). I also added an accumulator and a Nature pure water filter. And we left for our trip to Magdalen islands last Sunday. “Mommy...
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    Not So Subtle E350 Shuttle - 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Coil Build

    That's weird because I use Google Drive. Anyways... It's the same photos as this Instagram post. I would personally put the sand rails in the center so you can walk on them and put the solar panels to each side.
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    Not So Subtle E350 Shuttle - 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Coil Build

    You should consider space for 2 x 100w solar panels (about 22" x 4' if I'm not mistaken). They allow me to run a Vitrigo fridge like this indefinitely with 4 x 6V batteries. Not necessarily now, but maybe for later. My set-up.
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    Herbie's Chevy Astrolander/ZMB Build Thread

    Isn't that what go-pros are for? :LOL:
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    Why buy a van when you can RENT one!

    You do realize this company is in Montreal, Québec, Canada? Might not be that convenient since you seem to come from Nashville. But there are other companies. There's also Outdoorsy which is similar to ARBNB but for RVs.
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    Mat Mobile's Roadtrek ('98 Chevy 3500 2WD)

    So what has now become Phase 1 of the upgrades is now complete. The shop ran out of time to finish some details like the rear bumper and storage compartment locks. But it will be usable for the summer. I'm still (IMPATIENTLY o_O) waiting for the alignment to be completed. So here are some more...
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