4x4 Van Resources

haven

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#1
Let's list online resources for 4x4 vans. I have in mind
-- shops that do 4x4 conversions or install conversion kits made by others
-- sources for used vans (but not individual van listings, those should go in the vehicles for sale section)
-- sources for camper conversions, including pop up tops and raised roofs

Here's a couple of ideas for places to find listings for used 4x4 vans

1. Google Craigslist using a search such as "van 4x4 site:craigslist.org" or "quigley van site:craigslist.org"

2. Visit http://www.thundersgarage.com to see a selection of used vans for sale, sorted by state

3. Visit www.truckpaper.com and search for light duty vehicles, van, 4x4

4. Visit www.commercialtrucktrader.com and search for light duty van 4x4 (this site takes a long time to sort the results)
 
#5
Here are two that do van conversions in Oregon/Washington area:
Portland Oregon: Van Specialties (they installed our Fiberine top on our van)
www.vanspecialties.com

And in Clackamas (just south of portland metro) Oregon, Outside Van (sort of a sister company to VS. We will be discussing an interior upfit with them now that we've camped in our rig a couple seasons)
www.outsidevan.com

Cheers,
Thom
 
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#9
I have a Salem Kroger converted Sportsmobile van. In my experience it's often tough to find folks who'll work on custom vans, so here are two of my favorites in the Bay Area:

4Wheel Parts: http://www.4wheelparts.com/stores/Store-Info.aspx?sNo=12 This is the Oakland store.

They did tremendous work on my front steering, ball joints and brakes. All very tricky.

Any Seven Off-Road: In San Leandro. http://www.any7offroad.com

They are offroad fabricators; more in the Pirate4x4 mold than the Expo Portal mode, but in my mind that's a good thing. They fab'd a front winch mount that went inside my stock Ford bumper; very sweet. They also did a bunch of fab work for me on a Tracker I owned. They've got a good sense of design too, so if you have an idea they'll make it better.

VTE Warehouse: http://www.vtewarehouse.com

These folks make busbars, terminals, battery terminal covers, fuse setups, etc. A great source for electrical components. I used their stuff to fuse and wire up inverters, winches, etc. I got tired of getting ripped out at marine supply places for this stuff; these guys are very efficient and WAY cheaper.

Parts: http://www.pathfinder-vans.com/html/salem_kroger.html

These folks have super hard to find parts for Salem Kroger conversions and Pathfinder conversions. Not a huge selection, but some stuff.

Whitefeather conversions: http://whitefeather4x4conversions.com

Craig, formerly of Salem Kroger, is here. They do Sprinters now, but I did get some Salem Kroger stuff from them. Very nice folks.

Rob
 
#12
Man those Clothier chains look nice, but the prices are per wheel. Which makes a set of chains for my ST Maxx in 265 are 158 each. Over 600 for a set.
 
#13
I see a STICKEY here. Great resource guys! After check (Advanced Van site) conversions at just under 10K, (bet it' 9,999,99 out the door on the bear minimum, LOL) is a reasonable deal! Seems you could go 8K on a used one and go to 20K with a real van full sized rig, a real consideration. Thanks Haven!
 

Regcabguy

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#14
Hi guys!,
I've got a friend who picked up a 1996 7.3 Ford E-350 4wd. My question is does anybody offer slush matts for this thing? I see on the Weathertech site a mat for the drivers side but nothing for the passenger's. The rear seat pair look fine.
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
 

ujoint

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#15
Hi guys!,
I've got a friend who picked up a 1996 7.3 Ford E-350 4wd. My question is does anybody offer slush matts for this thing? I see on the Weathertech site a mat for the drivers side but nothing for the passenger's. The rear seat pair look fine.
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Check out the mats from Husky liner.