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Old 11-08-2011, 06:16 AM   #15
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You got to think about how much you are going to have to drop into something that is 20yrs old to get it reliable. You can get used Expeditions (F-150 based) for less than $5000. Of you could get something 10 yrs older and pay $2000 for it and spend another $2000 to get it reliable not to mention labor. I am just talking parts here.

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Old 11-08-2011, 07:28 AM   #16
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I would go for a mid to late 90's van. I have a 93 van and it is real low on power and torque. It is 5.7L and only 195 hp. In 94 or 95 they boosted it to 250 hp. I suspect a similar increase in torque.

Vans don't hold their value well, so you can get the most bang for the buck in a van.

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My 1991 B190 had the 460 - plenty of HP and torque. I suspect the Chevy equivalent engine, assuming it was available in vans, would also do the job quite well.

But I agree with perryg114 - you could easily spend as much fixing up an old one as you could just buying a newer one. Be careful.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:27 AM   #17
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2Air pointed out a couple of years ago that the re-modeled 1996 and later 1/2-T Fords were not popular with Neanderthal truck buyers, didn't look trucklike, what with the aerodynamic emphasis. Thus, re-sale value makes for a good TV. And the aftermarket is full of good tires, shocks, coolers, etc that are easy to fit.

The Ford CV is underpowered and has a very long rear overhang. The brakes and steering were not so good until 2003 and later (Watts' linkage added). The police spec ones are worn out before you get them. They might be okay for a commuter, but towing will stress components and systems.

The mid-90's RWD GM's have a poor history of reliability due to electrical gremlins (cheap components). The LT-1 motor is strong, but some weird and expensive accessory parts.

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Old 11-08-2011, 11:39 AM   #18
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just curious, but what's the word for the self delusion we all seem to suffer that people who buy expensive aluminum trailers to do what a good tent would accomplish for a hundredth of the money are the best sources of financial advice?
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:04 PM   #19
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I have come to the conclusion that Airstream and Economy should not be mentioned in the same sentence. I bought mine in hopes it will still be here in 30yrs.

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Old 11-08-2011, 12:08 PM   #20
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I bought mine in hopes it will still be here in 30yrs.

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I bought mine with hopes that I would.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:53 PM   #21
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We just cannot justify another vehicle that is going to sit most of the time. Our current tow vehicle is a family vehicle we always use. The vehicle I want will only be used for towing. An old van, station wagon, or a old land shark (car). I want something that will take four people. It could look rough on the outside. I just want everything under the hood, rear end, tranny to do the job

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Old 11-08-2011, 01:56 PM   #22
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how many days or weeks a year do you think you'll need it?
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:14 PM   #23
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Revolutionary/Revolting Idea

Rent a 2nd tow vehicle. Rent it from a friend if you can't get it from U-Haul or Ryder.

Insurance, licensing, taxes, etc... add up.

Not to hijack, but I got rid of a nice Lexus and drive a 3/4 Silverado diesel as my daily driver - simply because it's less expensive then owning, insuring, garaging and maintaining both vehicles.

You'd get sticker shock out the wahzoo when you rented, but the other 40 some weeks a year?

Just spekillatin' mind-ewe... Paula
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:17 PM   #24
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What about a used expedition or something in that area. I know of one near me for sale for around 6k
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