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Old 07-03-2015, 07:37 PM   #41
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If it's anything like Boulder, it's not that your neighbors are "unsavory", it's that the rent on "affordable housing" is still higher than we can afford!

(Just the other day, I saw a couple of over-$400k houses for sale that are officially designated affordable housing. That actually is cheap for Boulder, but way the hell more than we can afford!)
After spending a few hours in Boulder, I could see that.
Seemed very "money".
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:28 PM   #42
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Money indeed. Starting to inch toward Silicon Valley pricing and character. I really like the area, but we're pretty priced out, even as a technical writer working (contracting) for a big old tech company in the Valley. Guess that's why we're trying to find a bus, eh?
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:34 PM   #43
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It looked like the yuppiest place I'd ever been... at least downtown.
That mall...
But the people I've met from there are super nice.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:47 PM   #44
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I have a bit different view of the area, having worked 911 in Boulder and Denver, and rescue all over Boulder County. Lots of entitled douchebags, but also a ton of super great people — and money doesn't dictate which group is which nearly as often as you'd expect.

(Now, if only there were a way to make a real living in EMS around here, I wouldn't have to keep being a techie!)
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:59 PM   #45
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Well know what you mean but when money is low & people are making good of finding a bus for living think that's a good thing. Here I see people in beautiful apartments & 6 months time trying to sell furniture to pay their rent...terrible!
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:07 PM   #46
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Well know what you mean but when money is low & people are making good of finding a bus for living think that's a good thing. Here I see people in beautiful apartments & 6 months time trying to sell furniture to pay their rent...terrible!
I've sold heirlooms I shouldn't have, and regret it everyday.
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Old 07-04-2015, 12:15 AM   #47
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The handicap lift is a MAJOR asset. Think about it.... no lifting heavy construction materials into the vehicle. We did that with our first bus that had one. The 'frig was a breeze because of the lift. Just push a button and PRESTO the heavy lifting was DONE!! Wo HOO!! Just my two cents....
I have had a few people tell me the first thing they would do is remove the lift. My response was to call them an effing idiot and please don't share of your stupid ideas with me.
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:09 AM   #48
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So thanks for sharing lol. If I get one with a lift...that's a good thing huh? For electricity, a 12 volt or 9 volt battery ?
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Old 07-04-2015, 10:03 AM   #49
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9 volt??? I don't know why you keep mentioning 9, when everything is nominal 12 volt (and actually runs higher than that).
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Meant 12 volt, lol
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Old 07-04-2015, 10:37 AM   #51
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9 volt??? I don't know why you keep mentioning 9, when everything is nominal 12 volt (and actually runs higher than that).
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:39 AM   #52
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EastCoastCB - That cube van in the top of your tiny house pics, it motivated me to buy a similar body style. A 99 Express 3500 with 8x12 low-pro cube. In the end, I'm using it as my parts/lumber runner while building the bus, but the thought is still there to do a stealth conversion.

I have too much junk...
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Old 07-11-2015, 07:06 AM   #53
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Cool, thats awesome! That's what I've been lookin for... A good deal on a van.
I'd love a diesel van. But for weekend stealth camping, I'm thinking an Astro with the 4.3 may be a nice choice.
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Old 07-11-2015, 12:04 PM   #54
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I have had two Astro vans with the 4.3 v6. Great vans, and decent 20 miles to the gallon with cargo on a 3000 mile trip.

As for electricity, I could never run a generator all day. It would drive me crazy, and I would not relax the entire time it was running.

I won't even run them on the job sites all day. If not being used, generator gets shut down.

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Old 07-11-2015, 06:25 PM   #55
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This is from the night I bought it. The CL ad said it didn't run, but the motor and trans had been rebuilt. $1600

I've come to expect the worst from CL, but couldn't resist at that price.

Played with it till it almost ran, asked to see the rebuild paperwork (skeptically, I might add). All paperwork was in order. Motor has about 50k and trans is about 20k miles since rebuild. I got it for less than the cost of the transmission overhaul, twisted the distributor, and drove it home.

Since then, I've installed new brakes, bearings, a steering box, and a new distributor. For a heavier vehicle with a small block, she gets right down the road and she's nowhere near as sloppy as a comparably-sized class C motor home.
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Old 07-11-2015, 06:27 PM   #56
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Not sure if the pic shows up or not. It's there on my phone, but just a box with a red "x" on my work computer...
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