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Hi All, I have owned numerous Vans since the early 80's.
Mostly Astro's & Safari's (5 & 3) a couple Very Large Fords
(Quadravans). more recent 2013 & 2017 Transit Connect's.
Many Vans used for Field service purposes. Computer
commercial equipment. Many years ago, I used to attend
"Van Runs". 2% Hope to attend some this year!
My Current Van "1999 GMC Safari SLE AWD" w/4" lift. was purchased
out in Orem, Utah. 2007. I drove it back here to Cape Cod. ran
it around for less than a year. Parked it! there it set. We had a
Yard Sale last spring. (2021) My GF suggested putting a "For Sale"
sign on the van. it was Dirty & Yuck. Ok $ 400.00 as is. Sign stayed on
for a few days thereafter. then I went to pull the sign off.... considering
calling the Auto Scrapers. I opened up the Van, Pulled out misc. junk.
started cleaning ... to my amazement
It Still is a Really nice Van beneath the Filth! the underside is nearly
rust free! as typically New England vans/cars get thrashed by road
Salt & Snow. So, My Utah Baja Van is getting its 4.3 V6 replaced now!
I did have to do a lot of other work to it ALT/BATT/Blower motor w/control.
windshield wiper motor, All Brake lines, calipers, drums, pads, shoes, mirrors,
Tires & Rims, AWD actuator. etc! I am going to Camperize the Interior. It has
Tan Leather interior with 2 leather bench seats to be removed. Hope all is done
before 3/1/2022!
Automotive parking light Wheel Automotive side marker light Tire Car
 

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We have an event in Deland, Fl this weekend, and another in two weeks in Orlando.
Plenty of listings for the year on the vannin sites.
I normally attend the events in Cherokee NC in the fall.

My 2000 AWD van came from out west too.

GREAT looking van.
Welcome to the white van club.. lol
Welcome from South Florida.
 

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Welcome!

Doesn't look like the New England cancer has gotten to it yet.
 

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Thank You! .... It was Parked on gravel since 2008. really was Nasty/Dirty!
Lotta cleaning! ETC. Soon to be adventure ready! & I have some available
time now. I do plan on traveling to Virginia beach & Myrtle beach SC. in March,
probably Gulf coast FL. as well. I did find: Thunders Garage
which has a lot of Weekend Adventures & Info for sure!
Will, I had been reading thru many of your Posts, Lotta Great info!
( I just got 2 Large lead/acid deep cycle batteries, Cables, etc. that I may need
some of your experience on).
 

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We have an event in Deland, Fl this weekend, and another in two weeks in Orlando.
Plenty of listings for the year on the vannin sites.
I normally attend the events in Cherokee NC in the fall.

My 2000 AWD van came from out west too.

GREAT looking van.
Welcome to the white van club.. lol
Welcome from South Florida.
Woah.... you got Twins! Not Identical.... but Cool!
 

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Where in New England are you? I am in Barrington NH till spring. Just curious, Nice van. Mark
 

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I am in Cedarville (Very south Plymouth) 2 miles from Cape Cod.
Years ago we had a Van Club "EZ Times" Vans. out of Scituate &
south shore area of Mass.
 

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I was @ the Van Nats. way back! Washington county fairgrounds, Richmond, RI. still
not sure what Year? 86 maybe? We typically would go to "Journey" in NH. and the
Stepping Stone Ranch, year after year, It may have been in Conn. ?
 

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I've been vanning, and been to numerous Van Nationals since the 80's... (some more than once)
Ohio, NewYork, Illinios (won BEST ENGINE), Wisconsin, Va, Texas.. and of course 44th Van Nationals in Fla 2016.
Recent Florida Nats I brought 2 vans... DJ'd and provided sound for the bands with one, camped in the other.

Here's my Fla Van Nats campite...
Sky Vehicle Tent Tree Plant


My setup... mixing and doing sound for the bands
Product Audio equipment Musical instrument accessory Chair Engineering
Computer Equalizer Laptop Entertainment Tree

Sky Cloud Shade Asphalt Tire


Here's a fun truckin in Sunshine Key Florida...
Cloud Sky Plant People on beach Shade


Night shot of our truckin campsite in Cherokee NC
Purple Rectangle Lighting Plant Tree


Just to name a few...
and here's a shot of my 502 van back in the 80's... (I think Ohio Nats)
Tire Wheel Vehicle Automotive tire Car


Another Florida truckin campsite...
Tire Wheel Photograph Vehicle Motor vehicle


Sometimes the smaller bands set up at our site...
Tent Purple Shade Magenta Selling


Vanning has been a pretty significant part of my life since the late 70's
 

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Wow! Cool! Some of my Friends had been fully involved since WayBack. I never completely fell
out of the group.... became less involved in the past 20 years. Business & such kept me from
enjoying many things in Retrospect! My close friend "Luna" passed away like 5 years ago now.
He would at least keep me somewhat updated.
 

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got some big waves headed your way on the cape next few days......!!! forecast looks gnarly.
 
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