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deminimis

Since 15 Jul 2014
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PostWed Apr 08, 15 9:53 am     Reply with quote

Nice one Pete. Somedays we miss our former Sporty. Somedays, I do not:


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Pete

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PostWed Apr 08, 15 10:03 am     Reply with quote

deminimis wrote:
Nice one Pete. Somedays we miss our former Sporty. Somedays, I do not:



Diesel?

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deminimis

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PostWed Apr 08, 15 10:14 am     Reply with quote

Yup, the Holy Grail (7.3 and SMB 4x4 conversion). I did a ton of mods to it (redid all the shock mounts so I could run custom valved Bilsteins, re worked the springs, and a host of other stuff). The trouble shown above in Baja was not the rig's fault. It had a tuner designed for pickups, not the vans (a number of differences between the two, so it gave bogus readings and put it into limp mode). Pulled it all out there and problem solved. We'd still have it, but we out grew it (fam of four).

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deminimis

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PostWed Apr 08, 15 10:16 am     Reply with quote

The guy with the look of disgust in the pic was also in his Sportsmobile (we were traveling together). He had the 6.0. He emailed recently and the 6.0 let go (horrible engine).

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Pete

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PostWed Apr 08, 15 10:22 am     Reply with quote

deminimis wrote:
Yup, the Holy Grail (7.3 and SMB 4x4 conversion). I did a ton of mods to it (redid all the shock mounts so I could run custom valved Bilsteins, re worked the springs, and a host of other stuff). The trouble shown above in Baja was not the rig's fault. It had a tuner designed for pickups, not the vans (a number of differences between the two, so it gave bogus readings and put it into limp mode). Pulled it all out there and problem solved. We'd still have it, but we out grew it (fam of four).


Nice. I went with the V10 to avoid all of the diesel variables.

Here's a photo of it more in it's element.


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Gman

Since 11 Feb 2006
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PostWed Apr 08, 15 10:24 am     Reply with quote

Wind Slither wrote:
In progress...lots of room for gear right now. Laughing


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WindSki

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PostWed Apr 08, 15 11:39 am     Reply with quote

This is the best post of 2015, keep it going !!!

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deminimis

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PostWed Apr 08, 15 12:50 pm     Reply with quote

Another of our former (okay, I'll stop now):



That message took three Pacifios, if wondering.

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wylieflyote

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PostWed Apr 08, 15 1:52 pm     Reply with quote

Only in Mexico. Political candidate currently running in Colima:



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ErraticAKn

Since 08 Jul 2011
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PostWed Apr 08, 15 2:56 pm    Touareg to Hideout Reply with quote

I know.. I know... the original post was to see the "inside" of kiteboarding vehicles.. I started with a VW Touareg that I'd load with every kite from 5m to 17m, boards, buggy then pack misc gear around it. -uuugh

In the summers I give up a cheap small studio apartment in Alaska and spend summers with you all in the Gorge. So I upgraded my kiteboarding vehicle to a Travel Trailer and a truck to pull it. Everything fits in the front pass through storage compartment of the trailer and it has more room than my apartment up here.


Keystone Hideout with plenty of Kiteboarding and BBQ gear space!
 Keystone Hideout with plenty of Kiteboarding and BBQ gear space!  20140712_090049.jpg 
My Columbia River Gorge Kiteboarding Summer Home.  Plenty of storage for gear and roomier than my studio apartment in Alaska.
 My Columbia River Gorge Kiteboarding Summer Home. Plenty of storage for gear and roomier than my studio apartment in Alaska.  20140623_183606.jpg 
VW Touareg stuffed to the max with kiteboarding gear.
 VW Touareg stuffed to the max with kiteboarding gear.  20131026_135118.jpg 

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Wind Slither

Since 04 Mar 2005
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PostWed Apr 08, 15 3:22 pm     Reply with quote

OG wrote:
any idea how much the silver bullet weighs? Im shopping for something, that i can tow behind my tacoma.


OG, it's a '61 Airstream Safari 22' and right now with nothing in it, it's pretty light. When I got it I towed in to the dump and tore 1000lbs of rotten crap out of it. Then I pulled out some more heavy things like rusted out heaters, water heaters, tanks, etc. The original axle was rated at 5000lbs and I replaced it with a 6500.

My last trailer was a older 17' and I pulled it with my V6 Explorer just fine. Really only noticed the weight on the longest steepest hills. They say to add around 1000lbs when loaded for a trip...assuming water tanks etc.

The pics on this thread are KILLING ME!

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C Johnson

Since 17 Apr 2009
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PostWed Apr 08, 15 8:19 pm     Reply with quote

taken last year. only real difference is the rocketbox was swapped for a packasport box with a solar panel on top.

love this rig...


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pkh

Since 27 Feb 2005
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PostWed Apr 08, 15 8:51 pm     Reply with quote

Just got this year, I am not kiting due to ACL replacement but we still hope to take it to Rufus and coast plenty.


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ErraticAKn

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PostWed Apr 08, 15 11:13 pm     Reply with quote

Holy snap... that is bad ass right there.
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Nak

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PostThu Apr 09, 15 8:49 am     Reply with quote

Nice ride Phil! What happened to the ambulance?
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Kraemer

Since 24 Apr 2006
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PostThu Apr 09, 15 10:01 am     Reply with quote

This is my new rig & I'm stoked!!

If you can't fly, then run.
If you can't run, then walk.
If you can't walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do, keep kiteboarding!


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pkh

Since 27 Feb 2005
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PostThu Apr 09, 15 10:42 am     Reply with quote

Nak wrote:
Nice ride Phil! What happened to the ambulance?


We grew out of it, sold it last year to a brewery in Salem. With the two of us it was fine but now with 2 kids it just didn't have enough space. Also its hard to replace all the convenience of a full RV (bathroom, shower, kitchen, etc.)

The Axis actually feels a lot like driving a large van, its only 25' which is around 5' longer than my truck. You can pull into a parking lot and not get stuck. But it also has storage comparable to a full size RV.

The biggest selling point for us was the 8000lbs towing capacity, which will let us take our boat on trips with us. Most RV's that aren't big diesel pushers have 5000 capacity at the most.

Will always have fond memories of the Ambo though!


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