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      04-21-2017 01:01 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by DeeJoker View Post
      Wait, you live in a trailer park?
      Nope! I was speaking metaphorically.

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      Proletariat, Bourgeoise - Everybody smellin' my potpourri...

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      04-21-2017 01:03 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by DeeJoker View Post
      As for these trustafarian millenials, they are exactly that.
      Yep. I suspect this is just another fad for kids who can afford not to work. They've already had their fun gentrifying working class neighborhoods, so now they're gentrifying stinky old vans, too.
      Now this was a superior machine. Ten grand worth of gimmicks and high-priced special effects. The rear windows lit up with a touch like frogs in a dynamite pond. The dashboard was full of esoteric lights and dials and meters that I would never understand.

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      04-21-2017 01:06 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      Nope! I was speaking metaphorically.

      Riiiiiiiiiiight.

      My "lawn" is an interesting and fanciful melange of Kentucky blue fescue, crab grass, clover, dandelions, assorted dog turds, and various bits of debris best attributed to the 90 years since this particular Sears catalog home was built. I still find bits of aluminum siding buried in the yard by the previous resident's dog who apparently chewed the shed to bits out of boredom.

      Also: Heavy on the dog turds.
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      04-21-2017 01:06 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      From my time traveling in an RV in the 80s...
      Whenever there was a fire at a campground, it was always a VW van.
      Why?
      As usual it's several things that have to be/happen together.

      1) The carburetor is above the distributor
      2) Hippies defer maintenance until it doesn't run at all
      3) fuel lines get old/leak
      4) fuel finds the distributor
      5) Whooof!
      Quote Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
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      04-21-2017 01:08 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by DeeJoker View Post
      Riiiiiiiiiiight.

      My "lawn" is an interesting and fanciful melange of Kentucky blue fescue, crab grass, clover, dandelions, assorted dog turds, and various bits of debris best attributed to the 90 years since this particular Sears catalog home was built. I still find bits of aluminum siding buried in the yard by the previous resident's dog who apparently chewed the shed to bits out of boredom.

      Also: Heavy on the dog turds.
      Of course I don't live in a trailer park. No garages there!
      Quote Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
      Proletariat, Bourgeoise - Everybody smellin' my potpourri...

    6. 04-21-2017 01:18 PM #56
      I have noticed a bunch of these vanlife people on Instagram and coincidentally stumbled upon the feed of the couple in the GIF on page one this morning. I have to wonder - how bad must it stink in one of these vans when it is you, your significant other, and a dog or two all crammed in all the time.

      I used to want to take an old Grumman bread van and convert it into a camper. Given the price most VW vans are fetching these days it may be my only option.

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      04-21-2017 01:23 PM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      I have noticed a bunch of these vanlife people on Instagram and coincidentally stumbled upon the feed of the couple in the GIF on page one this morning. I have to wonder - how bad must it stink in one of these vans when it is you, your significant other, and a dog or two all crammed in all the time.
      Why do you think detractors call them "smelly hippies"?


      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      I used to want to take an old Grumman bread van and convert it into a camper. Given the price most VW vans are fetching these days it may be my only option.
      Tell me about it. I sold my last one a little over 20 years ago for something like $3,000. Today it'd be $20,000!
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    8. 04-21-2017 01:30 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      Why do you think detractors call them "smelly hippies"?




      Tell me about it. I sold my last one a little over 20 years ago for something like $3,000. Today it'd be $20,000!
      There is a guy close to me selling two admittedly very clean Vanagon Westfalias for $40k each. I passed on a clean $4500 example 5 years ago because I felt the price was too high.

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      04-21-2017 01:58 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      There is a guy close to me selling two admittedly very clean Vanagon Westfalias for $40k each. I passed on a clean $4500 example 5 years ago because I felt the price was too high.
      Even 5 years ago that was a smokin' deal. My last one was a '65 and while far from perfect, it was pretty solid, but needed a little work underneath to repair some rust. (Not much, mind you.) That's the one that would easily bring $20,000 today.

      I had a '60 model, too. Plus a '66 Double cab and a '58 Single cab. They've all skyrocketed. Sigh.
      Quote Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
      Proletariat, Bourgeoise - Everybody smellin' my potpourri...

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      04-21-2017 02:55 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      I just took one of their early, long-winded posts and edited it to reflect commuting to work. Threw in a few brands at the end.

      I can't even remember which hashtags I used, but it got a handful of likes and a follow or two from some hippy van people. And one of the brands replied.
      I saw that, and thought it was poetic. I had the references right away.

      What I'd like to know is if you used Gamo, Crosman, or RWS pellets.
      Quote Originally Posted by jamie@vwvortex
      I'm not grouping everyone together - I would have said everyone in this forum is a moron.

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      04-21-2017 03:24 PM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      Oh, man. If I ever were to start using Instagram you'd be my first 'follow'. That's amazing.
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      Proletariat, Bourgeoise - Everybody smellin' my potpourri...

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      04-24-2017 11:06 AM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      I lost it when the product placements started.
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      04-24-2017 11:07 AM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      I lost it when the product placements started.
      McMike has a gift. A demented, twisted, hilarious gift.
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      05-03-2017 04:42 PM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      Maybe you could get a Kirkland sponsorship.
      Finally got it in.

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      05-03-2017 05:00 PM #67
      "25 or less".

      If I remember correctly mine is rated at 21.






















      Slowpoke.
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      05-03-2017 07:04 PM #68
      I'm amazed a Westy can even do 60mph. Fastest I got in one was not quite that, down hill, with a stiff tailwind on the north shore of Flathead Lake... Then again it was the automatic.
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      05-03-2017 07:09 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by DeeJoker View Post
      I'm amazed a Westy can even do 60mph. Fastest I got in one was not quite that, down hill, with a stiff tailwind on the north shore of Flathead Lake... Then again it was the automatic.
      Ooooh. The auto. I drove my '66 Double Cab 75 mph semi regularly. It simply couldn't rev any higher.
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      05-03-2017 07:13 PM #70
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      “It’s men in their thirties with huge beards, and they’re pretty much all stay-at-home dads,” he said. “Their wives work office jobs and they work on the vans so the family can go out and vanlife on the weekend.”
      Quote Originally Posted by 4.OMG View Post
      Yep. I suspect this is just another fad for kids who can afford not to work. They've already had their fun gentrifying working class neighborhoods, so now they're gentrifying stinky old vans, too.
      Yuuuuuup
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      Quote Originally Posted by jamerican1
      Dude, you know you're like the opposite of a purist, right?

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      05-03-2017 08:14 PM #71
      My dad lived the Westfalia life in the 1980s, and I grew up as unwilling participant so I can picture all these smells and still picture the feel of all those interior surfaces even.

      It's a great article because you can feel the subjects' desperation to "create content" and obviously the realization that images of the woman drive the numbers is a buzzkill on the whole operation.

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      05-03-2017 09:12 PM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by Jordan 191 View Post
      It's a great article because you can feel the subjects' desperation to "create content" and obviously the realization that images of the woman drive the numbers is a buzzkill on the whole operation.
      Yeah, the article managed to convey that image that these guys are shills, promoting products through a lifestyle that doesn't exist... It's not #vanlife, it's a hot chick with a van in the background. Got the feeling their arguments must reach dizzying proportions when there isn't a journalist in the van with them...

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      05-03-2017 09:35 PM #73
      It's unfair to call the subjects shills though, they sort of fell into it. I have sympathy for them.

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      05-03-2017 10:34 PM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by Jordan 191 View Post
      It's unfair to call the subjects shills though, they sort of fell into it. I have sympathy for them.
      Yeah I mean, it starts off as doing something fun and completely different than your standard office job. Then you realize you can't afford to do this long-term without a source of income, so you rectify that with topless pics and product placement. Eventually I think the market will get saturated and they may not be able to sustain themselves.

    25. 05-04-2017 02:23 AM #75
      wow, TL & DR.

      But on this topic, I'll mention that I noticed a lot of social media personalities lately of millenials and Gen X/Yers who 'claim' to live in a van. Meanwhile they are all dolled up and single and beautiful. Then they peddle products that "they use". I call fake news BS on those. Just another ad platform.

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