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Offline DB10

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2015, 11:27 PM »
Yeah I sort of get it now, just remembered seeing those Dodge 3500 trucks on a Top Gear special a while back, where they were messing around in either Canada or Alaska, Very impressive trucks. I think they also said that the Ford F150 is the best selling vehicle in the USA. I can see why you are excited. But if I had to pay for all that fuel there would be no money left for new tools [sad]
 Over here they are going in the opposit direction. It's all about reducing engine size but at the same time increasing power and fuel consumption with improved common rail injection systems.

  Yesterday I test drove the new 2.8 litre Toyota Land Cruiser which has now superseded the old 3 litre unit, it's down on engine size but up on torque 450Nm very quite for a Diesel engine and now has a six speed auto box. This will also be fitted into the new Toyota Hi Lux, (equivilant to  your Tacoma) from next month.
 Toyota have used Australia as the testing ground for this new engine due to the harsh Ausie environment and conditions, so that's good for us.
 I believe that this new engine will be NAINA, but will be common place everywhere else in the world.
Only down side is the fuel tank on the newer trucks has been reduced in size from the old 180 litre tank to the new 150 litres and in a country with a lot of nothing in between, fuel consumption and tank size is also important.

Offline alkaline

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #31 on: September 27, 2015, 07:02 AM »
Hi Peter,

beautiful ride. Such van most be filled this tools. [wink] Congratulations and I wish you many happy kilometers or miles.

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I have several boxes Festool, one MTF, four guide rails and big taste to play. )))

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #32 on: September 27, 2015, 08:44 AM »
Great new ride Peter!

I've been thinking that when my lease is up on my Ford F-150 truck in the New Year to replace it with a vehicle like yours.

I've looked up the internal dimensions of your vehicle and I'm clear on the back floor length capacity for transporting long materials, but what I can't seem to find is how long of a baseboard can be fitted inside the vehicle down the centre of the vehicle resting on the front dashboard.

With my existing truck configuration and back window, I'm able to carry full 14 foot base/casings resting on the dashboard, through the slider window opening and resting on my tonneau cover with no overhang. With 16 foot pieces they only overhang the tailgate by about a foot. Trouble is that we have crappy winters here in Alberta sometimes and that can prove challenging picking up and transporting long materials.

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14'4" would be about the longest with my short wheelbase.  I think that the longest wheelbase model is about 2 feet longer.  With the winter weather you have you might look at the Ram Promasters which have front wheel drive.  Builderbob drove his thru the last winter in Connecticut.

Peter

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #33 on: September 27, 2015, 08:47 AM »
Great new ride Peter!

I've been thinking that when my lease is up on my Ford F-150 truck in the New Year to replace it with a vehicle like yours.

I've looked up the internal dimensions of your vehicle and I'm clear on the back floor length capacity for transporting long materials, but what I can't seem to find is how long of a baseboard can be fitted inside the vehicle down the centre of the vehicle resting on the front dashboard.

With my existing truck configuration and back window, I'm able to carry full 14 foot base/casings resting on the dashboard, through the slider window opening and resting on my tonneau cover with no overhang. With 16 foot pieces they only overhang the tailgate by about a foot. Trouble is that we have crappy winters here in Alberta sometimes and that can prove challenging picking up and transporting long materials.

@BMAC
@builderbob
14'4" would be about the longest with my short wheelbase.  I think that the longest wheelbase model is about 2 feet longer.  With the winter weather you have you might look at the Ram Promasters which have front wheel drive.  Builderbob drove his thru the last winter in Connecticut.

Peter

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Offline T. Ernsberger

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #34 on: September 27, 2015, 09:12 AM »
Yeah I sort of get it now, just remembered seeing those Dodge 3500 trucks on a Top Gear special a while back, where they were messing around in either Canada or Alaska, Very impressive trucks. I think they also said that the Ford F150 is the best selling vehicle in the USA. I can see why you are excited. But if I had to pay for all that fuel there would be no money left for new tools [sad]
 Over here they are going in the opposit direction. It's all about reducing engine size but at the same time increasing power and fuel consumption with improved common rail injection systems.

  Yesterday I test drove the new 2.8 litre Toyota Land Cruiser which has now superseded the old 3 litre unit, it's down on engine size but up on torque 450Nm very quite for a Diesel engine and now has a six speed auto box. This will also be fitted into the new Toyota Hi Lux, (equivilant to  your Tacoma) from next month.
 Toyota have used Australia as the testing ground for this new engine due to the harsh Ausie environment and conditions, so that's good for us.
 I believe that this new engine will be NAINA, but will be common place everywhere else in the world.
Only down side is the fuel tank on the newer trucks has been reduced in size from the old 180 litre tank to the new 150 litres and in a country with a lot of nothing in between, fuel consumption and tank size is also important.

Your right the bigger trucks comes with the price low mpg.  Not sure how you guys do it over there when it comes to towing?  My f250 I had to upgrade the suspension to f350 springs to be able tow more safety.  Note the only difference between a f250 and f350 is suspension and gear ratio and I already have the bigger ratio.   Theres no way a 3 litre diesel would be able to keep up.  I would blow it up. 

Fuel prices in the states have come down a lot.  Im averaging around $2 a gallon for gas and diesel was actually cheaper than regular gas the other day. 

Offline Jozsef Kozma

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2015, 09:57 AM »
Beautiful van I know you will enjoy it
If it is to interest the sprinter does very well
In Connecticut winters
16 foot material between the seats also 32 feet ladder
Jozsef

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2015, 11:19 AM »
Thanks for the measurements Peter, that will help with my search!
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Re: New Ride
« Reply #37 on: October 16, 2015, 08:49 AM »
Peter, how are you coming along with the build-out of your red sled?  Inquiring minds want to know... 

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #38 on: October 16, 2015, 09:21 AM »
Just getting started.  Had to wait for the divider to be installed (idiots).  And yes, I did do the limo tint (5%).  Have most of the walls skinned in plywood - because of the rib layout you need to use portions of 5 sheets of plywood.  Four sheets done, picking up a couple more this weekend.

Peter

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #39 on: December 24, 2015, 03:05 PM »
@Peter Halle

How's the upfit of your new ride going?

Because of your posting and others re: new vans I ended up getting a new ride myself. Last week I just took delivery of a 2016 Ram Promaster high roof 159" wheelbase with GPS, back up camera, heated seat, etc. Photo attached.

My 2012 Ford F-150 Lariet was getting pretty beat up carrying millwork, etc (see photo of 966 lf of 14 foot millwork shoved through the rear window! No more sheet goods in the truck bed sticking out exposed to weather!

Once the weather gets a little warmer (minus 20 Celsius this morning without the windchill) I'll start my build and will post photos of my progress in a new post.
Bruce
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Re: New Ride
« Reply #40 on: December 24, 2015, 03:51 PM »
Congratulations on your new ride.  You got the only FWD van on the market in NA.  Looks like you will need that.

I have accomplished nothing on the interior of my van and it is driving me nuts.  If I showed picts of the interior I would be banned, but it would illustrate that my Festools are not babied and can handle the rigors of transportation buried under hundreds of pounds of stuff  [eek].

Nice seeing snow.  Weather here is bizarre.  Warm - I had to turn on the AC in the house and wet.  The puddles in the yard have puddles.

Perhaps next weekend I can get the last wall panel done and then start the racking in ernest.  But I can say that after putting 3800 miles on the van I am glad that I escaped from the pickup.

Merry Christmas my friend!

Peter

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #41 on: December 24, 2015, 05:06 PM »
A 3 litre turbo diesel seems to be the norm here in work trucks and vans run with smaller engines again.

Ya, the terrain is a big thing in the States, we typically reserve the 3 litre turbo diesels for our golf carts...anything larger, gets the appropriate boost in engine capacity. [poke]

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Offline BMAC

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #42 on: December 24, 2015, 05:58 PM »
I went into the city today and yes, the fwd did very well in the snow and ice. I've only had 4 wheel drive vehicles for the last 15 years and am surprised how well the Promaster handled.

Merry Christmas to you as well Peter!
Bruce
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Offline Thunderchyld

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Re: New Ride
« Reply #43 on: December 27, 2015, 03:49 PM »
Peter, very nice ride.  Before you buy a rear camera you might what to look into this rear window mount backup mirror.  I've got one on my van and I can see the full width of my van seven feet out the back.  It is less useful at night but it can still help you from backing into the parked car behind you.  It will also fit SUV's and mini vans.  For $20 it's hard to go wrong.
Amazon, K Source Rear Window Mount Back-up Assist Mirror
Pep Boys, K Source Rear Window Mount Back-up Assist Mirror






Thanks for that link, that little mirror looks darned useful for running trailers with the SUV.  Might have to make a little adapter to mount it on the frame of the window rather than the window, though, as the Sequoia has a power rear window.