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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:15 am    Post subject: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

There seems to be lots of camper van conversions on the market these days. But none can compare to the roominess and utilitarian-ness of our beloved vans. So what I've got hot foot. I'm riding high and loving life.

https://www.reconcampers.com/packages-options

https://www.reconcampers.com/videos
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:44 am    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

This is a really nice setup!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

price is not bad consider its about 20k for the deluxe package plus you can get a used nv200 for about 12k-16k.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

The Chevy City Express can also be used, as it is identical to the Nissan.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

For sure the 80's VW campers were masterpieces. I lived full time for over 4 years in a 1984 back in the 90's. Some of my fondest memories for sure.

Although these classics could never be replaced, we decided it was time to make an affordable, safe (airbags, crumple zones etc), camper van that would have the same goal in mind as the 80's VW campers, daily driver that is an amazing weekend warrior camper for average middle class Americans. We spent over 18 months designing just this one vehicle to utilize as much space and add as much function as possible for this platform.

Having a 100,000 mile Nissan factory warranty and getting 25 to 26 mpg doesn't hurt either.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

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For sure the 80's VW campers were masterpieces. I lived full time for over 4 years in a 1984 back in the 90's. Some of my fondest memories for sure.

Although these classics could never be replaced, we decided it was time to make an affordable, safe (airbags, crumple zones etc), camper van that would have the same goal in mind as the 80's VW campers, daily driver that is an amazing weekend warrior camper for average middle class Americans. We spent over 18 months designing just this one vehicle to utilize as much space and add as much function as possible for this platform.

Having a 100,000 mile Nissan factory warranty and getting 25 to 26 mpg doesn't hurt either.


I have to say I admire all of the work you've done to bring an affordable van to market and does look nice from here.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:04 pm    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

Thank you Wontfalia. We really try to not only focus on safety and practicality but we really push hard to build a very high quality product. We stay way from traditional "RV" parts and stick with either stainless steel marine parts or design and have our own built. Down to even the smallest detail like our push button latches which we have made for us out of stainless or our real aluminum tambour doors. We want to build something that in 30 years will still be going strong and cheap plastic just will not fit the bill.

Being a third generation automotive engineer, I guess the old 80's saying from for, Quality is Job One, really stuck along with my perfectionist mentality I inherited from my grandfather. We cut no corners and really put attention to every detail not only for function, but also future repairs (can't tell you how many campers I have had that required ripping half the van apart to change a part that you would always expect to need replacing in 15 years or so like a water pump).
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:22 pm    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

Moved to off topic for while it's a camper...... it isn't Vanagon.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

Nice...but I'm not crazy about the looks....
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

I cringe every time I see one of those vehicles
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:14 pm    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

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I cringe every time I see one of those vehicles


same here...
those ugly green and purple things... Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:44 pm    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
I cringe every time I see one of those vehicles

X3!
Too small and butt ugly.

VW already makes a replacement for the Vanagon with modern equipment, it's called the T5. Unfortunately VWofA won't import them to North America. Evil or Very Mad
Couple more years and we'll be able to bring them to Canada! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:57 pm    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

Well done recon! I like The use of the double-slider and also the tambour door. It's been on my mind to use a tambour door in my high-top. Avoiding RV materials is also a good idea.

Keep up the good work.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

Wow who own the Recon now? I have a westy but I would consider the Recon as a daily driver. I emailed the site for more info, updates to follow.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

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For sure the 80's VW campers were masterpieces. I lived full time for over 4 years in a 1984 back in the 90's. Some of my fondest memories for sure.

Although these classics could never be replaced, we decided it was time to make an affordable, safe (airbags, crumple zones etc), camper van that would have the same goal in mind as the 80's VW campers, daily driver that is an amazing weekend warrior camper for average middle class Americans. We spent over 18 months designing just this one vehicle to utilize as much space and add as much function as possible for this platform.

Having a 100,000 mile Nissan factory warranty and getting 25 to 26 mpg doesn't hurt either.


Plus the Nissan engine of the VQ series has been in the top ten best engines ever made in the world for over 15 years.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:27 am    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

I like these- Iíve been wondering where a small, affordable replacement for the Vanagon was- not the big, ugly $80-100k Sportsmobiles. Maybe this is it- it looks pretty nice. I wanted to like the Honda Element poptop conversion but it really didnít add much function, just a tent. And the Element is gone.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:07 pm    Post subject: Re: The Nissan Recon Reply with quote

I'd be more likely to get something like this. It is more middish sized.

https://sportsmobile.com/mercedes-metris/

Or the little Dodge/Fiat (diesel would be nice) https://sportsmobile.com/promaster-penthouse-top/

Or even these:
https://sportsmobile.com/penthouse-expandable-top/
https://sportsmobile.com/transit-penthouse-top/

I don't know who makes the Recon, but I'd be more trusting that parts for Sportsmobiles will be around for a while. (However, I'm not sure any company is likely to survive one bad van rollover personal injury suit these days.)

I never considered a VW Eurovan mostly because it wasn't a bus layout, but also because of the speed bump scraping suspension wouldn't be interesting to me regardless. Now that the euro style vans are becoming popular here, there are decent solutions.

https://www.campervan-hq.com/products/ford-transit-2-0-suspension-lift-system-front-rear
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