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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:06 pm    Post subject: Backup vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

I just bought one, a Honda Element '03 AWD for super cheap. Anyone else supplement their Van with a back up? My situation may be unique because I have no way to get around if the van has an issue. Coolant level light flashing but just need to get groceries? F that, no more risking damage or being stupid. $1,600 back up and only $15 more per month insurance.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

Vespa GTS 300. Smile Fast, fun, first at the lights every time. Can carry 72 cans of beer no problem - a weekly ritual for our household!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

Sweet! I don't know if that model Vespa retained the old versions oddest clutch gear change system left hand dance I ever encountered.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

Fully automatic twist'n'go, continuously variable transmission. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

I daily mine in the winter so I needed both a back up in case it breaks and a back up in case there is too much snow for it. I elected to use my ATV as a back up (it has tracks). I choose not to drive my other cars in the winter.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

Vanagon not a daily. I take too many quick trips and need more reliability and comfort. We use the Vanagon for camping and snow trips mainly, or hauling large items =)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

Got one diesel, one gasoline, one electric. Things have gotten out of hand here...

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

Does anyone actually only own a Vanagon? I think that's a simpler question.

I would assume that anyone that owns a Vanagon also owns at least 1 other car and I'd go with the Vanagon being the 3rd car for most people.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

I think of my Vanagon as backup to my bicycles.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

4Gears4Tires wrote:
Does anyone actually only own a Vanagon? I think that's a simpler question.

I would assume that anyone that owns a Vanagon also owns at least 1 other car and I'd go with the Vanagon being the 3rd car for most people.


That's thing for me at least, my Vanagon is my only "car" and if it takes a nose dive or complains, I'd be forced to get the big VW out of static mode in an RV park, no small feat.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

-03 Honda AWD CRV on Dobinson lift springs, BFG 215-75-15 and gets 26 mpg (handles sand and snow very well)
-14 Impreza AWD Sport Hatch for my wife commuting around our wet, rural county

You'll love the Element!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

I will give my 1991 some credit. It has only failed 3 times in 3 years and they were all silly coolant leaks from subpar replacement parts. Outside of that its a Honda!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

I think I drive my '50 chebbie truck more than my Vanagon. Both are equally loved.



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

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The GTI is the daily driver. The Cabriolet is the fun-in-the-sunner (long time retired daily). The Vanagon is the road tripper.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

I have my old grampaís í78 diesel Rabbit Iím fixing up, it runs! (3 year old photo, yes that was mold and lichen on the outside!)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

My bus was my daily driver for 30 years. Then I got a vehicle from work. Still put over 10k on the bus per year vs 30. Now that I have 9 vehicles in the family (for the 3 of us) the miles have gone down... but still about 10k on the westy.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

as for back up vehicle to my vanagon... I use another vanagon...†
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

0to60in6min wrote:
as for back up vehicle to my vanagon... I use another vanagon...†
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Me too! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

I bought an old F100 in 1995. Although it was not as much fun to drive, it was easier to procure parts for the F100 than the Vanagon in my obscure part of the country. The Vanagon ceased being a daily at that time. I still have both, and have added more Vanagons and F series trucks to my fleet. I use the trucks all the time, and the Vanagons for fun now.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Back up vehicle to your daily driven Vanagon? Reply with quote

Hmm... My Westy being my daily, I do have alternatives.

Not that my Westy Vanagon is my only Vanagon, as there are actually 3 others hanging around in various states of function.

However, yes, 2 Highlanders, a Tundra, a F250, and a Malibu. All running/workhorsing. And that's not counting my kids daily drivers.

Then there's the air cooled stuff. Which, with a little coaxing, could get me to town, at need.
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