WE GOT A NEW VAN!!!…well, kind of!!

I have been putting this post together for quite some time, and for this reason or that, it wasn’t ready to post…but now I feel like it’s ready to be turned loose!

So…with no more hesitation

I introduce…

Joon van Spirit 2014 Edition

made ya look...
made ya look…

C’mon…you think I’d give up all this hard work that easily? I think not…right away…  tee hee

Pressing the refresh button on Joon, had much involved, with James doing about 98.9% of the work. For those of you that might have missed the post I did about some of the updates to Joon, here is a snippet of that post:

  • New Radiator
  • New Water Pump
  • New Rancho shocks (front)
  • Suspension Belt
  • AC Pump (done in the shop)
  • Power Steering Pump (done in the shop)
  • Put “pucks” in front, lifting it about 5 inches
  •  New shackles in back
Before & After Shackles
Before & After Shackles
  •  New Leaf Springs (5 instead of 3)
Before & After Leaf Springs
Before & After Leaf Springs
  •  New Rancho shocks (back)
Before & After Shocks
Before & After Shocks
  •  All three components together on back of van
Shocks, Springs, Shackles
Shocks, Springs, Shackles

The last 2 1/2 months of our upgrade were dedicated more to working, saving, buying, then waiting for our purchase. Those items included:

  • FRIDGE ~ 33 qt. Dometic by Waeco

Fridge link~ http://www.amazon.com/Dometic-CF-035AC110-Coolmatic-Control-Refrigerator/dp/B0017YFDGO

We got a fridge!!!
We got a fridge!!!
  • All NEW bedding: 4 inch, 4 lb. density memory foam, that sits on top of two (side by side) self-inflating, sleeping pads. We bought a pump that can inflate and deflate the bed much better and faster than we can, and everything rolls up together now!! (see picture below)

Air Pad Link ~ http://www.amazon.com/ALPS-Mountaineering-Comfort-Series-Air/dp/B000MQ80DG

Opening my dream
Rollin’ in my dream
  • Replaced the windshield
Merry Christmas to my face!
Merry Christmas to my face!
  • Motorcycle hitch that fits the van perfectly with a 600 lb. tow capacity, and will carry the dirt bike & bicycles…oh did I mention we also got a dirt bike!?!
vroom...vroom
vroom…vroom

and last but not least…

  • TIRES!!!!
Joon gets new treads
Joon gets new treads
Our Big O !
Our Big O !

 In between the buying and the receiving of the big items, James tightened up a few last things:

New back brake pads and drums

No more popping!
No more popping!

 Applied square U-bolts to back doors; 4 on driver side for chairs & 2 on passenger side for gas can

Square U-bolts in action!
Square U-bolts in action!

 And other than a couple of other small changes, that we’ve made since getting back on the road, that’s about it!

Joon’s “junk in her trunk” (the big hump on top of the van) has lost some of her height, but her curves remain! Once we were back on the road, we did even more rearranging, reorganizing and even tossing some more things out… just these little things have made our journey much more manageable.

So, NOW

I introduce to you

the NEW

Mack Daddy version

of our Joon van Spirit

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Joon van Spirit
Joon van Spirit
2014 Joon van
2014 Joon van
Joon van Spirit
Joon van Spirit
Joon van Spirit
Joon van Spirit

My tribe is pretty stoked on what we shall conquer in 2014 with Joon van Spirit.

The van, The Man and the girls are all pretty happy campers….can’t ask for too much more than that!

Happy Campers
Happy Campers

Peacefully wishing you blue skies & clear windshields!

Enjoy the view, it goes by fast
Enjoy the view, it goes by fast

 peace tribe

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Responses to WE GOT A NEW VAN!!!…well, kind of!!

    • Thank you Hitek! He did an amazing job. In the tire pics, there’s really nothing in it except the pantry stuff. Once we got everything in, We had to put the shackles on the last notch, I think you can tell in one of the packing pics how weighed down it got! tee hee! You know how it goes!

    • Thanks Richard. And yes, it’s all wheel drive, so yippee for us! It makes a world of a difference for the places we get into.
      Miss ya

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