Originally Posted by jagular7
I wouldn't take that and try to use to for any purpose. You'd be better off with something else of a standard van. If you look at cargo vans, you'll have a basis for converting to a usable toter/camping setup. Even one with seats. Any effort into that protective van will take lots more labor. Besides, the extra weight of the protection will eat a lot of the fuel up. There are lots of deals out there in the KC area.
I agree with this^
Too bad I did not see this post a week ago. I just traded in a very very nice conversion van. Not sure if in the stick MO is close to bum**** MO but maybe we could have worked a deal.
The van you are loking at could be at or close to its max as far as what it could haul or tow.
I had a conversion van and the suspension, brakes, gearing, rear axle, alternator and other components had to be changed because of the conversion, who knows what has been done to the van you are looking at van to accommodate for its extra weight. My conversion added over a 1,000lbs to the weight of the vehicle. The conversion was done by a company called Elk, and they had provided the towing and equipment info for the conversion. If you don’t have that info you really don’t know what you are getting.
Even with the conversion my van was rated to tow 7200lbs and it made for an excellent tow vehicle. Without the conversion it was rated to tow just under 10K.
With the set up you are looking at how can you be sure what info you can get as far as what has been changed to support the weight or what it could tow. If you do not have this info it will be very difficult in some instances to get replacement parts or to really know what you can safely tow.