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I live in a snow belt area east of lake Huron. Tonight was the first time driving my van that I seriously experienced the drawbacks to driving an empty tall RWD van in winter conditions.

Slippery? Challenging to get going but not so bad since stopping grip is usually better than starting traction. This is the opposite of 4x4.

Windy? Need to stay alert to correct against strong gusts, but it becomes second nature quickly.

Serious side wind combined with sheer ice? I won't go as far as to say I just about shat myself when I realized the rear end broke loose and I only had vague control of where I was headed... But it certainly got my heart rate up and kept my speed WAY down the rest of the trip. It happened again a few times but it was easier to control at lower speed.

I have good winter tires on, but there are limits to what they can do. I bet 500 lbs or so over the axle would have prevented it entirely.

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Have to disagree on that one. Too big, busy, crowded. And that was from living in the South Side way back in 1980-87. It can't be better now. I prefer smaller. Milwaukee was fine.
No, we agree. If h*ll has mosquitoes, it's probably a lot like Chicago.
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Nice to see the insulation working well. Probably nice and quiet going down the road as well.

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Nice to see the insulation working well. Probably nice and quiet going down the road as well.
Would have been interesting to have measured a baseline temp rise or fall vs time prior to insulating the van.

Also would have been interesting to have measured a baseline noise level like @Travlin did. I no longer remember how noisy (or quiet) the bare cargo was.

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Yeah there's a lot of value in hard data. If I was building vans for a living I would want to be able to demonstrate how well it works.



Seat of the pants is worth something too - mine by that measure is locked down! All that matters really.

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Had to look up Durango on the map. Woah! The opposite corner of the state. Who knows.. maybe I'll be in the neighborhood someday.

My build rate is approximately attaching one bolt a month so it'll be 10 years before it looks like some of the builds on the forum. Not much to see yet in other words.
Not just the opposite corner of the state, but the best corner
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