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2022 - Van Year in Review - How much did you use your van?

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November 2021 I took possession of my 2020 AWD 250 Long-High. Converted by Adventure Wagon with their Moab bed, Mule bags, Espar heater, Smartfloor with 2 extra seats. So 2022 was my first year with a done adventure van at the ready. I used it a bunch, even while still working full time, but wish I had used it a lot more. Traveled to MOAB, Telluride, Jackson Hole plus all over the PNW. Being a spreadsheet geek, I logged my trips and wanted to share with the group and see how their year went! Early fall I was at 26 nights and a friend told me "Just 10 more nights and you'll be at 10% of the year in the van." I didn't make it as life got in the way this fall, but it's my goal for 2023. Here it is...

28 nights - Mostly just me, a few nights with spouse/friend
  • 14 Boondock - no facilities of any kind
  • 8 Residence - driveway, hotel parking lot - access to some facilities
  • 6 Campground - access to pit toilets, water. Occassionally shower and flush toilets. No RV parks.
4 nights on loan (kids and friends)
  • 2 Residence
  • 2 Campground
I didn't track the dozens of day trips skiing and mountain biking that were greatly enhanced by having the big, tall van with all the amenities to haul gear, people, get changed, make coffee, lunch, etc. Just a game changer of decadent comfort every time I use it. (One feels quite superior in the ski hill parking lot, sitting inside making coffee while the guy next to you who just pulled up in his SUV is getting his gear on in 20 mph winds and snow blowing sideways.) The AdWag kit has allowed me to move every thing around a handful of times, and even take everything out to make runs to the dump, move furniture, bring the kid to college, etc.

As we know, the van is never finished. I've added the front VC lift, AT tires for summer and dedicated snows for winter (on painted OEM wheels), Viair compressor, low-tech water jug and manual pump, fold down wall shelf w/storage, sliding tray with bike and ski rack, Flatline roof rack, back door ladder with Lolo bike hooks, Backwoods bumper with crazy bright lights. Best mod - Custom quilted window shades made by my 80 year old mom! Continued refinement to continue...

Hope you all had a great 2022 in your Transit and may 2023 be even better!
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Huh. I track a lot of stuff - running, climbing, biking, sleep, sex, reading books, meetings, naps, stretching, family meals, movies, weight, injuries, illness, more... but not this.

Roughly 15K miles - even with the rig in the shop for two months that WOULD have been lots of trips. We share the van with our two boys and their gals, so... lots of use. We schedule who has it when. Looks like roughly two dozen "trips" - typically into the mountains for snowboarding / running / hiking / mountain-biking / camping (yes, outside of the van) and more. Just a few photo highlights (not so much of the van... it's just the vehicle - the people and the places are the highlights).

Started the year in the snow. First time on XC skis. Not my forte.
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Hung out with my sister and her son at the MX track:
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More snow time - with pizza in the propane oven (photos removed)

Running a race with my Masters team-mates in Sac:
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then getting more mountain-bike time near Folsom lake:
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Disassembling the van to get the power slider repaired. Then more snowboarding.

Getting whacked by an idiot driver:
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but still getting some awesome climbing, hiking, canyoneering and running after the repair:
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Believe it or not... then the deer we hit... on the way to another race
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Then more running and hiking and biking
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Bunch more biking and running and hiking trips.

Then the snow returned in November and December. More trips to the snow.
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Plus my boys and their girls did trips as well. Saunter gets lots of play time!
 
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