2020 Ram ProMaster in Motion
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Nissan NV vs. Dodge ProMaster

The Ram ProMaster and the Nissan NV are both mainstream options for large cargo vans. Though many seem to prefer other vans like the Ford Transit and the Mercedes Sprinter, there are a few other options out there. Both the Nissan and Ram offerings to the segment have strengths and weaknesses. There are compelling reasons …

A black Ford transit passenger van in the snow
Trucks & SUVs

2020 Ford Transit: Is it Better?

For 2020, the Ford Transit cargo and passenger vans have seen some welcome updates. Though it isn’t a complete redesign, the popular full-size van gets a mid-cycle refresh. Some changes are cosmetic, while some of them go deeper. But is the new 2020 Ford Transit better than its previous models? Apart from the all-new grille …

A Ford Transit van that has been converted for vanlife sits by the beach.
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5 Used Vans Under $20,000 for Vanlife Conversion

The full-size van is a popular platform for conversion into a vanlife ride. There are several of them available. Some have four-wheel drive. They are also roomy. However, when new, they can be pricey, which can be prohibitive to someone considering vanlife as a possibility. So, the used van is an alternative many people move to. Here are five vans that …

white 2021 Sienna minivan diving on a dirt road
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Wisely and Slow the Minivan Doth Go

Back in the 1980s, Chrysler wasn’t doing so hot. Enter the first American minivan. In 1983 the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager “transformed mobility for the suburban American family,” according to Business Insider. The minivan quickly became a nationwide family favorite. Even though they’ve taken a luxurious stowable back seat to crossover SUVs as …

A Sync Vans conversion on a Mercedes Sprinter van
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Why Is #Vanlife So Popular?

There has been a growing trend in recent years of people purchasing a vehicle for the purpose of fixing it up for use as temporary or permanent living quarters. In fact, there is even a hashtag, #Vanlife. Twitter and Instagram are full of people living the Vanlife. Why is Vanlife so popular? The Vanlife is not new Between …

Nissan Ambulance in Dublin
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Nissan Deploys Its First Electric Ambulance But How Does It Measure Up?

On Monday, Nissan announced that it deployed its first zero-emission electric ambulance. It was created for service with the Tokyo Fire Department. It is good to see fleet services slowly switching over to alternative forms of motivation. But, how does this new Nissan ambulance measure up to traditional ambulances in the United States? RELATED: 8 Electric Cars You Can Buy For …

1961 Mercedes O319 Omnibus
Cars

Want a German Chevy Van? Try a Mercedes Omnibus

In the US, Mercedes is mostly thought of as a luxury brand. Even the brand’s wackier products, like the 6-wheeled G-Wagon pickup and 500-hp R-Class minivan, offer high-end features. But the truth is Mercedes also makes more utilitarian vehicles, like the Unimog, Metris camper, and Sprinter cargo van. Though that perhaps shouldn’t be too surprising, …

Mitsubishi Delica Off-Road conversion | Platinum
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Car Camping Essentials

There are a lot of Youtube channels and Facebook Groups out there dedicated to #vanlife and #homeiswhereyouparkit. Vans or busses that are converted into living quarters are at the center of these communities. The idea is that people can take their belongings with them and travel almost anywhere. But not everybody can convert such a van or bus. Some people …

2020 Ford Transit Cargo Van
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Horse Vans in the U.S.?

The horse van is a beloved method of towing your four-legged furry friends around in Europe and the U.K. But why don’t we ever see horse vans in the states? Why is the U.S. market for pulling a trailer behind a big pickup truck so overwhelmingly popular in comparison to a horsebox? Cargo vans are …

burgundy 2020 Honda Odyssey driving along a shoreside roadway
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Are Minivans Cool Now?

As the technology and style of other vehicles surge forward, the basic minivan has retained its general look and function for decades. But, more and more moms are trading their cute crossovers and sparkly SUV’s for the ultimate family car: a minivan. There were, at a time, so many moms who felt frumpy or old …

1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed 4WD diesel
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Do #Vanlife Right With a Japanese Van

Overlanding usually features trucks and SUVs, prepped for off-roading and loaded with roof tents or bed campers. Or, if you’re really going off-grid, a specially-prepped Unimog. Equally as popular, though, is “van life”, which sometimes gets reduced—courtesy of Instagram—to be just about decorating an old VW van and sticking to “paved roads and parking lots,” …