Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Class B - Camping Van Conversi...

Open Roads Forum  >  Class B - Camping Van Conversions  >  DIY

 > My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Page  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 32  
Prev  |  Next
Black'95

South Dakota

Full Member

Joined: 12/18/2014

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 11/30/20 04:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi back at you J Herb,
As you have probably heard on the news our state of South Dakota is wide open so we can camp at almost any state campground thru the pandemic. Also as a result of this our state has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 in the country. We are staying safe by isolating, wearing masks, and not getting together in any groups nor out to eat. We buy a lot of take-out and pizza that we cook ourselves.
We continue to camp as a way of isolating and we do whenever the temps are above 50 degrees. Last weekend we traveled to Yankton, SD (about 300 miles across the state) to see if we could spot the Mandarin duck that was spotted there about a month ago and made Facebook. The morning we left we spotted a bald eagle about a mile from our house that was roosting in a dead tree in Roscoe Lake. There were two in the tree but one flew away as two vehicles stopped to admire them and take pictures.
[image]

We got to Yankton and drove to Westside Park across from the hospital where it was reported on Facebook that the Mandarin duck had been spotted hanging out with some wood ducks.
[image]

We spotted a lot of geese standing around on the ice. One goose entertained us by trying to walk on the ice with melt-water on top and an irregular surface. He slipped and slid and almost lost his balance several times.
[image]

We saw several different species of duck from mallard to wood duck. In fact, we saw four wood ducks but no Mandarin duck. We found out later on Facebook that he had not been spotted in the last few days.
[image]

Here is a picture from the city’s Facebook page of the Mandarin duck we were hoping to see. There are no Mandarin ducks in the wild in North America so it was suggested that he was an escapee from a zoo, bird sanctuary, or someone’s private collection. The city did have a contest to name the duck and the winning name was Duckota.
[image]

My wife took a picture of one of the wood ducks that I really liked because of the ripples on the water.
[image]

From there we traveled west of Yankton towards Gavins Point Dam and our campsite at one of the several state recreation areas on Lewis & Clark Lake on the Missouri River. We chose Pierson Ranch Recreation Area as we had never camped there before.
[image]

Our campsite at #64 was centrally located and protected from the wind.
[image]

We had a nice campfire to keep us warm while my wife warmed up Thanksgiving leftovers on the camp stove. We had a repeat of the feast from a day before.
[image]

We didn’t see the Mandarin duck but we still had a nice trip and a tailwind on the way home the next day.

* This post was edited 12/04/20 01:14pm by Black'95 *

J herb

So. Oregon

Senior Member

Joined: 03/07/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/30/20 08:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike , I really like your photos the ducks are fun to watch.
Glad to see that you and your wife are staying safe and going camping is a great way to isolate, I have 3 more visits with the PT for treatments and than I hope that I'm ready to do some winter trips.

Have you done anymore van mods ? I'm going to build a cabinet on the upper right side above the bed after the first of the year.

Stay safe and well, Jay

* This post was edited 12/01/20 10:08am by J herb *


J herb


JohnHeinz

Tampa, FL

New Member

Joined: 11/30/2020

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/02/20 01:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Mandarin duck? I haven't seen that in a while. Then again, I haven't been out that much due to the pandemic.

Black'95

South Dakota

Full Member

Joined: 12/18/2014

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/04/20 01:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

J herb wrote:

.........Have you done anymore van mods ? I'm going to build a cabinet on the upper right side above the bed after the first of the year.

Stay safe and well, Jay


I have not done anything other than minor little fine-tuning items to the van and actually using it for camping. This coming week the temps are supposed to be in the 50's in the Black Hills so we are planning a camping trip to Custer State Park. I have been spending my time in my wood shop making infinity boxes for my brother, sisters, and grand daughters. Pumped out eleven of them for upcoming Christmas presents. Last year I made everyone ring-toss games and the year before that I made them all yard Yahtzee games with 4"x4" dice made from an old square post I had handy. Not sure what I will do next Christmas. The old barn is starting to fall apart at my parents old farm so I may try to make some lamps out of old barn wood. I collect ideas all year long so I have many to choose from. I am working on my next van update. It will be a long box for my roof rack to hold my fishing rods, radio controlled car, golf clubs and my metal detector. After watching "The Detectorists" series on British TV, I am ready to take mine out again.

[image]

[image]

When I get my roof rack box finished I will post info on it. I am also working on another project. I made a couple of shelves from the grills of my old 1990 K-Blazer 1500 for my 1/64 scale models of my Corvette collection. I found another grill from an old Chevrolet pickup that I will modify to hold the 1/64 scale models of all the cars I previously owned and my collection of old Tootsietoys cars I had as a kid. The openings in the Blazer and pickup grills are just about perfect for these small models. I just have to add a little extension in the back of each opening to make a deeper space to set the car.
[image]

My brother-in-law found me the grill from an older Chevrolet pickup that I reworked like the 90 Blazer/Suburban grills. It is not as good as the vertical spacing for the cars was only 1 1/8" so a lot of my cars would not fit. I did add a lighted Chevrolet emblem to it and some highway striped road tape from Hot wheels for the top shelf on this one. The others I just covered with sticky back black felt. I also spray painted the entire grill flat black (it was gray like the one below) and added a stripe of chrome tape down the middle to better match the 90 Blazer/Suburban grills. The 73-78 pickup grill below may work better but I have no tried one yet. It looks like it has taller slots like the 90 Blazer/Suburban grills.
[image]

I used the top two grill shelves for my 1/64 scale Corvette car collection. The bottom grill I use for my old 1950-60's Tootsie toy car collection that I played with as a youngster. I also have small models of each car that I owned or drove in my life. I had to repaint some of them to match the cars I owned. I also included a model of my Dad's H & M tractors that I drove on the farm, the 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 that I learned to drive on, and my Dad's first pickup which was a 1958 Chevrolet fleetside.

* This post was last edited 03/02/21 08:27am by Black'95 *   View edit history

J herb

So. Oregon

Senior Member

Joined: 03/07/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 12/05/20 09:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike,
nice work and great gifts for your family, some people pay good money for old farm barn wood to make picture frames and other projects .

I used to do a lot of Bass fishing and trout fishing in the back country lakes. I see that you do metal detecting and I did for a time but getting back into it soon, I have a Whites Coin Master Pro metal detector and have found a lot of things and over $300 dollars in coins and even a gold ring with diamonds. What do you have for a metal detector and what do you go looking for ?

I like your idea using grills for your models.

Glad that you get to go camping before the real cold weather sets in! We can go camping in between the bigger storms if there is no snow on the hwy‘s

Jay

drsolo

Milwaukee

Senior Member

Joined: 12/05/2011

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 12/06/20 10:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Black'95 wrote:

.....Not sure what I will do next Christmas. The old barn is starting to fall apart at my parents old farm so I may try to make some lamps out of old barn wood. I collect ideas all year long so I have many to choose from.


This snowbird would really like an ornament display box out of that old barn wood. All my beautiful ornaments packed away and dont see the light of day.. ever.


Ingrid and Dan Retired teachers from Milwaukee, WI
1992 GMC Vandura conversion


Black'95

South Dakota

Full Member

Joined: 12/18/2014

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/12/20 08:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have not made any major modifications to my DIY camper conversion van in quite some time. We have been using it all summer camping at state parks in SD that we have never been to before. We even camped last week (December 6, 2020) at the Game Lodge Campground in Custer State Park. My van's sun visors are somewhat lacking compared to the one's in my old 1990 Blazer which had a panel to slide out on one end for more efficient sun blocking. My newer vehicles have sun visors that actually slide on the rod to extend farther. I decided to make a change in mine similar to the old Blazer. I have sun visor organizers on them and simply slipped an old plastic license plate filler from our local car dealer behind the sun visor organizer. Now I can slide it out for more sun blockage. Simple but effective.

[image]

Black'95

South Dakota

Full Member

Joined: 12/18/2014

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/12/20 10:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JohnHeinz wrote:

The Mandarin duck? I haven't seen that in a while. Then again, I haven't been out that much due to the pandemic.


Just saw a news report that a Mandarin duck was spotted in the wild in Ohio last week. Similar to our report of one in Yankton, SD.

Black'95

South Dakota

Full Member

Joined: 12/18/2014

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/12/20 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

J herb wrote:

..... I see that you do metal detecting and I did for a time but getting back into it soon, I have a Whites Coin Master Pro metal detector and have found a lot of things and over $300 dollars in coins and even a gold ring with diamonds. What do you have for a metal detector and what do you go looking for ?
Jay


I have a Garrett Ace 250 that my sisters got for me a few years ago. They thought I could use it as I was retired. I have not found a lot of stuff, just a few coins, a few rusty tools and an old calvary button or two. I need to spend some time learning the finer points in metal detection to fully utilize the capabilities of my detector. Hopefully, this summer will be my time to do this.

Seon

Lake Camanche, CA

Senior Member

Joined: 07/02/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/13/20 09:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the 60's I converted a cargo van for camping that served my three kids, wife and I well. Then moved up to a 5'er and subsequently to other RVs.

I recently sold my class c that I towed my boat and currently have a TT for the wife and I.
Problem now is when towing the boat with my Yukon, I don't have sleeping accommodations. I'm thinking of buying a cargo van and converting it with a bed, carpet, wall insulation and packing cooking gears for those multi-days of solo fishing trips.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Page  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 32  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Class B - Camping Van Conversions  >  DIY

 > My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Class B - Camping Van Conversi...


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.