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"Step vans"

Karl
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I've been looking for an ES-friendly travel vehicle, and stumbled on these:

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/cto/d/for-sale-1998-chevrolet-p32/6611900071.html









Things I like:

- they're available with diesels

- the cargo bay looks easy to shield / may already be well shielded

- there's a doorway between the cabin and bay

- used ones seem to have held up well

It'a hard to find that combination where I live (upper Midwest). Comfortable vehicles like conversion vans and RVs are hard to shield and usually have gasoline engines; easy-to-shield vehicles like box trucks and delivery vans tend to be in rough shape and aren't easy to convert into a living space.

These vans seem to be pretty widely available:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Acraigslist.org+step+van+diesel&ia=web

I will probably go look at one, and will bring my AM radio.
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Arctic Coast
Looks like an excellent option.
Why AM radio?
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Karl
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Because I need to buy a new meter to replace one I lost.

At least with the radio I can estimate how well it blocks AM and FM signals. If it blocks those, then it will also block GSM.

I still need a gauss meter to measure how strong the field from the starter motor is, but what's more important to me is that the fields are low when I'm trying to sleep.
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Arctic Coast
I was gonna suggest that it would be better to just use your cell-phone
to measure signal strength while inside the car,
but then again-you may not have a cell-phone at all..?

Guess the rubber in the door openings will be where most of the radiation gets through.
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Karl
Arctic Coast wrote
I was gonna suggest that it would be better to just use your cell-phone
to measure signal strength while inside the car,
but then again-you may not have a cell-phone at all..?
I do have one, but I only use it with a headset, extension cord and low-pass filter. I'm planning to bring it, but I'm not sure if I'll need it.

Guess the rubber in the door openings will be where most of the radiation gets through.
Perhaps adding a flexible metal contact inside of the gasket (where it won't corrode) would work. Do you have any suggestions?
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earthworm
It looks like it has a wooden floor.
Do not under-estimate what emfs will manage to enter from underneath.
The mobile phone call test didn' t work in a solid steel seacontainer, i guess because of the open bottom.

Most modern cars ( a van from 1998 is probably still not too bad )  are rather unbearable, you have to test-drive them over longer distances and feel your response.
Meters are not going to be of that much use ( in my opinion ) when these only register relatively weak signals, which may still be problematic.

Apart from shielding the floor, adhesive transparent shielding of the windows seems a good idea and would be easy to do with this chevrolet van with its flat windows.