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subego  (op)
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Sep 27, 2019, 08:16 AM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
Wait, didn’t you have one of those econovans? Why are you renting? Did you get rid of it?
Still have it (edit: and still effing love it). The rentals are for when I have too much to fit.

This prop has been the main culprit. Just a little too long.

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Sep 27, 2019, 12:07 PM
 
Which I needed to rent a van again for this weekend.

They gave me a shiny, new Transit 250 to **** up.

Time between walking in the door and driving off the lot... 3 minutes, 12 seconds.
     
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Sep 30, 2019, 08:38 AM
 
Pulled my Rain-X back out and did the outside of the windshield with the original stuff and the inside with the interior anti-fog stuff. Tried a little harder than usual to do a good job.

This morning it was 71 degrees with 92% humidity and a dew point of 69 degrees. The windshield was crystal clear and the water fell right off of it.

I should probably do the other windows, too. Especially the back window - it's pretty flat without much slope, so water likes to sit there and I find myself running the rear defroster just to evaporate the water away in the mornings.
     
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Sep 30, 2019, 06:50 PM
 
Did you have any wiper chatter, or did you not use your wipers?

The way rain reacts to the Aquapel treated window is hard to describe. Most drops, well... they kind of explode when they hit the windshield. That “mist” ends up sticking. Those remaining drops are so small the surface tension alone keeps them there.

As more drops come, sooner or later the micro-drops collect together into a large enough drop either gravity or wind takes them off the window.

The thing is, it’s much easier to see through a windshield with all those drops on a treated window as opposed to an untreated one. Rather than distort the view through the glass, it gets... I guess “noisy” is the way to describe it. It’s annoying, but I can still see through it with little issue.

Oh... drops flying up the windshield is kind of distracting.
     
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Sep 30, 2019, 07:40 PM
 
In other car news, I seemed to have made it though the weekend without having to pay for any collision damage, though I guess I could still get a call tomorrow.

The Transit 250 was annoying in a lot of ways. Off the top of my head...

Throttle is too high off the floor. My foot kept slipping off.

Objects in the passenger side mirror are as close as they appear. The field of view is so small it’s almost impossible to correlate the regular mirror to the blind spot mirror.

The cargo doors have no keyholes, and after it’s been locked up, the unlock button is disabled until the key gets turned in the ignition. I genuinely want to kick in the teeth of whoever came up with that.

The entire window doesn’t roll down. It’s got fixed glass all the way forward from where the A-pillar starts. This makes it hard to grab the mirror to fold it in, and I kept smacking it with my cigarette.

No handle on the driver’s side to hold onto when you get in. JFC.


I guess I’d still take it just for the backup camera. The LED lights in the cargo area are very bright, which is the one thing I can say is an marked improvement.

It did have something resembling a suspension, unlike the E250s I’ve rented, but I’m not sure if it’s better in that respect, or just hasn’t seen enough abuse yet. Everything else I’ve gotten from them is at 60K miles, and this was half that. I got another Transit from them a few months ago. One of those tall mother****ers which forces you to walk inside the White Castle like you’re an animal. It was at 60K and the suspension was just as shit as the E250s.
     
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Oct 1, 2019, 10:27 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Did you have any wiper chatter, or did you not use your wipers?
No wiper chatter. I use some kind of Bosch wiper blades that seem to work pretty well.

This morning it was 74 degrees and 84% humidity - the rear window was totally fogged over again but the front was nice and clear. I mowed last night and the mosquitoes were out so I didn't take the time to RainX the rest of the windows.
     
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Oct 4, 2019, 03:02 PM
 
Okay, I admit it.

Even though I complained about the Transit, I was kinda happy they gave me one this weekend instead of an E250.

The functioning suspension is nice.
     
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Oct 11, 2019, 12:08 PM
 
Here’s rain on an Aquapel treated window for the curious. Taken at a stoplight.



“Noisy” is the best way to describe it, but still usable.
     
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Oct 11, 2019, 04:02 PM
 
Here's Rain-X at a stoplight after getting off of the interstate. The little drops blow back at high speeds and become bigger drops.

     
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Oct 12, 2019, 09:28 AM
 
So is this stuff good or bad? Worth it?
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Oct 12, 2019, 07:10 PM
 
It’s starting to grow on me. It’s definitely better than without, but it’s also taking me a little time to get used to. Rain is supposed to behave a certain way, and now it doesn’t.

Which is weird.


Edit: I’d say it is worth it if it wasn’t for the chatter issues I’m having.
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Oct 12, 2019, 07:11 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Here's Rain-X at a stoplight after getting off of the interstate. The little drops blow back at high speeds and become bigger drops.

Same with the Aquapel. Never got above city speed that time, though.
     
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Yesterday, 10:16 AM
 
what are you guys using for inside to prevent fogging?
     
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Yesterday, 11:19 AM
 
I generally just keep the window open.


Edit: in the back of my van, I have four of what I think are the same type of bags mentioned upthread, but I got them because of their claimed odor control aspect. My van has some sort of chemical smell. It’s the only real complaint I’ve had about the thing.
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