1997 Toyota Hiace Van with Chilean plate, kitchen, bed, storage set up for sale in April in Osorno, Chile

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#1 Tue, 10/22/2019 - 06:21

1997 Toyota Hiace Van with Chilean plate, kitchen, bed, storage set up for sale in April in Osorno, Chile

Hi ! We are a family of three worldwide travelers. We have been lucky owners of the Toyota van Don Pedo. We purchased it in Osorno, Chile in the beginning of 2018 and traveled in it from Osorno to Arica, Chile to La Paz, Bolivia through Lake Titicaca down to the coast of Peru, all the way up to Lima. Then our friends drove it from Lima back to Osorno in 2018. In 2019 we explored in it most of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, picking it up in Osorno and then reaching the end of the Chilean road system at Lake Fagnano; Ushuaia and then back north.

Don Pedo has been on the dirt, gravel, rocky roads as much as on the asphalt. It handled well at very high altitudes when we went to San Pedro de Atacama and surrounding areas, Lauca National Park, and then the roads on the high plains (4800 meters) of Peru from Puno to Moquegua and so forth.

The price is $5,000 USD.

We bought the van in Chile from a Czech couple with 4 kids that had purchased it from a Belgian couple, who acquired it from a Canadian couple. The van has been in use as a foriegn touring rig for quite some time.

Information about the van:

• Toyota Hiace 2.4L
• 1997. A common van in South America, thus easy to fix and find spare parts
• Gasoline
• No 4X4 but the van has rather high clearance.  We could reach every single place we wanted.  The van handles steep roads, hot or cold weather

• We are the owners of the van and have ALL of the necessary Chilean documents as well as the Argentine insurance.  The van is stored at the house of a friend of ours, and we signed the documents before leaving Chile that allow him to sign for us in making the sale.  He also knows which offices to go to, and how to efficiently get that process completed.

• Technical revision is easy to get; you only need to take the van to a mechanic who runs basic tests and fills in the paperwork.  We know a mechanic in Osorno who does this work well and cheap.
• The breaks work really well. They were replaced in November 2018.

The inside:
• King-size bed can be turned into benches with table placed in the center.
• 3 main mattress pads (4-5 cm thick) that comprise kind size bed. Were replaced in November 2018. They still look and feel like new.
• Under the bed there are 3 large boxes for storage of footwear, clothes, toiletries, etc. 
• One large and one medium size plastic boxes for food storage- placed under the stove
• One cooler- placed under the stove
• Library: shelf/box for books, maps, etc.
• Two-burner stove that was purchased and installed in April 2018. It is possible to cook inside. The gas tank is placed on the roof and safely connected to the stove with a special gas hose. We never had any issues with that. The gas tank is replaceable and easily found in any town in Chile and other countries of South America.  5 kg tank lasted our family for about 3 months of cooking daily.
• Kitchen storage shelf above the stove fits all the cookware, utensils, etc. and even more stuff.
• Box for spices, tea, coffee, olive oil/vinegar, etc. next to the stove
• Many windows to enjoy the views. 2 windows in the back are permanently sealed and don’t open. The other 2 windows that open in the back and 2 windows in the front when open provide plenty of air circulation even on a hot day. We have never found it to be an issue.
• Curtains: the van came with dark drapes from previous owners, but we made our own light blocking curtains from purchased fabric. These curtains can be velcrowed for the night or during the day to avoid bright sun or curious people.

The outside:
• Red color paint
• Bumps, dents and scratches: there is one relatively big dent in the back and a couple of minor ones that are only cosmetic and don’t interfere with performance of the van. We were actually glad that the van looks this way, because when traveling in South America as Western foreigners (more so in Bolivia and Peru than Chile and Argentina) we attract attention, but when people look at the van and see that it is old and a bit beat up, this unwanted attention goes away.
• Front windshield has cracks
• Tires: in good shape - newer, wider and higher tires were installed in November 2018.

The front cabin:
• 3 basic seats
• No power steering, but the van has a really good turn angle. It is easy to park, turn or turn around in a narrow space
• Basic glove compartment and dash board
• Air conditioning is not working. We never needed it, opened windows provided plenty of air circulation.
• Heating system is working in the front of the van.

Electric system:
• Headlights, stoplights, turning signals, cigarette lighter to charge devices are all WORKING
• There is an outlet to charge your devices (phones, laptops, cameras, drones,  etc)  using 110 system (U.S. based).  It is connected directly to the battery.
• No radio

Equipment included:
• Safety equipment: first aid kit, fire extinguisher, red triangle, and also reflective bands for Peru
• 2 spare tires on the roof
• 2 X 20 liters tanks for fuel on the roof
• Toolbox on the roof with tools, spare parts, oil, etc.
• Jump start cables
• Jack
• Air pump
• Plastic bucket to wash clothes or for other uses
• Bucket to wash dishes, clothes or yourself
• Solar protection for the windshield
• A table you can put inside and outside
• An indoor light
• A mosquito net (which we never needed to use)
• Large pot for cooking

Things not working or not working well (minor details that didn’t affect our trip):
• The water pump to wash the windshield doesn't work (you can wash it at any gas station or just pour some water)
• Burns about a quart of oil per 4000 kilometers.  Just carry a couple of quarts to replace as needed. 
• No internal lights (it is ok, because we placed our own lamps  which run on batteries and last a long time)
• The windshield has cracks which is a consequence of driving on the gravel roads, very common thing in Latin America
• The trunk/ back door doesn’t open and it is now completely sealed. Trunk/under the bed space can be accessed by simply lifting the boards that constitute the bed.
• Most of the back windows are sealed with tape to avoid dust from getting in the van when driving on dusty roads. Two main windows in the back still open, one in the kitchenette by the stove and another one in the slide out door.

 

Contact us! [email protected] or 1-404-783-2114