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Jalopnik Camped Out In Ford Transit Vans Through The Detroit Auto Show

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At some point, each one of us is asked to make sacrifices for our jobs. Whether it’s the hours, the pay, or the ornery co-worker you suspect might fantasize about strangling you dead with a mouse cable, you suffer through it with all the positivity you can muster, in the hopes that someday, maybe, things will turn around.

Two members of the Jalopnik crew know exactly what we’re on about; they were made to stay two nights in Ford Transit vans during the Press Preview of the 2016 Detroit North American International Auto Show, camping out in the main hall of Detroit’s Cobo Center.

We want to be clear about that: the vans were indoors. At no point were these two journalists from Jalopnik at any significant risk of freezing to death or being stolen along with their respective Ford Transit vans.

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Jalopnik’s Michael Ballaban was the luckier of the two journalists; he was given a high-roofed, long-wheelbase Ford Transit to call home (2015 model pictured), decking it out with a “parlor, bedroom, closet space, and front sitting area.” His colleague, Raphael Orlove, was constrained to the smaller Ford Transit Connect, opting to turn the back into a “Ninja Turtles-themed blanket fort.”

If there’s a takeaway, it’s perhaps this: there are those who are asked to make sacrifices for our jobs, and there are those who truly suffer for them. The folks at Jalopnik can proudly count themselves among the latter group.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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