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Old 07-25-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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how many nights a year do you spend in your van?

my wife and i have conflicting schedules often (i work 6am-2pm, and she is currently working 10:30am-7pm, luckily we both are m-f right now), so we take whatever time we can get whenever we can get it, but sadly, it generally only nets us weekend trips. we arent complaining. were just happy to be in the great outdoors.

anyway, the first year we had our van, not setup as a camper at all other than a makeshift bed, we were able to get out on 16 different trips. most were just 2 day weekend trips but i didnt really keep track other than a trip count. over the winter, i was trying to remember the various trips and was kinda bummed i didnt keep better track, so this year i started a spreadsheet with where, when, and notes from each trip. i was just filling it out from last weekends trip and trying to figure out where we are going this weekend and got me wondering if any of the rest of you keep track of this info.

i know many of you spend a lot of time in your vans. some of you weeks at a time (which makes me very, very envious btw, lol), but i was wondering if any of you kept track. so how bout it, anyone else keep track of how many nights a year you get to utilize your beloved chariot?
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:27 PM   #2
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Re: how many nights a year do you spend in your van?

I never thought about doing this, but after reading your post, I think its a great idea. We haven't been on too many trips since buying our SMB last year, but we enjoy it every time we get to use it.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:29 PM   #3
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Re: how many nights a year do you spend in your van?

kinda dovetails into this thread from way back

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3694

I'll admit, I don't get out as much as I did years back. But I'm remodeling a house.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:53 PM   #4
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Re: how many nights a year do you spend in your van?

40-50 this year. Probably around 20 previous years.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:19 PM   #5
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Re: how many nights a year do you spend in your van?

I've only had my current van since March 4th, but I've slept in it 16 nights (or more?) already - easily more than 10% of the time.

And headed out in a few hours for this weekend too.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:27 PM   #6
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Re: how many nights a year do you spend in your van?

Thanks for the idea of keeping track. Will have to start doing it. So far this year is is nine nights. Working just takes up to much free time.
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Re: how many nights a year do you spend in your van?

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I've only had my current van since March 4th, but I've slept in it 16 nights (or more?) already - easily more than 10% of the time.

And headed out in a few hours for this weekend too.
Lucky. I'm remodeling a bathroom. Too hot to camp here anyway.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:55 PM   #8
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Re: how many nights a year do you spend in your van?

were also headed out when wife gets off work at 7pm. hot as hell here too, but when the temps are like this, we find a nice spot by some water and build a dam. plop down a table and chair and play cards and drink in the creek.

...and i forgot to say our stats in op. so far this season i am at 25 nights/13 trips, wife is less 4 nights and 2 less trips. were on our way to going twice as much as last year. that puts a huge smile on my face

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kinda dovetails into this thread from way back

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3694

I'll admit, I don't get out as much as I did years back. But I'm remodeling a house.
i did a search, but apparently i didnt word it right. appreciate the link though, will go give it a read.

a little ot, but what is it called when you go camping, but just basically tour? drive till dark (since we always leave town late), camp, get up next day and drive around, explore and camp at a different place? does that style of camping have a term or official name?

np on the ideas for those that are following suit by keeping track and thanks to everyone who takes the time to respond
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Re: how many nights a year do you spend in your van?

I'd say overlanding covers the gap to include van travel. An expedition has more of a defined purpose.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:25 PM   #10
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Re: how many nights a year do you spend in your van?

We usually go on a little trip once a month. Most are for 4 or 5 nights. I guess this year we have spent about 30 nights in the van.
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