Originally Posted by Bestcat
I like your idea about a pan shower/curtain for me. If it has outside water for the dogs that will work as the water is warm.
AC is a must have. It gets really hot here in the summer. I actually leave my truck running to keep dogs cool if I have to. I saw a GTRV with the AC unit attached to the back but it ran on 110. Could that be done by enclosing the AC unit in a metal box and have the ability to connect it to power from the inside ie generator or battery?
IE potty, some of the new portables look fine actually. Any thoughts on those? easier then hauling black water and dumping?
SMB was really helpful and sent me a link to a dodge that will fit but it has more miles then what I would desire. Going to talk to GTRV later in the week as well they will work on used, might be an advantage. I looked at the PW Traverse but its only a 1/2 ton and I want 3/4 to 1. Willing to give up 4X4 as long as it has AWD. Again, maybe my wish list is too long....appreciate your thoughts. thanks daveb.
Depends on how primitive you want to be. Some people expect what a large RV has pushed into a small space. That's very hard to do.
So I take it you are OK with a used vehicle; is new out of the question?
It all comes down to personal preference and what works for you might fail miserable for me.
An outside shower isn't a problem as would be a inside wand for a curtain type portable shower pan but to tell the truth I don't know how user friendly that is. SMB did make a fiberglass 1/2 shower that seemed to work for smaller people.
And where I would insist on being able to cool 105 temps to 70 degrees on a hot summer day, you might be fine with upper 80 degree temps. My Starcool can't keep me where I feel comfortable but it might work for you. Many people are happy with their Danhard AC's and an additional fan.
SMB used to have what they called a "G" top designed to fit most garages. As long as the vehicle had stock tires and no lift, it would fit. Chevy does a good AWD but I'm not sure of the overall height required for an average garage.
Sometimes it might be easier to dump a blackwater tank over a porta pottie. Depends on what facilities are around but really the gray water needs to go to the same places.
It might be easier to start off with a fully loaded floorplan (during a brand new planning phase) and deconstruct it to your needs. This van might have all of what you want except the overall height is too much and it sleeps/seats more than what you need. So cut it down, see if SMB still has a low cut PH top and start pulling (deleting) or minimizing what is in it until it's what you want plus fits in your garage.
good luck on your search (BTW, make sure your garage doors are wide enough and the van will fit length wise)