Hello SMB community.
This is my first Thread so please be nice with me:-).
I and my family just spent 2 weeks in a van across the US. We had a lovely time and the kids (4 and 6) really enjoyed this adventure. We rented the van from escapevan.com.
Based on this success experience, I was thinking to buy a van for the family to continue to live the van experience during our weekend or vacation. We live in California.
I did my personal research and came to the following conclusion. We 2 choices :
1. I am buying an SMB with the good floor plan for kids (meaning no sideway sitting) and with the penthouse. This is probably the most expensive option but also the easiest (when I find the good one). No need to build the Van me, no need to buy the machines, etc. I am a tax guy with interest but limited time and capacity to do stuff myself:-).
2. I am buying a conversion van (the one with a bed already included) and I try to install a kitchen in the trunk (we want a kitchen). Plus I need to buy a pop-up tent. I think the van will cost at the end a bit less but I am even not sure about that.
My total budget would be around 15k-20k max. I do not need to a 4x4 but I want 5 seats at a minimum. 7 would be the best.
Let me know your thought about that.
I have also found this one at SMB texas which is above my budget but want to pick your brain on it. Is it a good deal?
Any bits of advice or mistakes to avoid would be greatly appreciated.
Looking forward for your advice