Our 2000 Chev. Express extended van is approaching its 15 year and we love it.....really love with the penthouse top we added 6 years ago. I see time in the near 2-3 years to do another build with a new van. Present van is fine but I can't picture it lasting for 30 years into our mid 80's. If I'm going to build my own again I figure I should start the project in the next 1-3 years while still "young".
One question: Does the present, going on 15 years old, van have any real value or should a plan stripping it? Other option of course would be to keep until new one is usable and sell it. Any ideas what it might be worth as is. We have 135,000 miles on it and it is stored in an RV lot during the winters. I would expect to have ~160,000 on it by the time it is 15-16 years old.
Van U-tube video:
PS: We would build a van with the same basic layout but with a powered penthouse, electric refrig., under floor battery bank and maybe a solar panel (more battery power and solar because of electric refrig.)....on other hand might just keep it simple and stick with ice chest.