^^^ What Jage said.
Originally Posted by taverre
I could also start adding kitchen and other stuff as I can afford. At this rate, I should be able to get a new Econoline with extended back and penthouse for 35,000. Anyone else try this and greatly regret it, or have success?
Would I be that much better off buying a used cargo van and doing these mods myself as I can afford? Also, trying to thumb through the general info posts to get a grip particulars, I'm finding I come away with more questions than answers. Is there a newby set of articles that defines and lists the main things to consider. .
I did this, but I didn't buy a new one. Do you have any real need to buy a NEW van for this experiment? There are many great used ones out there, and the Econolines aren't much different from 2012 back to 2000 or so, and the same basic body style all the way back to 92. Econolines are everywhere, by any measure the most widely used vehicle in the U.S. for small fleets and service companies. They are pretty bulletproof and will stay together almost forever. That said, if you want to do this slowly yourself and expirement with size, modifications, etc. why buy a new one over a used one you could easily resell if it doesn't work out?
As far as articles, etc. defining the main things to consider, just start reading away in the ground-up builds section, or van body, or mods & accessories, etc. All of em practically. Spend some time on Sportsmobile's website looking at their VAST number of floorplans, they are very helpful as you consider your needs.
Or just ask away around here about specific ideas. We're all van nuts here.