Reading through this thread two things came to mind i'll share : ) And hope you have an enjoyable time of research and dreaming/scheming!
The first thing was sharing a link to a site I've followed since reading the webmaster's ebook "Vanabode" at vanabode.com
. He recently sent out an addendum to all purchasers of an 18 week trip he and his wife took exploring the east coast with the same tips/tricks he shares in his ebook. For me and my wife it was a few well spent bucks and highly recommend it. Basically he suggests a regular cargo van with nothing outside that screams THIS IS AN RV. He has a regular chevy cargo van with only windows on back doors. Not for everybody, but it works for he and his wife on extended journeys.
The other is that I would do a cargo van again on Van 2 if there is one. Our van began as a stock chevy cargo van
with glass only on the curb slider and rear barn doors. It is also my wife's DD and she luvs it
. Also, a cargo van will be easier IMO to insulate and for privacy sake.
Best wishes on the future build and welcome to the forum.
OH, one last thought as I type, there is a forum (in addition to the one at vanabode site) that focuses on utilizing various rigs as a base of operations. I have gleaned lots of useful information from the site and the forum. Check out the "VanDweller Community" at cheaprvliving.com
I have no affiliation with any of the sites I suggested...they are simply some of the best for answering the how-to of the lifestyle.