street queen to baja adventure fun
so as my "hello" quick intro said, i am very new to the "van" adventure travel fun.* I will ask alot of questions*and may go off in a direction with the build that's????????
I originally was looking for a crew cab 4x4 diesel to just put a camper on it and to tow my offroad prerunner truck to places on the west coast/baja. *
but that was getting hard to find one that was not beat to sh!t or worth anything.
i told my daughter that when she graduates college, I will take her on a nice vacation. *so we had a cruise scheduled last year for the mediterranean. *but because of corona... it got cancelled along with her not being able to participate in any type of gad. ceremony. *
We rescheduled our cruise for this year. *it got canceled. *
This is where a friend at work and a "HB loca" baja surf rat told me how he travels in baja. *We always traded his surf stories *with my baja racing and adventure storys (i "used" to surf in baja and a semi pro skateboard back in the days). *I told my daughter that I will start looking for a van and we will do a cross country trip together.
one day, looking for a truck, I started looking for a van. *but i wanted one that could still tow my prerunner. *my van friends told me good luck that most are very used up.
i have never purchased anything from ebay but i found this 2005 diesel van that was at a used car place not far. *
i took my girlfriend and daughter with me to see it but we all liked it so i bought it.
2005 ford E350, 6.0 100% stock. *never towed anything. *130k miles $17k. *was owned by a handicap male that could not drive so his wife drove him in it. *all *the service was at a dealership not too far from me.
so, that is how it all starts.
i broke out a calendar*and my daughter and i found a 3 week opening that we both did not have much to move around so we can take off.
This gave me about a month to get this van ready.* at the same time my GF lost a cousin, her sister, and then a few days later her mom.* cousin and sister due to corona, mom from broken heart???
i had a full plate of my work, prep a van, plan a rout, and being support for my GF.
spent too much time watching videos on youtube on how/what people did building there van and i had to just get to work on it.
1st was to remove and sell the wheelchair lift.
I made a bed,
*mounted a table,*
installed the front seats swivel spinners,
*made some homemade*screens.
*ordered a jackery power box, some 12v fans and solar string lights,
*a bucket toilet/pisser.*
*some dog supplies,
a quick trip to AAA for ideas/maps.
cut the front and rear fenders, installed some new falkens wildpeak tires.
changed fuel filter
change air filter
bought a new stereo because the old head unit did not have blue tooth or a extra input. did not have time to install it or the cameras so we used some JBL blue tooth speakers.
then we hit the road.*
planed a trip over 6500 miles.
main points of interest coming from soca. roswell, aliens
new orleans, history, food, music
gulf coast... why
Nashville*and Memphis, you know why
mark twain's national forest
south dakota, mount rushmore
badlands national park
yellowstone national park
zion national park
Yosemite national park
We wanted to stay off the interstate as much as possible*so we traveled*the smaller roads, smaller towns, spent time and*money there.
our 1st major point of interest was roswell.* have to see some aliens. and they got us. our 1st problems happen.