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Old 04-12-2015, 08:53 AM   #1
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2001 Dodge Adventure Van w/solar

2001 Dodge Adventure Van w/Solar $9,500
You could purchase an old van and outfit it yourself, which seems like the less-expensive route—at first. Or, you could save yourself thousands of dollars by purchasing one where a lot of the expensive mechanical items have been cared for already, solar system and batteries installed, it’s been insulated and paneled, and it can be used right now to camp and live in.

This van was purpose-built to stealth camp in urban environments. It looks like a work van and easily fits into most neighborhood or industrial areas. With the solar power and water set-up, it can easily be used for boondocking somewhere in a national forest.

This van was purchased in June of 2013 for $3,500.
In June 2013,
• New air conditioning compressor, drier and lines--$1295
In July 2013,
• New tires were put on it--$715
• New ball joints, bearing pack and new seals, alignment --$705
• New front brakes--$195
• New gas shocks--$210
In Aug 2013
• Powertrain Control Module--$880
In Sep 2013
• New Radiator--$425
• New serpentine belt--$60
• New valve cover gaskets--$50
In Nov 2014,
• New wiper control switch, motor--$220

June 2013
• Solar installation and batteries--$4020
• 8” foam for bed--$400
• Roof Rack--$450
• Materials for conversion--$2000 (conservative)
Nov 2014
• Pioneer CD stereo with Bluetooth, amp, 6x9 speakers--$1115
• Whynter FM-65G Portable Freezer/Refrigerator w/insulated bag--$580

The van:
• 5.9L V8 OHV 16V
• 3500 LWB Maxivan
• 4-speed Automatic
• 2 seats
• New CD stereo, amp, and good 6x9 speakers
• Clear title
• Clean VIN report
•. Solid mechanical condition

Equipment inside the van:
• Double bed with 8" foam
• Sink with electric pump and 9-gal tank
• 65-qt chest refrigerator 12VDC-only
• 23 gallons of water storage in addition to the 9-gal tank for the sink
• Shelf storage
• Simple dry toilet (5-gal bucket under a toilet seat)
• Fold-down table
• Tarp awning and poles
• Two storage boxes on roof

The solar/battery system
• 630W of solar power on the roof
• 2000W (120VAC ~15A) inverter
• 4-6V deep cycle batteries (12V configuration)
• Charge controller
• Solar/battery system separate from the van start battery system

Prescott, AZ

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Old 04-12-2015, 03:39 PM   #2
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Re: 2001 Dodge Adventure Van w/solar

I'd be scared of sitting on the crapper and getting electrocuted.

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Old 04-12-2015, 10:22 PM   #3
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Re: 2001 Dodge Adventure Van w/solar

That is a lot of solar!

Hey, I've got that same water filter.
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Old 04-13-2015, 04:24 PM   #4
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Re: 2001 Dodge Adventure Van w/solar

That would be called a "crap n' zap"
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Old 04-13-2015, 05:16 PM   #5
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Re: 2001 Dodge Adventure Van w/solar

The thought of crapping in a bucket right next to the bed is not very appealing to me. But hey, to each his own.
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