We've had our van for a couple of years, but just now getting around to deciding on a final layout for the interior. It's insulated and carpeted, but that's it, so we have somewhat of a blank canvas to start. In the past, we've had trailers and motorhomes, but never something like this.
If there's one thing I've learned so far, it's that there is no "perfect" layout. Especially when there are two people involved in the decision making.
We are at the point where we've considered several options and how those options best fit into how we plan to use the van. It may sound kinda silly, but one thing that really helped us is we kind of role played how we would use the van. We tried to think of all the different scenarios we might be in and what gear would be needed for that particular type of trip. We also tried to figure out what gear would always stay in the van and where it would be stored, regardless of what type of trip we were taking. We then walked through each scenario to see how it would go with the different layouts. Our neighbors got a little worried, but it really did help.
I think in the end, we will have to go with the layout that comes the closest to checking off all the boxes and has the fewest compromises, what ever that is...
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