Update: We got the 2015 Chevy Express 2500. I took out all the passenger seats and found a guy in Long Beach who fabricates 3-passenger benches that fold flat into a bed. He installed a nice blue one for us. My daughter fits perfectly on that, and then my wife and I can sleep on the carpeted floor in the back, on a foldable mattress that fits perfectly! I had the local rack place install Thule bars on the rain gutters, and on the bars I put our old cargo box and surf racks. We camped a few weekends around SoCal and had a blast. Then, a month ago, we left LA and have been on the road ever since. Have slept outside of the van only a few times. It's been great!!! Surfed up and down the coast, from Mendo back to LA. Then up to eastern Oregon, Montana, a magical night off-road in the Badlands. Now we're at our folks's places in the Midwest, getting ready to drive back to LA via NOLA, Dallas, NM, and a campsite in the mountains above LA, right before a three-night stay at San Onofre.
Note: We've been super-safe with Covid protocols. Mask usage is lower the closer you get to the Mississippi. Worst I've seen is a truck stop at midnight in Iowa, where no one wore a mask but a scared-looking African-American family.
Wish list: A buildout so my wife and I aren't sleeping on the floor, but on a platform under which there is storage. Some kind of fan. A fridge with solar and battery etc. Hitch for a cargo rack and/or bikes.
Big wish: A Coloardo Campervan pop top.
SO FUN. LOVE MY VAN