OK, your favorite fence-sitter might be ready to jump. Hubs has me checking on financing and insurance, and he'll be talking to his work today to make sure the thing that killed our last deal is under control.
Here's what I'm looking for:
2008 or newer V10 EB with less than 100k miles. Seats 3-4 adults facing forward, preferably in car seat compatible seats. Sleeps 3-4, comfortable for six-footers. Window van preferred, but not mandatory. Not black, preferably tan, gold, silver or some other light color since we live in SoCal and have family in the desert. Want a poptop, but prefer CCV and willing to do it later.
The hard part is price - under 25k, built out. So if we get a newer base van, it needs to be 15k or so to give us room for a low cost build out.
And we found this: http://www.campingworldofsanantonio.com ... ile/276814
It's not everything we want, but it looks like a darn good compromise. No poptop, but we can do that in a year or two when we've scrounged together the bucks. Inverter, 12v cooler, beefed up AC. No onboard propane or water. We come from backpacker/ tent camper stock, so those don't bother me much. The biggest drawback I see is that I'm not sure if the rear passengers can see out of those little windows during travel.
We mostly camp in state and national parks, forest service places, etc. Probably don't need 4x4, though we might give boondocking a try if the vehicle is cut out for it. In this one, the kid will have to sleep in the aisle until we put a top on it, or we'll toss him outside in a pup tent.
I've attached the window sticker and the build sheet from Sportsmobile Texas who were kind enough to find the file and give it to me.
Van was designed for a couple who used it for day trips and to pull an Airstream, hence the generator and fancy pants hitch, but lack of water and propane since they had it in the trailer.
So... what am I going to hate if I buy this van? Haven't pulled the Carfax yet, but I will after hubs OKs the financing and insurance stuff. How does the price look? Seems like a killer deal to me.