Thanks to this forum, and general excitement about our van
Spring 2020, midst of lockdown, I got obsessed with the idea of a van. Amazingly my wife was immediately green lighting the plan. First we got a 2015 Chevy Express 2500 4.8L V8. Then we took out all the seats and had a local guy install a couch bed. We drove cross country with that setup and did about 10,000 miles. (Highlights: That free campsite at the end of a 10mi dirt road in the Badlands.) Then we had CCV install a poptop and do the basic interior. We did another three month trip, probably 15,000 miles. (Highlight: Not dying the night we camped at the Steamboat Springs KOA, when it went down to 6 degrees.) Since then we put in a homebrew kitchen with a sink, fridge, and sink. Then we did another cross-country trip, probably another 15,000 miles. (Highlight: boondocking in Nevada.) In the next few months we're getting all-terrain tires, an Aluminess ladder and side surf rack hooks, roof shower, solar panel, and an onboard heater for mountain camping. Then I think we're done for a while? But maybe not. Thanks to all of you guys/gals for the help and inspiration! In 2022 I hope we can ski a ton and surf Mexico.