The van arrived from Texas Thursday. Dirty from the long trip but on inspection it was better than I had hoped for. The sales manager at the dealership decided he didn't like the tires on it so before he shipped it to me he had his shop install four new Firestone tires.
The interior is very well done and seems to have been used very little. It's a 2002 Chevy Express 2500 with only 23K miles on it. I'll need to make some modifications but they seem to be simple and inexpensive. I need to remind myself to keep it simple. Sometimes my enthusiasm gets the better of me and I complicate things for myself.
I found a realy cool 600 watt cube shaped microwave for $99 that is made to be portable. That is it is meant to be moved around and jostled a bit. The Dish satellite system has an antenna called the Tailgater. The antenna is automatic for sat search. Coupled with a receiver it's a little over $400. Just need to find a good ac/dc TV/DVD combo TV. I have Dish at home so the service to the RV would be $7 a month and you can have it turned off when not in use.
A porta potty with doodee bags will work fine. I have a 4 cup coffee maker and a small electric fry pan. Bought a Coleman 70 quart extreme cooler that keeps things cold for five days at 90 degrees. I also bought a Reese class 4 hitch. I have a 8x4 trailer and I want to tow one of my motorcycles on it. I like sightseing on 2 wheels.
The van already has a place and hookup for an aux battery. I just need to confirm that it is charged off of the alternator and the car battery has an isolator. The 110v current can just be feed in with a HD extension cord to a multi plug in the van through the door seals. I also thought about cutting a 2" hole in the wheel well and attaching a top and bottom piece of rubber and the cutting a slit in it. That way I can pass the extension cord throuh it to the rear bench and it will seal around it. When not in use the rubber should reseal and keep water and dirt out.
Anyway. Lots to do before spring arrives. Should be fun making it my own though.