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RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Modifying doesnt stop at RVans. I got a mobility scooter that folds up into a suitcase size. I didnt have it for more than a week before I started modifying it. It gives me something to do. This is what I started with https://i.imgur.com/k9Q3ZiMl.jpg and here are the first of my modifications including the sunbrella, a crate on the back for one dog, a basket on the front for my coffee etc. The other dog rides on my lap. https://i.imgur.com/uo6Efcbl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. And finally I added rear view mirrors. https://i.imgur.com/QNynVRIl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
drsolo 07/13/20 05:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

What is the fun of buying something already made up? If I can't hack it or DIY it, I am not a happy man! That is why I call my DIY camper conversion van by the name of Gizmo! I have heard the siren song of Class Bs ready to boondock complete with storage tanks, flush toilets, showers, built in generators. But I come from a long line of ancestors came west in covered wagons, not to mention I feel guilty having upgraded from a tent my parents used every summer. But I see this shiny Class Bs so I go inside and I immediately feel claustrophobic. There is too much "stuff" inside I dont want or need. I dont actually boondock. Everything inside my RVan is modular and can be easily pulled out so the RVan is back to being a van to move materials and furniture. Every year I have had it I have changed and rearranged, added and removed the modules to better suit my needs. It can legally be parked on city streets. So I resist the call and plan my next van to RVan conversion.
drsolo 06/12/20 08:31am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B van for college student

I was informed by my kids while in school on the importance of socializing while in school.... Sleeping in a van, down by the river, smokin doobies, wont accomplish this aspect of getting an education. I would guess no student who's parents could afford dorms or apartments would prefer to live in a van. But I am guessing that kids who can just barely pay school tuition but have figured out that a degree is essential to getting a job above the poverty line would look for any cheap alternatives to enable attending. And some young people these days prefer to live a very frugal life rather than running up huge loans that will take years to pay off and perhaps limit their job choices if they want to be, for example, teachers. Unlike most advanced countries, we do not provide free education and support for good students to attend advanced learning.
drsolo 05/20/20 08:18am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

For adding pictures.... http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=1
drsolo 04/25/20 11:16am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

I ordered some new window screens that will slip over the doors like a sock to keep the bugs out. They allow you to raise and lower the windows while they are on. I had to order the large size for my van and I am still waiting for them to ship sometime in the middle of April. do you have a link for those "socks"?? sounds like an excellent idea
drsolo 04/12/20 09:55am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Years ago my wife and I bought a 1977 Dodge factory hippie van. They have all been fun but, that old van was the most fun we ever had RV-ing. .....Yes, it was cramped after a few days but, for long weekends there nothing better. I live out of my 1992 GMC RVan for 6 months now per year in winter. Just me, DH has the 17' trailer but I dont feel cramped at all just me and the dogs. I spend time outdoors which is the purpose of camping. Right now we are living in splendid isolation from COVID-19. https://i.imgur.com/l6Gu9k5l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
drsolo 03/20/20 10:02am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Well... woman, but I am also a retired science teacher. LOL. Sorry, my mistake. I shouldn't assume! Now I am even more impressed! Not only can she work on vans, she can cook too! Or did a man make the cake for you? It looks delicious! I will not lie. I have a full time lodger who is a carpenter/ plumber/ electrician and a husband who is pretty handy and they just work off my designs. My building days are pretty well over. The latest iteration of the inside of my RVan https://i.imgur.com/c8RCpQ1l.jpg I will not lie. I didnt make the cake. Bought it for my birthday. Praga: Chocolate cake, ganache and raspberry filling in between the layers and iced with chocolate butter cream; cherry filling on the top with chocolate shavings. It was delicious but over the top in richness.
drsolo 02/14/20 11:41am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

The latest addition to my RVan is a safety bar on the side door. Took the wimpy handle off and replaced it with a bathroom safety bar that has a textured grip. It is wonderful. You are my kind of man. I like your ideas about the multi-use table and the safety bar. From my old science teaching days, my motto was always "bigger is better." The students didn't think so when it was a quiz or a test! Well... woman, but I am also a retired science teacher. LOL. https://i.imgur.com/FNnDQm8l.jpg
drsolo 02/13/20 09:13am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

The latest addition to my RVan is a safety bar on the side door. Took the wimpy handle off and replaced it with a bathroom safety bar that has a textured grip. It is wonderful. https://i.imgur.com/rAFfMJfl.jpg
drsolo 02/13/20 07:14am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

My converted conversion van doubles as a construction van to haul stuff when we are at home so I have made it modular and easy to move pieces in and out. My table is a TV tray https://i.imgur.com/8uKZfSpl.jpg that tucks out of the way. I also use it for cooking outside by covering it with a silicone baking mat that doubles as a cutting board. It has also been used to hold my dish satellite up off the ground.
drsolo 02/13/20 06:55am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

HI Mike, it's a never ending thing trying to get enough room for all the things we want to take with us, LOL... I have the opposite problem. I keep leaving more stuff at home when we head to Florida for 6 months. And I keep finding more space for stuff and dont have anything more I want to take. So I keep shuffling things around so it isnt out in the open and looks like I have less stuff. Out of 12 drawers only 3 are packed tight, the first aid stuff, the hardware, and the electronics drawer. And this despite adding another doggie crate for my recently acquired Pom. I think I freed up a lot of room by not loading up on food or kitchen equipment. We leave duplicates in our trailer down in Florida.
drsolo 02/11/20 09:40pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B van for college student

Re toilets: a lot of van dwellers use composting toilets with success. Solves the "black tank/where to dump issues" My RVan is a converted conversion van and I tried the porta potty for a few years and hated lugging it, so now I use a Fold-to-Go Collapsible Portable Toilet with commode liners inside Hefty Slider 2.5 Gallon Jumbo Storage Bags and pop a baby diaper in there. Every couple of days I zip it up and toss it in the garbage. This listing shows that old posts never die, they just fade away... slowly. And sometimes come back. LOL
drsolo 02/08/20 08:43am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B van for college student

This would (should) be less expensive than the dorm room / apt rental option. What might work is to pay a greatly reduced rent for a parking lot behind somebodys house, and/or for use of shower and/or electricity.
drsolo 02/07/20 09:42am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

I converted a 2015 Transit T-250 cargo van to a bare-bones camper (think "tent on wheels"). I have to keep within the city rules for what can be parked on the street. I have a handicapped sticker, so I may have a bit of leeway, but it has to be registered as a passenger car even so. I have been inside quite a few Class B and frankly, I feel claustrophobic with all the overhead cabinets. After I gutted my conversion van and started rebuilding it I have been rebuilding it every year, changing things to better suit my comfort cause I live in it for 4 months of the year and travel/camp another 1 month or so. DH wants a newer larger because we want to ship it to Europe and travel/camp there and not take the teardrop (his bedroom) along. I have the boxes for a bed for him built and in my RVan already, but need just a little more width or length to get it configured as a bed for him. I sleep in a recliner. And I have already travel/camped in Europe in 68 with a VW squareback and loved it. We want to spend 3-4 months there. But thanks for the information.
drsolo 11/01/19 09:30pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Gizmo has a nice ring to it! My white van is "Gracie Unicorn" - the unicorn part came from trying for MONTHS to find a loaded (XLT) Transit cargo van; Gracie is from "by the Grace of God, we will live long enough to go to all the places this van can take us"....LOL! And yes, we have a little Beanie Baby unicorn who rides along ;-) What kind of van? My husband is nagging me to upgrade from my 1992 GMC Vandura conversion van to something taller (just cause he is taller LOL), something bigger, newer, better mileage, no rust. Sigh. I just got it the way I want it. But our fabulous mechanic has told us he is always finding cheap vans at some auction place and I know he could find us a really good one. The van is Papa Bear, the trailer at our campsite is Mama Bear and DH teardrop is Baby Bear.
drsolo 11/01/19 08:48am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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