Ah, the van. Home. Everyone talks about their respective homes int heir blogs, but the pictures are usually all over the place, and in several posts. I decided that I should give you, my fellow readers, a proper introduction to my little home.
This is my van, which I lovingly call DD (Designated Driver. I’ve camped outside a couple pubs in her. lol)
She is a 1978 Chevrolet Vandura, with a 350 under the hood. I bought her from a friend for $500, and she passed the inspection after putting a new muffler on (the previous one had a hole in it I could put my fist through with room to spare.)
DD comes with (almost) all the fixings needed for fulltime living. There is a fridge, a 3 burner range, a sink, a 9 gallon water tank, furnace, cupboards, bed, storage, closet, and surround sound. The only thing she’s missing is a bathroom. So there is no toilet, or shower.
From the front, looking back:
And back looking to the front:
A little modification that I made so that I could have my iPhone, which serves as my alarm clock, by the bed rather than up front in the van for anyone peaking in to see. It’s wiring is connected into the house battery through the cigarette lighter and stereo which were rewired by the previous owner pointing to the house battery rather than the starting battery.
What every vandweller needs, a place to cook! This is my 3 burner range, and under it, you can see my furnace which pumps out a lot of heat in a matter of minutes. Below the furnace, you can just barely see a little blue behind the panel. That’s the water tank.
Now a look at everything together. The furthest back, you can see the fridge which during the summer, would eat up a tank of propane once a month. Total cost to replenish? $14 I like the setup, It’s easy, especially with the fridge at the back door, I shop, open up the back, and put my food in the fridge right out of the shopping cart.
Across from the cooking area is my “closet”, it can hold maybe six shirts, and then there was this empty space. I added a couple drawers from WalMart, the top holds my other clothes that do not need to be hung up, and the bottom is for food. I’m planning on building something a bit more permanent, and expanding the size of the closet to boot.
Ahhh, To sleep, perchance to dream. My bed. It is quite comfortable to sleep on folded up, and stretched out into a double which will fit two comfortably. (That book is, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Very good book, decent movie too)