Big Red Van
Just extra long, extra high, low mileage, Caddy for less than $10,000!
Right here in carpages. ca (or some such)
This is what I think!
Extra windows on the upper side!
When we went to see it, we found that it had a roof fan and battery pack/inverter system with a lot of sockets. (
The battery will charge when you drive, or it can be charged by plugging in the home current)
This is the first Van we actually went to see, so far I just looked online and gave me every van that passed by a few months ago, I only told my dear husband about this plan, and suggest some time in the future, such as the next year or more.
We\'re retired. I want a wagon.
I don\'t want anything too fancy or high tech, mainly to calm down self-doubt, we went to see some other used vans including stepvans.
There is nothing better than this, and while the cargo area of the step-by-step car is larger, there is no suitable passenger seat, and the cab is also in space, unable to imagine a long trip.
I can\'t imagine driving either (or parking)
Bigger delivery van
Back to the first place, after the test drive, we purchased it on the condition that the safety inspection was qualified, and also negotiated a 6-month repair warranty and sold it!
The Lady with white hair and her sweet husband!
The ladder Holder and the spike in the front (
Used to accommodate traffic cones)
However, we still have the yellow flash on the roof!
How much dry mud and crud are in the van, that\'s great.
We removed a table/work table for 6\' and some metal cabinets.
A metal cabinet is tied to the floor of the van! (
We have some nice guys at the nearby auto repair shop to help us remove it)
The walls are mainly a series of heavy-duty interlocking vinyl components-the nasal cladding.
To clean the walls and plywood floors, just scrub and rinse about 3 times.
Of course, this is at the beginning of the heat wave, so when the temperature and the degree of force get me close to the faint, I will sit on the van in the folding chair and taste something cool, try to imagine where to go.
The taxi storage area is huge but I know we need more to organize our stuff even for short trips.
The van has a very high roof, the lid is connected to the original roof line and a shelf is built around the van.
About 3-4\"wide by 1.
5 \"deep, but it is very convenient for storing a lot of small items.
I screwed some coat hooks along the side of the bed area to the outside of the shelf.
This is his wardrobe with her.
During the trip, my husband preferred to put socks and underwear in a small suitcase under the bed.
I prefer to put my stuff in the cloth pocket and stick it on the nose wrap layer with S hooks.
This is another area of Van renovation with a wide range of options.
I decided to use vinyl flooring and the Van already has 3/4 plywood flooring.
I made the template for the van floor with the barrier drop cloth.
I glued the template to vinyl ,(
Also held down with some stones.
Track around the template with sharpie before cutting.
Used a felt knife that looks evil in most cuts.
My kitchen scissors are used to handle smaller cuts (
Especially for places that need to be shaved Here and There)
Vinyl was perfect, we didn\'t use the vinyl adhesive and just pushed it out. (
Return the unopened adhesive and applicator to the store as the van always needs something else).
I think I may need to reconsider the decision not to glue, but after 10 months I know it still seems to be fineYeah.
It\'s about 10\' higher and a little longer than your standard Mall parking space.
Oh yes, bright red with yellow lights on top.
You mean invisible?
Okay, maybe it\'s a little big (and red)
But when I say invisible, I mean I don\'t want anyone to know that we sleep or dress in the car.
I bought a pair of curtains in a soundproof room.
I used paper bags to flatten and stick the inside of each window together, making the template.
I put each one around 1 \"larger than the window.
I lined the doors and windows with a creamy light fabric with a \"tone \".
The right side of the hanging face is outward, and the insulated backing inside the van.
Use light colored fabric so the interior of the van doesn\'t look so dark.
I sewed around every dress.
I fix the magnet with glue along the outer edge of each shadow.
When not in use, the curtains are folded and stored on the shelf above the side door.
They were removed quickly and the magnets seemed to hang there.
I used a similar approach to crop the shadows of the long windows on the upper side of the van, and also applied the seam binding, but didn\'t line up because I didn\'t have enough light-colored fabric yet.
The roof of the van is a standard roof, similar to the roof of the car.
I made a circle with some plastic covers and I sewed it to the upper edge of the curtain and then inserted the headline with a curtain hook.
I usually put the shadow at the top in place, just half open in the light or breeze.
When we sleep on the van on the residential street, we don\'t turn on the light inside the van unless all the curtains are closed.
We had an insulated curtain blocking the \"doorway\" between the van cab and the rear camper area \".
Fix it in place with bungee rope and some eye bolts, again, easy to place or store.
So if you were a man, you \'d think, what\'s the big deal?
I can pee in the jar. . .
Well, sir, I\'m not talking to you, I\'m talking to the lady over there. . .
So anyone can leave until the next step. Yes, ladies, this is for you, and any of you envy the ease and ease in which these people can urinate anywhere, without undressing or wet their shoes? !
OK, a simple device and some exercises, you can also pee in a jar or on the side of the road to make more adventures possible, you can buy a female urinal online, or can even buy a fancy sports gear venue, but hey, this is the Instructure, girlfriend!
Make your peep device (aka PPD)
You need: an empty shampoo, or lotion or sunscreen bottle, 8-
12 ounces, about 7 ounces.
9 \"from the bottom of the bottleneck to the top, the bottom should be oval, not round (
Base about 1/4 \"-
1 1/2 \"x 2 1/2\" x2 3/4 \")
The cap removes a sharp kitchen scissors and steak knife, or uses the cap to hold an empty laundry tank (
Hold down your urine before you can handle it responsibly at the rest station or other toilets. )
Draw an oval on a plastic bottle. See photo 2.
Pay attention to the small flaps near the oval end of the bottle neck.
Cut on the solid line, fold on the dotted line, do not separate the flaps;
Bend it into a shield. See photo 3. (
Flaps seem to help prevent overflow during use).
Cut the oval, flip the guard, and let\'s practice.
This device is intended for use in a standing position. Tried a few times and I suggest you take your clothes off below your waist but it depends on you.
The knees are slightly bent and separated, and the hips lean slightly forward, pointing the opening to the top of the opening of the toilet or laundry detergent/urine container.
Practice makes perfect!
You can put on your clothes after a few attempts (and shoes).
Practice a few more times, you can use the PPD just by opening your fly ,(
Open the buckle and zipper, but fasten the belt)
While assuming \"position\", slide down the top edge of the underwear, locate the PPD and point the opening end to the collection tank.
If you bow your head for the time being, Hunchback forward and all the clothes are kept dry, you have done it!
After using PPD, dry the PPD with a paper towel and put it back in a plastic bag. (
We put the hand sanitizer in a central position so that it can be found even in the dark)
* Please be a responsible traveler and empty the urine and gray water in the toilet ,(
Not on the road or anywhere else)
If you have a bland grocery-style tote bag, you can put your urine collection container and gray kettle in, and if you take them into the rest station bathroom and empty them, no one will even notice * How to remove the insert that is easy to pour from the laundry detergent tank and use it as a urine container 1. 5-
2L is a good size jar and you also need a knife or kitchen cut. Before use, press the tip of the blade up and pop all the remaining soap out of the inner spout, otherwise you will try to rinse the entire Lotta bubble!
Check if the outer cover is still tight fit!
Some containers will not be completely closed once the inner spout is removed. Besides that, how do you know what you need?
We had our first road trip a few weeks after we got the van.
The truck has been scrubbed, the floor has been laid, and the curtains have been basically completed. (
The curtain above is not wrapped, but nailed to the headline).
Our bed is a large futon (
It was our couch until then)
We just put it on the floor where it can almost be placed between the wheel wells.
If I make a sharp turn, our cooler and backpack will slip.
We only slept on the van for two nights during that trip, but it helped clarify what steps we wanted to take next.
I\'m glad we did it, not trying to organize every little thing before leaving the side of the road, and also, summer is over, my original vision of the van was to use it to extend the boondeck adventure. . . .
This has not happened yet.
So far, our trip, even a trip from Toronto to Florida in February, most of the time was to visit family at some point on the trip or spend the night away from home for a few hours.
We had a long trip to Santa Fe in September which will give boondockingOh some chance maybe you have read everything you think you need and read the product reviews, vanner blog, my suggestion is to get to know a group of people through their videos before you buy anything;
I probably wouldn\'t listen to this sensible advice either, but I think we absolutely have to have a lot of stuff, so I ordered them right away from Amazon (
Within a few days of buying a van)
We haven\'t used a privacy tent, shower or propane stove yet. (
More about the stove in the \"cooking in the van\" step)
We used the chemical toilet once and it was really painful to empty it, so even though we cleaned it all up and reinstalled it, it may only be used as emergency equipment for seating and for \"use only in extreme emergencies.
I call the toilet a measure to deal with the insecurity of the bathroom.
However, in practice, it doesn\'t matter to use the facilities of the rest area, library, public park/Beach and restaurants, but, once we need it, we really need it
I\'m thinking about other alternatives, similar to a luggage-able toilet (
Yes, I think I have read every note on this topic)
Some of the things you might need are: a cooler, we bought our at Walmart, but we might get something smaller without wheels.
If you are an out loader for a van, use your old cooler for a while until you know you need a carbon monoxide/smoke detector --
I have a small battery operated battery that I can lay on the shelf of the van (
When we don\'t use the van, I brought it in the winter)Water container-
Bought on Amazon, there are 5 gallons, there is a handy tap, we have a second tap, we can bring on the optional longer three-pin, but we wouldn\'t have gone without classified carpets.
We have two small multi-colored ones that help to ease the cold of the winter floor and they are also more effective in sweeping the floor than the dustpan and brush I bought.
They also help to absorb small spills, although we have a separate bath pad that can be used in a sponge bathroom, drying things/drying clothes with clips after a full day of travel, we must have a comfortable bed.
We are not little people, so it must be strong and we want to store as much space as possible under the bed.
I like the idea of a bed that can be \"compacted.
I \'ve read a lot about this online, and Ian and crazy mom\'s bed, like Wang Duo\'s post, is a clear impact.
Both of these designs go far beyond my design because. . .
I am not very skilled in electric tools. (
My husband doesn\'t have the ability to power tools, not even interested)
I know how embarrassing this is?
The drill is about the range of my personal power tool library and the limits of my ability.
I decided to make a large frame using two flat-pack twin frames that would \"slide\" into smaller footprints.
This is more effective in theory than in real life.
Although the finished bed can be manipulated into a smaller configuration, it hurts on the neck.
It\'s relatively easy to slide the bed without a mattress, but once the mattress is in place, it takes two people.
The result is that we don\'t need a compression bed anyway, maybe on a long trip? (
If I decide that I really want it to be easier and compact, I can put some casters on bed 2 and lift the riser on bed 1 to compensate for the height of the casters.
Maybe some straps should also be fixed on the back of the futon to facilitate mattress positioning)
How did I do it?
I ordered a pair from Amazon, a pair of super long photo frames.
I almost just assembled the long frame (
Leaving that will be the leg where the hump of the wheel well is located)
The bed is on the passenger side of the van.
Then I assembled the metal parts of the second bed frame.
I used a piece of 2x2 Wood along each side of the bed frame.
2x2 fixed in place with several long bolts, I used these bolts to go through 2x2 like a nail and enter the pre
Drill holes in metal frames.
2x2 occupies the first and last holes designed to accommodate the \"slat Bracket (
Plastic end cap for Batten installation).
It should help if you look at the chart.
Then I lifted the first/passenger side bed frame on the brick.
I slipped the second bed frame under the first bed frame and marked (on the 2x2s)
Where will the Slat stand go, so the batten on the passenger side bed will alternate with the batten on the second bed.
This is a hole!
Work, remember the words in the Beatles song \"Now I know how many holes the Albert Hall needs? The brick is replaced by a section of 2x4.
Each 2x4 segment/Riser has a circle of screws around the bottom of the bed leg. (
This way, if the bed needs to come out of the van completely, it can be carried out of the circle)
The mouth of the leg (
Passenger Side beds only)
Nailed to the plywood floor through the vinyl floor.
The second bed is not on the riser, each leg is sitting on one of the furniture, although there is a \"bow\" on the surface of the bed board, and once the mattress is in place you can\'t feel it.
The slats give the bed a good sense of elasticity.
The bed itself is sturdy and comfortable.
The bed is not moved and the riser nailed to the floor has so far kept the bed above 10,000 km.
Since this is a work car, it has installed an electrical system.
We removed some fluorescent strip lights.
I don\'t like the fragile glass in my sleeping area.
We use 2 clip lights inserted into the power system to pass through.
They all have led bulbs and I decided not to use compact fluorescent bulbs because they release mercury if the bulbs are broken.
These LEDs have a plastic diffuser so there is no glass to break.
When the curtain is open, there is a lot of light during the day. Ah, heat!
Such a necessary luxury (
At least 4 months of the year).
We want to buy a portable electric heater but are not sure how many watts the battery pack/inverter can manage.
We brought it back to the place where the electric system was originally equipped for the cable company.
When we found out that the van had a gas heater working outside the gas tank!
Obviously, most of the fleet of cable fusion pick-up trucks in Ontario have such equipment so that workers can work all year round and work for us!
We stayed in the van all night and the temperature dropped-
25 degrees Celsius.
The only downside is that there is no thermostat, is it on or off.
If we wake up and the weather is too hot, it\'s not hard for us to turn it off. too cold? Fire it up! Insulation?
The van has a layer of reflective X covered by a nose bag.
This is almost the minimum.
Since the insulated window cover was very effective in keeping it cool, I decided to cover the walls around the bed with more insulated curtains.
I bought some nice thick ones in a boring design.
I used an Indian printed bedspread and sewn it on the boring curtains and then every 8-
10 \"along the top.
I use a Clothesline (
Metal wire inside)
The string curtain held by the eye bolt.
The curtains can be pulled back to get the hanging clothes, or the curtains can be closed to hide the clothes.
I didn\'t look at any temperature readings, but as the weather changes, it does look warm and sometimes hot, for which we installed the roof-mounted fan on the counter as well as the bench-top oscillating fan.
I made some window screens for the front window (
Not for stealth settings)
We tried it last weekend. they kept the mosquitoes out.
So I bought this nice little stove and we haven\'t used it yet.
I have been planning to test the stove on the terrace but it has not happened.
Blame it on propane insecurity, and we are very good at getting to someone else\'s house in time for dinner, and also very good at picnics and eating outside.
We bought a crockpot at goodwill and made some delicious meals in the car.
It\'s nice to have food to cook when you drive.
I put the crockpot on a shallow tray.
I put two tiles on the tray under crockpot.
Crockpot is fixed in place with bungee rope (
The white-skinned tree hook in the hole in the wall of the nose bag also uses some rubber mesh material that puts the carpet under the tray).
We also have a small microwave in the back of a shelf.
We used it to heat the soup, we used a cappuccino coffee machine on the van and we also had an electric kettle, washing machine and tea. (
The kettle is placed on the counter and tied to the wall with bungee rope)
There is a small hiachi in a plastic box under the bed (
A bag of charcoal and a couple of grills)
We have used it once and plan to use it again.
Pencil Case is a convenient thing.
A box is a tableware drawer with several in each drawer, fork, knife, teaspoon, Spoon kit, Allen key, adjustable pliers, several wire, S hook, eye Bolt, there is a screw drive knife in the drawer, a few small sharp knives, kitchen scissors, a can opener and a bottle opener a bucket that can accommodate most of our cooking/service utensils, bowls and plates another bucket (over the cab)
Additional toiletries, shampoo, conditioner, insect repellent, sunscreen (
Each of us has a small morning wash bag)
Small bag, large plastic salad bowl with super dish soap and small container of small scrubbee. (
Wipe used plates with paper towels before washing so you use much less water)
Plate towels, cloth to wipe soap dishes, cut off from recycled shampoo bottles, and the neck of the bottle takes soap out of any moisture.
We found that this kept the soap, where we could all find itI on the door organizer by sewing a fabric meal mat inside and putting a bunch of clips on the outside.
There are 2 stacked cups and 2 dry-free glasses in the inner lining area (
Fabric bag to prevent breakage)
A coffee cup, toothbrush, toothpaste, rechargeable flashlight, paper towel.
The outside clip holds the towel, the plate towel on the tableware hook. I used the tip of the peeling knife to hole in the nose bag layer of the S hook and connected the bungee cord. did I say a lot of eye hooks? S hooks?
All types of clips?
We live within the City of Toronto and due to our inability to access the driveway we need to pay for the street parking permit.
In our neighborhood, a permit is required for any vehicle to park for the night on the street.
Since the initial registration was as a commercial vehicle, we re-classified it for personal use only, or PUO, which reduced the parking fee to the parking fee for ordinary non-commercial vehicles. (
As residents, we pay every year and visitors can get short-term licenses online)
Check out local regulations!
When we lived on my son\'s residential street on Long Island, New York, we just stopped and hung up the curtains to sleep. (
We need a permit for the Country Hall if he lives in the country area).
We did the same in other family and friends homes, but check in early!
My daughter in Portland said there was a crackdown on people sleeping on the van.
There are several ways to fix this, and if you get permission from the homeowner to park in their driveway, I think you\'ll be fine.
I \'ve considered asking around on Craig\'s List, but some other options are welcome
There was an annual fee, but it was just a few nights and it paid more for itself.
To use the list on this site, you must be independent!
Another argument for the chemical toilet, I guess, is the free camp
It\'s better to have a backup plan as some of these lists can be hard to find or fill in, that is, we \'ve found some good people who can get a book for free camping!
We got the Wright guide for freedom and low profile
Cost camp for Don Wright version 15, lots of good listings, some free camps are great!
View the Ministry of Environmental Protection, State Administration of forests, land administration, royal land (Canada)
We haven\'t lived in Wal-Mart yet, but it may happen at some point. (
We spent the night in a high school parking lot during the snowstorm.
Keep in mind that not every Wal-Mart is allowed to do so, so if you plan on doing so, checking in early will not be done by me.
While I might build the rack myself, I decided to have the person who installed the automatic door lock and removed the fluorescent fixture build the rack for me.
Polishing rust and re-painting will also be done by others.
Eventually, I will install a new headline on the roof. . .
Insulation the roof and install new headlines . . Or I don\'t know. we\'ll see you on the way.