Build Costs

The following is a complete breakdown of the materials and cost for building out the van from scratch. The first table is an overview. Any item in bold in the first table has a more detailed table below covering individual items and associated costs. We spent a total of $7,354 purchasing the van and outfitting it entirely. These numbers do not include any mechanical repairs that were done to the van prior to leaving. We spent close to 5k more replacing the head gasket and having the transmission rebuilt among other things bringing the grand total of the van to approximately 12k.

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Finally… The Bed!!!

Or at least the bed platform. Unfortunately we’ve had to sleep on the floor several times which is a pain with all of our climbing and camping stuff, but the bed really couldn’t go in till now. I sort of had to make sure the other things fit and provided other essentials (propane, electric, kitchen, etc) before I even knew how much room would be left for the bed, what height would make sense in case we want to throw the futon we bought in there (which we surely will be trying soon), and a bunch of other small considerations. Read More

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Floor Layout, Cabinets, Bed, Battery Box, Propane Box, Wiring, and a Surfboard Rack!!!

This build has turned from hobby to mission. I feel compelled to put long hours in as much as possible lately. I suppose it could be that the finish line is in sight. Or perhaps I miss camping and climbing nearly every weekend with Niccole. We’ve been snowboarding quite a bit but could definitely go for a trip somewhere cool. I’d sure like that to be in the fully functional van though, and so I continue to throw down in it. Read More

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