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VAN LAYOUT .... and how we abused it!

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  • mikeroch
    started a blog post VAN LAYOUT .... and how we abused it!

    VAN LAYOUT .... and how we abused it!

    The vehicle is a typically robust and beefy/large US style Ford minibus with two hinged side doors to allow passenger access, stripped out and refitted. The bed is basically a bolted-down IKEA sofa-bed which can convert to make 2x travelling seats, for which there are rear seat belts. We put it down and left it down. There are two large wooden coffin-like storage bins transverse across the vehicle, one immediately behind the front seats and another under the bed-head. When the bed is down there is a useful amount of storage underneath where we stashed the never-used table and our squash-flat soft 100 litre sports bags.

    In the rear there is a wooden utility area with Sink, food / cutlery / utensils storage, fridge, worksurface, concealed water tank and leisure battery. Either side of this unit there are two slim but useful spaces for folding chairs and miscellaneous 'stuff'.

    The kitchen is supposed to be used with the rear doors open and with the stove resting on a slide-out shelf. This did not suit our early-morning / foul weather SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) honed over many years of small-tent living of moving as little as possible until at least one 'brew' had been consumed and also being able to make meals from inside looking out should it be dark, cold, windy or wet. On this trip all those circumstances occurred, often in combination. I sense that this is a fair-weather vehicle that spends most of its life in California, not camping at 8700ft in snow and rain as we did. There is a lot of single-glazed widow area and virtually zero insulation between the inside and the outside so heat-loss was rapid. Margaret had a fleece liner and all (!) of the duvet supplied, I (knowing all about her territorial bedding tendencies of old) took a fleece liner, a 2 season down sleeping bag and a Goretex outer which i used in combination as appropriate. A fleece hat was worn when it got seriously cold.

    I'll post some exterior shots separately.

    van layout (Custom).jpgfrom outside (Custom).JPGfrom inside (Custom).JPGInterior (Custom).JPG click to enlarge
    Last edited by mikeroch; 06-11-2018, 06:13 PM.

    • karenw
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      karenw commented
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      Very much more 'basic' than I imagined for a USA interpretation of camper van, but also very practical.

      Thanks for posting the inside pics.

    • kernowjon
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      kernowjon commented
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      Thanks Mike.
      Jon
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