Phases of Conversion

I have dreamed of vandwelling almost every day for the last nine months or so.  Tonight at work a man came in who I knew had lived in a van.  We talked about it at length and it seemed we had ever so much in common.  I know in my heart that things are moving in the right direction.  Now it is time to come up with a more concrete plan for the timing of things…

Phase I – Electrical system research (March 2011).  Buy AGM batteries, inverter, and charger.  Configure it all to work with CPAP machine in my bedroom.  If I bail out, I will always have one honking big battery backup system for power failures!  Quite useful!

Phase II – Buy a van.  Purchase a relatively new and gently used cargo van from a source as close to home as possible. (March 2011).

Phase III – Start conversion.  (Late March 2011) Install insulation and paneling.  Install roof vent.  Install bed. Take some short overnight trips. 

Phase IV – Finish van conversion.  (May 2011)  Take a lot of short trips for fishing, camping, etc.

Phase V – Sell my trailer home and move over to Dad’s house.  There I have an address and a place to use for a homebase (July 2011)

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

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