Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Van Dwelling in a Mini-van


Times are getting tougher, a full sized van is comfy living, but a bit expensive when it comes to gas. It's a tighter squeeze, but you can still be comfortable using a Mini-Van as your Stealth Van Dweller address.

Click on the title and see how you can stretch your gas dollar by living in a mini-van.

Photo by: IFCAR

6 comments:

Matt B said...

I would love to see pics of the inside of a Grand Caravan (or similar sized van) of someone whose found a way to economically manage their living space. I lived in a Grand Caravan this summer and was really challenged for space. I want to start back up this winter, but still in the planning stage.

MoreforLes said...

Spent a weekend or two in a 1999 Caravan, that I set up for camping.
I had stripped a few conversion vans and a rvs for parts.
An over the driving compartment bed from an rv, set up from front to back, resting on milk crates, gave me plenty of sleeping space. With storage space underneath.
A small carcoal tailgate grill was with me it I needed it, but did most of the cooking over the campfire.
Using Masking tape and vinyl window screen, I was able to leave both front window open to keep it cool enough to sleep. But noisy birds woke me up too early...
Long term van dwelling would take a little more modifications... Which I'm hoping to accomplish by modifying a wheel chair modified minivan with a raised roof

MoreforLes said...

Spent a weekend or two in a 1999 Caravan, that I set up for camping.
I had stripped a few conversion vans and a rvs for parts.
An over the driving compartment bed from an rv, set up from front to back, resting on milk crates, gave me plenty of sleeping space. With storage space underneath.
A small carcoal tailgate grill was with me it I needed it, but did most of the cooking over the campfire.
Using Masking tape and vinyl window screen, I was able to leave both front window open to keep it cool enough to sleep. But noisy birds woke me up too early...
Long term van dwelling would take a little more modifications... Which I'm hoping to accomplish by modifying a wheel chair modified minivan with a raised roof

Anonymous said...

Hey Moreforless I have that exact same van in blue! raised roof and everything... I'm working on making it dwellable now, and im finding a lot of the RV stuff is made smaller and smaller these days, I'm planning on having a tail tent and using an on-demand propane water heater for a shower, and I working on double tinting the windows and rigging some curtans. One big advantage is I found a dirt cheap hospital bed which lets me sit up, lay back, or raise my feet in a 0-G position, assuming you dont plan on moving around the inside a lot, this has been a game changer of a mod... best of luck!

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Anonymous said...

I converted my 96 Grand Caravan a few years ago when it looked like I may have to live in it. It has a raised bed with storage below, counter, sink, microwave, aux battery wired to the outside so I can plug in when ac available, inverter, curtains. I no longer live in it (did so on-and-off for 2 years), but am willing to share tips if anyone interested.