Sometimes things go in a direction that you didn’t expect. This is what happened in my case. I was originally looking at cargo vans and steering clear of any passenger vans because I was putting more weight on stealth than anything else. But… my dad really liked conversion vans. At first this didn’t appeal to me. We did however, look at some smaller passenger vans, specifically Chevy Astros and GMC Safaris but decided they were to small for our needs. My dad then found and purchased a 1995 Chevy conversion van and after driving it I was impressed and so became a little more receptive to them.
A few months later I stumbled across a conversion van myself and the price was right so I got it. This video gives a little background on how this came about. I now think that these older conversion van are a great entry level vehicle for those thinking about getting something for travel or living out of. The main thing is they are very reasonably priced and can be found easily. Removing the second row of seats opens things up real good for some extra space. The back bench makes into a bed and if you like that it can be used. Many, myself included, remove the back bench and build a more comfortable bed with storage underneath.
I don’t even remember how I came across this video but it is the very first one that sparked my interest in owning a van that I could camp or bug out in. What appealed to me the most was you didn’t have to spend a lot of money to get started and most of us, myself included, already have a good start on the project with all of your camping equipment we have collected over the years. All we need to do is go out and grab an up-gradable used van in our price range and get started.
This can also be a fun project to be shared with the rest of the family. I don’t know many families that don’t enjoy camping and with a camper van or an adventure van you would always be ready to go on a moments notice. That brings up my next reason for being interested in this particular type of vehicle.
Where I live we have been evacuated twice do to wild-land fires. This last season we were on alert several times also. With a van set up to live out of for several days you have the perfect vehicle to leave in at a moments notice in case of mandatory evacuation orders during a natural disaster or any other unsafe event, something we are seeing more of now days. In the mean time you have a vehicle you can use for short to longer trips and as you use it more and more you will fine tune your mobile skills and what exactly you will need on board to be safe and comfortable in a time of need.