This is a beautiful van build although a little spendy. A huge expense on this build was the pop top, but still nice. Pay attention how David designed his build for several functions.
Going with a passenger van as your base build has its advantages in the fact that the interior work as far as insulation, paneling, heating and cooling ducts, and lights are already factory installed. You will have to remove the benches to give you room to finish your build.
You can find these vehicles being sold by not only private parties but also schools, churches and other organizations. Generally organizations have a maintenance schedule for their car pools so even if there is high mileage the van could still be in very good shape. These can be a very affordable entry price if you are on a budget.
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.