Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: northern Virginia; ND in Summer
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Desire: To be safe. As a single female I want to be able to go camping by myself (and with my dog), without worrying about having to pack everything up (cooler, tent, chairs, etc.) if I needed to get out of somewhere in the middle of the night, either because of creepers or due to weather. I want to be able to sleep with the doors locked.
Fear: My van having major mechanical issues that I would spend days, weeks, months trying to work with FCA. Any major accident insurance should cover most of the cost, and my build is mostly modular, so everything could easily come out and even if destroyed, there are definitely things I could improve upon (3/4 into my build I now have a table saw! I had to apologize to my helper for not getting one sooner). I have enough pictures to know where and how things go together and work. One of the benefits of building your own.
Comfort (mine): TBD. built more for function... I start my first trip tomorrow so this might change, but right now I think it might be accessible storage, and space. In the last 10 years, I have spent half of it the middle east living out of duffle bags. at times there were 6 people stuffed into containers as large as my van. I don't do well with lots of space, my house is quite cluttered, but having small spaces forces me to be neat and very organized. I think this van might be me subconsciously trying to get back to that small container feeling - only this time I get the container to myself and get to bring my dog with. Speaking of my dog...
Comfort (Island's - dog): I'd need A/C so I can travel with her. If we are outside in significant heat and humidity, she needs somewhere to cool off - I can stand the heat much better than she can. So I guess I put my dog's comfort before my own.
Last edited by PopeAng; 06-19-2017 at 01:38 PM.