Our comparatively ‘lesser’ campervan design goals may best be understood from a look to our past . . .
Camping has been central to this family’s travels since the beginning although, during most of those years, we traveled by small plane and dropped the tent under a wing, often at some obscure sod-runway landing strip.
And more by accident than intention (as the airplane was ‘down’ for maintenance), we decided, in 2013, to experiment with car travel and car camping. We kinda ‘took-to-it’ as the following ‘track map’ (totaling some 106,000 miles) will attest.
Our friends thought us crazy for driving so much and, for sure, for camping - - especially in a tent. For most, their idea of camping was the Hyatt.
Last year we took the first step into the world of RV’ing by transforming our Jetta TDI into a CaRV. What’s a CaRV? Well, to legitimately claim RV status, you must have, at the least, a “shore power” receptacle:
Our CaRV conversion included 250AH of AGM battery in the trunk (weighing-in at 160 pounds which, in turn, contributed to the need for a new suspension, set of springs), a smart charger, a Whynter 12v/120v refrigerator. A host of miscellaneous other stuff (voltmeter, ammeter, solenoid and interconnect switches) completed the “conversion”.
But we still didn’t have a bed . . . alas, we still needed the tent. So, last week, we decided to retire the CaRV after one year and purchased the above-pictured 2016 159" WB High Roof ProMaster.
We’re going to keep it simple, at least initially. A bed, that’s numero uno. We love the out-of-doors so windows ‘a-plenty’ is a must. We’re going ‘all electric’ . . .including lots of lithium and a big second alternator, solar panels, a large inverter/charger and fan. No air-conditioning planned, although we hope to reserve enough roof real estate should we change our minds. Probably a new ‘front access’ frig. Haven’t settled on the “plumbing” accept to remember that, these past 106,000 miles, we’ve survived with public ‘facilities’. So, initially, no potty or shower. Beyond that, not certain how complex the plumbing might get . . . possibly just a sink with a simple hand-pump.
Much of the required ‘equipment’ has been ordered and is arriving . . . we hope to commence our first ‘cuts and holes’ soon. In the meantime, we continue to read the many ‘threads’ in this Forum - - there’s so much to learn.