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I need your guys suggestion on turning my cargo van into a RV.

So here's the gig, I travel a lot for my job, I wanna put more back into my poctet then spending almost all my daily per diem on hotel and some food.

I am gonna keep my cargo van and hell, why not just throw a AC unit on here that can be powered by a Honda generator for the summer. When I take breaks or down time I usually sit in my van with it running for AC. So that cost me money also. If I outfitted my van correctly I could be total baller pedo style!!

So my van is a 2004 chevy cargo. No side or rear windows. Advise me what unit I would need with a thermostate to keep me nice and cool, which Honda generator to use it. And what kinda a/c unit. Top mount (on top of the van) or maybe a hang mount off the rear windowless doors?

Also I need to consider heating also for fall/winter.

Give me your suggestions and set up thoughts for this outfit.

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This could be you..... don't forget about heating it in the winter, and perhaps installing insulation.


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Yeah I was gonna say just trade your van for a "Class B", which is a van based RV

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You could trade your van in on an RV. I bet you can get them pretty cheap these days. All the places I pass by on the way up into WI are full of them.
RV might be the way to go but I'm sure you want to keep cost down. Check out this site for some ideas http://cheaprvliving.com/Steves_Van_Conversion.html

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This could be you..... don't forget about heating it in the winter, and perhaps installing insulation.


This would be pretty cool to travel in and has my vote!
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RV might be the way to go but I'm sure you want to keep cost down. Check out this site for some ideas http://cheaprvliving.com/Steves_Van_Conversion.html
interesting, but no mention of showers lol

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You can get a little porta-shitter for around $40.
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where do you plan on parking it adn sleeping overnight??? especially where that will let you run a generator all night


also whats your expected payback for sinking the money into a conversion vs the perdiem paying for it them profiting?

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interesting, but no mention of showers lol
Yeah I know and their ideal of a bathroom was pissing in a water bottle and using a small garbage can as a toilet! You might be better off parking near a health club for a shower and any local restaurant for bathroom.
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I think it might be easier for you to buy an already RV converted van. someone that put power inverters, generators, a/c and heat .... and kitchenet


then maybe just keep your van as a backup.





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You can get a little porta-shitter for around $40.
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where do you plan on parking it adn sleeping overnight??? especially where that will let you run a generator all night


also whats your expected payback for sinking the money into a conversion vs the perdiem paying for it them profiting?
This.

If you are getting a per diem for the hotel, use it, a good night's rest will make you a happier person. I don't know about you, but sleeping in a bed, taking a hot shower and taking a dump in private are the basics to me. It is hard to put a price on that.

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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Frigidai...&skuId=9734417

These use a hose and a small hole to get outside air.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/DeLonghi...&skuId=9776221

http://www.campingworld.com/order/index.cfm

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If you are getting a per diem for the hotel, use it, a good night's rest will make you a happier person. I don't know about you, but sleeping in a bed, taking a hot shower and taking a dump in private are the basics to me. It is hard to put a price on that.

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+1 but I understand where your coming from Ken. biggest thing your gonna need is insulation, roof, floor, walls, back and side doors. for the floor I would suggest building a floor from wood and insulting under it.

wall unit air conditioner or roof top rv unit will take care of heating and cooling.

your also gone need some shag carpeting, christmas lights on the ceiling, mirrors and hams beer signs for some ambiance.

better yet, just buy yourself an RV, if it has a bathroom, its a tax write-off like a house, and you can using it for camping and fishing trips as well. even a pop up camper behind your van would be better.

oh and, just know if your anywhere near me you will get locked in that motherfucker at night so it better have a bathroom.




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oh and, just know if your anywhere near me you will get locked in that motherfucker at night so it better have a bathroom.
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Got kicked out of the house again, huh? You can live on my driveway for a while if you need to. Just one thing. Please black out the windows on that van for my neighbors sake.

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Ken, I might have an AC unit you can have, lemmee check at work, dont cut a hole in the roof of your van. Cut one in the side, then you can have a glory hole for all the truckers and make even MORE money!

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