Is A Workshop Essential For A Van Conversion?

The Right Tools For The Job
Not every conversion is the same and that also applies to your tools and capabilities. A simple conversion with a bed from 2 x 4’s and a couple of store-bought cabinets, doesn’t require much more than a hammer and screwdriver.

A full-scale job, with a professional finish calls for a multitude of disciplines and often more than an average ability to solve the problems at hand. Frequently, you may decide to outsource part of the work.

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Daniel Norris: Blue Jays “Van”tastic Player

Daniel Norris, the 21-year old Toronto Blue Jays pitcher from Johnson City, Tennessee is part of the “van living” movement and while he’s doing it only part-time, he enjoys every day of it.

During his annual journey from his home in Johnson City, to the Blue Jays spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida, he lives in his 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia van. The legendary van has only the basic upgrades and fits his no-frills lifestyle.

You can follow Daniel through his Twitter account.

First Look: 2015 Ford Transit Review

This is the second cargo van review in a series that focus on the 2015 Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit, MB Sprinter, Chevy Express and Nissan NV. It is part of the buying process of a new van, that will be converted into a nicely finished, one-person RV.

These reviews emphasis the elements of a van conversion, and are strictly my personal opinion and how that impacts on my conversion needs.

This week: Ford Transit

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First Look: 2015 Ram Promaster Review

My second Cargo Van Conversion has been coming along fine, yet it’s time now to make some choices about the actual vehicle. The next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing the 5 main contestants: Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit, MB Sprinter, Chevy Express and the Nissan NV.

These reviews will focus on the elements of a van conversion, and are strictly my personal opinion and how that impacts on my conversion needs.

This week: Ram ProMaster

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What Do Ford, Mercedes Benz, GM, Chrysler and Nissan Have In Common?

It’s time to buy a new van and after having done some of the preliminary work, I’ll have to visit a few dealerships to clear up some remaining questions and, after choosing the final model, to actually see where I can get the best deal.

The first step, in this two-step process, is getting a feel for actual size of the different models. My current van is a Dodge B-250 that has served me well for a long time, but it has no standing room and as an RV, is fairly short. More comfort translates into a longer and taller vehicle and that’s all nice on paper, but now is the time to actually experience the real thing.

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7 Gadgets To Super-Charge Your Cargo Van

THE PURCHASE OF THE NEW CARGO VAN IS COMING CLOSER AND I STARTED THINKING ABOUT SOME OF THE BASIC ELECTRONICS, THAT SHOULD BE INSTALLED SOON AFTER I BRING IT HOME.

Some can be included in the purchase as an option, yet most can be installed cheaper as an after-market product with more flexibility of choice.

Dependent on requirements, I will consider:

Vehicle Tracking System
No insurance against theft, but makes recovery of your vehicle much more likely. Three ways of tracking, starting with the most expensive:

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2014 Van Sales: Ford Transit Is The Big Winner

OVERALL SALES NUMBERS OF COMMERCIAL VANS AKA CARGO VANS, ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE AS SALES OF OLDER MODELS ARE RAPIDLY DECLINING.

Sales of the newer European-Style vans have been rising steadily, beginning with the MB Sprinter that has been on the market longest, but still account for a small part of the total market.
With less than 26,000 vans sold in 2014, it is only slightly more than the Ram ProMaster with 18,000 and 15,000 for the Nissan NV.

With the Ford Transit selling more than 10,000 vans in December alone, it became the best-selling full-size van for that month. And with almost 124,000 full-size vans, including the old E-Series, Ford took the lead in 2014.

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