“Intel: Little Stick, Big Surprise.” How To Successfully Integrate A Computer In Your RV

Long before I install solar in my RV, I have to think about power use of my electronics, that is the amps and type of voltage (12V/110V). Computer use in a RV has become easier since laptops became available. Battery use is always an issue in a recreational vehicle and certainly with computers that may use little, but are in use a lot. Trying to keep electrical demand to a minimum is always a priority, since it directly translates into a longer boondocking experience.

Intel developed the low energy Atom chip line used in the NUC’s (Next Unit of Computing) small form factor PC’s with a similar technology as what’s used in the so popular tablets. Continue reading “Intel: Little Stick, Big Surprise.” How To Successfully Integrate A Computer In Your RV

The All-New Hyundai H350

After many rumors and an appearance at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2014 in Hanover, Germany, Hyundai finally started production of its first light commercial vehicle (LCV). The vehicle is manufactured in Europe for the European market.

The H350 is built on a platform that supports three body styles – Van, Bus and Chassis Cab and the Van will be available with a choice of 18 ft or 20 ft overall lengths with a cargo capacity 455 cu.ft and will have 2.5 L engine with 147hp / 274 ft-lb of torque and 168hp / 311 ft-lb.

Based on an American version that has been spotted, test-driving around California, the Hyundai H350 is expected to be available in 2016, augmenting the cargo van market with a full-featured, low-priced and well-warranted vehicle.

How To Get A Great Buy On A New Cargo Van!

Finding a good deal on a new vehicle has always been a challenge and the Internet has only made things more complicated. OK, now you can research the invoice price of any vehicle, but when you try three separate websites, you’ll probably get three different invoice amounts. And you may still have to do some bargaining over you’re trade-in.

ford transitI researched this topic extensively and came up with the following action plan. It may not be decisive, but may change the odds a bit in my favor and improve my chances on a good deal. I’ll use it to buy my new cargo van, but it applies to your vehicle too. Continue reading How To Get A Great Buy On A New Cargo Van!

Count Down To Cargo Van Purchase

In recent weeks, I evaluated four out of five cargo van candidates for my RV conversion project. I reviewed the 2015 Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, MB Sprinter and the Nissan NV. I left out the Chevy Express, mainly because it is quite dated and doesn’t fulfill my minimum requirements.

I quickly came to the conclusion, that I needed a lot more volume than the Nissan NV was offering. The Mercedes Benz Sprinter was a bit more complicated. It is certainly the best finished van available, right now, and it has all the features to make it a wonderful van conversion. Yet it has one major drawback: the curvature of the side walls causes the interior width, at shoulder height, to be substantially (approx. 7 inches) narrower than the other vans. Another, more personal, downside to the Sprinter van is Continue reading Count Down To Cargo Van Purchase

How To Design Your Conversion Van Layout

Buying a new cargo van brings with it a complete new design of the interior of the van. During the last few months, I have been working on some ideas that make it stand out from the standard van conversions. One such idea is incorporating a Murphy bed, that creates more living space during the daytime, while avoiding the fold of a sleeper sofa.

In addition to the bed, I have been playing around with a rear storage area and a desk design with a built-in wall picture. The rear kitchen fascinates me and the bathroom still poses problems to the design. Continue reading How To Design Your Conversion Van Layout

First Look: 2015 Nissan NV Review

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

Ford Transit Review
Ram ProMaster Review
MB Sprinter Review

These reviews emphasis the elements of a van conversion, and are strictly my personal opinion and how that impacts on my conversion needs.
Continue reading First Look: 2015 Nissan NV Review

Ready To Travel? Bring Your Pet!

Most pet owners won’t leave home without their beloved animal and van owners are not different. A converted van may be limited in space, but that doesn’t bother Fido. As long as his boss is nearby, nobody is complaining.
Yet there are some restrictions to having a pet on board. The 600 mile daily stretch, to do the cross-country trip in as few days as possible is history. Doggie may not like driving that much and regular stops with long walks may relieve him in more than one way.

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First Look: 2015 MB Sprinter Review

This is the third cargo van review in a series that focus on the 2015 MB Sprinter, Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit, 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.

Ford Transit Review
Ram ProMaster Review
Nissan NV Review

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: Mercedes Benz Sprinter

After my previous two dealer visits (Ram ProMaster and Ford Transit), I slowly start to understand which details of the van define the differences between the available brands/models and which features are Continue reading First Look: 2015 MB Sprinter Review

Fulltime RVing Is The Right Choice (If You Can!)

Before deciding to convert your own cargo van, you should find out if full-time living in an RV will fit your lifestyle and your budget. Or you may choose for extended RV camping, where you use leave home for a few months, like the Canadian snowbirds each winter.

You can go from a small Class B van, all the way up to a full-size bus or choose to go with a truck/trailer combination, with the latter having a separate vehicle to drive with. Cost varies between a few $1,000’s for a used van with mattress and a few cabinets, up to a $500,000 for your dream bus.
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Cargo Van Conversion: Safety First!

When you’re seriously considering to transform your cargo van into a full-fletched RV, you really have to pay attention to your SAFETY during and after the conversion. You know, whether you’re clumsy, impatient or don’t know how to hold a hammer. In that case, this undertaking is not for you. Go and buy a fully converted van from a professional or just put a mattress and porto-potti in the back of your van.
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