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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Living in a Van: How to Survive Winter

NOW YOU HAVE FINISHED YOUR VAN AND SPEND THE SUMMER VISITING YOUR FAVORITE LOCATIONS, BUT WINTER IS APPROACHING… WHAT TO DO?

winter locationsEverybody’s situation differs and much depends on how well you insulated your van and what kind of heating you installed. Most should follow the crowd and GO SOUTH!

Four distinct areas are well-suited for the colder months of the year, each with their own advantages and drawbacks.


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How To Transform A Bed Into A Work Desk & More

Going from bed to family room with TV and picture and finally to work desk, may be the ultimate task, that I set for myself, yet it may be the perfect solution for comfortable living in a small space, such as a converted cargo van.

In finding the best layout for the new cargo van conversion, I have been tinkering with a large, elevated bed in the rear with storage space below for bikes.

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Cargo Van Conversion V2.0 – Unresolved Issues

While preparing to buy a new cargo van, I started with compiling a list of redefined requirements and in the following article I explored the many ways I wanted or would like to use the van. Finally, I explored the major components that determine the specifications of the new cargo van.

There are many unresolved issues that I will address later; right now, I’ll stick to those that pertain to the buying of a van.

  • Heater/Propane
    propex heater
    Propex HS2211 External Gas Air Heater

    Heating is not an absolute necessity, but as one of my rules of comfort, highly desired. Based on propane, it however is in direct contradiction with my other goal of a pure electric implementation.

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8 Critical Elements Of A Modern Van Conversion

THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO HAVE A CONVERSION VAN. MOST FOLKS WILL USE IT FOR AFFORDABLE TRAVEL, AND SOME DOING THE MORE EXTREME BOONDOCKING AND EVEN LESS LIVING IN IT PERMANENTLY.

Some use it as their mobile office, while traveling around the country, others have made it part of the Tiny House Movement.

For me it is all about mobility and extended stays, while preserving functionality and comfort.

1. Independence:

Generators have been a source of irritation for many RV’rs for a long time, but their time has come, unless you have an air-conditioner to run. Solar panels have come a long way and even the smaller RVs can support multiple panels with ease. Especially the new high efficiency flexible solar panels that can be fit and hidden on top of the roofs of most cargo vans.

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Cargo Van Conversion: How much time to invest?

TIME IS MONEY. TIME IS ENJOYMENT. TIME IS FULFILLMENT. TIME IS A WAY TO SAVE ON YOUR INVESTMENT.

How long does it take and how much will it cost are the two questions most often asked. The answers are as unsatisfying as the questions.

Time

A full cargo van conversion can be done in a couple of months. That probably includes a 6-day work week with long hours each day. Add to that a long period of planning and ordering of materials.

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