Thread: Van camping
3/16/2012 2:01am, #1
I have recently bought a van. A Mitsubishi express. With the Idea of setting it up for camping.
It allready has a floor and storage but that is about it. (And even then this is probably the wrong set up and will need to be changed) I have been told the first order of buisness is basicly a fridge a bed a chair a table and a cooker.
For the fridge which is my big buy at the moment. I am thinking of an everkool fridgemate 50l. A spare battery and a solar set up. The battery and solar will probably be the first job.
I have a friend who makes curtains and am even thinking about getting a fly screen portal made up for the side door.
Does anybody else van camp? how am I doing so far?
3/16/2012 2:03am, #2
Also airconditioning. I was told trucks have an evaporative set up. I am looking into.
3/16/2012 7:05am, #3
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A mate had the same van - we call them L300's over here I think. Best bit of advice I can give based on experience - make damn sure the handbrake's engaged before you start that drunken Realm of Chaos wrestlefest in the back. When the van hurtles out of control down an embankment with you all in the back it can be quite an alarming experience.
On the practical side you seem to have it pretty sorted. A good tip I picked up from a couple of surfer friends who do the Iberian/North African coast was to make an awning out of those foil blankets they give marathon runners:
They've got a smaller van and made an awning that goes over the whole thing. really makes a difference in keeping the sun's heat off when parked.
Pic is unrelated but nice:
3/16/2012 7:08am, #4
That is a good idea. And I haven't seen that used at all around here.
3/16/2012 7:41am, #5
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I've done it on a tent when I went to the Benicassim festival in Spain camping in 30° heat. It works a treat. Keep a roll of duct tape handy for tautening up.
3/16/2012 9:24am, #6
3/16/2012 10:51am, #7
Does Phrost let hippies on the site now??
3/16/2012 11:09am, #8
I recommend that before you add a fridge or anything like that, you add a bitchin mural on the side, like a wizard or a galaxy or a lion. Or maybe a majestic horse standing on the plains, like this one:
and you should probably grow a hearty moustache and invest in a nice denim ensemble.
When I was younger, my best friend had a 68 VW bus, that eventually lost its sliding door and was replaced by a goddamn cargo net. He eventually sold it for a gold Toyota van with bull horns on it. It's a pretty awesome setup really, especially for camping.
You might also consider some caution when letting people know you got a van, lest you become their friend with the van, who's obviously a good person to call if they need help moving or something.
3/16/2012 4:01pm, #9
The van living is really popular here but it is mostly with the backpackers. Which means less hippies and more hot swedish chicks.
So as far as putting a mural on it I really dont think I can go stranger than the ones allready out there.
And umm... we will just tell phrost it is a bug out vehicle or something
By the way first order of buisness is going to be that second battery after some forced van camping last night waiting for roadside asist.
Left the lights on
3/19/2012 3:22pm, #10
I camp in my vans, which are old ambulances I buy really cheap. I pretty much just throw something soft in the back and call it good.
Here's my latest acquisition, a former ambulance/SWAT/rescue that I bought for $500 from the fire department
I'm going to buy one of those cheap-ass "**** into this here bag" toilets for my adventures this year and I'll be living the good life.Smoke crack and worship Satan.