Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Van

(Or the Chariot that is My Transport and Home)
The supporting character in the saga of my travels is, of course, the van. It is transportation, shelter, kitchen, dining room, lounge, bedroom and more.
This is the short description of my personal chariot:

Chassis: 2010 Mercedes Sprinter 2500, short wheel base, tall roof
19.5’ bumper to bumper
9’6” to highest point
Conversion by Sportsmobile of Austin
Gaucho/couch/bed behind driver’s seat w/storage under
Window above gaucho w/overhead storage above
Countertop with sink opposite gaucho w/storage under & overhead storage above
Refrigerator, microwave & storage aft of gaucho
Pull-out pantry aft of countertop
Open hanging space aft of refrigerator & pantry w/overhead storage above.
10 gal freshwater tank
10 gal grey water tank
Portable toilet
200 amp-hours of battery
180 watt solar panel
Portable single burner stove
Traveling weight ~7000 lbs
Overall average MPG ~20


Like I said, that’s the short version. If that’s enough then stop reading now and skip to one of the trips. (If there aren't any yet they are coming soon.) If you want more about the van – well – read on at your own risk because apparently I’m pretty long winded on the subject and it’s going to take more than a few entries before I run out of steam.

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