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Old 12-18-2020, 02:53 AM   #1
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I've been building vintage campers for 10 years and did it full time for 2 years so I am very experienced in building a camper and this is my first van build and has been my dream to have a full Class B camper van for a long time. My van is a 1997 Dodge EX-Conversion van. The previous owner completely gutted the interior down to the metal. I wish he would have at least left the walls and preferably the walls and ceiling with the storage bins but oh well, at least it is a clean slate. I just finished getting everything mechanical finished and it runs like new. I love it because it was a conversion van it can double as just a cool looking van and can stealth camp very easily.

The first order of business was to install a drop floor which was done last month so now I can stand up all the way!

My floor plan will be the standard drivers side couch which pulls into a bed with a passenger side kitchen and a rear bathroom with the drop floor doubling as a shower pan. Alot of people put the bed in the back but I am 6' tall and take makes it real hard to sleep sideways.

It will have full 30 amp service, City water and on board water, hot water heater, 3 way fridge, 12v w/inverter and solar. I will just use a propane camp stove that stows for cooking indoors or out. Work is slow now due to it being pitch black and freezing when I get off work, not to mention a million other projects but work will pick up again very soon.
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Old 12-18-2020, 04:35 AM   #2
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I've been building vintage campers for 10 years and did it full time for 2 years so I am very experienced in building a camper and this is my first van build and has been my dream to have a full Class B camper van for a long time. My van is a 1997 Dodge EX-Conversion van. The previous owner completely gutted the interior down to the metal. I wish he would have at least left the walls and preferably the walls and ceiling with the storage bins but oh well, at least it is a clean slate. I just finished getting everything mechanical finished and it runs like new. I love it because it was a conversion van it can double as just a cool looking van and can stealth camp very easily.

The first order of business was to install a drop floor which was done last month so now I can stand up all the way!

My floor plan will be the standard drivers side couch which pulls into a bed with a passenger side kitchen and a rear bathroom with the drop floor doubling as a shower pan. Alot of people put the bed in the back but I am 6' tall and take makes it real hard to sleep sideways.

It will have full 30 amp service, City water and on board water, hot water heater, 3 way fridge, 12v w/inverter and solar. I will just use a propane camp stove that stows for cooking indoors or out. Work is slow now due to it being pitch black and freezing when I get off work, not to mention a million other projects but work will pick up again very soon.

Welcome to the forum and keep us informed!
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Old 12-18-2020, 10:19 AM   #3
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Thatís a great looking van to start ,I look forward to seeing pictures of your project as you move forward.
Thanks for sharing and Welcome.
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Old 12-24-2020, 05:08 PM   #4
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It will be fun watching your progress!
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I admire your dedication. At 65 I just went out and bought ( at a pretty decent deal) a '95 G-20 done by Jayco. My wife wanted a toilet and she got it. Its amazing what Jayco designed into this chassis.

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