I was surprised to find all the stuff they pack into class B campers. The prices are out of our range, and we are on a fixed income so a new loan is something we want to avoid. Reading the posts on this site and a number of others on the web were inspiring though.
I asked my mechanic what sort of van would make a good platform for a camper and he recommended a Ford Econoline with a 7.3 liter powerstroke engine. He said he's currently maintaining two of them that are on their second 500,000 miles. He doesn't particularly care for Fords, but he said he can't argue with the way these things keep rolling.
We started hunting for a used van and found a retired ambulance.
So now the project begins. Thanks a lot to you folks that have gone ahead of me and posted your work on the internet. You make it seem very doable.