Part One of what I hope will be a series covering the conversion of a standard-issue cargo van into an emergency / RV type-vehicle. The project will tentatively be named the “Cargo Van Conversion” for now I guess. It’s true purpose will be “Camper / Disaster Preparedness BOV with Enhanced Communication Abilities” …. so if you can think of a suitable acronym for this vehicle please email it to me….
Well here it is, my blank canvas. A 2005 Ford E-250. I just brought it home yesterday, January 18th, 2017. My rusty-but-trusty ’96 Chevy 1/2 ton developed a terminal case of frame rot so I nursed it down to the truck dealer and traded it in for the van you see below. After a quick sign-off on the Chevy title and a check made out to the dealer, I was on my way back to our lair.
Actually, I had been hunting for a decent cargo van for quite awhile and have looked at many of them locally. I was thinking about expanding my search to other states. The Chevy’s sudden demise hastened the search and finding this van could not have been better timing.
It runs great and the body is in very good condition for our area. A carfax shows that this van originated in Florida which is probably why it is in such good shape.
Most of the contractor equipment and furnishings will be removed…and yes, HOLY COW, do these drawers rattle when the van is in motion…. I cannot wait to take these out!
One of the things that caught my eye about this van was the built-in 110VAC system and the multiple antenna mounts. These two things will be kept and used in the conversion.
Please pardon the low-quality cell phone pictures. The photos used in future articles will be properly taken…I may even start up a YouTube channel for this project if there is enough interest from you, our readers.
Keep an eye out for future updates on this project. We have several projects coming up at our homestead that will be taking my time but I will be getting to this van ASAP.