Her name is Moose
We finally made the jump and got the van! After years of dreaming alone, years of dreaming together, we finally pulled together and bought a brand new hightop Dodge Promaster van to convert. It’s definitely been a little scary making the leap financially, but in the end it has worked out almost more perfectly than we could have imagined, and we are incredibly excited for the future.
- 2014 Dodge Promaster 2500 (based on the Fiat Ducato)
- 159″ wheelbase
- 3.7L V6, FWD
- Rear windows only, we cut in our own sliding door window from JRLawrence Windows in Calgary
- Interior Dimensions – Approximately 6’2″ W, 6’2″ H, 12′ L
Convert it! The main goal is essentially a 2-stage conversion. Stage 1 (a more affordable conversion) is to build the van out for the next ~3 years on a bit of a budget, and incorporating features for our daughter who is 12 this year, and who will be joining us on many of our adventures.
After a few years, we will be rebuilding portions of the van for the longer term. This will include a small shower, full propane hookups, hot water, and higher end electrical systems, among many other additions.
The initial build out will have the following features
- 100W Solar / 75 AH AGM battery (soon to be doubled upgraded to 200W/225AH)
- Hand pump water faucet w/ 25L fresh water tank
- 15″ sink w/ 25L grey water tank
- Queen size bed frame over the garage w/ foam mattress
- DIY Composting toilet (to be blogged later!)
- 6 LED lights, switches, etc, and a set of strip lights.
- 12V iceless cooler
- Cedar paneling
- Maxxair Fan
- JRLaurence aftermarket window for the passenger side sliding door