As the story goes.. Merrily driving around the country in pursuit of mountain bike trails, motorcycle tours, beer, untracked powder, streams and travel in my beloved 2000 Toyota Tacoma (the "Gordita") with a Flipac and a few upgrades life couldn't get any better.. Or so I thought.
But then I met a woman who shares the same pursuits and she had children that also share a passion for the outdoors and travel. Needless to say my life is forever changed and vehicle needs also.
Well the Gordita was getting a bit long in the tooth (261k) on the clock and now with the expanded family more room is needed than the extended cab offered and the discussion of what to get next surfaced. I had some experience with a Westy in my distant past and longed for the simplicity of stopping where getting the vehicle ready for camp was stopping and turning the seats around. Not getting out to unpack the bed of the truck, opening the top, setting up the kitchen and area and then strategically placing gear back in the truck bed for use. Then having to reverse the process in a abbreviated version when you had to drive the truck. Add in rain, well you get the picture.
We weighed all the options for us and you can read about how we came to our decision here
To sum it up, we settled on a Transit Van.. Obviously since I am posting here. Heading out Tuesday to pick up in Peoria and then drive it back home to Colorado and begin the process. This forum has and the builds going on have served as eye porn for us. Our experience is pretty limited so there will be some good laughs at our mistakes.. Hopefully the mistakes won't be too expensive
Here is our van aka "VanWilder", waiting to be picked up.
We are your "typical" Colorado family that likes to do everything outdoors and our build will accommodate us getting out there as a family. With that we need to build thinking of kids with us and using the interior space for storage and transport of them and their additional gear and clothing. We are also unschooling homeschoolers so this will also be a learning project for the kids and us.
Found a pic on Pinterest of what VanWilder may look like in the near future..