Just Joined. Looking for a Transit now
Just joined the forum. Currently looking for a Transit Van. The 4 cylinder flavor. Hope to have one before Thanksgiving. I am assuming I can convert the insides in less than 40 hours and for under $600.00.
Plans are to convert it to a mini-camper, usage would be 45 - 65 nights per year. My driving is a straight shot, around 98% major highway cruising along at 70 MPH or even slightly faster. Hope the vehicle lasts 3 to 4 years as each year is around 40K miles.
Planing two (2) 6 volt batteries to provide 180-ish amp hours (they are over 200 each but ensuring to keep 20% cushion). Only using "shore-power" at home to charge the system. Otherwise, relying on the bank of power while gone, e.g., 1 or 2 overnights per week, so that gives me around 80 to 90 amp hours per night. Worst case, everything gets turned off if I run out of juice and I have a few flashlights in the AM.
Bed in back running E-W / along the width (I'm 69" so pretty tight), above the height of wheel wells. Looking at something 36" wide. Would like to mount the TV on the very back and have a recliner also. Do not need running water, no cooking. Just a place to sleep or kill time until I sleep.
Looking at DC powered TV and disc player, and 1 or 2 fans. Not sure if A/C is possible, even running it 15 minutes every hour. Electric usage would generally be from 5 PM until 11 PM-ish, 1 or 2 nights per week.
Hoping to get at least 25 MPG to keep my fuel costs below $70 per round trip assuming price of fuel doesn't spike a bunch over $2 per gallon.
Goals: avoid hotel costs because I am just sleeping or killing time. Getting 25 MPG is slightly lower than my current DD.
Does the above sound unrealistic or too prone to problems or issues?