Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Chandler, AZ
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Hello all. I need some opinions. I'm was going back and forth between the Sprinter and the Transit and have pretty easily decided I'm ready to order the Transit. I have a good idea on what options I want but I'm struggling to decide between the High Top Long or High Top Long Extended. If I calculate right the Long is just under 20' and the Extended just under 22'. What a difference 2' can make. I've driven the Long but need to test the Extended to see how it handles. Here's my dilemma. I"m seriously considering living in this full time. I have a unique work situation. I'm Flight Attendant and I'm gone anywhere from 4 to 6 days a week. I feel like I'm throwing money away because I am barely ever home. I can park my rig at any airport in the country and just fly into Phoenix to go to work. The dilemma with length is this. I love the Regular Long version because it fits into literally any parking spot. Super easy to drive. But it's a big sacrifice of space for that convenience. With the Long Extended Van that two extra feet might make the difference between putting in a nice wet bath and having enough storage. But the sacrifice with the Extended is that it might be difficult to park. This is going to be my daily driver as well. Do I really want to drive a monstrously long van around all day. Heres an idea of what I would like to fit into the van so you have an idea if the regular van will fit it all.
Raised bed in back (with a ton of storage underneath for mtn bike and misc gear). I don't need a Queen size bed. Think a full size running across the back. I could even go smaller but not much smaller. I could take a memory foam mattress a cut it to fit any size I need.
Galley kitchen with sink and propane cook top and small DC fridge
Storage for clothes (I'll be living in it)
I really want a decent shower w/ toilet. I'm seriously considering the Natures Head composting toilet to eliminate the black tank. Draw back is that thing looks pretty big and will eat up space.
Small seating area. Not much space needed but it would be nice.
Bonus wish list: I really have my eye on the Dickinson marine propane heater. I haven't seen anyone talk about this but I can see in climates where it's somewhat cold (not under freezing) that this thing would be awesome. Sips propane and barely useless any amps for the small fan.
For power I want to go all solar. Either two or four 6V golf cart batteries in a sealed and vented box is what I'm thinking for now. I'll also need space for charge controller and electrical distribution box.
Can it fit in the Extended version let alone squeezing it into the regular long version of the van.
I'm exactly 5'10'' so I think I should be ok sleeping across the back. If I do a full size across do you think it would give me enough room for my wish list. The wet bath is kinda a big deal to me. I stay in hotels 3 to 4 nights a week so plenty of time for a long luxurious shower. But in the van I want to have the ability to take a quick Navy shower and get cleaned up. And I don't want to always be on the look out for a McDonalds bathroom. I want to be comfortable. I surely understand that it's always a sacrifice. All things considered I am leaning towards the Regular long but am envious of the Extended long version. But it might be a beast to drive everyday and park.
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