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Emotional hills and valleys

The enthusiasm of building a camper out of a van burns so hot in the beginning.

I was so eager to do everything and it was a non-stop labor of love most of the way.

Every now and then I became daunted by what seemed like an endless list of things I had to do and a kind of discouragement would set in. One time I spent three days trying to get a three-pole switch set-up to work until finally throwing in the towel. I will never know why I couldn't make it work. I've done three pole stuff lots of times and I had diagrams to cover every configuration. All-in-all electrical stuff gave me the biggest fits.

Things that seemed so important as I was building make me wonder how I could have invested so much emotion into them now.

There were others who presented results of their work on the forum who made me feel like I was a putz by comparison to what I was accomplishing.

Other who made me feel sorry for them for how cumbersome their solutions to similar problems I faced seemed to be.

There are so many personalities that appear on the forum, almost always those who come across as caring and sometimes downright loving.

The regulars fade away, new people continually appear casting reflections of ourselves when we were new here.

Sometimes a guilt hangs over me because more and more I see what a privilege it is to be able to afford the experience of converting a camper van when so many people in the world can never hope for the prosperity it takes and also because driving a vehicle that produces so much greenhouse gas is becoming such a naughty thing to do.

As the drug addicted "homeless" spread like cancer across the land, stealth camping becomes increasingly less appreciated as a wholesome practice.

The joy of the freedom to be able to travel with your home on your back still makes it all worthwhile.

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Impressively thoughtful, sensitive, and self-aware comment. I've felt similar on a few of the topics you touch on but I wasn't aware of some of them until you put it to words.
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You might want to reread Thoreau. Transit EL vs. Walden "shack"? 100 sq. feet. Seating "limit" three people. "Simplify, simplify, simplify". I got to experience Nixon's "peace with honor" for 25 months on the road. My "conversion" of a '68 Bug was $10 and 10 minutes. Add GF and backpack gear and GO. I am a retired FAA A & P, onetime shipwright and know vehicle interiors. I am more into travel than travail.
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or in haiku form:

to plan it all out
process on hold forever
I drive into the future
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It's a ride, that's for sure!
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A wonderful thing to say.
There is good, bad and other. Make the best of what you got.

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Great post and rings very true. We do sell products that I hope make the process more doable and the results more enjoyable. But a lot of the advice I give is geared towards being safe and not getting too carried away with things. The reality is that all these vans will eventually be recycled into new things for the next generation to enjoy so lets get-er-done and go have some fun.

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Great post BabyBuffy. When shopping for my Transit, I talked to a young man who was selling his half-converted van. He said he just ran out of steam. I laughed and decided to buy an empty cargo van instead. Now, 18 months later, I laugh at myself for thinking it'd be an easy project. Can't believe I spent 1 1/2 year of my heart and soul and spare time into this. Still far from finished, but I'm at a place to take a quick first trip in just a few days, checking out the wild super bloom in California. Hope to report back and begin my build thread to share all my ups and downs of building a camper van.
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Pretty much agree with all of your post. Had the same ups and downs, and know how fortunate I am to have built and camp in Annie.
One quibble...I don't ever want to think of homeless people as cancer. It's the few that get to profit off the less fortunate by, among other things pushing drugs & painkillers, that are the cancer.
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Building a camper van is so much fun I did it twice. 2008 Sprinter and the 2015 Transit.

Second try at most anything provides a lot of improvements.
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