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2022 - Van Year in Review - How much did you use your van?

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November 2021 I took possession of my 2020 AWD 250 Long-High. Converted by Adventure Wagon with their Moab bed, Mule bags, Espar heater, Smartfloor with 2 extra seats. So 2022 was my first year with a done adventure van at the ready. I used it a bunch, even while still working full time, but wish I had used it a lot more. Traveled to MOAB, Telluride, Jackson Hole plus all over the PNW. Being a spreadsheet geek, I logged my trips and wanted to share with the group and see how their year went! Early fall I was at 26 nights and a friend told me "Just 10 more nights and you'll be at 10% of the year in the van." I didn't make it as life got in the way this fall, but it's my goal for 2023. Here it is...

28 nights - Mostly just me, a few nights with spouse/friend
  • 14 Boondock - no facilities of any kind
  • 8 Residence - driveway, hotel parking lot - access to some facilities
  • 6 Campground - access to pit toilets, water. Occassionally shower and flush toilets. No RV parks.
4 nights on loan (kids and friends)
  • 2 Residence
  • 2 Campground
I didn't track the dozens of day trips skiing and mountain biking that were greatly enhanced by having the big, tall van with all the amenities to haul gear, people, get changed, make coffee, lunch, etc. Just a game changer of decadent comfort every time I use it. (One feels quite superior in the ski hill parking lot, sitting inside making coffee while the guy next to you who just pulled up in his SUV is getting his gear on in 20 mph winds and snow blowing sideways.) The AdWag kit has allowed me to move every thing around a handful of times, and even take everything out to make runs to the dump, move furniture, bring the kid to college, etc.

As we know, the van is never finished. I've added the front VC lift, AT tires for summer and dedicated snows for winter (on painted OEM wheels), Viair compressor, low-tech water jug and manual pump, fold down wall shelf w/storage, sliding tray with bike and ski rack, Flatline roof rack, back door ladder with Lolo bike hooks, Backwoods bumper with crazy bright lights. Best mod - Custom quilted window shades made by my 80 year old mom! Continued refinement to continue...

Hope you all had a great 2022 in your Transit and may 2023 be even better!
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Picked up our 2021 250 148" HR Ecoboost AWD in early December 21. Drove it home from Kansas City to Virginia and did the metal tent thing for our overnight stop. Below freezing and no heater!

Spent the next few weeks getting a basic build out in place then left for our first big trip in early Jan - 3 weeks in Florida.

Lots more time building during the spring with a few trips thrown in, then a 2 1/2 week trip up to Maine.

Spent quite a few fall weekends in the van for various events, mostly big MTB rides.

Left for this year's winter trip across the Gulf the day after Christmas.

By the time we got home from that trip the first week of January we were at 14k miles, 22 states visited, and just over 40 nights slept.

For those interested our year one average MPG was right at 14, best tank was 16 in Maine, worst was around 12 in Texas.

Roxvan's still not done, but that hasn't stopped us from loving our adventures with her!

More pics and stories (when I find time) on Instagram @roxvan_va
 
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