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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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I just got home from a month of winter camping in far northwest Minnesota where at one point the the temperature was 22 bellow zero with a 53 degree's bellow zero windchill factor. Something I do every year, Christmas on our family farm that has been in the family since 1883. < Driveway camping.
About a month of campground camping closer to home in Mississippi.
The van sat parked all of 2020/21 due to covid concerns, I am in that over 65 age group.
2016 Thru 2019 family Christmas and I traveled more through out the southeast, Probably about two months each year.
I bought my transit in June of 2016.
There was no need to see the country in my old age, I have lived in 16 different States through out my life. Each for at least a year. I have been everywhere, I have saw everything. Except the northeast.
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