I think I mentioned it previously, but never sure... the biggest driver for non-passenger for us was the dual-rear-wheels. I didn't want them; I wanted single-rear-wheels. Mostly because I think that handles better in snow and ice; but I could be wrong... and that was a big decider.Hi Gregoryx
I am still up in the air on ordering a cargo van with all around windows or a passenger van. Don't need the seats. Probably will install a two person folding jump seat just behind the driver. My main reason for choosing the passenger van would be the finished ceiling and walls. Not seeing myself being able to do custom side and ceiling installs, but would have to take out existing walls and ceiling for solar install anyways and reinstall. Pretty pricey to have an outfitter install walls and ceiling on cargo package. Pretty much settled on NS set up, climbing over partner in bed would be a big problem with E/W flare set up. Not worried about fishbowl aspect. Privacy glass seems really dark. AC in rear might be a plus. Any tips appreciated. Thanks
The other big factor was the rather HUGE intrusion into the passenger compartment of the top of the passenger van for the AC stuff. Both sides of the passenger above the windows stick out into the van pretty far.
Here's a shot from the VanDoIt folks (just thinking where I'd get an image).
We have cabinets that intrude less or about the same as the silly AC vent upper panels. So I would have removed all that ceiling stuff. The lower panels aren't a problem, but neither is covering the lower panels - they're pretty simple and straight.
Of course, our unfinished walls look like crap because this is WAY outside my field of expertise / comfort. I'd love to get some factory rear door panels as a start, but haven't pursued it yet. We will end up covering the crappy-looking walls eventually with neoprene and fabric; but I'm not optimistic on the outcome.
The ceiling is actually a really easy one to do. Ours is a bit more complex; but the method we used on a friend's rig was amazingly simple and (I think) looks great. It's the same simple panels that we have in ours but they go all the way to the edges. It is one day's work. the upper sections of the wall are tougher; but there are many solutions for that - and it's a non-issue if you install cabinets.