For van #2 index, see HERE
No doubt, any avid readers (lol!) will be asking, why are we thinking of Van #2 after just building the NV200 campervan – and no doubt assuming its not working, or is wrong, etc etc.
So just to clarify 🙂 ….
The NV200 was built with a 5 year plan in mind and was designed for a mixed life
- Being used as an every-day car, with business use
- Being used for short discreet escapes, and a few long holidays
- Not to get upset when neglected if we are backpacking or cycling 🙂
And for that need, it is actually working incredibly well. We use it as a car (as it is car size); we have lots of short breaks; and we’ve taken it on long trips of 4/6 weeks already with more planned.
Due to its design, it is compromised, always will be, and in its current role its compromises are acceptable.
However… its almost 3 years since we started, and being a 5 year plan, its over half way! Eek. So its time to think and plan from 2020 and beyond. And for this, we expect (hope) to be taking more longer van trips and undertaking more slow exploring of places, longer mountain biking in the mountains, long snowboarding trips etc.
And for this purpose the NV would struggle, and hence the plan to go back from “campervan” to “mini motorhome” – with large living area, better insulation, onboard garage, shower etc. None of which are possible in the NV.
Van #2 would not need to be a car, nor would it need business use, but would need to be used on lots of trips to make it viable……
In effect, shows that there isn’t one correct answer for us, let alone any two people! A bigger van would not be viable for us now (hence the NV) and a smaller van probably won’t be viable in a few year (hence the plan for Van #2)
Its a plan, its an idea, and fits in with our bigger plans from many years ago……..! Current just an enjoyable research project, but who knows…… 😀