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For those who have been here before, as of 2/5/13 we have made the decision to revise the version of the book that we had originally planned.

The time available, weather, the learning curve on drawing programs and other things, has caused so many delays already, and put so much stress on me that I am sticking with the original version, which WILL become a paid version (with new revisions) in the very near future. The free version will be pared down to the basics only, as an evaluation copy. Any other drawings, videos and other additional information will be added to the blog as we have them available.

For the time being, we will be leaving our recommended product links in the ebook, but that will change, also, in the updated version. Please note: Most of the product links in the free ebook went to product pages on the CaravanCamperRV original site, which is no longer active. That’s why you have been redirected to this ebook site. The main reason that we have bypassed the CCRV site is because it was built with MS Front Page, and our servers no longer support the Front Page extensions. This ebook site was built as a sub-domain with WordPress. As I have time, I hope to rebuild the original site with WordPress, but it won’t have all the product pages on it.

As far as the paid version of the ebook, when we have it ready, you will know it by what this page has on it. We were hoping to have it ready by now, but we have had many delays, so at this point I hesitate to make any more promises, except “ASAP”. By eliminating the detailed drawings, and making it more of an idea book, we only need to update the ebook in order to make it the paid version, so that will speed things up.

Until then, you’re getting a lot of good usable information in this version while it’s still free. If you have any interest, grab it now, because that will change soon. The only thing it’s missing is detailed drawings and pictures, but if you can picture it in your mind, it can happen. Once the paid version is released, the newer free version is going to be downsized drastically.

Testimonials

Thank you so much! This is what I’ve been looking for! We have gone back and forth about getting a travel trailer for years, but with the fact that we live in a townhouse complex and have no place to park it, plus the additional expenses of a motorhome or trailer, we have not been able to justify getting one. Converting our van would be a perfect solution. I’m going to retire in December, so we’ll have the time to put some work into this (once winter is over). Thanks again and I will read everything on your site. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your van! M.S.P.

Sounds like you have a good plan for your ’94 T&C. I look forward to seeing pictures online.
H.G.

Thanks. I read through your draft and found it  helpful of tips on how to put together the minivan camper conversion…..I am particularly attracted to the idea of camping components which are removable. It doesn’t seem reasonable anymore with technology advances (particularly in the camping industry) that these components  have to be fixed in a vehicle. I have been reading through your material and have already found it helpful in my thinking. I may shift my thinking to a minivan rather than a full-sized van. A used van or van conversion is what I have been looking at. Many of the van conversions lose their value dramatically. Several have a fold down rear bench, but some don’t look very comfortable.
P.G.

I just read your wonderful book!  Wow, it’s jam-packed with great information.  I have to go over the electrical chapter again because a lot of that went right over my head, actually it’s inspired me to learn a little more about how things work.  I’m sure I will have a lot more questions as the next year and a half roll by, but for starters, I wanted to know about insulation.  I know your book is to give ideas on how to convert the mini-van inexpensively and without making any permanent upgrades.  I guess the simple question is why do people go to the trouble to insulate?  Is it mainly for winter?  And do you think that me, going on a 5 month trip through hot summers and cool autumn nights, would be better off doing that? I was talking to a friend of mine, and we’re both so amazed at how much information you have, and grateful that you’re sharing it! I NEVER even considered the security issue, but loved the ideas of the motion detector lighting and the weather radio, that’s definitely going on my list now too.  I’m sure I will read your free E-book over and over, taking note of new things each time!  Thanks so much. R.F.

I’d be happy to purchase a copy of the book in advance, I have had lot’s of value from it already!
R.H.

I realize my minivan camper “concept” isn’t for everyone. If you would rather spend countless weeks building your own “perfect” camping van instead of being out enjoying the world, that’s fine. That’s your choice. Not everyone wants to do that. I have always had a pretty complete shop myself (until recently), and have always enjoyed building and creating things, but if I have my choice of whether to work in a shop or be out traveling, the latter will win every time!

I started out “building” a few components for our creation, but mainly to get all the bugs worked out of the design that we are using. But everyone has different ideas on what they need, and varying talents on using tools. That’s why we are abandoning our idea of complex designs and detailed drawings. We want literally “everyone” to be able to create a minivan camper that will allow them to get out and enjoy life.

We have already read about many people who have had to resort to living in their vehicles out of necessity, either from losing a job, or just the rising costs of housing. Some have made lifestyle choices to gain freedom through being more minimalistic and conservative, while others just want a practical all-around vehicle they can use every day and still take vacations in it.

Our feeling is that if you can live in any vehicle for a a few days, then there’s no reason you can’t do it for a few weeks, a few months, or even a few years… provided you can follow the good weather, of course! Most vehicles aren’t made to be lived in if the weather gets too cold or too hot, so if you are tied to a job in one of those extremes, living in a vehicle may only work for long vacations!

Our newer concept of “creating a minivan camper, instead of “building” it, is to do it without tools (except maybe a pair of scissors, mostly for the window coverings), so once we acquire the components, it’s ours for the rest of our life! We can easily remove it when we trade vans and put it into our next minivan or even larger van if we prefer!

Part of the delay with the paid version of the ebook is that I have discovered that the original design was way too intricate and complex for the average person to build, and the building part is what I was trying to stay away from in the first place. So I am abandoning the idea of a “reclining couch/bed”, and going back to recommending methods to “create” (NOT build) so that anyone of any skill level can “create” their camper and get out in the world and have fun with it very quickly.

If my ideas are followed, the longest time will be waiting for certain ready-to-use components to arrive by UPS. The bed platform can be acquired in an hour for most people, and yes it can work as a couch, too, if you need it to. If that creates panic in your heart, then you might have to settle for just a full-time bed. Our book is mainly to instill ideas in your head, and allow you to modify those ideas into something that works for YOU! Some may prefer to buy everything ready made, and that’s OK. You can find almost any kind of couch, bed or seating that suits you.

There are many gas-guzzler RV’s available at cheap prices right now, especially in older, used ones. But fuel efficiency is something that you are going to pay for in a larger RV, even if you save money in buying it. Minivan camper conversions are growing very fast in popularity, and in high demand, so many of them find buyers before they ever get advertised. The best way to find one is to get out there and do your camping and get to know other campers who use those vehicles.

The campers NOT advertised to the public end up on specialty forums and blogs devoted to the subject and get bought by other members, so unless you are in the loop on such things, you will never know about them or where to find them. Factory-built minivans, vans, and Class B’s also come at premium prices, even for older ones. If you can “create” your own camper to accomplish the same job at far less cost, and without costly “building” projects, then why not do it?

I’ve had a whole lot more fun camping and RV’ing when I spent very little on fuel, and had flexibility to re-position things to suit my needs at the time. Even if you prefer “built-ins”, I would suggest you try camping for a few months without them, to see what works in what position for YOUR needs, and not rely on the theories of some designer or engineer who has no idea what YOUR needs are!

My thoughts on empty vehicles of any kind is that they are no different than a big solid tent on wheels, to which you can do what ever you want on the inside. The needs at one time may not be the needs the next time you use it. Even if the basic needs are the same, one’s mind often sees things laid out differently with each use. Having flexibility in design on a daily (or even hourly) basis is the best way to get the most enjoyment out of using it.

I guess that’s the difference between camping and RV’ing. Camping was meant to be done with basic equipment, where you can get out and enjoy nature without worrying about details. With RV’s, you bring your whole house with you, take up as much space as one (if you can even fit it into some of the camping spots), and then you pay for fuel to get it down the road, pay to heat it, cool it, and even more to maintain it! By the time you put in the working hours to pay for all of that, you have very little time left to actually use it!

I still paid taxes on my used but “near-perfect” minivan, too. Under $30 a year for plates, and about the same for personal property taxes. Insurance was under $50 a month. Fuel economy was well over 17 mpg, even around the local area. Those savings allow for more traveling, and more often!

A comedian once said that he had to work all year, just to afford his huge RV, so that twice a year he could go out for a week at a time and pretend he was homeless! Such irony!  If he didn’t have the RV, he wouldn’t have to work near as hard, could save all that money for other things, and STILL go out many more times and pretend he was homeless!  You don’t have to work your butt off to do that!  

Worse yet, Lord help you if you ever get into soft ground and get stuck with a huge RV! We buried our 40-foot motorhome up to the tandem rear axle in soft ground one time, and the park owner’s backhoe couldn’t even get us out! We had to call a HUGE tow truck and have him tie his truck off to a large tree across the street, and then winch us out! Not fun at all, especially in a pouring rain! If you’re out 4-wheeling in off-road terrain, you might expect that, but not in a perfectly flat and well-used grassy campground!

This book is based on…

A CONCEPT, NOTHING MORE!

As a master electrician and designer of machines and their controls, I have created many things in my mind and on paper… some that others had to build, and some that I have had to build for myself.  They have always worked. Most people can’t do that and won’t understand it. So be it. 

But keep in mind, I am now retired. I moved out of the cold of northern Indiana because I didn’t like the freezing weather, and then I moved out of Arizona because I didn’t like the heat and traffic. Even here where the temperature is more even, we still have some extremes, plus the high humidity.

For those who also don’t have a place to work, or wouldn’t be able to visualize how to build the overly complicated reclining couch/bed that I originally designed, we have come up with another idea using readily available materials that can be made into a couch or a bed. So in reality, you don’t “have” to build anything if you don’t want to! You can read the book and be out there camping as soon as the components are obtained. That can be in as little as a few hours, depending on what materials you use and how you use them!

In between the uncomfortable temps and humidity here, I’m going to be working inside… editing the book, and working out all the other details that have to be done on the computer… and attending to the rest of life which so often gets in the way. 

Every now and then I make a design change to it, like when I discovered that Toyota Sienna middle seats, when removed, still leave a sliding frame on the floor to trip over! (Way to go, Toyota Engineers!) And the Honda Odyssey, even though it has a folding rear seat, still doesn’t lay flat! It sticks up almost two inches! (C’mon, Honda! If Chrysler can make them fold flat, surely you can figure it out!) 

All of these things create design obstacles, which is another good reason that trying to provide detailed and accurate drawings IS NOT a good idea! No two vehicles are the same, and no two people are going to use them the exact same way. Each person has to work with what they have and figure out how to adjust for such differences.

So far, I still think the Dodge Caravan or the Chrysler Town & Country are the best choices, and I like driving a luxury vehicle! But the others have come a long way, and offer things which may appeal to others, such as all wheel drive availability on the Toyota Siennas.

I have not been “flying blind”, because about 95% of what I reveal in the book I have already done. We have gone the route through everything from a tent to a pop-up camper, several Class B’s, two Class C’s, a truck camper and three Class A’s up to forty feet in length. The bigger the size, the bigger the problems, and the bigger the expense.

We discovered that when we could afford to take our larger RV’s on a trip, we had more stress from worrying about all the things that could go wrong… with traffic, with stopping in time, with paying the payments, with maintaining it, and the list goes on and on. When we wanted to stop for the night, we worried about whether we could even get into the place we wanted to, whether we would get stuck, whether we would have to back in in the dark, and many other things. On the way there, we worried about steep hills (both up and down), bridge weights, and overhead clearances through overpasses and tunnels. We got smart, and down-sized.

Now, we leave any larger RV set for (usually) the maximum length of time we wish to stay in an area, and use the minivan camper for our shorter trips. And when I say short, it could be anything from a daily errand trip to town, or being gone for months at time while the larger RV sometimes sets in storage at considerably less expense than a RV resort!

We had a small truck camper until late October of 2013… the one in the header picture. We traded both truck and camper when we decided to travel full-time, as they were just too small for full-time living. We acquired a high-top conversion van to be used in conjunction with the cargo trailer we have owned since 2003, and that was only to get us away from our real estate and help launch us on our way. Since we left, there have been many changes.

You can read more about that at our new blog, Incargonito.blogspot.com. The adjustments we made along the way doesn’t mean that we no longer think a minivan is feasible. For vacations or touring, it will work for anyone. And if the time ever comes when full-time travel is no longer possible for us (perish the thought!) we will still have our minivan to travel with, as long as we have a home base at the same time.

Our concept for a minivan camper is perfectly livable, even for two people, and for months at a time, if they need it. I am reading several blogs of younger people who travel the entire world in nothing more than a Volkswagen Westphalia camper van or a Land Rover or Toyota SUV, and they manage to fit all their necessities in without pulling a trailer. But for us older and more established folks, there are certain things that we can’t get rid of yet, so we still have to have room for all that “stuff”, and it will have to go with us or we will have to pay for rented storage. We may have to do that for the first few years or so, but by then, we should be able to digitize what we need to, dispose of the physical “stuff”, and keep the rest with us in our RV. A minivan just will not have enough storage space for us for full-time living space.

All of the other RV’s in the header picture were ours, too, plus “many more which came before” and of which I don’t even have pictures anymore, or else they are buried on old Kodak slides somewhere and will have to be found first, and then converted to digital format. And from 30 years of past experience, I also have most of the other camping gear (not attached to an RV) that we need. All we need are the couch/bed, the cushions/mattress for it, and a few smaller items unique to this minivan.

Everything that goes into the minivan besides the bed platform is strictly stock merchandise that we already have, or is available anywhere. We have already purchased a rear tent with the optional rain fly (TailVeil.com), but any other (optional) awning or canopy can be added later. And with a little imagination, and this book, you can design your own system that will work for you.

Many people have said that 94 pages is too big for a free book… that I should be charging for it! And that is what I plan to do, as soon as I can take care of a few arrangements. I believe in over-delivering on value. If you think the book is not of value to you, and you think you have better ideas, that’s fine… for YOU. There is not one person on this earth that can satisfy everyone’s needs. But most people will find value in this book in one way or the other, whether it be the electrical knowledge, a product revealed that you didn’t know about, or a technique that might make your own process go quicker and easier. NO ONE knows it all.

Many people new to camping and RV’ing may want to know how they can affordably BEGIN the lifestyle from scratch!  So some of what’s in the book may be things that some people with previous experience have already figured out! Good for you!  But nobody knows everything. Somewhere in here will be something of value even to those people. It takes you from zero experience to thirty-five years of experience in 94 pages! You probably fit somewhere in between, and this book’s for you, too.

This book will reveal how you can “create” (not build) your own minivan camper conversion and still have all the luxuries of home, including stand-up room, bathroom facilities and a shower with “on demand” hot water that will never leave you cold, a comfortable couch that makes a bed big enough for two, a powered cooler for all the refrigerated food you will need, a stove to cook with, an auxiliary battery system with 120 volt power, air conditioning, heating and much more… all without ever making a single hole or modification to your minivan!

One of the comments on the forums was there’s “not enough pictures” on the blog yet. OK, that’s good constructive criticism. But you have to remember, this is a CONCEPT. It should be up to the reader to develop pictures in his mind as to what HE or SHE needs. I’ll add photos to the blog as I have time to deal with them.

So here’s a preview of what I am STILL working on. If I have drawings like this in the future, I will put them on the site, as well as in the ebook. I will also make them downloadable as pdf’s so you can see ALL the detail. This stuff doesn’t magically appear!  It takes hours to do these drawings! The drawing below is only a rough draft. The more detail, the longer it takes. And by the way, for you who don’t know how to use Excel to draw, the little red dots are reference “foot markers” starting from the upper left corner. Each cell in the program is one inch, which is enough accuracy to show intent on this program. A new drawing can be scaled to whatever you want. 

The forward-facing reclining couch/bed for our '94 Chrysler T&C.

The forward-facing reclining couch/bed for our ’94 Chrysler T&C.

Someone will probably complain because they can’t read it here. If you right click and open in a new tab, you can use your “zoom” feature to enlarge it, although I won’t guarantee the clarity, which was apparently lost in the conversion from a .ods file to a .jpg file. That’s why I will later make the original Excel/OpenOffice document available as a download.

For now, don’t worry about too many details, because this was only a preliminary idea, and the layout is subject to change according to the users needs. What I recommend in the final book may be totally different than you see here. It represents only a small part of what I have intended for this blog site in the future, but furniture that must be built, and fully dimensioned drawings will not be a part of it. I intend to show what my ideas are, so that readers can THINK, and visualize how they can use my ideas to create their own perfect traveling and camping vehicle using their own ideas and dimensions to fit their own vehicle…not a duplicate to my own.

In fact, this drawing is only my first idea for the concept! I have since changed things many times, hopefully for something better! But I also have to compromise on what I reveal here if I expect to make any money off the sale of my book. If I give you all the answers and drawings here or on the blog, I will no longer have information to trade for dollars.

Although I am creating this project for myself as I go, I wouldn’t have to tell anyone about it. I’m not going to all this work out of the goodness of my heart!  Information has value. So do dollars. When I’m ready to  trade, maybe you will be, too.  That’s the way marketing works. Nothing in history has ever happened without a sale being made first!

I’m a Taurus, 69 years old, slightly irreverent, tell it like it is, know what I have done, where I am going from here, and honest to a fault. Sometimes too honest. I have built many things and managed many businesses over the years, both for myself and other people/corporations, valued at up to eight million dollars (in 1970’s money). All of them dealt with high levels of customer service, but I don’t play politics well. I am a good listener AND a teacher, and try to explain things very thoroughly so that even “slow” learners can understand it. (I used to teach remedial math to fifth graders, and also taught electrical code and troubleshooting classes to adults!) 

Any customer who has dealt with me knows that when someone brings something up that is wrong with one of my sites, I immediately reply and take action to fix it or make it better.  That’s part of proper customer service. I don’t sit for days or weeks on my emails, nor do I ignore the comments on my blogs like many people do. Maybe I am “old school”, but based on the stats I see about education in this country, and what has happened to proper customer service… I’ll keep doing things MY way. 

In fact, I  make changes and corrections to my site several times a month, based on good feedback from readers, so I react quickly to suggestions. And the only reason it might take longer is if I have to do some research first. I don’t print speculation, I print experience and facts. Three years of working in a newspaper office taught me that if you can’t tell who, what, when, where and why (and sometimes how), then you shouldn’t print it until you have all the information. If you find anything that can be proven wrong , or be done better, I will certainly change it as fast as I can… after I verify it.

Beyond that, I might make corrections several times a week, if I think it improves the site or blog. After all, it’s still relatively new yet, and is a work in progress.

I will be blogging and posting pictures as I work on, and travel in, our own van. Maybe I’ll even do some videos. Maybe I’ll start tomorrow, maybe next week, or whenever I get time. I’m retired. I “try” to have a life, so I get to choose the time.

I will be shortening the free book from its present form, so grab it while its free. I’m not going to stress over it, but grab it while you can get the most value out of it. I am still updating the next version with better and more up to date information…and of course, pictures.

You should be able to visualize what you need to do, and find something that will do that job without “building” anything!  For just the two of us, we’re just as happy with a bed made up all the time, and use the front seats or chairs outside for sitting. If that works for you, then you can simply support your plywood and foam bed over storage crates. We spend very little time in the van anyway once we arrive at our destinations. When we’re stopped we’re usually outside enjoying the fresh air in our folding recliners under the awning, or we’re out exploring. If it’s raining, we go to the clubhouse at any of our resort parks, to a mall, do our grocery shopping, or go to a movie. When we’re sleeping very comfortably in our bed, we are oblivious to the space we are in.

Keep in mind, some places that classify themselves as “resorts” expect you have a factory-built RV with holding tanks. A minivan without a factory built trailer big enough to have holding tanks won’t likely be accepted into those kinds of places by itself. But there are also plenty of places you can camp with your minivan at very little or no cost, if you just know how, and you can find out about all that by following our blog. I have over 800 pages in a .pdf file that is just one source of places like that! I will show you where to get it!

But even though there are thousands places we can park at little or no cost all over the country (sometimes with full or partial hookups) they aren’t “everywhere” we want to be at a given time, either. There are many times, when we might want to use a regular campground if we need services, but there are other times when we might prefer to save some money and boondock for the night. A minivan that shows no modifications from the outside is a perfect “stealth” vehicle! We can park anywhere with it, and no one even notices it! Even if we want to stay parked for free for up to two weeks (or more), the minivan camper will let us stay almost anywhere we want!

Only the experience of using your minivan camper will let you figure out how to lay everything out, where to put all your “stuff”, and what works best for YOU!  But like Nike says…. “Just Do It!” Nothing is ever perfect on the first try, so don’t wait until you think it is!

Although my early books might mention plans or other books coming, they are going to be completed one at a time, as I have time to work on them. The impossible I can do pretty quickly. Perfection takes a little longer. This is one reason I decided NOT to do the detailed, fully dimensioned drawings as I originally intended. It is a much wiser decision to move on to maximize the number of projects I can present, rather than waste too much time on only one.

As one who has worked with crafts people and engineers and architects all my life, I am always willing to listen to constructive criticism or ideas and consider how they affect the overall project. I expect the same respect from others. The most polite thing to do is always to voice a concern in the form of a question. “Isn’t there supposed to be something here?” or “Wouldn’t this work better if this was done?” are normal polite ways to get along with people. Insults and demands NEVER work! I grew up on a farm and spent most of my life in construction. I can tell the friendly end of a horse from the other end.

The nice thing about MY concept minivan is that you will never lose your investment in your equipment OR your minivan because you don’t do any damage to the minivan to create your camper, and every component can be removed and put back into another minivan when you need to trade… without tools! Try that with other methods! Think how much money and time that will save you! Also, you may not have to buy everything all at once, so you can figure out what you really need and buy it as you go. There’s nothing to finance once you have the minivan, and any costs you can pay with cash and stay debt free! 

I can build fancy cabinets and furniture with the best of them (see another of my new blogs at HardyHandyman.blogspot.com), but now that I am retired, why would I want to waste my time at it, when I can be out traveling? And why would I want to waste time manufacturing them for other people to buy? I don’t need to!  I’m retired!  I can plant ideas in your heads with my words, on a computer, from anywhere I want to be!  I can suggest to you what to use, where to obtain it, and even whom to contact to make it for you, so that it can be thrown together in a weekend, so you can get out there and see the world quicker!

You don’t need to even lift anything heavier then a pair of scissors to install or remove everything we tell you about in our book! Once your minivan camper is created, it and the components in it are yours forever to move from minivan to minivan, or even to a larger van, as you trade! Yes, my concepts work just as well in a larger van, too!

Don’t waste money on van conversions where someone (even yourself) has decided to mount stuff permanently… and then find that you have to stand on your head or twist sideways to use it!  You have choices with our version! The cooler you already have may not fit into the cabinet they want to sell you! Maybe your stove, sink or anything else should go in a different place, for YOUR needs.

You won’t believe what you can accomplish, until you have pictured it or tried it. You won’t believe it until you read the ENTIRE book and put the whole thing together in your mind… and then in your minivan. But if you are still a disbeliever, that’s fine. 

This book was created by someone who can think outside the box, for OTHER people who can think outside the box. It’s not for those who sit back and only dream from the couch, and then destroy other people’s dreams because they have nothing better to do. Haters and trolls are a dime a dozen. You either have it in you to do this or your don’t. 

If you are the kind that has to “re-think” every instruction given and examine every little detail of things that you think need to be changed, you are going to waste more time thinking and not enough doing. I only have so much patience for people like that. The concepts given here are “no brainers” that anyone can buy the components for and start using immediately.

If you are going to sit there and worry about whether a tote has wheels that will be in the way, or whether something needs to be “re-engineered”, you aren’t going to get anything accomplished. Just go round up the stuff, throw it in there and start using it. Experience is the best teacher, and you won’t be able to decide anything permanent until after you see what works and what doesn’t. Worrying about it ahead of time and trying to make it perfect before you even try it is totally pointless and time-wasting.

And if you do picture yourself doing it, don’t ever let anyone take those ideas or dreams away from you. We only have one “go-around” in this life, so do what makes YOU happy.

Some people think they have to have a full-size van (or larger) to be comfortable and have standing room “all” the time, and then spend all their money and time building it or buying it, only to waste precious travel time and money, and then lose most of their investment when they want something different. That doesn’t even include the extra fuel costs they incur by driving a heavier or larger vehicle!  

Some sites will show you all kinds of “pretty pictures” of cobbled up projects that half their readers couldn’t build on their own if their lives depended on it! One look at some of the butchered up plywood and lumber is proof of that! It’s like the blind trying to lead the blind! But there’s nothing wrong with showing others what they have done so that basic ideas can be passed around. There are “some” projects that look very professional, and even the “not so pretty” ones sometimes have some good ideas we can all learn from. 

But good luck with trying to resell some of those vehicles when the hand-made butchered up projects are built into the vans! Even if they remove all that garbage, the screw and bolt holes will still detract from the value. Some vehicles will be worth LESS than NADA wholesale value when they go to sell or trade!  Not everyone is a carpenter, most people are afraid of electricity, and some can’t even figure out why water won’t run uphill! They have no more business trying to “build” their own van than I have trying to do neuro-surgery! 

Some people think they have to have a huge RV to be comfortable, and then they spend most of their time outside of it, while still paying for all that gas to get that storage space down the road! Most people with huge RV’s have “stuff” stored away that they haven’t seen in months! They drag more “stuff” along, only to find out that they didn’t need (or use) half of it, and then lose gas mileage from carrying all the weight! It’s human nature to see a space and want to fill it with something. Sometimes the only way to avoid that is by not having the extra space at all.

I traveled by motorcycle “only” (no car), for a time when I was younger. (I’ve had six of them altogether over the years.) The best times I had were when I could travel with the bare minimum of supplies. I carried a pup tent, a sleeping bag, and a rain suit with me, plus a change of clothes and personal items.

People don’t need more “stuff”!  They need experiences! Getting out in fresh air, getting exercise, and staying healthy is much more fun than working for “stuff” we don’t use every day! Having to work to pay for a place to store “stuff” that we have little time to use because we’re always somewhere else working to pay for it is no way to live life! 

I will show you how to travel in luxury, at mileage that most RV’ers and even full-sized van users could only dream about, and stay safe no matter where you roam! And I’ll show you how to do it without paying a fortune in camping fees! There are ideas in this book that can be used with ANY RV or camping, whether you hike with a back pack and tent, or travel in a luxurious motorhome! It is written from the point of your being a newbie to camping, but there is stuff in this book that even seasoned RV’ers haven’t learned yet!  Believe me, in over 35 years of traveling from one corner of this country to the other, I’ve met enough of them to know!

EVERYONE can use the ideas in this book! But some will have more enjoyment in proclaiming that it won’t work, even without ever having tried it! No one likes trolls! As I said, don’t let ANYONE steal your dreams!

If you don’t see the value in this book, I can’t help you. Offering the full version wouldn’t help you. It’s one of those things that you either understand it and can visualize it or you won’t. If you can visualize it and make it happen, you will travel lighter, for much less cost, travel farther AND more often, stay safe while doing it, WORK LESS and SAVE MONEY on nearly everything you do in traveling.

This site will constantly grow and change. More and better information WILL come.  This site was only started in April of 2011. It’s in its infancy!  

If you don’t think this information is for you… the back button is in the upper left corner! Thanks for stopping by.

For all the rest, we’re glad you took the time to read this, and maybe we’ll see you across the campfire!

 

2 thoughts on “Get your free 94-page ebook on creating your own minivan camper here!

  1. Your information is valuable to me. I will be happy to purchase your book
    and or any information that is available.
    Thank you for putting this altogether and sharing this with the world.

    • Hi Ron,

      Thank you for the words of approval. I know the final version of the book is WAY past due, but I’m trying to have it ready by this fall. Thank you for your patience. If there is anything that you have questions about, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m here every day.

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