Home Sweet Home – Van Living

It’s official. John and I technically bought our first fixer-upper house together yesterday! Van living, here we come!

We now own a 1992 Ford Econoline E-150 Conversion Van.


We’ll call it home for short until she earns a name like our GPS.

(Or hopefully not like our GPS….)

Look! We already put the Purple Heart tags on it…just in case we get pulled over. 😀

This is one of the most exciting things EVER!

We upgraded from a 2004 Toyota with 140,000 total highway miles to a 1992 Ford with 170,000 miles.

We spent $1,500.

It has a new transmission, new brakes, and the engine (although there’s no paperwork) was replaced 6 years ago. There’s no way it has 170,000 miles on it.

We looked up the Kelley Blue Book Value for the 2004 standard Rav4 with 140,000 miles in fair condition, and it said just under $4K.

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It’s been across the US 6 separate times.

The memories in that thing…

The memories….

We plan to take our new home down the coast to wherever we end up in the fall/winter (although the Everglades is seeming more and more a reality as the days pass).

Of course we’d stop in NC to visit Susan and Bud!!!! 😀

It has no air conditioning.

That’s OK, since the cold puts me in sooooo much pain. I’ve found myself lately not only  being the sole person wearing long sleeves, but also the single soul in a sweatshirt among t-shirts.

I think I can manage living in a van sans air conditioning.

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We’ve been spending hours discussing how we will redo the interior. Right now there’s a pretty awesome leather couch that is raised and lowered mechanically into a nice bed. The pups seemed to like it upon first inspection.  There’s also a single back seat.

We were thinking we could use that back seat and maybe the bed by the fire pit this summer before selling it. 🙂

Although the leather bed adds some serious style, it also takes up some serious room.

We want to rip out the carpet, and replace it with something….else. There are all types of ideas for tables and storage.

It came with a VHS player, a tiny tv, and a cb radio.


VHS player reminds me of learning Korean and watching bootleg Korean movies on VHS to practice.

Ah the memories.

The CB radio reminds me of my father.

He would have been so excited to brainstorm with us about what we could do with our new home! 1992 Ford Van Econoline

I miss him.

I’m excited enough for both his energy and my own.

I mean really. We own a home!

Time to get to work!

Autumn’s a’comin’ soon! 😀

Tomorrow’s not guaranteed!

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2 Responses to Home Sweet Home – Van Living

  1. Don Poling May 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM #

    Cousin Dan built a bunk bed in the back of his truck with storage space above. People looking in can’t see that he’s sleeping in the space below, so it gives him a bit of privacy in places where you’re not supposed to be sleeping in a parked vehicle. Plywood sheets above the bed are removable for when he wants to use the back of the truck for hauling large stuff instead of sleeping.

    • Hurricane Rita May 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM #

      Awesome! We were considering storage under, but I hadn’t considered over the bed. hmmm…bunk beds. 🙂

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