Van In September 2020 I flew to Chicago to buy a used Wheelchair Transport Van. Chevrolet Express 3500 extended length, high top with V8 engine and automatic transmission . I removed the hydraulic lift, jump seat, most of the interior panels from walls and ceiling. I wired a 12volt DC breaker panel for the lights and BougeRV refrigerator. I also used 12 gauge marine wiring for the 110 outlets inside the van. Marine wiring is stranded wire versus solid wire which withstands the movement of the vehicle without breaking. There is on outside receptacle for 110 power hookup. I insulated the sides and ceiling in every open space of the interior. The ceiling and side walls are paneled with white melamine for a smooth appearance. I made cabinets and cupboards from salvaged kitchen cabinets. I used a closet wire shelve over the bed to store clothing, jackets, etc. I have a Jackery 500 for my 12 volt power source for lights, fans and the refrigerator. The Jackery can be charged three ways. While driving using the vans power, 110 volts while plugged into shore power of the electrical at the campsites or a portable solar panel. It has a portable toilet that we use for those night time pee calls or in an emergency if needed. I secured a remote controlled vented portable heater/ AC for our cooling and heating needs when power is available at campgrounds. Inside under the bed frame there are cabinets with drawers that are used for our clothing and personal items. Behind the drivers seat is a repurposed file cabinet for cooking utensils, dishes and food storage. It has locking drawers to keep them secure while driving. Up front between the two passenger seats is where the BougeRV is kept. Handy for a cold drink while driving or at a stop for a quick lunch. It can be powered by the Jackery or Van 12 volt system while driving. I converted the passenger seat to a swivel seat that helps making more room in the “ Living Room “ of the van while parked. I sat on the portapotty, the wife sat on the swivel seat and the fridge slid out become our table for card playing when the weather dictated for indoor activities. On the back ride door is a strong mount for a propane tank with peace of mind secured outside of living space. Inside of the back door is storage for the collapsible stairs and solar panel. Open the back doors to access to two pull out boxes for camp chairs, folding table, 110 shore power cables, camp stove, propane tank hoses and odds and ends needed. On August 24,2021 we went on a two month, 7584.9 miles, cross-country trip. We had family stops in Colorado, Idaho, Washington, California. We drove through some awesome scenery taking back roads when feasible to get a full immersion of America. Mountains, deserts, Grand Canyon, Historic sites, and parts of Route 66. This 2010 was used for wheelchair transport by Fulton County Chapter NYSARC Inc. for handicapped people. Gloversville, NY is the middle of New York State 50 miles North of Albany, NY. So snow country means salt corrosion on vehicles. Obvious that this vehicle has some rust in spots especially around where passengers where getting in and out. I had to replace a section of the left side door because of rust. I repaired it myself and you can see that there is some slight paint color difference . Before repair the door would not close tightly. Now it closes firmly and lets the right door also close more secure with no sloppiness. Mechanically it is solid. Good tires. I just had new ball joints on the front because my mechanic suggested it will save the tires from premature wear. Gas milage is around 14-15 mpg. No liens on Title. Are you ready for your cross-country trip?
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