I’m taking a road trip next month from here in Massachusetts out to visit my oldest son frater Silvan at St. Michaels Norbertine Abbey in Silverado CA, and I’m leaving August 31st. I picked up an awd 2005 GMC Safari cargo van with 88,000 miles on it in June and I’m building it out as a mini camper. I found a hard shell James Baroud roof top tent (excellent unit, made in Australia for use in the outback) cheap on Craigslist so I can sleep “upstairs” or on a cot in the back of the van. My van already had a huge cargo rack on top but I had to add Thule racks to mount the roof top tent, again a Craigslist find. Friends are joining me at various times throughout this trip so I can easily sleep two people comfortably now with this mid size van. One friend is meeting me for a week on the shore at Assateague Island National Seashore below Ocean City MD, at the beginning of my trip, and another friend is meeting me for a week camping on Lake Wisconsin on my way back east in October. Last week I put down rigid insulation, subfloor and black indoor/outdoor carpet in the cargo area. I installed an RV electric roof vent/fan this past weekend (cutting a 14” square hole in your roof kinda means you can’t look back). It’s definitely a water tight installation- if not “pretty.” I applied white perforated nylon sheeting to the rear and side windows for daytime privacy and to reflect heat, and removed the donut spare and got the new full size spare hung back up underneath for this trip. Now the whole cargo area is cleaned out in preparation for applying insulation then cheap pine 6” ship lap planks for the walls and ceiling. I have a 12v fridge from a semi truck (Craigslist), 12v car fan (from my brother in law) and a long string of 12v LED lights (already in the van when I bought it) to install after the interior is finished. I found a Yeti Goal Zero 1000 lithium solar battery generator on Craigslist that the previous owner got as a birthday gift this winter but had no use for and never used. I’ll charge it with a 40”x40” 150w solar panel I found on Amazon that I’ve mounted on my van roof rack. I have a 5 gallon water jug I’ll use with a manual pump and a small sink with a 5 gallon tank for gray water, and a denatured alcohol sail boat stove to complete my kitchenette. A “Luggable Loo” as well as a shower tent with solar shower completes the KISS (keep it simple stupid) “bathroom”. Since I’m a volunteer I can take a sabbatical so I took off all of September and October so I can visit all the major parks out west as well as Catholic shrines, basilicas, etc. Should be an awesome adventure!