|Rest Day in Kings Canyon|
|Glamis Dune Riding|
It's tough to part with a vehicle after you've become accustomed to exactly how many surfboards you can fit inside, or what your max towing capacity is after you installed a pair of truck springs in the rear. You can find a van for under $2500, and below is a list of essential road trip modifications you can do yourself. You'll still be able to drive to work during the week and look semi-normal (as normal as you can as a 21-year-old proudly driving a soccer-mom van).
1. Tow Package: Install a Trailer Hitch and Wiring
- Total cost: $25, from the local "you pull it" with wiring harness.
- Why: So you can tow a trailer or put your dirtbike on the back of a hitch hauler.
2. Add a Larger Roof Rack
- Total cost: $5 for the soda and pizza you bought for the welder. You can make a roof rack with steel bars and a masterpiece of welded steel for a bolt on/adjustable assembly.
- Why: This allows for you to carry your thule rooftop, along with your canoe, playboats, and bikes.
3. Upgrade to Stiffer Springs
- Total cost: $20. Head back to the "you pull it (junk yard)" to find a scrapped van with the tow package!
-Why: This let's you overload your van and haul gear for any situation. This may be the best bang for your buck for the conversion.
Now you have a basic motorhome desguised as a soccer-mom shuttle. This van will now sleep three very comfortably, and up to five in a pinch. The secret is to plan your seating acoordingly and leave the rest at home.
|Don't forget to visit the "tourist" spots! They are popular for a reason. (Sequoia Nat'l Park)|
|Pancake Party outside of Red Rocks Nevada|
|Remember to take those who introduced you to the mountains (Yosemite, CA)|