The Van



I've owned many Class B and Class C RV's over the years, this is Purple Haze, my current project. 

She's a rock-solid 1995 RAM 3500 widebody Class B, built in Metro Vancouver by Widebody Industries under the brand name Islander RVLike many other Class B manufacturers from the same era, Islander RV went out of business in 2003 when Dodge stopped producing Ram vans. They are hard to find because people usually hang onto them. Case in point: the woman I purchased this from had it for 16 years.

If Prince lived in a van...
The full-size van body is cut behind the side doors (and behind the drivers door) and a fibreglass mold widens out the van significantly, as well as providing for well over 6' head room. 

Cubic Mini Cub wood stove

Inside, I've installed a Cubic Mini Cub wood stove for ultimate off-grid abilities. Heating and cooking is possible even without propane, and a future addition of a thermoelectric generator will charge my batteries off the heat from the fire soon.

Rock guard vinyl added
Originally boring, drab white with typical ugly RV swirly-swirl pinstriping, one of the first things I did was have the entire van vinyl wrapped in Matte Metallic Purple. Voila, suddenly it's no longer just another RV, it's a bad ass custom boogie van!

Exterior speakers

Night effects
When it comes to tech, I try to keep it as low tech and functional as possible because I believe more tech = more problems. To that end, anything technological I add is a luxury, but not necessary to live. For example: I have solar panels and LED lighting. They're great! But I avoid touch-panels and complex circuitry whenever possible.

K, I like my lights

Not your grandpas RV
I install everything with physical toggle switches, even the remote control lighting has physical on/off switches, because yes even lighting can be an issue when you suddenly can't turn them on or off for multitudes of tech reasons, signal interference, lost remote, dead batteries, etc. A switch or a wire is easy to fix on the spot, circuitry is not. Hardware always wins over software if you encounter a problem!

Before redesigning overhead cabinets

RV life neighbours

Repainted cabinets, new lighting, new upholstery
I've also added a TV and rooftop HDTV antenna, new stereo and speakers. new upholstery and of course I've colourized all the cabinetry.

Completed overhead redesign

All about the details

Purple FTW

The Van has fans

Blacked out grille and bumpers
Every custom van needs a theme. This one would make Jimi Hendrix proud. Or Prince. Or Barney.

Era-correct badging

Rear shower

She claimed it. I'm okay with that.

Keep on rockin' in the free world!
 
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