The interior of the van came to us in immaculate 1988 condition – which inherently meant we hated it. With 5 different shades of brown between the shades, wall panels, wood vinyl, shag carpet and couch, our work was cut out for us to make the space more inviting and to feel larger than it was. After deciding on a theme of grey and purple, we ultimately decided that in order to save the most money, we would just use sheets to reupholster and replace the exposed carpeting with stick-on tiles.
The van came stock to us with a fridge, microwave, toilet, shower, stove, and sink. Ultimately the toilet had to go – it was in the direct middle of the hallway that lead to the rear door and looked horrible overall. We instead decided to purchase a portable camping toilet that we could dump at any station or public/private restroom. Instead, we store it inside the shower tub and just simply move it when we are showering.
Our full size bed is above the driving cockpit, and slides in and out in length to support us. It’s perfect for separating the areas where we hang out and where we sleep – and ultimately where we sleep isn’t somewhere we can simultaneously handle other business, which is perfect. If need be, the couch pulls out to another full size bed in a pinch.