adelpit
I haven't yet hit the road vanaboding. I'm trying to select a vehicle, suitable for one person. I find Ford Transit vans an attractive option. They come in all sizes including some which are very compact. I've noticed that these are popular with businesses and I've heard that they get as much as 30 MPG. They're available windowless and with sliding doors on both sides. Given Ford's reputation for making workhorse cargo vans, I think these would make a good choice...if I can find one used. Any thoughts?
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jasonodom

There are numerous posts on this forum concerning using a vehicle OTHER than what I recommend in the Vanabode book (you have a copy correct?), with details showing why each are inferior (and why the better gas mileage is not worth it in most cases).

Look under the  http://forums.vanabode.com/?forum=321105 category and also
on this road trip camping vehicle choices.

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Bellarte56
Clearly Jason feels,strongly about this and yes I have read every word. If you are single, as am I, willing to sleep alone and truly interested in a smaller home, Ipurchasing less gas, living without a fridge, microwave, etc, amenities that take up major space, I can understand why you might consider the Ford Transit Connect as a viable "tiny van" option. Have you found anybody doing it? I am working on a floor plan and seriously considering this alternative. Thanks for bringing it up, always difficult to challenge the master's proven route.
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jasonodom
I don't have time to actually compare the USEABLE cubic feet in the Transit verses the Express that I recommend but I might GUESS that a SINGLE person in a Transit might have just as much room "per person" as my wife and I have "per person" sharing the Express. I personally don't care what anybody travels in, from a Volkswagen Fox station wagon car, Class C RV, Class A Diesel Motorhome, to a $200,000 Tractor Trailer; I have piloted and lived out of them all. The Vanabode is hard to beat as described, but we live in America, so travel in whatever SUITS YOU. The point is DO IT! Do whatever it is that you want to do with your life and if something stands in your way CONSIDER the reasons why: and if adopting my strategies and philosophies you might best overcome them, and free yourself. I hope the best for you all and would LOVE to see some transit connect or other vehicle build outs demonstrated and photos uploaded here on the FORUM in the Vehicle Conversions portion of this Forum. It would be very helpful for all of us. I personally find the woman who travels in a PRIUS to be quite extraordinary.
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Bellarte56
Well I would guess she's a wee bit younger and a wee bit smaller than I am, sure, power to the Prius! But as you say, each person needs to find his/her own perfect fit. Hope to see a Transit Connect conversion, equally, I am not opposed to being the first! Thanks for leading the way, Jason.
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adelpit
Jason, I trust your opinion highly. I've looked at many "vandweller" videos on YouTube with their solar panel roofs, jerry-rigged air-conditioners and Mr. Buddy propane heaters. Your book--I bought it new on Amazon in February and read every word!--strongly confirmed my own intuition that there's a cheaper, simpler, less risky and far stealthier way to do this!

I'm a single man, age 63, so the Transit appeals to me as an abode for one. They're phenomenally popular with businesses here in suburban Motor City, so they must have something. Some of the bells and whistles are well-suited for vandwelling, such as options for built-in 12V outlets both front and rear, with 2nd battery backup; built-in inverter; windowless sliding doors on both sides; optional rear wheel drive; optional diesel. It's designed for versatile shelving, though I'm not keen on steel decor!

Drawbacks: the Transit I've been eyeing has a low wheelbase and a large sloping window. This provides a passerby a good look inside, so cloaking of some kind would be essential. It probably gets very hot inside in full sun. It might not handle very well on rocky terrain, though Ford claims it does.
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Bellarte56
If others are using or considering Ford Transit Connect, would enjoy communicating with any of you. Just purchased a 2015 (new, just left over on the lot, 2016 are out and 2017 on the way). As I single woman with limited vehicle maintenance skills, newish seemed best and the price was within my budget (traded my car, of course). Ideas on finishing the cargo space are appreciated. Thanks for the "just do,it" advice, Jason. I am part-timing for now and will go full time at the start of 2017. Learning much from your book, this site and the fellowship,of vanaboders you've inspired.
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adelpit
Bellearte, Congratulations on your purchase and you're new beginning! Like you, I hope to get rolling with a new vehicle. That pushes my timeline forward to about 2018, 18-24 months.

One concern I have is vehicle height. The Transit comes in a low, long configuration which looks good to me. But it's available in two higher heights. Evidently there are height restrictions in some communities if you want to park a vehicle overnight in a public space. Anybody have any general guidance about this?

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jasonodom
Bellarte56 I am super excited about your new venture. PLEASE consider uploading pictures, your ideas, build out, etc on the forum to help others that might choose the Transit like you did over the Express Van I detail in the Vanabode book. These might be of interest too...
http://forums.vanabode.com/?forum=433848 other vehicles
and
camping questions under VEHICLES - http://www.vanabode.us/camp/travel-camping-help.htm
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jasonodom

adelpit you ask about height issues. If you have the Vanabode book then you have a good coverage of this subject remembering especially that HEIGHT doesn't matter much if you don't go places that it is a problem (like big city parking garages, low hanging trees, short drive through pickup windows, etc. So if you will mainly do camping in the forest and Walmart parking lots GET THE TALL ONE if you can afford it as the room will be NICE! We spend so much time Stealth Camping in big cities, neighborhoods, and places like Vegas and San Francisco that we were willing to give up the room for the freedom to travel to these places and still do it super cheap - see traveling big American cities on $20 a day (food, gas and lodging) for hundreds of pictures and examples.

atlantic-city-oceanfront-architecture.jpg 
Sweet architecture in Atlantic City, but there was not much else there for us. Even just PARKING at the casinos was mandatory valet at $30+ dollars a day (valet means we can't spend the night in our Vanabode making this a no go)

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Bellarte56
Thanks Jason & Adelpit, yes, I am excited about my Ford Transit Connect and will post pics and information as I go along.  I have a goal to attend the RTR in winter of 2017, as well. I've learned from Bob's book, too.  I do so appreciate the links and advice that others provide, so I will want to contribute in the same manner, of course.  Just FYI, I purchased the smallest rig (NOT high-top, NOT long wheel base)--it's much like driving a bigger car/SUV except that I have the true cargo style with no side or back windows (the better to be stealthy with) so I am learning to drive without a rear-view mirror...And I have been investigating the various groups of singles (men & women, and some that are just women) who coordinate their travels. I like the sense of community and the opportunity to travel with others and I will also enjoy the "solo" aspect of the adVANture I am beginning...[smile]
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Cheryl
I just purchased a Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium yesterday. We are looking at ways to convert into into a camper van. Found some good ideas on YouTube and going to play around with it. I am going to be 70 in June and want to simplify my life. I don't know if I am into living full time so will start out slow. Ready for a new adventure as I will retire the first of June and want to experience life more. I purchased your book on Kindle and still reading it. Lots of good advice and idea's. Thanks so much for all your work in putting this together. 
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jasonodom
Cool, this should be fun for you. Meantime email me at j@vanabode.us and I will help you with some additional pictures not included on the Kindle version sometimes.
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