I dreamed about my own Roadtrek for over a decade before I finally was able to secure a vintage Dodge Versatile 190 for $20,000. The key was finding one with solar panels. I had to upgrade the inverter and battery system after boondocking for a week with Busy Bee at the Rainbow Gathering, when we blew most of the circuits between charging the ebikes and blasting our mobile PA.
Since that upgrade I’ve introduced a host of electrical appliances including a hot plate, air fryer, hotpot, dorm fridge, mini heater/cooler fridge, 24 inch Amazon Prime TV, Alexa, mini vacuum, mini washing machine, hepa air purifier, electric shower, mini driver with numerous attachments, Verizon 5G Jetpack, mini heater.
It has emergency food stash, mostly rice, dried beans and various seeds for sprouting, but a quick trip to Whole Foods can easily outfit the vehicle with enough fresh food to last a week or more. Most of the storage space is kept empty for provisions.
I could carry around hundreds of pounds of liquids, but I actually never fill up the water tank unless I’m boondocking, and then only after I arrive close to the destination. I keep the black and grey water tanks empty, and the black water tank was never pooped in.
Should I come upon water in any form, however, I can top off two solar showers, mini tub, and various other containers, the most pure of which is the Brita pitcher in the dorm fridge.
My favorite beverage while driving is an ice-cold Mexican coke. My favorite snack are fresh french fries. Slice an Idaho potato into your favorite size and soak for a few minutes or more in water. Damp dry and spray with a mist of olive oil. Form into a tower and cook on high for 20 minutes in air fryer. Pull the tray after 15 minutes and jumble the fries.
The full-sized bed inside is an organic futon, same model as the one I sleep on every night.
Providing all the necessary comforts (as well as toolkits and medical equipment), these Roadtrek vans are the ultimate tool for social distancing.