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Hi everyone, we are in the process to convert a Promaster cargo van into an off grid camper van!!

We are looking for any words of wisdom or advice, but also a place that we could actually do it.

We have the tools lots of good ideas and we are looking for some space to park and work on it near Tucson midtown area.

We need access to eletricity and a enclosed areas to keep tools thats all!

As exchange we can help with a Permaculture design for the property and water harvesting features, set up of organic gardens and more!!

Please let us know if this is something you might be interested in!!

Thanks in advance!!


 
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Location: Zone 7a, 42", Fairfax VA Piedmont (Glenelg silt loam, acidic, shady)
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I would help you if I lived nearby!  In terms of advice, I would think hard about the climates you will be traveling in.  My build was pretty minimal... I used a lot of poly-iso insulation, along with a propane heater (for CO winters), and a roof vent/fan for hot days.  Cooking was just on a two-burner propane stove, a 400W solar array and 200 AH sealed battery kept a fridge and electronics running.  I didn't have running water, just several 5-gallon tanks.  I moved between CO ski towns in the winter, AZ desert to warm up, and Pacific NW for the summer... so I tried to plan for those climates.

I'd recommend painting your van a light color if it isn't already.  Get chains if you think you might run into mud/snow, and a tow cable.  A cell phone amp/antenna can be helpful.

Hope that helps!
 
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