Well, why not?
Coloradois full of outdoor types; granola-crunchy folk who can live off the wilderness and commune with nature. These are the people who can sleep under the stars and know every elk in Estes Park by name.
I ain’t one of them and neither are MANY of you.
Just like you, I only sleep in a bag when ordered to or to impress a future mate. Otherwise, I want padding under me and at least a tent over me. Better yet – a proper motor home or trailer would ROCK!
Coloradoan consumers have a mass array of choices for camping via rolling hotel as there’s a multitude of RV/trailer dealerships to choose from. Unfortunately, they are expensive. Even a tent trailer can set you back.
What if you had a van and converted it yourself?
Better yet; what if you had a vehicle that you can use for your business during the week and vacation in on the weekends? I think the best candidate is the Ford Transit Connect.
The base model Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van XL costs about $21,000. It comes with a 2.0 liter, 4-banger that puts out a useable 138 horsepower and 132 lbs-feet of torque. The EPA (estimated) fuel economy is 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway; that makes for about 23 mpg combined – not too shabby.
It’s slow… very slow. The 0 to 60 mph times measured at over 5,200 (near Denver) feet elevation is about 13 seconds. Still, it’s a delivery van and overall speed is not as important as cargo capacity and driving ease – both of which are good.
The loading floor is very low and flat. It’s a breeze to load and unload up to 1,600 lbs of goodies.
So, what if you had gear that can be placed inside for camping and removed for hauling?
Check out this link or: http://www.ehow.com/how_8686079_diy-van-conversions.html
I know – there are beefier vehicles not to mention the already impressive Nissan NV that’s a full-blown truck, but I like the idea of small, maneuverable and fuel efficient.
So, what do you think Colorado? A small FWD van might be a damn good idea – no? If you have doubts, check out this article.