So the first thing to do, now that the roof is put on, is to build a floor. We decided to insulate the whole outer shell, so we have to space the load-bearing portion of the floor up off the corrugated metal subfloor to make space. We’ll use 3/4″ and 1/2″ plywood as the structural materials here, with foam insulation sheets cut to fit between the floor supports.
Some weeks back, Avy’s brother and his girlfriend relocated to the Monterey Bay area. We happened to be planning a trip to SoCal to get some work done on Nebuchadnezzar anyway, and it seemed like they could use some help with the move, so we decided to follow them up to Monterey before heading back down the coast over a few days. With about 18 hours between when we decided to go and when they were planning to take off, we hurriedly packed some clothes, bedding, vittles, dog and ukulele, and hit the road for California a few hours behind them.
This trip was to be our first test of actually, like, living in a van for a week. No plumbing yet, no power, no shower, no nada mucho. Needless to say we started out with a little trepidation, but we figured it would be a learning experience. Boy, were we right.
Welcome to Vanvardo. (What does that name mean? Check out the About page…) If you’ve arrived at this page, you probably already know who we are. But in case you don’t, we are Avy (pronounced AY-vee, rhymes with “navy”) and Alex, a recently-married couple currently living in Tucson, AZ, and getting ready to embark on an adventure.
This is our Chevy van, Nebuchadnezzar (or at least it was until a few weeks ago; he looks a little different now. More on that later):