Camper Van Update; this week has been pretty stressful, trying to find a camper van, and decide how to deal with CRA. I discovered on Monday it’s looking like I owe CRA an additional $6000.00 for 2016 taxes. This will certainly cut into the budget we have for getting a camper van. We have done a lot of soul-searching, do we or don’t we buy. In the end, we have decided to go forward with moving into a van and following the Van Life. We may have found our van! It’s certainly a Diamond in the Ruff, but we are hopeful!
A Diamond in the Ruff
This van was built in 1990, and there are some 143K kilometers on her to date. Our diamond is sitting at a body shop as we speak, awaiting a final painting. The pictures do not show a beautiful move condition van. But Michelle and I figure if everything is in working condition, then we can add the TLC that is needed to turn a van into our home for an extended stay! The bed is in the back of the van, which is something we are wanting. There are other important items such as a toilet, fridge, and stove. We will need to install a Solar System, and shower if there is not one.
We will be going to see the Camper Van on Saturday afternoon after Michelle is finished working. I think if we purchase the van we should name it “A Diamond in the Ruff!” The other option we have is a 10-year-old Airporter bus that is for sale at Niagara Air Bus. She is a 20 seater and around 25 feet in length. I have a couple of concerns. The first one is, that is a little longer to try and stealth camp in an area where it is certainly not welcomed. The second concern is how much money will it cost to convert to a livable camper.
Keep your fingers crossed and be sure to check back for our updates!