Introducing the Bumble Beast…
On April 3rd 2014, much of my life savings joined me on a trip to Sacramento, CA to pick up my new (to me) van.
The plan: turn this empty cargo van into a bitchin’ motorhome. Why, you ask? I tend to spend any and all of my free time outside climbing, skiing, biking, hiking, beaching, etc. that it just felt so silly to spend $500/mo on rent when I am only home for sleep. Lake Tahoe is my home base where there is no shortage of places to park and call home for a night or two. For example, Regan Beach
Ok, back to the van. The plan was to have it livable by May 1st which was when I was meant to be out of my apartment. As I sit here and write this (in September) that literally makes me laugh because I am still nowhere near done. My blank canvas
Now is probably a good time to mention that I had absolutely zero carpentry skills whatsoever. Unless you count wood shop class in middle school in which case a big thanks goes out to Mr. Gargan!
I look like a pro, right? Seriously though, who let me buy power tools??
Here go the boring details of the van. It is a 2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500 with a 158″ wheel base. Oh yea and it’s yellow, I’m sure you hadn’t noticed yet. It had 202,952 miles on it when purchased. Yikes! That’s a LOT, right? Maybe, but it is a diesel Mercedes engine that was well taken care of before by DHL drivers, hence the yellow. That’s right, the Bumble Beast is classy on the inside.
I had several requirements that my van needed to fit which was why I chose to build it myself as opposed to buying one already done up. Ok ok, who am I kidding, I just couldn’t afford a prebuilt one but hey a girl can dream can’t she?
The first thing that came to mind was how I was going to be able to fit all of my toys. Bike, skis, climbing gear, etc. Plus I hardly ever go do those things alone so room for multiples of each was also important. I guess necessities are important as well such as a bed, water storage, food storage, a stove, and all those other things that make us civilized humans.
Clearly this wasn’t going to cut it and it was time to get to work!
Below are links to various projects and makeovers the van has undergone, enjoy!