My Van(s)

I've owned man, many vans over the years. My newest project is a 1988 originally built by Get-Away Vans, one of the most common van conversion manufacturers seen on the roads. However, this particular one is a rare breed indeed. It is one of apparently only a dozen Get-Away "Flagship" models built. They consist of a Class C RV chassis and a streamlined fibreglass widebody mould, following the Chevrolet van lines and contours. They were made in varying lengths, this one is 7 metres (23 feet) long. Several were never ordered as full RV conversions. I have seen one that was built more as a shuttle bus with limited "RV" features, and mine was originally built as a mobile office for the federal government and used locally.

As such, it was not driven much and has only 33,700km (21,000 miles) on the odometer. was stored outdoors as the faded fibreglass and oxidation plainly showed. So I had the entore body reconditioned, took out a couple of obnoxiously large windows, re-fibreglassed over, and then repainted.

I am now in the beginning stages of renovating the entire interior, adding a simple water system, wood stove, upholstery, lighting, etc. As it progresses I will show interior updates on my Rumble/YouTube channels.

My previous wheel estate project is a 2003 Utilimaster step van, which I still currently own. Insulated, wired and equipped with a shower. So far I've installed new lighting, a bed, a pull-down movie projector screen, cabinets, a stove, 12 volt fridge, wall vinyl, and a rooftop patio with collapsible railings. 

I've owned many Class B and Class C RV's over the years, this is Purple Haze, my previous project. 

She's a rock-solid 1995 RAM 3500 widebody Class B, built in Metro Vancouver by Widebody Industries under the brand name Islander RVLike many other Class B manufacturers from the same era, Islander RV went out of business in 2003 when Dodge stopped producing Ram vans. They are hard to find because people usually hang onto them. Case in point: the woman I purchased this from had it for 16 years.

Inside, I've installed a Cubic Mini Cub wood stove for ultimate off-grid abilities. Heating and cooking is possible even without propane, and a future addition of a thermoelectric generator will charge my batteries off the heat from the fire soon.

Originally boring, drab white with typical ugly RV swirly-swirl pinstriping, one of the first things I did was have the entire van vinyl wrapped in Matte Metallic Purple. Voila, suddenly it's no longer just another RV, it's a bad ass custom boogie van!

Night effects
When it comes to tech, I try to keep it as low tech and functional as possible because I believe more tech = more problems. To that end, anything technological I add is a luxury, but not necessary to live. For example: I have solar panels and LED lighting. They're great! But I avoid touch-panels and complex circuitry whenever possible.

K, I like my lights

I install everything with physical toggle switches, even the remote control lighting has physical on/off switches, because yes even lighting can be an issue when you suddenly can't turn them on or off for multitudes of tech reasons, signal interference, lost remote, dead batteries, etc. A switch or a wire is easy to fix on the spot, circuitry is not. Hardware always wins over software if you encounter a problem!

Before redesigning overhead cabinets

RV life neighbours

Repainted cabinets, new lighting, new upholstery
I've also added a TV and rooftop HDTV antenna, new stereo and speakers. new upholstery and of course I've colourized all the cabinetry.

Completed overhead redesign

All about the details

Purple FTW

Blacked out grille and bumpers
Every custom van needs a theme. This one would make 
Jimi Hendrix proud. Or Prince. Or Barney.

Era-correct badging

Rear shower

She claimed it. I'm okay with that.

Keep on rockin' in the free world!