This cargo vans are stealthy baloney started with a guy a who bought a whole fleet of them for $350 each, and proceeded to sell them for $3k-$6k each. CARGO VANS ARE NOT STEALTHY!!! They make you a target for thieves hoping for tools inside, and in the city unknown, unmarked cargo vans stand out like a sore thumb at night. I find it is much better to look like a harmless camper that is either traveling or maybe visiting relatives. About 99% of the people reporting parking troubles are driving cargo vans, even though cargo van campers are a very tiny percentage of the camper vans actually in use. A 40 foot motorhome is stealthier than a cargo van! Most of what you see on Youtube, Instagram, and even many of the forums isn’t a good depiction of reality. Most of it is from promoters looking to make a buck. They’re the leaders of the van life movement. Cargo vans cost much more to convert, so they exploit that fact for their own gain, not your ultiimate happiness.
My windows aren’t tinted, and very rarely even covered. The only private place in my van is my toilet/shower area, which is also my clothes changing room. For anybody looking inside if I’m not in it, it looks like an unused camper van, with nothing of interest to break in for. I always make sure any valuables are put away out of sight when not in use.
My current van is a high top, and being able to stand up inside is nice, but there are drawbacks. Mine is too tall for most drive thru’s, many gas stations, and basically all parking garages. Low hanging tree branches are also problematic. When inside, I find myself either sitting or laying down like 99.9% of the time. My chair is on wheels, so it’s easy to manuever while seated. I started with a chair on wheels when I had a low top van, but found it so convenient, that I still use the same method in my high top. About the only time I stand up is whhen retrieving something from an upper cabinet.
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