- Mar 21, 2023
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Hello everyone, my name is Bill. I retired a few years ago and I began watching Bob Well's videos about 10 months ago. I bought a 1998 Dodge conversion van last Dec. and have been working on it getting it ready for the road. I plan on heading out full time in July. Not the best time to be heading out in Kentucky because it gets hot here, but that's when my lease its up. I think I completed most of the mechanical repairs/maintenance on the van and will start on the inside very soon. I have 720 watts of solar panels I am installing above the high top roof using a gutter mount ladder rack. The conversion folks insulated the van pretty well so I left the walls and ceiling as it was made but all the rear seats are gone and I am turning the passenger seat backwards. I have a compressor fridge/freezer (small unit) and am building my bed, sink, and storage areas. I spent a lot of money on parts for the van (like new radiator, timing chain, belt, hoses, water pump, thermostat, etc.) in an effort to make it as dependable as possible. It has 108,000 miles on it which is not bad for this year van. I looked all over the country for a decent, affordable van for 6 months and found this one in Va. and had it shipped here. I plan on staying around the Kentucky area for the first month or so and then I will begin traveling, probably heading west. I am doing this because I want to. As Bob says, I want to live my best life. The cost of everything has gone up so much that if I stayed here, I would need to go back to work. I have nothing against working but I have been working since I was 12 and, since none of us know how much time we have left, I am selling/giving away everything I have (except my camping gear and things for the van) and I am heading out. I used to hike and camp a lot when I was in college and just have not had much time to do so since and I miss it. I am looking forward to getting to know some of you and I wish all of you safe travels.