Originally Posted by Rip Tide
It was a minivan
..... an '84 Caravan, 4 cylinder, 5 speed, 28mpg
Rear seats were removed and it instead had a bunk built in with hidden storage drawers underneath. Rod rack inside on the ceiling, roof rack for the canoe.
.... the only issue.... poor ground clearance
I went everywhere in that thing, it was a great fish car
OMG! I had the same vehicle for 12 years! Used it hunting and fishing. Only problem I experienced was it's lack of power in the 5th gear/low rpm range. It would not do 65 or 70 in 5th. and a headwind or the canoe on top meant shifting up and down, 4th to 5th, like rowing a boat just to try to make 50 mph.
I actually got out of a speeding ticket once I demonstrated to the deputy that I really had to run it up to 75 in 4th to be able to top a hill above 40 mph.
Otherwise, it did a lot of things well. Cot in the back and room for clothes and gear under the bed. I kept my cooking gear on a hunk of plywood right by the rear hatch so I could slide it out a bit to cook.
The single wide cot still left room to sit up on the bed and put your feet on the floor to dress. Cold in the morning? Just reach over the front seat and start it and turn on the heat. Want read a little before turning in? There's a light right above your head whether your head is towards the front or back. Too warm or stuffy? Pop open either or both rear windows. Ashtrays on either side of the wall. Clothes hanger hooks on both sides for glasses, flash light, guns.
Had five of us and two dogs bird hunting in this rig once. The dogs didn't get along. Easy fix: Move the seat to the middle position, put one dog behind the seat, one in front.
I'm a six footer and I always envied the sportsmen who could sleep in the back of a Toyota 4Runner or pickup. But with this rig the cot fit perfectly wedged between the rear door and the front seat withe seat in the farthest back position. I could drive comfortably and the bed etc didn't slide around.
Currently, the rig is an 05 Chevy 1/2 ton std bed. I pack heavy when I camp and the wife and I just can't sleep on the ground anymore, so it's a bigger tent and cots and plenty of firewood.
I'm amazed that I've been driving this truck for 7 years without a tune up. Just change the oil and put gas in it. Oh, and I'm not stuck going 50 on the highway anymore.