Kitchen Galley and Refrigerator
We think you can pack a cooler to get started and here’s why: kitchens are expensive, take up space, and impact your floor plan significantly.
We believe, to get started anyway, you should use your van to learn how you would use a galley and where you would put it. Then spend the money later (or not!) based on how you use your van.
Yup, water is essential, but you can buy a few jugs at the store and put them in your cooler rather than invest in storage systems, pumps, drains, and heaters.
Remember, you can always add water systems later, but the systems…well, less so. And since you just saved so much money, buy yourself a YETI cooler for your maiden voyage.
Cabinetry and Storage
In our first van, we installed beautiful powder-coated, aluminum cabinets the entire length of the cargo area on the driver’s side. Then we used the van the first time and realized we preferred removable soft bags and didn’t need 10 feet of storage.
So use your van, pack a couple bags, and decide what kind of storage and cabinetry to add later.
We follow the same logic as water systems. Take a portable potty with you. There are a bunch available, or use the one in the ski lodge. Decide if a built-in system is a necessity or if the portable solution will work for you long-term.
Flarespace is located in Colorado and winters are cold. We love our Espar heater, but folks in warmer environments won’t need them. We recommend you use your van and decide if a heated blanket will suffice.
If so, you’re fine, otherwise, have a local resource install one for you.
Temperature control, air circulation, and condensation prevention are all achieved by installing proper fans. The MaxxAir 6200K is a complete ventilation system that incorporates a vent, fan, and rain protection in an all-in-one-unit (and you can leave the rain shield open while driving).