Van = daily-driver = kids = factory-installed seats = airbags
We won’t be able to travel if the van is in the shop. If something does happen on the road, we want to be able to get repairs made quickly without breaking the bank.
Ideally, we would like to keep the purchase price under $30,000.
Our wish list includes things like a tow built-in tow package and a color other than white, so we’re looking for something with lots of used inventory.
One of the things dissuading us from going down the truck/trailer route was the abysmal fuel economy expectation paired with the low speeds and long drive-times. We’d like for something in the neighborhood of 18-20 mpg to at least be possible if not always attainable.
We live in the suburbs. We have a driveway. We shop at lots of big-box stores. We aren’t trying to squeeze into overcrowded parking garages. Still, all things being equal, the more options for parking, the better.
There are 5 people in our family, and a dog. We need space for everyone to sit and sleep. The seating part is easy. The sleeping part will be a challenge.
Our crew is the opposite of discreet. Stealth camping is not an option. However, given that there will almost certainly be some literal screaming involved wherever we go, we don’t necessarily need help announcing our presence from our vehicle.