Monday, October 15, 2018


7:56 am:
Our next project is the fabrication of a Pass-Thru. This will be a kinda tunnel from Box Van's driving area to his living/workshop area.

The first thing to do is to remove Box Van's jump-seat. Fortunately, the jump seat is fastened by [4] easily accessible hex bolts!

View of base of jump seat.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Double Minded

7:54 am:
When I write about avoiding being Double Minded in the context of my new Box Van, I am referring to thinking positively about the outcome of this project. Not wavering.

I put the possibility of making mistakes, out of my mind. Of course I Blog about what I am about to do so that you, Dear Reader, may comment. For example, I am about to begin creating a passageway from the driving area to the living quarters/workshop area.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Keeping 10-Foot Box Van

8:00 am:
In yesterday's 10:15 pm Blog post, we wrote that Reader Lisa was arriving to help unload the U-Haul 10-foot box van that we drove here from Beaverton Oregon.

However, during the nite George figured out that it would be best to leave our stuff inside the 10-foot. When we find the 17-foot that we want to buy, Lisa has volunteered to help us unload then.

Thank you, Lisa!

Friday, October 12, 2018

San Diego

8:20 am:
Today's trip will take me to San Diego. When I arrive, the first thing to do will be to go to Kaiser Medical and find out what's going on with my left wrist. I have an appointment with Urgent Care at 3:35 pm.

Today's trip passes thru the dreaded traffic of Los Angeles! Usually when I pass thru LA, I try to do it around 2 am!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Renting U-Haul

8:34 am:
When I return the 10-foot box van that I am driving now, I was intending to rent a 15 footer in order to find out how that size feels. However, because of my hurt wrist, I am unable to move my stuff out of the 10 footer. So, I have made arrangements to keep the 10 footer as a tow vehicle for Scampy.

9:01 am:
My Wrist
The highest priority thing to do on reaching San Diego, is to go to Kaiser Medical and get my left wrist look at. I was thinking that I may have broken a bone in my wrist because I have been diagnosed as having osteoporosis.

However, since that osteoporosis diagnosis about four year ago, I have not broken any of my bones.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Box Van Compromise

7:32 am:
Let's compare the following rigs
#1: 2-vehicle Scampy/Ford Transit
The best mileage. No traveling workshop. Scampy as my living quarters.

#2: 2-vehicle Scampy/U-Haul Box Van
Worst mileage. A traveling workshop. Scampy as my living quarters.

#3: 1-vehicle U-Haul Box Van
Worst mileage. A traveling workshop. My living quarters inside the box van.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

My Own Box Van

7:54 am:
Buying my Box Van is the first thing that I want to address after arriving in San Diego.

From U-Haul's ads, renting from them at first-look appear cheap. Only $19.95/day. However, when the bill-paying time arrives, it's not cheap.  There's insurance, taxes, and don't forget mileage! So, the sooner that I own Box Van, the better.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Box Van-1 to Box Van-2

6:42 am:
This morning, we leave Beaverton Oregon and head south bound for San Diego California. In order get ready for that trip, we will rent a one-way U-Haul Box Van. We have named this truck, Box Van-2.

Everything that is now stored inside Box Van-1 [Our current tow vehicle] must be transferred to Box Van-2. We are doing that transfer in the Home Depot/Beaverton parking lot. Box Van-1 and Scampy are at Home Depot now.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Living Quarters

9:34 am:
Now that I have made the decision to live in a box van, I have to decide what size the box van should be.

A 10-foot box van and a 15-foot box van appear to be similar except for the 15 foot being a cab-over configuration.

10-foot box van.

15-foot box van.

Note: I am naming my box van, Box Van. So, in my blog when I write about my box van, I will be writing Box Van. Example: Box Van had a good time yesterday.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

What's Happening?

7:00 am:
Today all the stuff on Big Van's floor will be put away. There is already a place for every single thing. All that needs to be done, is to pick each item up and put it away.

Then, it will be easy to see how much space is occupied and how much space is left.

Spending Time In Box Van
I would like to educate myself how it would be to live full time in Box Van.  This weekend plus the 5-day trip from Beaverton Oregon to San Diego California [Beginning October 8th] will provide this experience

This education experience lacks having a heater to warm Box Van's interior. So, allowance must be made for that. I definitely will not sacrifice my comfort by freezing my butt off for the sake of this experience!

As an initial estimate, half of Box Van's interior will be devoted to my living quarters. The other half will be for storage and my workshop. Storage will include everything that was kept inside Señor Tránsito. I need to learn how much space will be left for my workshop.

Our current 10' Box Van's interior dimensions are 9'11" x 6'4" (L x W)
Scampy's interior dimensions are 10' x 6' 6" (L x W)

It is immediately apparent from these dimensions, that a Box Van that will be comfortable must be much larger than our current 10' model!