Here is a picture of the van when I first got it. I am not sure when I exactly got the idea that I would convert a van but by the time February of 2017 rolled around I sold my trusty Subaru Impreza RS.2.5 and bought a mini van with the intention to convert it to a camper. My friend Pdubs just did a conversion on his Toyota Sienna and got me thinking that a minivan could make a great camper. I considered a full size van or even a mid sized but decided to go with a minivan to get better gas mileage and reliability. Also I backpack quite a bit and learned that I do well in small spaces with the time spent in my tiny ultralight backpacking shelters.
I came across this 2003 Honda Odyssey that was from a single owner with about 145k miles and was purchased for only $2900. The van came from a very nice Canadian family and was very well taken care of and extremely clean.
Here is the view of the back after I first purchased the van with the mid section seats removed and the rear seats folded down.
Quickly the demolition process started. Everything was ripped out from the front seats back. Here is my friends son Steele. Steele loved helping out an was a joy to have around during this project.
Alright! Making some serious progress here. The floor is finished and installed for good.
Rear cabinets stained.