A #Vanlife Flirtation

Our nomadic journy begins with Dodgy, a 1986 Dodge Ram commuter van. It is our flirtation with the much publicized #vanlife. The lessons we learn while banging around in this retro rig shapes what we want in the long run.

A 1986 3500 Dodgy Ram Van

In 2014, a family member has a 1985 Dodge 350 commuter van rotting away in the backyard. We think it will be fun to fix up. In fact, we do manage to get it running. Yet, it keeps breaking down and we can never get the air conditioning to consistently work. We jokingly refer to the van as ‘Dodgy' due to its unreliable nature.

  • I have never been a fan of cars.  When I turned 16, getting a driver's license was the furthest from my thoughts.  When I left home, it was to live in cities as a pedestrian.  And yet, here I am.  In a car.

  • The car is a '86 Dodge Ram.  But don't let that fool you.  The engine is from '93.  Ancillary parts are from...some time between '86 and now.  I currently call it "Dodgy."  That name is subject to change.

  • California

    I know some people might baulk if I were to say that we were "trapped" in Los Angeles. Maybe I'll say that we were detained? There was a small
  • California

    We had to loop back to Grass Valley to pick up a few last items we had left with friends. With a few lessons learned, we laid out the back of
  • Tennessee

    I realize now what has been missing in these posts.  No narrative is complete without some challenge that must be overcome.  A journey through beginning, middle, and end without event is so terribly unfulfilling. Volcano, Twister, Earthquake, San Andreas, Armageddon, Deep Impact, The Perfect Storm, The Core, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, Godzilla, Cloverfield, King Kong, Gorgo, Pacific Rim, Jurassic Park, The Birds, Titanic, Fail-Safe, War of the Worlds, Independence Day*, Mars Attacks!, World War Z, and many others devote most of their screen time to things being destroyed.  So, today, we learned our lesson.  Moreover, driving a car that is over 30 years old almost guarantees that something is going to go wrong.