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Still researching my van floor, but today I was inspired. I came up with an idea for the perfect vehicle for use as an old man's daily driver.

First you get a small SUV, one you can get in the back from the driver's seat, and don't have to get out, then get in a back door - very handy if it is raining. Take out the back seats, or lay them flat. Then you raise the roof just enough to allow you to stand up straight, but still short enough you can go thru fast food drive by windows. All you need to do to raise the roof is decide how much taller the roof will need to be, make a raised roof framed with 2x2s, or 2x4s, and boxed in with plywood. Set that on the roof of your vehicle, mark along the outside of the new roof, remove, then cut 2 or 3 inches inside the marked line. Set the roof on the vehicle roof, drill holes thru the edges, and bolt it down, preferably with some type of sealer, to make it waterproof. Then paint as desired.

Then add the following: One portable toilet, of your choice. Privacy curtains, so you can use the toilet in peace, and so no one can see inside. A recliner chair, the privacy curtains will allow a nap without someone tapping on the window and asking if you are alright. A cooler, for drinks and food. And, if desired, radio, and/or, TV. If you have cold winters, consider a small stove.

No more rushes to find a toilet, you can wait for your wife to shop in the comfort of your vehicle. What more could an old man ask for? I'm starting to think seriously about making one of these for myself. Maybe with a solar panel or two to power the TV and cooler. Heaven on earth.
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You OK? Knew a guy once who had a camper in the yard of his second home, where he lived during the week, and returned to his primary home many miles away on weekends. He'd rented out the second house and just needed a place during the week near his work. Cheaper than a hotel, but not much pacing back and forth space. Spent the rest of his time playing the ponies. Had a "sure winner" scheme, or so he claimed while trying to borrow money to play it out.

I have an office shed out back, windows, insulated, wired, heater/AC, microwave, TV if I wanted one (just run 75 feet of coax). Great chair just right for naps. Cost a fraction of a camper or truck. Warms up in a couple of minutes, cools down just as fast. A nice alternative when I'm sick of the house. Cell phone if wife needs me. And never get a lick of work done in there anymore.

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Doing reasonable, that's as good as it gets anymore. Not planning on living in my van when it's finished, but if I ever do I'll sell the house - and don't plan on selling the house.

Sounds like you've got a nice setup, just not mobile. I figure something like my idea would be just the thing for running errands and such. Sort of a mobile version of your office. And no having to hunt down a toilet, and no waiting in line when you do. Heck, check youtube and you can find videos of people living in their cars, regular cars, not suvs; one woman had been living in her car for 8 months when the video was made. I figure my idea would at least be better than living in a car if it came down to that.

My Jeep would have been great for that, except you couldn't get into the back without getting out, then going in one of the back doors. Think I'll start looking around, something like that would be more useful than my little pickup is. And not gonna put a camper shell on it, then would still have to get out and go to the back to get in. Spent way too many years using an outhouse, rain or shine, to want to go outdoors to go.

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Still researching my van floor, but today I was inspired. I came up with an idea for the perfect vehicle for use as an old man's daily driver.

First you get a small SUV, one you can get in the back from the driver's seat, and don't have to get out, then get in a back door - very handy if it is raining. Take out the back seats, or lay them flat. Then you raise the roof just enough to allow you to stand up straight, but still short enough you can go thru fast food drive by windows. All you need to do to raise the roof is decide how much taller the roof will need to be, make a raised roof framed with 2x2s, or 2x4s, and boxed in with plywood. Set that on the roof of your vehicle, mark along the outside of the new roof, remove, then cut 2 or 3 inches inside the marked line. Set the roof on the vehicle roof, drill holes thru the edges, and bolt it down, preferably with some type of sealer, to make it waterproof. Then paint as desired.

Then add the following: One portable toilet, of your choice. Privacy curtains, so you can use the toilet in peace, and so no one can see inside. A recliner chair, the privacy curtains will allow a nap without someone tapping on the window and asking if you are alright. A cooler, for drinks and food. And, if desired, radio, and/or, TV. If you have cold winters, consider a small stove.

No more rushes to find a toilet, you can wait for your wife to shop in the comfort of your vehicle. What more could an old man ask for? I'm starting to think seriously about making one of these for myself. Maybe with a solar panel or two to power the TV and cooler. Heaven on earth.
There has got to be one heck of a good backstory to this post. Pain killers, too much tipping of the elbow? BTW, already done. Look at the van campers. You certainly have a sense of humor and a great imagination.
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Here you go LOL.
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There has got to be one heck of a good backstory to this post. Pain killers, too much tipping of the elbow? BTW, already done. Look at the van campers. You certainly have a sense of humor and a great imagination.
Nah, van campers are totally different, they are meant to actually live in and travel with. What I'm proposing is a day tripper.

No pain killers, no booze, and no funny weeds. In 2000 had colon cancer, so had a colon resection. The took out 40 or 50 yards I think. Anyway, ever since I go a lot more than I ever did before, moved up from once a day, to as many as 7 times a day. Kind of limits my traveling, which is why I got the van and will convert it - so I can get out of the county, and state, once in awhile. But on a day to day basis, no real issues, but on the other hand don't get away from the house too long. So, it suddenly struck me, the perfect old man's car. The van is too gas hungry for day to day transportation, otherwise I would use it. I drive a Dodge Dakota pickup, which would be just the size I want, but then would have to get out, go to the back, climb up, rain or shine, and that is NOT what I want. So, will be checking vehicles that would be what I want. And, if a recliner will take up too much space, likely get a folding lawn chair, and something to rest my feet on. A build won't need to be fancy, quick and dirty, will be sufficient.

Roxanne, could you have found an uglier vehicle? Hope that isn't your daily driver.
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Well there was a backstory but not what I expected. Sorry to hear about the colon cancer. That certainly changes the "need" for sure. A van is the only vehicle I an think of that would allow internal access without going to the outside and probably the only means to some real privacy. I'm sure someone has already figured this out but where to look for such an answer....
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Here you go LOL.
ROTFLMAO, Roxanne that is the funniest looking auto I have ever seen, HAHAHAHAHAHA

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Wouldn’t this van be kinda hard on gas as a daily driver ?

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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Yeah a van would not have the gas mileage for a daily driver. Which is why my van will be converted for travel, and to actually live in while traveling. For a daily driver I want good gas mileage, so that kills a van - and don't want one for daily use anyway.

My younger just got a used Hyundai SUV. Four door, and just ample room for what I want - space for a comfortable chair, portable toilet, and cooler. Forgot to look tho to see if could move from the driver seat to the rear. However, a surprising number of vehicles have center consoles that can be removed, allowing easy access to the rear - perfect. I could in fact do that with my little club cab Dodge Dakota pickup, but then would need to cut a passage way in the back of the cab and front of the bed (very doable, has been done many times, but not by me), and would have to either buy a standup camper shell (expensive), or make one - and all in all way too much work for me to want to do. So, if I can find a usable vehicle, for a reasonable price, just need to put together a raised top (likely less than $100, look for a usable chair, likely on craigslist, and buy a cooler. As far as privacy, that is what blackout curtains are for.
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