First, I wasn't able to located a members introduction area or I would have posted my starter thread there..
April 18th at 7:34 am 2015
My wife and I were waiting for our bank to open and we were approx 60 mins early.. Therefore we walked over to the nearest car lot which happen to be our local Ford dealer. We entered the lot with one intention.. of searching for a car or truck that didn't have the altered Headrest.. This was important because back in 2008, The Fed Government implanted a new standard for seats requirements, mainly how the headrest was designed.
This may not sound very important to you.. but as a person with limited mobility issues as well as chronic pain in the lower back.. today's seats force my neck & spine forward more than I'm willing to allow and this was limiting what type of cars or trucks I can drive.
While we walked the lot, A salesman approached us and handed us his card and asked us to take our time and look around.. This impressed me because after years of searching at other car lots.. most salesmen hound you around the lot.. this one didn't and simply allowed us to explore. Searching, We discovered that many trucks and utility/panel vans have been exempt from this new government ruling. Which means that the headrest didn't just forward more than 4 inches.
We, mainly I attempted to sit in a dozen of cars and trucks.. some I could fit into, while others I constantly hit my head or knees upon entry. Time was drawing short and we were about to leave the lot, when I asked my wife for the umpteenth time to go look at the Ford Transit Vans. She reluctantly walked towards a whole line of these van. Some long, short, tall, and with a verity of window and door configurations.
She walked even closer to one mini-mini van.. which is Ford's basic transit van. no thrills or frills.. The only thing it did have was power doors and am/fm radio.. but the rest.. it was empty.. "That's Cute!" she said.. I couldn't believe it.. for more than 3 years I've asked her to just look at this van and tell me what she thought. This all hinged on IF I could enter the van and felt comfortable and that I could actually drive it..The salesmen returned as if he could read minds and had the keys waiting for me.. "Here" as he handed me the keys.. "Take it for a test drive"
I braced myself entering the van because I wasn't sure what to expect.. but once I was in the seat.. it was like a whole new world had just open up to us.. The endless possibilities this van would hold for us and how we travels. We could return to a hobby we nearly forgot because I could no longer set up our tent.
I drove the van down the block and out into the street.. It actually has allot of pep for a small panel van.. and it can turn on a dime. It even took our pothole filled streets very well. Returning, I notice my wife wasn't where I had left her.. she was already in the show room signing papers. The van was ours in less than 40 mins.. we paid cash on the spot.. Though we had to goto the bank first while the van was being cleaned.
Everyone congratulated us on our new purchase.. Not only did we get a great deal on this van.. and it has the 100K mile warranty.. the dealer threw in their own plan.. The "Life" plan.. everything is covered for life or for as long as we own the van.. Need new tires, Bam.. free, need a new wheels, Bam again.. Out in the middle of no where and need a rescue.. Bam Ford to the rescue. everything free for life.. I couldn't believe it.. not only did we buy a van, but we bought piece of mind and a company and a dealership that stands behind their products.
I stood there shocked and looks at the van.. My mind was racing.. what do I do with this ugly duckling.. So ugly it's beautiful, it saved my back and our travel dreams. we're starting out with a bare bones, no frills 2015 Transit.. The smallest they had on the lot, yet we both can craw in the back and have plenty of sleeping room for the both of us. I saw a blank canvas waiting for an artiest to create his masterpiece.
I look forward to sharing our build as well as our adventures.. I've decided to take a different view of how this van should look.. We're going to incorporate conventional RV products as well as a few odd ball one off items as subjected to us but the Rally inspired cars and races like Pairs to Dakar rally.. I know I prob watch too many rally races in my day. But this is an opening and great opportunity to create something different and actually use it in the end. I doubt we'll go off road with it.. But it might look as if it could.
Thanks for reading and We'll update this very soon.. Our first project.. to install rally style vents on the roof or on the rear side panels..