53 Best Places To Visit
Some have a bucket list, some just a desire to travel.
These are the places I’d like to visit and trips I’d like to take, when my van conversion has progressed far enough to go out on a road trip. I visited many of them before, yet are worth revisiting in a different season or with more time to spend.
If you would like to add to this list, just send me an email with a picture(s) and a short description.
*The criteria for publishing will be primarily the uniqueness of the location.
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Enjoyed your website. Noticed in your destinations list you’ve done Washington DC. I have a quite old ‘camper-conversion’ conversion van (hi-top E-150, 279k miles!, fitted as rough camper) and I live 20 miles west of Washington DC, so if you wish to visit in stealth camper/RV again, I could help with informtation.
The easiest way is likely paying for using the Cherry Hill RV campground. I’ve never used it (I live here…) but it has good ratings and a good location that allows usage of the public transportation network, thru a Metro bus stop right at the campground, and that takes you to a Metro train station (Cherry Hill, or Greenbelt on Sundays) that can get you to most of the attractions in DC without pulling up camp or needing to look for parking. One of the major attractions not so easy (might be easier to drive there) is Mount Vernon.
If you are cheap like me, then you might select to do urban stealth camping. I’ve ferreted out legal street parking (good for max of 10 days between moves) at a couple Metro train stations near my hometown.
for Dunn Loring Station on the Orange Line: park at Hilltop Road (you’ll see several trailers and trucks there), 7 minute bus ride (every 60 min) or 1.3 mile, 22 minute walk to Metro Station.
for Greensboro Station on the new Silver Line: park at Boone Ave near Bed Bath and Beyond (again, you’ll likely see some work trucks there). 7 minute walk to Greensboro Station.
As usual for urban stealth camping, you’ll want to ‘only discretely sleep and park’ at your nighttime parking spot. If you plan to hang out at your vehicle, or cook a meal there, you’d be advised to drive a short distance to a park for such. For the Boone Ave – Greensboro location, a likely small park is Freedom Hill Park, a few minutes drive away. Likewise, for Dunn Loring Metro – Hilltop Road location, the Dunn Loring Park only a few minutes away has parking and first-come first-served picnic areas.
I’ve been surfing European style cargo van (Sprinter, NV, Promaster, Transit) stealth camper-RV sites for ideas, as I am within a couple years of 2nd retirement and might select to sell off my beater van and start anew with a high top Euro van self-conversion (sort of minimalist, with gravity water, compost toilet, 2nd battery, fold down beds to enable motorcycle transport sort of job), a bit more expensive and more comfortable version of what I use now (which cost me total <$2000).
I've also been searching for the sort of information shown above for Washington DC, except for New York City. I have one likely site, on Staten Island and then taking the Staten Island (free) ferry to Manhattan, but it's a bit of a long tourist-commute, and I'd like to find something right on Long Island transit system to cut the commute time in half.
Hello. Do you do van insulation and electricity ?
My apologies for my late answer; I lost your comment.
Unfortunately, I don’t take orders for work, products or materials. I’m just a blogger, who writes about his experiences in converting a cargo van into an RV.
As you can see from my blog and videos, insulation is fairly easy and can be done by most people. Electricity, 12V, Solar and 120V is an other story. If there is any doubt, you should always use a licensed professional.
I wish you success with your project!
I’m new to “vanlife” and am considering buying a Ford Transit (medium height) to do my own conversion. I’m early in the research process, and I just found your site today and am excited to see that it’s a wealth of information, with a focus on converting the same model of Ford Transit! Thanks for putting these resources together. Much appreciated.
I was reviewing the BEMM guide and was wondering if you’ve ever had any issues with any custom wiring interfering with the factory EMC? Any tips for mitigating that? Thanks!