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Cheap RV Living: Converting an Astro mini-van

From the bloggers at Cheap RV Living.

I’m doing a series of posts on living and traveling in vans and other tiny places, and an Astro mini-van qualifies as a tiny space! As small as it is, it has a higher roof than most mini-vans which gives you a lot of potential vertical space.

This is a bed and shelf-unit I built for a dear friend of mine name Katie to use that space. It turned out so well, I’m going to give you directions here on how to replicate it. This basic unit would work on nearly every van–you would simply change the lengths and heights to fit your van.
First I built the bed and the tall shelf unit filled the rest of the space between the bed and the drivers seat.

Because every van is different I can’t give you dimensions. I built the bed first and the tall shelf unit filled the rest of the space between the bed and the drivers seat. You can do the same with any van whatever it’s length.

There are two parts of the unit. Directly behind the driver’s seat is a shelf unit that reaches all the way up to the ceiling. We spaced the shelves to fit the exact items she wanted to put in them. Behind the shelves is a bed that is 72 inches long and 26 inches wide. She liked everything about it, but after living with the bed for a while, she decided it needed to be wider.

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