Please Lend Me a Quarter-Million Dollars So I Can Build the Ultimate Custom Van

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Hi, my name is Brent (“Hi, Brent”), and I live in a van. No, not down by a river. No, you’re not the first person to think of that joke. I actually live and work out of a van, zig-zagging the country and documenting much of the stuff that happens. In the beginning, I was going to try to do it for a year. It has now been more than four years. Oops?

It all started when I bought I used 2006 Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser G24. I chose that one because it was configured the way I wanted, with separate work and sleep areas and a massive trunk. It’s worked out pretty well, or I wouldn’t still be doing it. But I always wondered what I could have done if I’d had the time and the funds to start from scratch.

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Unfortunately, the top-of-the-line van I want starts around $200,000, which is just a hair (okay, all of the hairs) out of my budget. Please send lots and lots of money so I can upgrade my home and office.

This post has been updated to reflect that the Outside Van vehicle the author wants starts at $200,000 or so. The company makes some cheaper vans as well.

Brent Rose is a freelance writer, producer, photographer, and actor, and has been contributing to Gizmodo since 2011. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter, and learn more at brentrose.com

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The minute anyone says “Custom” on a Mercedes Van assembled NA, my bank account dissapears, all logic goes out the window.

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