Maiden Voyage of Van Morrison

I’ve been talking about getting some sort of camper for about two years now and began looking at the cute teardrop camper and had a brief fascination with Airstreams. When I saw the Eurovan, I knew it was the one.

Compact enough that it travels like a minivan, it easily fits into parking spaces, does not have to be unhitched from your vehicle and has just about everything a van camper needs including a two burner stove, a sink, a fresh and grey water tank, closet, various drawers and cabinets, seating for 5, captain’s chairs that swivel, a shower in the back hatch area, auxiliary deep cell battery, a bottom bunk, a top bunk in the pop top area, two adjustable tables, a furnace and more. The only thing missing was a toilet.

I found a 1999 Eurovan Full Camper which had been extremely well cared for, with all the maintenance records, for the right price, and so our adventures began.


We flew in to Atlanta with nothing but a carry on bag, with the intention of driving the vehicle back to Memphis. This was unfortunately one of the coldest dampest weekends of the spring of 2012. Our first night was spent next to a corn field at a friend’s property called “The Funny Farm,” in Morrison, Tennessee and worked on clearing the land for the Tennessee Burn called Serendipity.

Two sweet ladies helping to clear the land for the Tennessee Burn — Serendipity

Too afraid to turn on the heater, we huddled together to keep warm with the cotton privacy curtain the previous owner had made for a shower room off the hatch of the van. We renamed the van “Van Morrison.”

The next day we immediately went to Target to pick up pillows, sheets and blankets. Luckily the fitted sheet had elastic all the way around for a tight fit. The next night was 500% better according to my boyfriend.


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