Hi and welcome to 365
We don't full-time now_______ but do have a terrific van to long-term in-----its a 26ft n+b Flair on an Iveco 6ton chassis.
But we have known people live in everything from an old Mercedes van and caravan (he grafted another van on the roof as they got more kids!!) To a 30+ foot 5er and yank truck, and in between from a home built panel van to various different van conversions from tiny to obscene-----------there is not an ideal van-------the best one for you is one that suits where you go, how you travel and your budget (for example if you do loads of miles an RV may hit the budget too hard at gas stations, if you insist on spending lots of time in cities a panel van conversion may suit you better)
Good luck with your decision.
Hi Stuart we have a coach that i converted when we had our house.
If I was to make the decision again I would go the same route but maybe see if I could have got a 4x4 version. The width is the most important aspect in the dimensions then the height and then length.Rear wheel drive is a must and a decent payload that you should get with a h.g.v. Self build is the way to go for me all day long
a 2 million dollar question with an infinite answer,
best to go with your gut instinct [and budget]-----mine was a insulated body, cam chain engine, garage space, forward facing seats for under 12's,
we do not have the money for our ideal motor, so a compromise was made.