By now, you've no doubt heard about #VanLife, where social-media-savvy folks roam the globe in custom-upfitted camper vans, eschewing the trappings of a permanent residence. The Instagram posts can be a little twee, and the realities aren't nearly as glamorous as the carefully-curated vibe, but some of the vehicles built for the lifestyle are positively jaw-dropping.
Well, prepare to meet your new camper van king: This 2000 Ford E350 converted by Sportsmobile and towing an actual, functional wood-burning sauna, also crammed into a van shell.
Listed for sale on Craigslist in Anchorage, AK, this Ford Econoline has pretty much every upgrade you could ask for in an all-terrain roaming home: A 7.3-liter Powerstroke diesel V8 with a healthy tune, a beefy Quigley 4x4 conversion with lifted suspension and 32-inch tires, off-road ready aluminum bumpers and plenty of auxiliary lights. The cargo area has been upfitted with a two-burner propane range, a refrigerator, a running water system, and a pop-top for extra headroom.
But of course, you're here to learn about the "Vauna," the tow-along sauna built from what looks like a GM van shell. Lined with two inches of spray foam, then finished out with a gorgeous white cedar interior, the sauna has a propane two-burner range, a refrigerator and freezer, and the centerpiece, a Dwarf 4KW wood stove with a chimney through the wall.
There's even a mountain vista burned into the wood paneling!
The seller goes into extreme detail explaining the drivetrain, chassis, and living-quarters upgrades done to the van and sauna trailer, and while the 258,000-mile odometer might scare away some, the seller notes that this Powerstroke drivetrain is known to easily achieve double that with proper maintenance.
As for the asking price, $95,000 may seem a bit steep for a 20-year-old Ford van with a quarter-million miles on it. Don't think of it that way. Think of this as an efficiency-sized apartment with 24-hour sauna access, that can be located pretty much anywhere in the world that you like. Now that's a bargain.
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