Being huge into the genre and for the longest time wondering what I would do and have.
My vote goes to the Toyota Previa. I have a RWD version, but in the Zombie apocalypse, AWD would be the way to go to get into the terrain in some areas.
My Previa video before all the YT car guys made them in the last 2yrs.
Total downside to having a previa is 2 things:
1. Engine – while “bullet proof”, it still needs to be maintained. And that accessibility for a mid engine van is horrible.
2. The Previa whistle – Supercharged Previas have a distinctive whistle coming from somewhere in the exhaust system.
– Previa has more power than a Toyota Van.
– There are still a decent amount of Previas out there, so finding one in my area (Bay area) isn’t an issue if I needed parts.
– Previas blend in very well, as they don’t attract too much attention.
– 4 cylinder engine – decent MPG, but not 2020 MPG technology.
The space inside is great. I set up a 8ft cot in my previa with no issues.
– back row seats fold up to sides of the van.
– middle row (mine are capt chairs) can be easily removed.
Something I don’t tell people much, but I lived in my Previa for 6 months.
My videos from back then.
Back in 2015, I just finishing up with SF State and added that debt to my name. Fortunately I was still working. I read a book called Walden on Wheels and was intrigued.
While I dreamed about it, I never thought I’d happen. Then my sister in law (in Vancouver BC) was finishing up her Pharmacy training and needed my wife to watch her son. Both of my kids were young enough to not be in school. My wife and kids stayed in Vancouver BC for last 6 months in 2015.
I decided to take that opportunity to live in my previa. While I am no minimalist, during this time I was. Since I still had full time work and school, I didn’t “travel” around like those people on youtube. And while I loved my van, I didn’t want to convert it to a full on tiny house or RV. It was a great experience.
AWD would be good if you are going through some terrain. I think most people would be fleeing cities and heading towards high terrain, so you’d need a good vehicle to take you.
With the Previa, you can make it cozy as is and not have added weight as you would with an trailer RV. But cozy depends on how many people are with you right?
To add more to Previas:
I was focusing on the camping aspects of having a previa vs a survivalist’s machine.
– In Australia, Taragos are often fitted with bull bars to help with impact of kangaroos and wallabys. I think that would be awesome for protection.
When I compare it to today’s vans, there is only one sliding door, compared to two (could be good or bad for escape/entry point).
Mid engine keeps the floor warm, for those cold nights.
Dual sunroof – 2nd sunroof is big! They also have oem roof rack capabilities. Either a tent or even a hunter’s nest.
Previa is spacious, take out the seats and it’s just a nice flat floor and so much space. While it isn’t like many of the upper class Mercedes camper vans… you can make the Previa amenities smaller, but they have been done. People have made sinks in Previas.
As for bathrooms and showers… when zombies have taken over the world, I don’t think having the luxury is needed and gotta be done outside and quickly. lol.
VS Delica or L300
Besides the JDM Delica, how often do you see L300s? I’m a van person, so I always look for them… Not only that, where would you get parts.
While the JDM Delica or even a Hiace would be nice… where would you get parts?
As I said, Previas are still commonly seen and even if you check row52… there’s always a a few on there.
Here was a thread a long time ago that I also loved reading.