Paddlers are the perfect candidates for VanLife…they don’t need a lot of showers, and they’re probably already living down by the river. Throw in a dog, maybe a girlfriend, some Ramen, plenty of neoprene, some PBR, and you’re all set.
Well, maybe we don’t all fit this stereotype, but we still want to live in a van down by the river. Enter VanDoIt, the van up-fitter from Kansas City that is changing the landscape and making it easier than ever before for more people to get into #vanlife. We’ve been testing a VanDoIt “GO” customizable Ford E350 Transit camper van for the past year, and now the van brand is releasing a new configuration they are calling the “LIV.”
Both the VanDOit LIV and DO models are built completely with marine grade material, utilizing a tracking system for easily mounting components and gear. Both models will now have marine grade wood finishes available for the flooring and component surfaces.
Ford recently shipped a 2020 Transit AWD prototype to VanDOit for testing, measuring and planning for future build-outs. “While Ford was creating the new Transit, we were busy creating the new LIV,” said VanDOit CEO, Brent Kline. “We created so many options and made so many changes to the GO that we decided to change the name of the GO to better describe the virtues of the van. We are really excited for all that the 2020 Transit is going to offer, such as the AWD, additional safety features and swivel seats. Just as Ford is introducing improvements to the Transit, we are excited about the synergy of making innovations and introducing new options and technology with our brand new LIV model.”
The main feature of the LIV is the garage space with the gear slide and hydraulic bed lift. With a large stroke of upward and downward movement, the bed platform can change height positions based on cargo needs. The bed platform now has a folding leaf that allows for third-row passenger headroom without needing to raise the platform. With the electronics system now moved to the rear of the van, the LIV allows up to 8-passenger seating.
The emphasis of the all-new LIV is its functionality as a multipurpose van, which includes adventuring, camping, passenger hauling and doing all types of business. The greatest asset of the LIV is the modularity and transformable nature. This allows an owner to utilize the LIV in multipurpose ways, and gives the possibility of replacing several vehicles.
The technology of off-grid solar, perpetual hot water inside or outside shower, removable kitchen pod, removable cabinets, dry flush no-smell waste technology, high efficiency air conditioner, multiple heat sources and more open floor plan options give the LIV its transformable nature. This allows an owner to “LIV” in the van comfortably for any length of time, or transform it to meet the needs of the day, whether it be business or adventure.