Quite a lot of the materials are recycled, including the van itself, in a manner of speaking.
If you and your spouse were to quit your jobs in order to take a 1967 VW Microbus on an indefinite trip down the Pan-American highway, you might earn yourself some kind of a nickname. Well, one couple who set out on just such a trip are now being called “The Dangerz” by their friends, and this is the name they go by on the website which documents their travels. The couple is using a ’67 VW Microbus which has been completely ripped apart and converted into a more appropriate vehicle for this sort of situation. The interior has now been thoroughly soundproofed, and a cooking area complete with propane stove has been added. The rest of the interior is taken up with seating and storage, and the area just outside the doors con now be covered in a retractable awning.
Like any camper, this one has a number of accessories that run off of electricity, but instead of powering these from a generator running off of the engine, thus burning more fuel, they are powered by batteries that are recharged by a solar panel mounted on the roof. For further environmental friendliness, a large percentage of the materials used for the new interior are recycled, and of course, extending the life of an older vehicle like this instead of buying a new one is also a form of recycling. The Dangerz don’t seem to be in any particular hurry to get anywhere, but they do seem to be enjoying the trip quite a lot. It shows just how amazingly useful even something like an old clunker can be with just a bit of creativity.