Gallery: Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a...

The Dangerz started by pulling out the wet, rotten and moldy foam and shag that was on every inch of the bus. This huge task merely revealed a sticky yellow glue residue that had to be removed as well (and proved even nastier). Having all of that ick out
 
The Dangerz started by pulling out the wet, rotten and moldy foam and shag that was on every inch of the bus. This huge task merely revealed a sticky yellow glue residue that had to be removed as well (and proved even nastier). Having all of that ick out of the bus was much better for breathing, but hard on the ears. The empty van was basically a tin can on wheels. They installed a layer of foil-backed butyl (RAAM’s BXTII) on almost every surface to reduce vibration and provide the perfect thump testing grounds, and then covered that with closed cell foam (ensolite) to stop ambient noise bouncing around inside the bus.

Little known fact: in 2010 my partner and I got rid of almost everything we owned, loaded the rest up into a 26′ RV, and set off across American in search of adventure. In retrospect, we weren’t really prepared for life on the road, and about four months later we were ready to return to civilization. The first of many bad decisions was the idea to travel in such a big vehicle. Twenty-six feet might not seem like much, but when it’s your only mode of transportation and gas is $3.50 a gallon, moving becomes painful. Our slapstick scheme pales in comparison to the brilliant journey of “the Dangerz“, however.

First off, no their last name isn’t really Danger. Apparently friends started the moniker as a joke, but it eventually stuck, and for two people willing to trade a home and jobs for the inside of a VW van, it’s kind of appropriate! They officially hit the road in July 2012, but they journey began long before that. In order to live (somewhat) comfortably on the road, the camper, dubbed ‘E’, had to be completely refurbished.

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  1. francis.s.juan.1 June 17, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Very cool and classic micro-bus project. Too bad the propulsion isn’t solar powered. Those old air cooled VW engines weren’t the cleanest.

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