Digital Exhibition: Brad Melancon


Name: Brad Melancon (@xthe_redbradx)
Vehicle: 1993 Chevrolet G-20 van

I have a 1993 Chevy G-20 van who's name remains in the works. If I'm going to be honest, I bought this van on a whim and a song ("Gotta Get Away" by The Black Keys).

It was really a culmination of things happening at the time that made me want to do this. A girl I was working with at the time named Madeline (@madelinestrother) started her VanLife adventure back in the spring of 2018. I had just got home from naval boot camp and A school, and I didn't really have a plan. We both worked in a little restaurant in the center of town, and I remember her showing me her van and I thought it was just the coolest thing. 

Fast forward a few months; I was studying anthropology and archeology at the local college while knee-deep in homework. I heard that song, "Gotta Get Away," and I just thought back to Madeline and her adventurous personality and I hopped on Craigslist and bought the first van I saw that I liked.

The conversion process was strung out while I finished that semester of college. I installed a 200w solar panel kit with a 200ah AGM battery, wired in lights, a fridge, and some other fun little accessories. I replaced a fuel pump, headlights, steering pump, and did a whole break job all the way around with some nice fresh new tires. 

And that's my VanLife journal so far. Much more to come and I look forward to seeing the Petersen when I get to Cali!!!