Finding the various elements to build the van has been both fun and exasperating. A couple of months ago we thought we had found some planking that would be great for the ceiling. We ordered them online and when they arrived we were really disappointed. The producer had tried to make them look like old boards by scoring all over them but it turned out looking like someone pressing a fork on shortbread cookies! The marks were not irregular at all. At least the online retailer was good about it and refunded us the full purchase price after the rep saw photos that I sent him. We did settle on some 5/16" thick pine tongue and groove (from Home Depot about $25 for 6 planks) that I am using a wood aging accelerator on. We want the thinner plank to preserve as much interior height as is possible. The huge bonus is that these new planks are going to be 1/6 of the cost of the other planks!
Calvin here - after spending almost 33 years in education as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, and elementary administrator, it was time to retire! I did so happily and with no regrets; it was a terrific and fulfilling career. I do enjoy building projects as the design and building process is very therapeutic and you see a completed functional product in the end. Now to combine the build with another of Angela's and my passions - travel - is something we're really looking forward to.