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I used to have an airport shuttle type van that got around nicely. It was 7ft wide, 20ft long and fit snugly into the width of most parking spots. It had a short wheel base (the rear of the van was almost 7ft behind the rear wheels) so it turned tightly. The back end swung out when turning tightly though.
They are relatively cheap, easy to find, and usually well maintained. I personally chose not to go with a van like this for the food truck I’m building because, 1) their typical floor height tends to lead to a tall serving window, 2) floor to ceiling height around 6ft is a little cramped especially if you need a hood, and 3) some body work would be necessary to cover windows for a nicer exterior.
I think my van had a GVWR of 12,500 and was somewhere around 6000 empty. If you could weigh in fully loaded at under 10,000, you’d be under the DOT radar.
All that being said, there are a lot of them out there in a lot of different configurations. The perfect one might just pop up.
The double decker is a tempting rabbit hole. I’d probably jump in head first.