MiniVan kits and parts are available from TheKey.Company
Originally known as TheVan44, MiniVan is the first keyboard designed by TheVanKeyboards.
The first MiniVan group buy sold 50 units; each kit contained TheVan44 PCB, an aluminum case and plate, plate-mount stabilizers, and assembly hardware. Following the early success, a round 2 group buy was run through MassDrop with an updated case and PCB. After several more rounds of group buys, kits and individual parts were sold as in-stock items on TheVanKeyboards.com.
Following the closure of TheVanKeyboards.com, TheKey.Company acquired exclusive rights to produce and sell the MiniVan, including existing PCB and case designs. As a result, new MiniVan-compatible products that have been designed by Trash Man have avoided using the name "MiniVan" and the "Van" suffix altogether. After deciding to implement port scanning on future PCB designs, Trash Man has adopted a nautical-themed naming scheme for newer projects (e.g. Ketch, Skiff, and Hull).
On June 11, 2021 (555 days after acquiring the rights to the MiniVan), new MiniVan keyboard kits were finally made available for purchase directly from TheKey.Company. Kits include the same hotswap PCB that TheVanKeyboards previously sold, the same injection-molded plastic case in four of the original five colors, an aluminum switch plate, a cable, and assembly hardware.
According to the creator, the original design goal for the MiniVan was to create a unique 40% keyboard that could be used as a daily driver. The design objectives were as follows:
More information can be found about the history of the design on this archived About Us page from TheVanKeyboards.com
The MiniVan is traditionally a tray mount keyboard that uses M2 screws to secure the PCB to the bottom case. This allows users to build the keyboard with or without a switch plate depending on their own preferences. Multiple MiniVan-compatible PCBs have been developed by TVK/Trash Man and several community members that are drop-in replacements for MiniVan cases. Many of these new PCBs add more layout options and implement features like PCB-mount stabilizers, USB C, RGB indicators, and Kaihl hotswap sockets. Several different and unique cases that support MiniVan PCBs have also been designed and produced with various materials and mounting methods.
KLE available here: http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com/#/gists/b6d6a56c69e3d90da893288694332229
Nearly all MiniVan PCBs support multiple bottom row layouts to allow for flexibility and customization dependent on each user's preferences. Not all revisions of MiniVan PCBs supported all of the layouts listed. Information about supported layouts for individual PCBs can be found on the page for each PCB linked in the section below.
Keycap compatibility is commonly an issue for the MiniVan and its derivatives. There are three non-standard keys shared by all MiniVan layouts that are required for proper coverage:
Keycap sets that include all three of these keys (with or without proper legends) are considered "three key compatible" and will generally cover a MiniVan and other boards with MiniVan-based layouts. There are some keycaps sets that omit one or more of these keys even from dedicated 40s kits. In response, TtocyobItna and 40700 were designed to stretch the MiniVan layout with larger, standard modifiers found in most modern base kits.
Support for these layouts can be found on nearly all TVK/Trash Man designed MiniVan PCBs
These layouts require custom keycaps or stabilizers and may not have explicit support in the configurator
There are three iterations of the MiniVan PCB that was included in complete kits. Some models were also sold as standalone PCBs on TheVanKeyboards.com.
Several other PCBs designed by TheVanKeyboards/Trash Man have reimagined what is possible in the MiniVan form factor.
Multiple community members have designed their own PCBs for MiniVan cases and have brought unique features and layouts.
Plate files and case dimensions can be found on the Files page
There are two case variants that were included with MiniVan kits sold during group buys
TheVanKeyboards/Trash Man designed and produced multiple standalone cases that were sold without PCBs
There are several community members that have designed their own MiniVan-compatible cases that bring unique features and mounting syles