Posts tagged van life
5 Tips For Planning Your Van Layout

Planning the layout for your van build can be overwhelming. There are so many factors to consider decisions to make and not that much space to work with!

Here are our top 5 tips to help you in planning your Van Layout.

1. Make A List of Your Top Priorities

You won’t be able to fit EVERYTHING into your van that you want so it’s important to understand what are your top priorities, especially if you’re going to be living in a van with your partner.

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2019 PROMASTER VS. 2019 SPRINTER | Which van is best for a van conversion?

One of the first steps to making van life a reality is figuring out which van to build in.

Our top two favorite vans for van conversions are:

  • the 170” wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter

  • the 159” Extended Dodge Ram Promaster

We’re currently building in a 2019 159” extended Promaster for our clients, Michele & David, so we’d figure we would cover some of the differences between the 159” extended Promaster vs the 170” Sprinter. Watch the video below for some of the pros and cons for each van.

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HOW MUCH DOES A VAN CONVERSION COST | What Our Custom Van Builds Cost For Materials & Labor

Hands down, the #1 question we get is:

How much does a van conversion cost?

This is such a hard question to answer because it varies based on so many factors - what components are involved, what materials are used, what size van, etc.

However, we wanted to give you a range of cost based on our experience professionally building vans. We do not skimp when it comes to materials, quality and the overall finish of our vans so you may be surprised at the total cost of a van conversion… we know we were when we first started researching van life!

Each van we build is completely custom - that means nothing is prefabbed and we don’t cut any corners.

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4x4 SPRINTER VAN TOUR | 170" Extended Sprinter Van Conversion for Family of Four

Wow, we are both SO excited to share this Sprinter Van conversion for a family of four!

When Cal and Cindy came to us with the challenge of incorporating in another bed for their two kids to sleep, we knew we had to get creative.

They loved the convertible bed/table area that we incorporate into our builds as well as the full bathroom with a toilet and shower. Since we had to install a bench seat for the kids to ride in while driving, we knew that this van build was all about maximum storage and functionality!

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Sprinter 144 vs 170 wheelbase | Which one is best for a Van Conversion?

Debating a Mercedes Sprinter 144 vs 170 wheelbase? Not sure if you’ll need the extra length the Sprinter 170” wheelbase provides? Or maybe you think the 144 Sprinter will be too short for your needs…

We’re breaking down the differences between the 144” Sprinter Van vs the 170” Sprinter Van and which one is best for a van conversion.

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VAN TOUR: Ultimate DIY Off-Grid Van Conversion with Bathroom | Comes with A View

Come in for a van tour of Scott's (aka Comes with a View) 2016 170” Sprinter Van Conversion with a bathroom.

One of the things we love most about #vanlife is connect with other people who live in a van! Scott was one of our first van life friends, and we finally got around to filming a tour of his DIY van conversion. It took him 6 months to complete this off-grid camper van into his home on wheels.

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10 Remote Van Life Jobs | Make Money On the Road

Looking for a van life job? Making money on the road is one of the biggest challenges for those looking to travel full time or for those who want to jump into van life. The truth is, it’s easier than it ever has been before to make a remote income thanks to the internet.

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One Stop Van Shop | Everything You Need for Your Van Conversion

We know how overwhelming it can be to make sure you’re getting everything you need for you van conversion, so we put together this one stop shop for your van life needs. We added in a few extras that we love in our van!

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DOES VAN LIFE SUCK? 5 Things to Consider Before Living In A Van

Wondering if van life sucks? Here are 5 Things you should consider before living in a van:

  1. Filling up your water tanks

    If you have a sink and/or a shower in your van, you’re going to have to find somewhere to fill up your tanks every week. Where will you fill them up? And how easy is it to access your water tanks?

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Sprinter vs. Promaster | Which van is best for you?

Finding the Right Van for Your Van Conversion Can Be a Challenge.

There are many options when it comes to purchasing a van. However you really only have 3 options that allow you to stand up in your van:

  1. Mercedes Sprinter

  2. Dodge Ram Promaster

  3. Ford Transit

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Where to Park Your Van Overnight | VAN LIFE TIPS

One of the biggest and sometimes the most stressful part of van life is figuring out where to park overnight in your van.

After living van life for over a year and a half, here are our tips and go-to’s for where to sleep overnight in your van…

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VAN CONVERSION CONVERTIBLE BED AREA

One of the first aspects of any van build or van conversion is to decide if you want a full time platform bed with storage underneath or if you want a convertible table bed area. Since our van is a live/work situation we wanted the flexibility to have a table/desk area to sit at during the day while we work. Let’s face it, if we had to sit in bed to get our work done, we wouldn’t be productive at all. That’s why we opted for a convertible table bed area instead of a full time bed.

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Van Conversion Plumbing Details

If you’re looking for details on our Sprinter Van’s plumbing, look no further. We got ya covered! As you probably already know, we opted for a “wet” bathroom (meaning the toilet is in the shower area so it will get wet). We wanted to save on space, so we cantilevered the toilet over the shower pan using steel studs.

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Van Conversion Kitchen Details

Looking for details on a van conversion kitchen? Look no further! Get all the details for our converted Sprinter Van kitchen, including a farmhouse sink. We share our tips for converting your own van, living in a van, and more on this van life blog.

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