Best DC-DC Chargers and Battery Isolators for Vanlife (How to Charge Your Van While Driving)

Best DC-DC Chargers and Battery Isolators for Vanlife (How to Charge Your Van While Driving)

Having electricity in your van is just plain awesome. It means you can live completely off the grid with lights, a fridge, phones and computers – all while not worrying about electric bills or power outages. Many vandwellers install solar power in their rigs. But sometimes solar just isn’t enough – especially if your budget…

The Best 12 Volt Portable Refrigerators for Vanlife, Camping, or RVing

The Best 12 Volt Portable Refrigerators for Vanlife, Camping, or RVing

There’s nothing like having a 12 volt refrigerator in your van or at your campsite to really bring the comforts of home on the road. Refrigeration means you can store fresh food and other cold items – like vegetables, dairy, meat, “booch,” and beer. It means you don’t have to fuss with a cooler full…

Our Adventure Becoming South Dakota Residents

Our Adventure Becoming South Dakota Residents

Some of the biggest logistical problems that full-time nomads face revolve around not having a permanent residence. When you don’t have a fixed address, it can be very difficult to do many things that you need to do in today’s society, such as: Get a driver’s license Register your van Apply for insurance (auto, medical,…

Domicile for Nomads: Establishing a Legal Residence on the Road

Domicile for Nomads: Establishing a Legal Residence on the Road

If you’re a full time vanlifer, RVer, or backpacker, you live out on the open road, free from the restrictions of a fixed location. But when you live wherever you choose, that also means that you don’t actually live anywhere – or at least, not how society wants you to. Unfortunately for people like us,…

Mounting an ARB Awning on a High Top Van (Without a Roof Rack)

Mounting an ARB Awning on a High Top Van (Without a Roof Rack)

We didn’t install a roof rack when we built our van. At the time, we didn’t see the need for one. “Our roof is going to be taken over by solar panels and a vent fan,” we thought. “There’s no reason for us to get a roof rack.” How wrong we were. We know now…

The Best 12V Power Inverters for DIY Campervans and RVs

The Best 12V Power Inverters for DIY Campervans and RVs

It’s tough to live without electricity in today’s world, even when you’re traveling in a diy van conversion. And if you want to keep your laptop charged, or if you like to make super healthy smoothies for breakfast, or if you prefer to freshly grind your coffee every morning – you need a power inverter….

Vanlife Mold Prevention and Redoing Our Floor: Tips and Lessons

Vanlife Mold Prevention and Redoing Our Floor: Tips and Lessons

It’s every vanlifer’s worst nightmare. There’s a leak somewhere, and a good rainstorm brings a steady drip of water that might not seem like a big deal at first. But that water ends up leaching into some dark, unventilated corner of your van, and before you know it you’ve got a mold problem. This is…

Insulating Your Van: Everything You Need to Know for Your DIY Van Build

Insulating Your Van: Everything You Need to Know for Your DIY Van Build

If you want to stay comfortable in your van no matter the weather, you need to insulate. Insulation is one of the most important steps of any van build, and it pays to take the time to do it right. There’s also a lot of confusion and debate over the best way to insulate a…

5 Things We’d Change About Our Van Build (and 5 We Wouldn’t)

5 Things We’d Change About Our Van Build (and 5 We Wouldn’t)

We’ve spent a total of three years living full time in our van. After living in our van for this long, we’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. We love our van, but there’s so much you just can’t foresee before hitting the road. We have a list of tweaks and upgrades to…

On the Road with Our Fan-Tastic Vent: Would We Buy it Again?

On the Road with Our Fan-Tastic Vent: Would We Buy it Again?

It’s now been over four months since we left our old lives behind and hit the road in our DIY camper van conversion. Since then we’ve learned a lot about what features we do and don’t need, and what actually works best when you live in a vehicle full time. As soon as we hit…

How to Build an Easy Portable Solar Panel Mount Out of PVC

How to Build an Easy Portable Solar Panel Mount Out of PVC

It gets hot in the summer. Even hotter inside of a van – no matter how good your insulation and ventilation are. And when the sun’s beating down and making that temperature rise, sometimes you just need to park your van in the shade to help keep it cool. The problem with that, though, is…

How to Build a Plywood Battery Box for a DIY Van Conversion

How to Build a Plywood Battery Box for a DIY Van Conversion

Where do we house all of the electrical components in our van build? We have two big AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries in our van, and we decided to build our own battery box out of plywood. With a sealed battery like AGM or LiFePO4, a battery box isn’t required. If charged and discharged properly,…

How to Fit a Queen-sized Bed in Your Van: Badass Pullout Bed Frame Design

How to Fit a Queen-sized Bed in Your Van: Badass Pullout Bed Frame Design

How do you live in a van and make it comfortable at the same time? Especially if you’re traveling with another person, it’s vital to maximize every inch and make sure there’s plenty of available space for stretching out. Even more so if you have dogs (or cats) in the van with you. In our…

How to Make Your DIY Van Build Easier with Pocket Holes

How to Make Your DIY Van Build Easier with Pocket Holes

You’ve got your van insulated, you’ve installed walls, a floor, and a ceiling. Now you need a bed, a kitchen unit, maybe a bench to sit on. But how, exactly, do you put all of this together? Whether you’re building furniture or building a custom van interior, there’s always more than one way to do just about…