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Gnomad Homies: Irie to Aurora

By John / February 11, 2019 / 4 Comments
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We are super pumped to introduce you all to two of our road besties, Dustin and Noami Grevemberg from @irietoaurora! Noami is an island girl from Trinidad and Tobago. Dustin is a country boy from Lake Charles, Louisiana – but they call great ole New Orleans “homebase”! They have a lot of big and exciting…

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Vanlifer’s Guide to Sleeping, Camping, and Overnight Parking

By John & Jayme / September 4, 2018 / 12 Comments
Vanlife Guide to Camping and Overnight Parking

So you bought a van, converted it to your new home, and now you’re about to hit the road. But once you’ve left the comfort of stationary dwelling, you’re faced with that looming question: Where do you sleep? No need to worry – there are plenty of places all over North America for you to […]

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

By John / August 27, 2018 / 11 Comments
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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 […]

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How to Sell Everything You Own to Travel in a Van

By Jayme / August 20, 2018 / 2 Comments
How to Sell all of Your Belongings

The seed has been planted! “That’s it! I’m ready for a big change! I’m going to buy a van, turn it into a tiny home on wheels and I’m going to travel wherever I desire!” Yes! Such an exciting time! Once you get your van built out you’ll have to move in all of your […]

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9 Vanlife Hacks to Make the Most of Your Home on Wheels

By Jayme / August 12, 2018 / 2 Comments
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When you first hit the road, you learn pretty quickly what works with your build and what doesn’t. What changes you need to make here, and what would be great to add there. It can be a lot of fun coming up with your own personal tweaks to your new living situation, but the trial […]

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The Best 12V Power Inverters for DIY Campervans and RVs

By John / August 7, 2018 / 6 Comments
Best 12V Power Inverter for Vanlife

It’s tough to live without electricity in today’s world, even when you’re traveling in a van. 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 an inverter. An inverter is […]

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Gnomad Homies: Always the Road

By John & Jayme / July 9, 2018 / 2 Comments

We are super stoked to introduce you all to Pete, Tay and Snoop from Always the Road! They are an incredibly talented and totally hilarious family of three, who are not only great musicians, they are also as handy as it gets. They built their beautiful home on wheels with their own two hands! Enjoy […]

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Waste-Free Vanlife: 13 Tips for Ditching Single-Use Disposable Items

By John & Jayme / July 3, 2018 / 10 Comments
Waste Free Vanlife

We generate an insane amount of waste in modern society. There are all kinds of disheartening facts and statistics out there – like how the average American throws away nearly 7 pounds of trash per day. Or how we don’t recycle 91% of the plastic that we use. Or how 8 million tons of plastic […]

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Vanlife Mold Prevention and Redoing Our Floor: Tips and Lessons

By John / June 26, 2018 / 16 Comments
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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 […]

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Reflecting on the 2018 Midwest Vanlife Gathering

By Jayme / June 4, 2018 / 0 Comments
Midwest Vanlife Gathering Reflection

Every time I’ve tried to write a reflection of our first Midwest Vanlife Gathering, I’ve ended up typing one or two generic sentences before suddenly feeling frozen in time. How do you verbally explore a weekend so powerful and moving? Saying the weekend was “awesome” or a “great success” or that we had an “absolute […]

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Gnomad Homies: Mr. And Mrs. Adventure

By John & Jayme / May 7, 2018 / 2 Comments
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For our latest edition of Gnomad Homies International, we feature Brittany and Drew from @MrandMrsAdventure! They have been rocking this van-livin’ lifestyle for not only THREE WHOLE YEARS but also ALL OVER THE WORLD – from Ireland and England, to France and the Netherlands, to Morocco and Portugal and Norway and so many other beautiful […]

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Refrigeration on the Road: The Best 12V Portable Fridges for Vanlife

By John / April 23, 2018 / 11 Comments
the best portable 12v fridges from vanlife

There’s nothing like having a refrigerator in your van 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 of ice and water-logged food. And […]

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Gnomad Homies: Trebventures

By John & Jayme / April 2, 2018 / 2 Comments

In this edition of Gnomad Homies, we are super excited to share the story of a nomadic family that respresents our future #goals – fo sho! We’d like to introduce you all to Brandon, Ashley, Cayden, Jackson and Reagan Treb of @trebventures. They are a super inspiring and adorable family of five living in their decked […]

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Epic Guide to DIY Van Build Electrical: How to Install a Campervan Solar Electrical System

By John / March 22, 2018 / 218 Comments
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Updated for March 2018. We originally wrote this post way back in February 2017. After nearly a year on the road, that seems like a lifetime ago. We’ve learned a lot about how our electrical system functions in the real world, so we decided to update and enhance this post based on our experience actually using […]

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Picking the Best Vehicle for Vanlife: Why We Chose a Conversion Van

By John & Jayme / March 7, 2018 / 2 Comments
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Once you’ve decided to take the leap into vanlife, the next step is choosing your van. Picking the perfect vessel to help you drive into your new life can be overwhelming – it was for us. There are so many different vehicles out there, from roomy Sprinter vans to old school Westies to super stealth […]

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Gnomad Homies: Rock Meets Soil

By John & Jayme / February 12, 2018 / 0 Comments
Gnomad Homies Rock Meets Soil

In this edition of Gnomad Homies, we talk with the one and only Jane from Rock Meets Soil! If you are looking for an account to follow that will encourage you to get out of your shell a bit, dance a little longer and laugh a little harder – she is your girl! She just […]

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

By John / January 24, 2018 / 73 Comments
Van Build Insulation

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 […]

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From “I Wish” to “I Did”: Change Your Mind, Live Your Dreams

By John & Jayme / January 8, 2018 / 4 Comments
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The start of a new year is always a time of reflection and planning for us. Reflection on the year that has just passed, and planning for the year ahead. We did a lot last year, but we have big plans for the new year and we’re pumped to make 2018 our best year yet! […]

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Vanlife with Dogs: Tips, Challenges, and Fun on the Road

By John & Jayme / December 11, 2017 / 0 Comments
Vanlife with Dogs

Whether you’re a vandweller thinking about adding a furry friend to your nomadic lifestyle or a dog owner considering the leap to vanlife – there’s a lot to think about. How we’re able to live this lifestyle with two dogs is one of those questions we get all the time. Vanlife with a dog is […]

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Gnomad Homies: Midwest Wanderers

By John & Jayme / December 4, 2017 / 0 Comments
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In this edition of Gnomad Homies, meet Luke, Rachel, and precious little Charlotte Davis of @midwestwanderers. This awesome family of three (soon to be four) inspires us in so many ways. Not only are they fellow midwesterners (they hail from Oswego, IL), they also helped us see that life on the road with kids – […]

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