DIY Van Conversion:  Awesome Cedar Plank Ceiling Installation

DIY Van Conversion: Awesome Cedar Plank Ceiling Installation

In our last post we went over how we installed plywood walls in our van. The next step in turning our van into a home is hanging the ceiling. We toyed with a few different options for our ceiling. Many van-lifers just screw up a sheet of 1/4” or 1/8” plywood, which is relatively easy…

DIY Van Conversion: Installing Plywood Walls in Our Van

DIY Van Conversion: Installing Plywood Walls in Our Van

After fully insulating our van and installing laminate flooring, the next step was to put up the walls. As with every part of the van build process, there are many different options to choose from for walling material. For our van, we decided to go with 1/4” birch plywood because it’s flexible, easy to work with,…

Installing Laminate Flooring in Our Conversion Van

Installing Laminate Flooring in Our Conversion Van

A few weeks ago we did a post on how we insulated our conversion van. The last thing we did in the insulation process was laying down Reflectix on the floor. Now we get to install the rest of the floor! There are three main parts to a flooring installation for a van build: Insulation…

Installing a Vent Fan on Our High Top Conversion Van

Installing a Vent Fan on Our High Top Conversion Van

The next step in our van build was installing a roof vent exhaust fan, which means cutting a hole in the roof. Fun! A vent fan is an essential part of creating a comfortable living environment inside of a van. It keeps the van cool by sucking out hot air and creating airflow, and it…

Focus on Today: Achieving Big Goals by Taking Small Actions

Focus on Today: Achieving Big Goals by Taking Small Actions

When you’re working towards a big goal, whether it’s building a van, learning an instrument, losing weight, training for a marathon, writing a novel, or [insert your goal here], it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about all the things that need to happen for you to achieve your goal. Focusing on the endgame alone has…

How We Mounted Solar Panels on a Fiberglass Van Roof

How We Mounted Solar Panels on a Fiberglass Van Roof

Every van is different, and throughout our van build we’ve found that ours poses some unique challenges with the shape and contours of its roof. Nothing is simple when you’re working with a curved surface, and mounting our solar panels was no different. Solar power is a must for van life. Electricity gives us the…

Wander Pupdates by Nymeria: What in the World is Going On?

Wander Pupdates by Nymeria: What in the World is Going On?

Hello there everybody! It’s about TIME my parents gave me the opportunity to introduce myself! My name is Nymeria and according to them, I am the cutest pup in the entire WORLD! It’s a pretty heavy title to hold, but I do my best to throw around puppy dog eyes and sneak attack kissies whenever…

Insulating Our Conversion Van: Tips, Tricks and Step-by-Step

Insulating Our Conversion Van: Tips, Tricks and Step-by-Step

One very important thing to consider when preparing to live in a van is temperature control. And the biggest factor in controlling your van’s temperature is insulation. A well-insulated van will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and it will be easier to maintain a comfortable temperature. When we were researching…

Gutting Our Conversion Van and Removing the Wheelchair Lift

Gutting Our Conversion Van and Removing the Wheelchair Lift

The van we bought was a 1996 Chevy Express high top conversion van with a wheelchair lift. The good thing about buying a van like this is that many of them have some pretty nice amenities – leather seats, power windows and locks, etc. – and, of course, the high top. While we can’t fully…

How We Decided to Sell Everything and Live in a Van

How We Decided to Sell Everything and Live in a Van

Just a year ago we were a young married couple living your typical suburban, house-and-a-dog, debt-ridden 9-to-5 lifestyle. We had big dreams of quitting our jobs and traveling the world, but we weren’t taking action and didn’t have a plan. Fast forward to today: our house is nearly empty of possessions and there’s a 1996…