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17 Top Gifts for Vanlifers this Holiday Season

By John & Jayme / November 27, 2017 / 2 Comments
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It’s that time of year again – when people everywhere spend money they don’t have to buy things nobody needs, all in the name of rampant consumerism and holiday cheer! Kidding aside, we’re actually big suckers for any excuse to bring your whole tribe of love together to laugh and sing and eat and maybe […]

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Vanlife with a Partner: 8 Tips for a Successful Relationship

By Jayme / November 20, 2017 / 0 Comments
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There are plenty of vanlife couples on the road, but we’ve also talked to many people concerned that they could never live in a van with their significant other. The close quarters and constant togetherness of vanlife can be a challenge to any relationship. But diving into this awesome experience with your partner is also […]

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

By John / November 6, 2017 / 8 Comments
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It’s officially November, and for us that means it’s time for some anniversary celebrations! A year ago we launched this blog, quit our jobs, and jumped full steam into our van build. We’re also well past six months on the road, and we thought it would be helpful to reflect on what we’ve learned about […]

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Gnomad Homies: Casa de Civic

By John & Jayme / October 30, 2017 / 0 Comments
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We are super mega stoked for this installment of Gnomad Homies! We frequently chat with people who want to get out on the road and travel, but think they can’t because they only have a car. To which I always respond by pulling up @casadecivic to show them how homey, comfortable and badass car living […]

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United We Van and the Ultimate Vanlife Cookbook

By John & Jayme / October 23, 2017 / 0 Comments
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Well before John and I embarked on our own nomadic adventures, we noticed a strong sense of community among our fellow nomads. Back when we were bright-eyed noobs sporting a brand new 1996 Chevy van, we were connecting with vanlifers on social media and via Skype. And everyone was incredibly helpful answering any questions we […]

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Vanlife Essentials: Installing a Smart Battery Isolator

By John / October 11, 2017 / 86 Comments
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Having solar power 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. But sometimes solar power just isn’t enough, especially if your budget doesn’t allow you to throw down for […]

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Installing Our Water System: DIY Van Build Plumbing Made Easy

By John / October 2, 2017 / 12 Comments
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If you plan on going off grid for any length of time, you need water in your van. And if you like to cook as much as we do, you’ll also want a sink for washing dishes and a way to catch waste water. But how do you go about setting all of this up? […]

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Gnomad Homies: Vanabundos

By John & Jayme / August 31, 2017 / 0 Comments
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For our latest Gnomad Homies International feature! We chat with the inspirational Gabriella Hummel and the ever so talented Sandro Alvarez of @vanabundos. They are from Liechtenstein/Argentina and Switzerland with some Spanish roots, but right before they hit the road they lived in Zurich. They are currently in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. Enjoy their story! What […]

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How to Find Internet While Living on the Road

By John & Jayme / August 24, 2017 / 4 Comments
How to Find Internet on the Road

Internet is pretty much a necessity these days. Don’t get us wrong – we absolutely love opportunities to go fully off the grid, no cell service and all. It’s like our vacation. But the fact remains that we need internet access to work, to stay in contact with friends and family, and even to find […]

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

By John / August 14, 2017 / 4 Comments
Fan-Tastic Vent Review vs Maxxfan Deluxe

It’s now been over four months since we left our old lives behind and hit the road in our van. 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 the road, we […]

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Gnomad Homies: Bound For Nowhere

By John & Jayme / August 7, 2017 / 0 Comments
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It’s about time to introduce you all to another exciting couple living this crazy vanlife lifestyle. They are MAK (Mary Ashley Krogh) & Owen (Chikazawa), AKA @bound.for.nowhere! When we chatted they were staying in a Walmart parking lot in Rock Springs, Wyoming. “Glamorous, I know!” From there they are heading up towards the Tetons and Yellowstone. […]

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11 Space-Saving Storage Ideas for a DIY Van Conversion

By John & Jayme / July 24, 2017 / 8 Comments
11 storage ideas for your van build

It’s incredibly important to keep your space organized when you live in a van. You may not have many belongings, but in a small space things can quickly get out of hand if you don’t have a good place to put everything. That’s why planning your storage areas and using every available inch is so […]

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Wander Pupdates by Nymeria: What Does a Dog Need for Vanlife?

By Nymeria / July 13, 2017 / 0 Comments
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Hellooo favorite humans! I have missed you guys so stinkin’ much and I can’t wait to tell you how fun everything has been since the last time we talked! It seems like we’re somewhere different almost every day and there are so many new smells I can’t stand it. Oh, and Crow had to wear […]

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Gnomad Homies: The Wandering Stus

By John / July 3, 2017 / 0 Comments
Gnomad Homies Wandering Stus

When we started Gnomad Homies, it was with the intention of talking to people living Vanlife. Then we met Averi from Pedal Project and decided to branch out to other forms of nomadic living. And that brings us to this week’s post. This week we talk to Lauren and Jesse Stuart of @wanderingstus. They are […]

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How We Made Custom Kitchen Cabinets for Our DIY Van Build

By John & Jayme / June 26, 2017 / 7 Comments
Custom Van Build Kitchen Cabinets

Without water and a way to cook food, vanlife just wouldn’t be possible. Buying food and drinks at restaurants and gas stations all the time is not only unhealthy, it’s also expensive. So, one of the most important parts of any van build is the kitchen setup. Our kitchuation (…kitchen situation…get it?) houses our sink, […]

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What Does Vanlife Mean to Us? A Vibrant Community of Inspiration

By John & Jayme / June 12, 2017 / 2 Comments
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One of the best things about vanlife is all the cool places you get to sleep. We spent this past weekend living in the woods on the coast of Lake Superior. It was unbelievably peaceful, and we could see the sun setting over the water through the trees. Safe to say, it’s one of the […]

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Gnomad Homies: The Pedal Project

By John & Jayme / June 5, 2017 / 0 Comments
Gnomad Homies Pedal Project

When we had the idea for Gnomad Homies, it was just to interview Van Life people. But once we were getting more and more into it we realized how many alternate forms of living and travel are out that, not JUST traveling around and living out of a van. We were lucky enough to catch […]

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

By John / June 1, 2017 / 4 Comments
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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 […]

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How SELF Journal Can Help You Make the Most Out of Van Life

By Jayme / May 22, 2017 / 4 Comments
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We could not be more honored to write this sponsored post for our friends over at Best Self Co. Their awesome SELF Journals help us stay focused and achieve our goals every single day, and we highly recommend checking them out! This post also contains affiliate links. When you’re traveling and living in a van – […]

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

By John / May 15, 2017 / 4 Comments
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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 an AGM, a battery box isn’t technically required. If charged and discharged properly, […]

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