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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
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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
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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 / 10 Comments
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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
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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 / 6 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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Gnomad Homies: Together We Roam

By John & Jayme / May 8, 2017 / 0 Comments
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For the latest installment of Gnomad Homies, we had the opportunity to chat with Parker Hilton and Jenelle Kappe from @togetherweroam! Parker, Jenelle, and Emma Mae (their mini Australian shepherd) are traveling around in a 1987 Chevy G20 named Scarlet JoVanson. They have an interesting story and some great perspectives on living the van life, […]

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

By John / May 1, 2017 / 18 Comments
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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 […]

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Meditating on Gratitude and Possibility

By Jayme / April 20, 2017 / 0 Comments
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We had just finished some sun salutations next to the Rio Grande where we were living. Where wild animals were our neighbors and we had to hike to see another human. Nymeria was covered in sunshine. Lying half on her dog bed, half in the dirt, panting through the largest smile as her tongue laid […]

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Gnomad Homies: Go Big Emma

By John & Jayme / April 6, 2017 / 0 Comments
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For this fourth installment of Gnomad Homies, we had of fun fun sitting down over coffee and Skype with Emma and Sven from @gobigemma. We talked about their travels in Big Emma, their beautiful and unique VW Bus. Emma and Sven are driving Big Emma down the Pan-American Highway, from Alaska all the way down […]

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Your Parents Were Right! Build a Van and Be Whatever You Want

By John & Jayme / March 27, 2017 / 1 Comment
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Turning a van into a home is an adventure. It forces you to learn new skills and deal with setbacks and screwups. But first and foremost it teaches you to be patient, to work hard, and to persevere in the face of obstacles. And with those skills, you can do anything. As we get ready […]

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How to Make Your DIY Van Build Easier with Pocket Holes

By John / March 20, 2017 / 4 Comments
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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 […]

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Gnomad Homies: Josiah Q

By John & Jayme / March 6, 2017 / 0 Comments
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In this installment of Gnomad Homies, we had the honor of Skyping with Josiah Q Roe (@josiahq), a professional travel photographer who bounces back and forth between Colorado and California and all of the gorgeous places in between. Let me tell you right now – he has got photographs that will literally make your jaw […]

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Wander Pupdates by Nymeria: First Ride in the Big New Driveway Dog

By Nymeria / February 20, 2017 / 0 Comments
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Hello all! It’s me, Nymeria here, and BOY do we have a lot to chat about! First off, I’ve been stuck eating rice with my breakfast and dinner because Crow ate out of the trashcan and has been throwing up. She’s fine now so hopefully I can stop eating those nasty white pellets but jeez, way […]

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What’s In Those Cabinets? Inside Our Van’s Kitchenette

By John & Jayme / February 13, 2017 / 4 Comments
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Last week we took a pretty big step in our van build: we finally completed building, staining and finishing our kitchen cabinets and countertop. We continued the mismatched log cabin style we had going on our cedar plank ceiling, and we threw in some blue stain to add a splash of color to the van. […]

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Gnomad Homies: One Chick Travels

By John & Jayme / February 5, 2017 / 0 Comments
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In our second installment of our Gnomad Homies we were super pumped to Skype with Kaya from @onechicktravels! Kaya hails from Santa Cruz, California. We chatted with her while she was driving to Oregon for the holidays and we got some awesome insight on her custom sprinter van and life on the road. What are you living […]

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