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Planning a van build? Read our free guide. We cover just about everything you need to know - from planning, to insulation, to solar and electrical, to picking appliances, to essential tools. Get started today so you can get out there on the road!

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Focus on Today: Achieving Big Goals by Taking Small Actions

By John Serbell / December 5, 2016 / 0 Comments
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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 […]

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How We Mounted Solar Panels on a Fiberglass Van Roof

By John & Jayme Serbell / November 28, 2016 / 19 Comments
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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 […]

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

By Nymeria Serbell / November 21, 2016 / 2 Comments
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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 […]

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

By John & Jayme Serbell / November 14, 2016 / 18 Comments
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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 […]

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Being Like Water: Reflections on Fear, Obstacles and Life

By Jayme Serbell / November 7, 2016 / 4 Comments
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To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. -Alan Watts This past week we took a brief hiatus from our van build to journey out to Burlington, Vermont to […]

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Gutting Our Conversion Van and Removing the Wheelchair Lift

By John & Jayme Serbell / October 31, 2016 / 22 Comments
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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 […]

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How We Decided to Sell Everything and Live in a Van

By John & Jayme Serbell / October 24, 2016 / 0 Comments
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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 […]

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