In this review of the BougeRV 180W solar panels, we examine and test out these affordable solar panels to see how they’ll hold up to full time van life.
Confused about installing electricity in your van? Check out our guide to everything electrical for tips, how-tos, and awesome diagrams.
BougeRV offers a low-priced portable refrigerator. But how does it stack up, and can it handle full time vanlife? Read our hands on review to find out!
Having electricity 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. Many vandwellers install solar power in their rigs. But sometimes solar just isn’t enough – especially if your budget…
There’s nothing like having a 12 volt refrigerator in your van or at your campsite 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…
Valuable tips from a veteran rock climber for building out the perfect vanlife rock climbing rig – from storage to essential items and more.
Jackery portable power stations have made quite the splash. But can the Jackery Explorer 1000 stand up to life on the road? We test one to find out!
Are Chevy vans the best van to live in? Christopher Ives details his life in an AWD Chevy Express, which he used as a base for his eco-friendly build.
Nissan NV vans are less well-known, but they can be a great option for full time van life. Lisa Jacobs shares her experience living in her Nissan NV2500.
Is van life best lived in a truck camper? To help you decide, one couple talks about the pros and cons of living in their flatbed off road truck camper.
Is a Toyota RV a good vehicle for vanlife? To help you decide, one couple details their experience living and traveling in a Toyota motorhome.
Are the iconic Volkswagen Vanagons the ultimate van life vehicle? One couple talks about their experience living full time in a 1985 VW Vanagon.
Is the Ford Transit the best van for van life? Sydney Ferbrache writes about the pros and cons of living full time in a self-converted Ford Transit.
Is a Mercedes Sprinter the best van for van life? Kaya Lindsay of One Chick Travels talks about the pros and cons of her Sprinter van dwelling.
Is the Dodge Promaster the best van for vanlife? This post breaks down the pros/cons of living in a Promaster, so you can decide if it’s right for you.
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…
It’s tough to live without electricity in today’s world, even when you’re traveling in a diy van conversion. 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 a power inverter….
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…
High top conversion vans are the perfect combination of interior space, low cost, and reliability. Does that make them the best vans for vanlife?
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…