Best DC-DC Chargers and Battery Isolators for Vanlife (How to Charge Your Van While Driving)
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Best DC-DC Chargers and Battery Isolators for Vanlife (How to Charge Your Van While Driving)

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…

The Best 12V Power Inverters for DIY Campervans and RVs
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The Best 12V Power Inverters for DIY Campervans and RVs

It’s tough to live without electricity in today’s world, even when you’re traveling in a van. 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 an inverter. An inverter is…

Epic Guide to DIY Van Build Electrical: How to Install a Campervan Solar Electrical System
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Epic Guide to DIY Van Build Electrical: How to Install a Campervan Solar Electrical System

When we first started thinking about our vanlife electrical system and buying our components, we had a lot of questions. We researched online, read other van build blogs and forum posts, and watched Youtube videos. Some were very helpful, but many left us with a swirl of even more questions. We were learning a lot…

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

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…

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

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 AGM or LiFePO4, a battery box isn’t required. If charged and discharged properly,…

How We Mounted Solar Panels on a Fiberglass Van Roof
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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…