A few years ago, when @tylerporteous suggested that we replace our failing 1999 Ford “exploder” with a 4x4 diesel Mercedes Sprinter Van, I thought he was a little crazy. (don’t let the Merc brand fool you, Sprinter vans are commonly used for delivery vans!)
Fast forward a few years - I love the van! In addition to being Tyler’s everyday car, the van has become our ultimate adventure mobile in the Winter and Summer. Since we are doing the conversion from delivery van shell to adventure mobile ourselves in our free time outside of work and play, it’s been a long process but it’s something that is ours - you can’t beat sweat equity. Tyler has done most of the actual build, I’ll help here and there but am there more for moral support and beer/snack duty. I am so proud of all of the complicated tasks he’s been able to complete with little help outside of various forums and some virtual van friends. (he actually has people in his phone with contact names like “Sprinter Paul” or “Van guy Dave” ha!)
The van has most of the essentials now - insulation, lighting, a bed, upholstered wall panels, and a diesel heater that is so clutch for winter. Next up is a beautiful beetle kill pine ceiling and finally, cabinets and a kitchen galley with a fridge.
We decided to leave our second row of seats in the van (although we’ve now moved them back to the second positioning to make room for the galley). As you can see in this pic, it’s important to us to be able to travel with friends to epic campsites like this in the Summer or to the ski hill in the winter and one day, to haul a kid of our own! Check out @neverlastrun for more van updates 🚐
Helga has passed her MOT!
So we've cracked on with the interior this afternoon - kitchen cupboards assembled, altered and popped in with the seating to check it all lines up.
Tomorrow = walls and fixing the frames down 🤗
I only assembled 1 cupboard upside down and inside out once too 😂
Who else went to there hotel early on there honeymoon so they could watch real life crime stories on Croatian telly ? We did.
Almost 2 years ago on our honeymoon was amazing! stayed at a hotel on a tiny island, with no cars and no bikes it was amazing I can safely say that me and Georgia both wet ourselves with laughter a few times 😅
Life is full of some pretty amazing twists and turns on this journey.
We have some really exciting vanlife news coming soon for those of you dreaming of hitting the road next year.
Care to take a guess what’s coming?
We’ve officially been in Sharon the Sprinter for two months! This van has brought us nothing but joy, freedom, and the ability for me to comfortably run and continue to grow my business from anywhere, which was one of my top priorities when designing my layout with @outsidevan.
When you have such a small space to work with, there are always going to be trade-offs. One of the most common reactions to my new van is how I could possibly get rid of the bathroom and indoor shower, especially with the longer wheelbase. People say “your last van was more functional and liveable.”
I find these comments funny because only I have the first-hand experience with the two layouts and what each has been like to live in. YouTube doesn’t show the daily ins and outs of each of these vans.
I’m currently writing a blog post on this, but in a nutshell, I wanted to keep things simple in this van. Simple plumbing, simple cabinetry and simple systems means less maintenance and upkeep. It’s less to worry about when you are driving down a rough dirt road or camping off the grid with no hookups for a week. No indoor shower or toilet means you have more water for drinking and dishes and you can stay off the grid longer without constantly thinking about where you are going to fill up next or where you are going to dump your toilet when it’s about to overflow.
Do I miss the toilet, sure. Do I miss doing the chores that come with an indoor shower and toilet, absolutely not. I love having this workspace and being able to crawl into bed at night without having to convert it. Trying to cram a shower and bathroom in here would mean sacrifices in storage and living space. Just a few thoughts with more to come in a blog post. In the meantime let me know what questions you have.