Inner City Sleeping in a Van

The barking of sea lions and slight crashing of the waves makes it sound like I am parked in the middle of the ocean. Though I’m not actually that close to the water, my anxiety is cranked to 11 and amplifying the sounds. Every footfall is somebody about to knock and every voice is that … Continue reading Inner City Sleeping in a Van

Van Build Out: Planning the Layout

Congratulations on step two (step one is choosing the van) of the arduous yet fulfilling task of starting your very own van build out. I’m guessing that you have already decided what type of van you’re going to purchase (if you haven't already purchased it) and are now trying to come up with a bunch … Continue reading Van Build Out: Planning the Layout

Living on the Road in a Jeep: Like Vanlife, But Smaller.

In early 2015, I decided to ditch my gas guzzling Jeep Wrangler and move on to something more fuel efficient and a tad more comfortable. After all, I was driving more than 60 miles round trip for my daily commute and gas prices in California have never really been conducive for using a vehicle that … Continue reading Living on the Road in a Jeep: Like Vanlife, But Smaller.

The Realistic Top 5 Essentials for Van Living

If you Google “Top 5 Essentials for Living in a Van” (go ahead, do it), you’ll see list after list of useless items that you would barely call worth the space they take up. REI Chairs, cheesy cheap solar panels, garbage inverters, fluffy socks, Settler’s of Catan and all other types of stuff you wouldn't … Continue reading The Realistic Top 5 Essentials for Van Living

5 Ways I Went Wrong in my Van Build and What I Recommend.

Somebody once asked, “What mistakes did you make when building your van?” My answer was, “Literally everything.” Building out a van is hard. Things will go wrong. For me, it felt like everything went wrong. What makes the difference, though, is how we react to those mistakes. It’s easy to admit defeat or become discouraged … Continue reading 5 Ways I Went Wrong in my Van Build and What I Recommend.

Stay Cool: Van Insulation and Fan Installation

One of the single most important (and tedious) step in starting your vanlife is properly insulating your new mobile home. Insulation will not only keep your metal tube of a house at a reasonable temperature, but it can also drastically cut down on outside noise. The second most important project you’ll perform is installing a … Continue reading Stay Cool: Van Insulation and Fan Installation

Van Solar Power Setup. Tips and Calculations.

One of the most asked questions, by far, is how Frieda powers herself.  The non-vanlifers are usually pretty amazed just to find out its solar power.  However, the veterans of our craft obviously already know that and are simply inquiring about the more important specs.  I already covered the basics in The Basic Build-out of … Continue reading Van Solar Power Setup. Tips and Calculations.

Frieda: The Sprinter Campervan

To the right eye, Frieda can be quite the head turner.  And to anyone interested in the vanlife she is definitely a conversation starter!  Sadly, I never documented the build out of my van to share with everyone. It seemed like a lot of work, and I didn't realize at the time how much it … Continue reading Frieda: The Sprinter Campervan