Chapter II



There is honestly not much excitement about downsizing… to make a long story short, the downsizing is the process of getting rid of stuff. This means spend days on craigslist and having to deal with people that want everything free and delivered to their door. Downsizing is also about selling our house, which means have to clean to whole house each time we have a visit. We MUCH rather spend time on the van conversion…

That being said, let’s have a look at our downsizing timeline:




We mentioned that we’re not attracted by things & luxury, so we should have just a few things right? Let’s make a list:

Note: Strike through items have to get out of our life!


Mountain Biking Stuff

  • Urban Bikes (2)
  • Enduro Bikes (2)
  • Downhill Bike (1)
  • Fatbikes (2)
  • Enduro Gear & Spare Parts
  • Downhill Gear & Spare Parts
  • Tools & Misc
  • Bike Repair Stand

Kayaking Stuff

  • Playboats (2)
  • Creek Boat (1)
  • Paddles, Skirts, Helmets, Dry-Suits, Dry-Bags, Life Jackets, Car Rack, etc, etc
  • Clothing


Snowboarding Stuff

  • Splitboards (2)
  • Snowboards (2)
  • Avalanche Gear
  • Clothing

Beer Making Stuff

  • Mash-Tun
  • Hot Liquor Tank
  • SS Kettle
  • Fermenters
  • Grain Mill
  • Thermometers, Refractometer, PH meter, etc, etc, etc, etc 
  • Kegerator (5 drafts system)



  • VW Jetta TDI (210 000 km): Dieselgate buyback!
  • Toyota Corolla (320 000km)

Camping Stuff

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Mats
  • Cooking Gear


Housing Stuff

  • Sofas (2)
  • TV
  • Table & Chairs
  • Kitchen Appliances, dishes, Espresso Machine, etc
  • Plants
  • Books
  • Computers & Printers
  • Basement Furniture
  • Bedroom Furniture (2)
  • BBQ


  • Washroom Furniture
  • Office Furniture
  • Board Games
  • iRobot Roomba
  • Sound System
  • Souvenirs
  • Guitars & Amps
  • Gardening Stuff
  • Patio Furniture


… and at last, our two cats 🙁


It’s difficult to put in words the amount of stuff the we have! That list doesn’t really do justice.


Getting Emotional

Things are just… things. But kayaking equipment, beer making equipment, DH bike, etc. define who we are. Who we were. There are souvenirs, friends, epic moments, bad & good experiences attached to these things. We got really emotional watching these things go, but it’s for the best!


Downsizing Journal (One Month to VanLife!)

July 17th 2017

Here I am, first #unemployed_monday! That euphoria feeling is still not kicking-in; not having to work for the next year or so should get me all excited, but instead I’m focusing on the fact that we need the van & the house finished for April 15th. Will we make it?

Last Day at Work

Leaving work for the very last time!


It’s easy to waste time when you have too much of it! To stay focus and productive, I made a Google Calendar of the major things to do over the next month:


Every day starts by: having a coffee, then writing down the To-Do list of the day. There’s nothing like striking an item in a To-Do list! Enough blabla, let’s get to work!!


To Do List, July 17th 2017

  • Get the new laptop ( ready for the trip! Transfer everything from desktop to laptop, install software.
  • Flush, dump and fill the Spa with fresh water (so the new owners of the house don’t have to do it for a while)
  • Get new biking shorts (since they all tore in the last two weeks ?!)
  • If rain stops, install Air Lift System to the van ( &
  • Call credit card to add Isabelle as account co-owner.


To Do List, July 18th 2017


To Do List, July 19th 2017

  • Pick-up WPT-1408 electrical harness at Ford dealer (missing part to finish Air Lift installation)
  • Sell stuff on craigslist (BBQ, Patio Set, Living Room DIY shelf, Manfrotto Tripod,  Nikon 18-85mm lens, Telescoping Ladder, 25′ hose, RV table)
  • Find a new family for our cat (Post on Facebook)
  • Return Attwood in-line fan



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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine, a couple dreaming of being on the move and we’re seeking for the ride of our life. We bought a Ford Transit van, converted it to a campervan and we are now selling our house to make our dream a reality. We are sharing this in hope of inspiring and helping others to follow their dreams too!



  1. Comment by Wes Greenwood

    Wes Greenwood Reply July 11, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Exciting news guys! Almost to the finish line of the conversion, but the starting line of adventure!

    Funny thing, I have a TDI that I am returning at the start of our adventure as well!

    Love reading your stuff, keep it up!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply July 12, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Yeah that TDI cheating thing suck, but honestly the timing couldn’t be better! I’m getting almost double of what the car is worth (it’s the 2010 and i’m at 215 000 km) AND I get to choose the exact date to sell it. Huh!

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