PHASE I: VAN PREPARATION & BODY WORK

JUNE TO JULY 2016

1. LARGER TIRES UPGRADE

JUNE 2016

First things first. We’re not off road enthusiasts, but we’re not roadies either. We need tires that can handle highway, off-road and snow as well. And we don’t mind the badass look too, because we’re such badass people.

BF Goodrich KO2 tire

2. FAN INSTALLATION

JUNE 2016

Do you have what it takes to convert a brand new van? This is the test right here. You just brought home a new shiny van and the first thing you do is make a big hole through the roof! There is no turning back now…

Maxxair Fan Installation

3. SOLAR PANELS INSTALLATION

JUNE 2016

Harvesting power from the sun feels a bit like cheating to us! Our autonomy and freedom depend a lot on it. If you say freedom, we say solar!

Solar Panels Installation

4. PASSENGER SWIVEL SEAT INSTALLATION

JUNE 2016

Space is a very precious & rare thing in a van. A swivel seat is a great way to create some space!

Van Conversion, Swivel Seat Installation (resized)

5. DRIVER SWIVEL SEAT INSTALLATION

MARCH 2017

The driver swivel installation requires to lower the e-brake, but it is still totally worth doing it!

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Discountvantruck VS SwivelsRus Swivel Review

We installed them both and we are reviewing them here!

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6. AWNING INSTALLATION

JULY 2016

If space is a rare & precious thing in a van, why not create some space outside?? An awning is not cheap, but we rather be outside. Rain or shine.

7. WEBASTO AIR HEATER INSTALLATION

JULY 2016

Snow is awesome. Winter is awesome. We want to get some, but we don’t want to freeze to death. The Webasto Gasoline air heater provides a very nice source of heat. As opposed to a propane heater, the heat is dry and will help keep moisture low in the van.

Van Conversion Webasto Air Heater, Final

7.1- WEBASTO NOISE REDUCTION

The Webasto/Espar air heaters are great, but they sound a bit like a jet is taking off beside your van. Here are a few tips/products to reduce the noise to an acceptable level.

7.2- WEBASTO/ESPAR HIGH ALTITUDES USAGE

The Webasto/Espar heaters are somewhat sensitive to oxygen level. An incomplete combustion resulting of a lack of oxygen will produce carbon deposit and could completely block the combustion chamber. Some adjustments are to be made if spending extended stays at above 5000 feet altitude.

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PHASE II: INTERIOR LAYOUT

AUGUST 2016 TO MARCH 2017

PLUSNUT

Hint & Tip!

We don’t like drilling holes in our van as it could:

– attract rust on bare edges
– spread metal chips all over (almost impossible to remove and will attract rust)
– interfere with your van electronics (!)

Plusnut is the solution! We prepared a fully detailed article about Plusnut (choosing the right size, installation tips, etc). Check it out!

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8. FLOOR INSTALLATION

AUGUST 2016

A floor is a floor, there is not much to say here. Except, maybe, that we want the floor to be waterproof, insulated, low maintenance and nice.

9. THINSULATE INSTALLATION

AUGUST 2016

Welcome to the most controversial topic on van conversion! Thermal Insulation. There is no consensus here; choose your side!
(Hint: we’re on the Thinsulate side)

10. PLATFORM BED INSTALLATION

AUGUST 2016

There are a lot of creative way to make a bed layout. We just went functional and installed a raised, permanent, platform bed; this creates a lot of “garage” room and we need that a lot!

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11. SLIDE-OUT BIKE RACK

AUGUST 2016

We won’t lie, this whole FarOutThing revolves, a lot, around the mountain bikes. They deserve a proper storage with a wow factor.

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12. FRIDGE & ELECTRICAL CABINET

SEPTEMBER 2016

This was the first cabinet we built and the first opportunity to add some blue color in the van.

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13. ELECTRICAL SYSTEM INSTALLATION

SEPTEMBER 2016

We play it cool, showing off on Instagram and all. But no power = no smartphones = no Instagram = the end of it all.

12.1 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM DESIGN

Designing a 12V electrical system from scratch is not an easy task, we learnt that the hard way. We are not specialists, but we gained a good knowledge through the design & installation process. In this post, we share everything we know and we explain how we went from nothing to a fully functional electrical system.

Electrical System

14. OVERHEAD STORAGE CABINET

NOVEMBER 2016

Neat storage is essential for sanity in small space. This cabinet should keeps us sane.

15. BEDROOM STORAGE

DECEMBER 2016

Again, we wanted to make sure we have plenty of mini-storage compartments. This is what we came up with.

16. SINK & STOVE CABINET

JANUARY 2017

This van is getting some love. It’s just been upgraded with a propane range and a sink! Yay!

17. PRESSURIZED WATER SYSTEM

MARCH 2017

This job is not completed yet, but the material list is available inside!

Sketchy Clock

18. PROPANE SYSTEM

MARCH 2017

This job is not completed yet, but the material list is available inside!

Sketchy Clock

19. Composting Toilet

APRIL 2017

This job is not completed yet, but the material list is available inside!

Sketchy Clock

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