This is a real-world, unbiased review of four different Swivel Seat adapters (Scopema, Swisstech, SwivelsRus, DiscountVanTruck) for the Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter or Dodge ProMaster. Find which one we like the most and stays in the van with us!
When living in a van, the key to sanity is organization! In this article, we share 10 storage ideas for DIY van conversion. We hope that helps!
The Sea-To-Sky corridor (Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton) is a dream come true. After five months spent here, here are the trails we still daydream about.
This is a real-world, unbiased review of the Sterling Power BB1260 Battery to Battery (B2B) charger. We’re not sponsored by Sterling Power and we paid the product in full. We hope that helps!
Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes and So Cal. Trying to make the most out of what’s left of summer!
Can’t decide between Webasto Air Top 2000 or Propex HS2000 heater to keep you warm in your van? We installed both; we can help you choose the best option!
This is a real-world, unbiased review of the Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater. We’re not sponsored by Eccotemp and we paid the product in full.
Parlons d’assurance voyage médicale! Québécois et Canadiens voyageant à l’étranger, ça vous concerne: durée maximale du voyage, exceptions, sports dangereux, paperasse, etc.
We learned the hard way that accidents happen, like it or not. Travel medical insurance needs to be discussed; Canadians traveling abroad, read this first!
Tenth and eleventh month on the road. Moar bike for Isabelle, shoulder injury for Antoine…
Staying connected to Internet on the road is kind of a big deal for us, since we’re working from the van. Here is how we make it happens!
Looking for some vanlife tips on how to find water for free? We can help. Follow these simple steps and never run out of water again!
This is a real-world, unbiased review of the Victron SmartSolar MPPT Charge Controller, BMV-712 Battery Monitor and VictronConnect app. We’re not sponsored by Victron and we paid the product in full. We hope that helps!
Mud Flaps protect the fenders and exterior of the van from rocks, mud, road grime and other debris. We went on a mission to find the best mud flaps for our Ford Transit and we finally got the WeatherTech Mud Flaps for front (#11051) and rear (#120051).
Eighth and Ninth month on the road. We just can’t leave Squamish! Have we found the promised land?
This is a real-world, unbiased review of the Wedgewood (Atwood) Vision range. We’re not sponsored by Atwood and we paid the product in full.
Living in a van full time during winter is more challenging than during summer. It’s not a glamorous life but it is extremely rewarding if, like us, chasing epic skiing / snowboarding conditions is what you’re after! With proper planning it can be a magical thing… Go get it!
Seventh month on the road! This month we’re still enjoying the snow in Red, Kootenay Pass and Whitewater, but there is a twist… Thanks for reading!
Here’s the situation: there are a bunch of threaded holes on top of the Transit roof and, over time, the paint covering these threaded holes might crack resulting in leaking roof. Don’t panic! There is a quick and easy fix. Keep reading for more…
Sixth month on the road! This month we travel across Washington state, Montana and we’re back to the metric system in beautiful British Columbia. We hope you like cold and snow! Thanks for reading!
This is a real-world, unbiased review of the Sirocco 3-axis 12V Fan. We’re not sponsored by Sirocco and we paid the product in full.
Most people know the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as being a false dash warning light that has to be dismissed continuously… But did you know it’s mandatory in the USA on all passenger vehicles since 2008 (hence no option to turn it off)? Let’s see how to make it work as it should and how to monitor the tire pressure in real time via a smartphone!
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Husky Floor Mat for Ford Transit. We’re not sponsored by Husky and we paid the product in full.
This is a are real-world, unbiased review of the Nature’s Head Composting Toilet. We’re not sponsored by Nature’s Head and we paid the product in full.
This is a are real-world, unbiased review of the Mopeka Propane Tank Level Wireless Monitor. We’re not sponsored by Mopeka and we paid the product in full.
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Thule / Konig XG-12 Pro snow chains. We’re not sponsored by Thule / Konig and we paid the product in full.
Propex HS2000 heater installation in our DIY campervan conversion. Fully detailed step-by-step instructions and illustrated for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy!
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Mr. Heater BOSS-XCW20. We’re not sponsored by Mr. Heater and we paid the product in full.
This is a real-world, unbiased review of the MaxTrax MKII Recovery Boards. We’re not sponsored by MaxTrax and we paid the product in full.
Moab has a lot to offer. Don’t have time to ride them all? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Here is our Top Trails, Free Campsites and Swimming Hole.
Webasto heaters are prone to carbon buildup if some parameters are not right. Here is how we installed a new burner insert following our carbon buildup issues. We also go through the root causes of carbon buildup and how to prevent it.
An empty van is not a home! Here is a collection of campervan gear we researched and tested on the road full-time since August 2017. Check it out!
There is no such thing as unused space! Organisation & functionality is the key here! In this article, we go through every details of our garage layout.
Seriously, who wants to inflate mountain bike tire with a floor pump? It’s DANGEROUS and OLD-SKOOL. Let’s make things right and install an on board tire inflator. We’ll be using the air compressor from our Air-Lift suspension system. Check it out!
Ventilation is crucial to control temperature, moisture level and odors from cooking. But without any AIR INTAKE, the roof fan won’t be able to do its job! Here is our take on that topic.
We discuss about breaking the work-eat-sleep cycle, live with your better half in a van and bacon-brownies.
While curtains work for houses, we think insulated window covers are better for campervans. They are lightproof (for shade & privacy) and insulated (to keep us cool in summer, warm in winter). We’re obsessed with functionality and with the rare earth magnets all around the edges, they just “snap” to the van metal window contour. Easy breazy!
We LOVE riding our mountain bikes. It can only means two things: 1-We drink a lot of craft beer
2-We take a lot of showers. Let’s focus on item #2 in here. This is our exterior shower setup.
After upgrading to an Android Radio Unit, the next smart move was to upgrade to JBL GT7-6C speakers system. Here is the full installation write-up!
We upgraded the Ford Transit basic factory radio for a fancy Touchscreen/Bluetooth/WiFi/Bling-Bling 7″ Display Android Radio. Here is the install write-up!
The van conversion and house downsizing is going full speed ahead! Hooks, shelves, MOARRRR shelves!!! What’s New? How to pack. One does not simply pack a van… as stuff is added, more shelves & hooks & baskets & misc-wicked-storage-features are added to make room for everything. Test […]
The van conversion and house downsizing is going full speed ahead! Here is the progress of the day: What’s New? We finally added the decorative bed-frame We added a 120V outlet (above right countertop, below the battery monitor) We added a closet area below the bed (it’s accessible from the kitchen) along with […]
And here’s the only non-DIY part of our Transit van conversion: the mosquito screens. They’re almost too good to be true, so we did not bother making them!
The van conversion and house downsizing is going full speed ahead! Here is the progress of the day: We’re attacking the vertical space! We’re packing our stuff in the van and are adding shelves to maximize storage capacity. While we’re at it, we also get rid of a lot of our stuff, because the […]
The Air Lift Springs Kit allows our Ford Transit Campervan to gain approximately 3 inches overhang ground clearance, for light off-road expeditions! And with the on-board compressor and the wireless remote, we can adjust the air pressure in the springs on the fly! Neat!
The Ford Transit can be ordered with the optional Upfitter Auxiliary Switches, but getting access to their output is a bit tricky. Fortunately, we made our homework and we’re guiding you through the process. Fully illustrated for your viewing pleasure!
Propane System Build Guide for DIY Van Conversion. Theory, products, does and don’ts… we got you covered, just follow our lead. Now it’s your turn to shine!
Here we are… in a month, our house will not be ours anymore. This means the van & the downsizing MUST BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST 15TH 2017. No excuses, no procrastination! While we worked our asses off the last year to make progress on the van conversion & on the downsizing, we could easily re-plan […]
A fridge is a a heat pump machine. It extracts heat from the inside and dissipates it to the outside (behind the fridge); this heat must be vented out! For this purpose, we added a floor vent. All the details inside!
We plan on living full time for a year or two in the van. For a minimum of comfort (and convenience), we really wanted a toilet and after reading about composting toilets, it seamed like the perfect solution for us!
It’s honestly really easy to install and manage; there is no odor (that’s right!) and no black water to deal with. Sweeeeet!
This is how we transformed the foam blobs of our Ford Transit van conversion. Fully illustrated for your viewing pleasure!
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Acegoo Recessed 12V LED lights. We’re not sponsored and we paid the product in full.
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Porlex JP-30 Hand Coffee Grinder. We’re not sponsored by Porlex and we paid the product in full.
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother. We’re not sponsored by Nespresso and we paid the product in full.
We’re no coffee experts, but we’re serious about our coffee routine! Here is what works for us, from the beans to the cup!
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker. We’re not sponsored by ROK and we paid the product in full.
This is the EZ Cool installation in our Ford Transit campervan conversion. Materials, tools, cost, etc. Fully illustrated for your viewing pleasure!
Having running water and hot shower draw the line between “van camping” and “home on wheels”. Here is our guide on water system for camper van conversion!
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Maxxair Maxxfan Deluxe roof fan. We’re not sponsored by Maxxair and we paid the product in full.
Side by side review of the DiscountVanTruck.com and SwivelsRus.com swivel adapters. We installed each of them and we found which one is the best!
Here is how we installed a swivel seat adapter to the driver-side of our Ford Transit campervan conversion. Fully detailed and illustrated!
Looking back at 6 months of conversion effort… seeing this with hindsight reminded us the last half year just flew by. It’s crazy seeing Isabelle standing in this empty cargo van for the first time, we were so excited. But we had no idea all the work that was ahead of us…
Here is how we built our sink & stove cabinet for our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion! A while ago, we brainstormed about our living requirements; below are the requirements specific to this cabinet: Propane range (stove/oven) will be used Pressurized Sink The cabinet must be easy & quick to remove (we never know) […]
Here is how we built the bedroom storage for our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion! A long time ago, we brainstormed about our Living Requirements. From that moment it was obvious that, to prevent a mess, we would need a lot of storage compartments so each thing has it’s own designated place. We then built the […]
“Born from Ice”
SkiTheEast.net nailed it with their slogan.
The major part of New-England and Quebec just got buried under a thick layer of ice in a typical East-Coast weather pattern.
As it turns out, one region was save from the rain.
We had no other choice but to drive the 800 km to get there.
The overhead storage cabinet of our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion is full of exciting features! Removable (to gain access to the van wall) The doors are gas-spring actuated Partially blue Honorable Guest Appearance throughout that job : Double-Curvature-Everything. (NOTHING is flat in this area: the wall, the ceiling, etc. We wasted a lot […]
We’re very proud to present you the electrical system installation of our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion! Please note that there is more interesting and educational stuff in our “Campervan Electrical System Design” article: TIME SPENT ON THE JOB: ~40 hours (We honestly don’t know the exact hours; there was so much work performed […]
The Webasto / Espar air heaters should be adjusted for high altitudes if the majority of it’s time is spent above 5000-6000 feet. As the altitude increase, the concentration of oxygen reduce and the mix of fuel/oxygen become too rich in fuel. This could lead to debris accumulation (a.k.a. coking or carbon) and loss of […]
This is a follow-up on our Webasto Air Top 2000 STC air heater installation post (faroutride.com/air-heater-installation). Since then, we had the chance of using the Webasto and we LOVE it! Evenings and mornings are much more enjoyable when it’s nice and warm. The only negative point of the Webasto is the noise. Here are the […]
The driver’s side kitchen cabinet of our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion is the home of our 12V Novakook R5810 fridge and home of our electrical system. When we initially brainstorm about the van interior layout, we knew we wanted plenty of countertop surface a large refrigerator (more.beer.) multiple drawers for kitchen items rustic look. […]
We often say that our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion is built around the mountain bikes, so a proper bike rack is expected! Since we first brainstormed about the van, we knew that: the mountain bikes must be stored inside the van (for thief and climate protection) the bike rack must be quick and easy to […]
Our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion is build mostly around the mountain bikes and the platform bed is no exception. We wanted a permanent raised bed above the “garage” (over the bikes and other stuff); no need to fold/unfold the bed at night & it creates a lot of storage room under the bed. […]
Cross nut blind fasteners: how to avoid drilling holes in your van conversion!. Benefits / DIY Installation / Choose the correct type and size / Tips.
Here is our guide on Camper Van Conversion Insulation. 3M Thinsulate is easy to work with, repels water, is light weight… no wonder everyone is using it!
This is how we installed our Webasto Air Top 2000 STC (gasoline) air heater in our Ford Transit camper van conversion. All the details inside!
Here is how we installed the floor in our camper van conversion. Step-by-step instructions, products we used and fully illustrated!
The Fiamma F45S awning is to be installed on the side of the camper van conversion; the Fiamma F65S awning is to be installed on the roof of the campervan. We opted for the F45S because we had the solar panels on the roof and because we liked the awning to be on the side of the van. We could not find any […]
Here is how we installed a swivel seat adapter to the passenger-side of our Ford Transit camper van conversion. Fully detailed and illustrated!
Extracting power from the sun feels a bit like cheating to us 🙂 Here is how we installed our solar panels on our camper van conversion!
This is the true story of how we installed the Maxxair Maxxfan Deluxe 6200K on our Ford Transit campervan.
oking to upgrade your Ford Transit stock tires for larger diameter to improve ground clearance and traction? Here is the data we gathered!
So this FarOutThing is really going to happen… the Ford Transit van was ordered at the dealer today! We’re VERY excited, we actually want to leave NOW, but there is a lot of work ahead of us for the conversion to a camper van before the trip happens. Keep Calm and wait, the Transit should be delivered […]
We’re currently planning everything! The Ford Transit van will be acquired anytime between now and March 2016. The camper van conversion will begin in Spring 2016. The trip is planned for 2017. We’ll keep the site updated as the project progress. Meanwhile, here are some photos and videos from past trips. Cheers, Antoine