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All our publications by Descending Order, Since the origin of VanLife.

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Winter Vanlife Guide

Living full-time in a van in winter is more challenging than 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!

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Van Tour

Welcome to our home. It has all the amenities a human need, but comes in a smaller package than a house. Did we mention it’s on 4 wheels?

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Prevent a Leaking Roof

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…

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Ford Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

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!

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Husky Floor Mat – Review

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.

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Campervan Must-Have Gear

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!

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Garage

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.

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On Board Mountain Bike Tire Inflator

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!

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Insulated Window Covers for Camper Van Conversion

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!

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Camera Gear

Here is our favorite photography & video gear for travelling in our van. Aerial/Underwater/Long Exposure/POV/Gimbal… check it out!

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Speakers Upgrade

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!

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Weight Summary

And here is the final weight summary of our campervan conversion: as delivered, conversion added weight, payload & total weight as measured.

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Countown to Full-Time Vanlife: 5 Days

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

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Countown to Full-Time Vanlife: 10 Days

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

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Countdown to Full-Time Vanlife: 11 Days

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

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Air Lift 5000 Ultimate Air Springs Kit Installation

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!

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Ford Transit Upfitter Auxiliary Switches

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!

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Fridge Floor Vent

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!

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How to Install a Nature’s Head Composting Toilet in a Van

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!

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Foam Blobs Makeover

This is how we transformed the foam blobs of our Ford Transit van conversion. Fully illustrated for your viewing pleasure!

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Wood Paneling Installation

This is the EZ Cool installation in our Ford Transit campervan conversion. Materials, tools, cost, etc. Fully illustrated for your viewing pleasure!

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Van Conversion Resources

  INSPIRATION, IDEAS & KNOWLEDGE SHARING No doubt, we spent more time researching than doing hands-on work. Starting from a blank canvas is exciting, but challenging. You will need help, either to get ideas or to gain technical knowledge. We listed below the resources we used during our project. Use them! This Website! We worked very hard

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Halfway Through our DIY Campervan Conversion

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…

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Sink & Stove Cabinet

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)

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Bedroom Storage

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

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Chic-Chocs Winter Wonderland

“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.

The Chic-Chocs.

Again.

We had no other choice but to drive the 800 km to get there.

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Overhead Storage Cabinet

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

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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine 🙂 In 2017, we sold our house (and everything in it), quit our engineering careers, and moved into our self-built campervan. We’ve been on the road since then, and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure; we’re chasing our dreams, and hopefully it inspires others to do the same!