All our publications by Descending Order, Since the origin of VanLife.
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.
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!
Let’s take a step back and discuss the lessons learned living in the van, what we nailed/missed in our van conversion and some tales from the road.
We upgraded the factory radio of our Ford Transit for a Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX 6.94″ TouchScreen Multimedia Receiver (Android Auto / Apple CarPlay / Bluetooth / DVD). Follow these simple steps to install YOURS!
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
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!
Welcome to our Propane System Design Guide for DIY Van Conversion. Theory, products, does and don’ts… we got you covered to build a safe propane system, just follow our lead.
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
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 a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Acegoo Recessed 12V LED lights. We’re not sponsored 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!
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
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.
Mountain bikes belong inside the van! Slide-out-bike-rack storage solution for DIY van conversion: material, products, how-to, step-by-step…
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.
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!
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
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!
Materials, tools, techniques, lessons learned… Follow our step-by-step guide on How to Install a Maxxfan Roof Vent on a DIY Van Conversion.
It’s OURS. Today, we finally took possession of the van. Mixed Feelings Of course we’re very excited! …but at the same time, we feel like it’s the van that took possession of us. Summer has just started and we already live on the adrenaline rush that mountain biking fuel us with. Every day count, every
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 [mc4wp_form id=”1948″]
Nice To Meet You.
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!