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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!

70 thoughts on “Say Thanks!”

  1. Guys, thank you so much for this comprehensive (free!) van build guide! It’s an amazing trove of essential information that I will rely on heavily for my own build in the coming months. And I will for sure buy supplies through your links. Thanks again, and happy vanning!

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  2. Is this build with the pull out bike rack and platform bed above in the Ford Transit with the regular height? I thought you would need the high or at least medium height to make this work.

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  3. I’ve just scratched the surface on your site but I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU! For opening up your lives and sharing all of these details. My boyfriend and I are seriously considering this lifestyle and I was so excited to see all of the details you’ve made available.

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  4. Hi Guys
    I have the downloaded wiring diagram but can’t seem to find the tutorial, am I doing something wrong ?
    Kind regards
    Grahame

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    • Hey, check your inbox (or spam folder maybe?) and look for “Your FarOutRide order is now complete” email. Your download links are as follow:
      download links

      Hope that helps!
      Antoine

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  5. Just purchased the wiring diagram because it looks to be an awesome reference, but mainly to sat thanks for all the free info you give out. It must take a huge effort to get it all sorted and posted.
    Well done to you both.
    Rgds
    Grahame

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    • Hi Grahame,
      Thanks for the kind words (and for buying our diagram!). It keeps us busy in the van and we meet nice people because of the website. It’s all worth it in the end!

      Have a good one!
      🙂

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  6. Sincerely you two are an inspiration.
    I don’t think I can thank you enough for all of this info!

    You guys are just the best!

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  7. Just used your Amazon affiliate link to purchase a Natures Head and some other items.

    Thank You for all of the great articles and information you post.

    Best Wishes and Safe Travels,

    Fritz

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  8. Thank you very much for the work you have put into creating this great sit of help, direction and motivation.
    Propex heater. I heated my van this past winter with a propane buddy heater. The amount of condensation created by the propane was extraordinary. I’m talking about puddles of water. ?, Do you think I would have the same problem with the propex heater?
    Thank you.

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  9. You both RocK (!!!)
    Your posts are the most “clearly” informative, and “most” comprehensive, that I have come across.

    ~Peace

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  10. THANKS SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU POST!!!!!!!!!!
    I have so many plans for my van and still here it sits with nothing in it but sidewall panels. I am making all items that will be in it modular. I want the ability to use the van for everything not just travel. Your posts let me see the road proven plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation and good explanation all on one site. It helps that your build is on the same vehicle. I loved your backup heating idea, I never knew about the types of heaters there were till reading your article. Researching everything is my passion, I am using the wealth of knowledge I have gained from your site to build something I know will hold up to the test of road time. I live on the East Coast so if your ever on it and hitting the Va. area your always welcome to stop by.

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  11. Hey Guys
    Great Site. I plan to base my electrical on your system.
    I purchased the diagram last week, but never was given download access. Can you help?
    Thanks. Shannon

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  12. Hi Guys,

    The paint I used on my hubcaps was Rust-Oleum Peel Coat Blasted Metal (black tungsten) bought at Walmart. The color matches the plastic on the van and it really finishes the van off. It’s a peelable rubber coating and when you put it on, spray four to five light coats. Don’t get greedy or it will run. Also, I sprayed the aluminum running rail: clean first with rubbing alcohol then place tape down where the plastic round runner meets the metal. I used electrical tape. Again, use light coats. And the one thing you have to do (not an option) is after it drys, use an exacto knife on the side of the tape before peeling it off. You’ll be sorry if you don’t. Cheers, Bruce PS. I just glued my subfloor on yesterday. However, in the process, I got stung 16 times. It turns out the logs that I wanted to use as weights for the subfloor had a large nest of wasps under them.

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  13. I am impressed with the level of detail and the budget was definitely a helpful addition. I was looking all around for a mountain bikers perspective on the different van manufacturers out there. It has helped narrow down the search for my wife and I. Thanks.

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  14. Thank you for creating the electrical diagram it made our life so much easier. I have ordered the parts using your links! Hopefully we do our electrical system right so wish us luck!:)

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  15. I don’t even have a current use for Plusnuts…but eventually it will be the handiest thing ever. Thanks!
    Also, thanks for being willing to break down your monthly expenses in some detail. One of the most intimidating details of prospective “van life” is uncertainty regarding what it costs, and yours is a useful baseline.

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  16. I just made a donation to you folks for several reasons. The big one is the plusnuts. I’m putting in a HappiJac lift bed in my Dodge Promaster conversion and I used rivnuts to attach the walls that the bed frame mounts to. While reading your site, I had visions of that bed breaking loose which would have been such an enormous pain to deal with. I would have had to tear out SO much of my install to get to those walls to fix it. I’m just surprised that I haven’t run across – or noticed – someone else mentioning plusnuts by now. I probably just overlooked it or didn’t realize the significance of them. That’s why I keep looking for new van sites and rereading older sites. There are gems of significant information squirreled away in so many places, and you may not realize their importance the first time you see them. Anyway, thanks for the HUGE effort you’ve put into making your website. Your electrical system design and explanations were first rate. I’m just starting to install my wiring and I needed to go over all the details involved. There is one issue that I was looking for someone to address and maybe you have a thought on it. I had learned that I should run wire at least 16 awg in size. What bothered me is that the short lead wires that stick out of my Precision Temp water heater and my HappiJac bed are 18 awg. I can connect 16 or 14 awg wire to those 18 awg leads but those short sections of 18 awg are always going to be a weaker section. I’m using a Blue Sea 8023 distribution panel, so I can use a 5 amp circuit breaker that should protect those devices, but HappiJac includes a 15 amp inline fuse that has a 12 awg lead! And neither butt connectors or Posi-Lock connectors have a 18 awg to 16 awg unit. Everything is 14-16 or 18-26, but no 16-18. And I’m not seeing anyone mentioning this. I had bought a selection of Posi-Tap devises, which I really like, but then ran into this issue. And they’re not cheap so I’d like to use them. The 16 awg won’t fit in the 18-26 awg red units, and I can pull the 18awg out of the 14-16 awg blue units. I’m finding it works ok if I expose more bare 18 awg wire and fold it over to fill the blue 14-16 awg units. Anyway, that’s where I’m at at the moment. I’ve ordered some parts through your links, and I appreciate your site. Great job.

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    • Thanks for the donation, this is much appreciated 🙂

      Do you have bigger wire coming out of your appliance as well (these wire would carry the large current to heat or for the motor.)? Could it be that the 18AWG is just for the remote or for a sensor of some sort? If that’s the case (remote or sensor) it doesn’t require a bigger wire really. No worry about the fuse either, this wire should not see much current.

      To connect wires with different size, you could use something like this: https://amzn.to/2u0rZ8F

      Good luck!
      antoine

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  17. Thanks for everything guys! for the non-engineers & non-handy among us (me) who are interested in doing what you’ve done, your plans are an invaluable resource. If you’re ever in the Boulder CO area please hmu for a spot to park, located up in the mountains 10mins outside of town.

    Safe travels!

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