We’ve been going back-and-forth about this for a little while, but we finally did it! We bought a brand new van to convert! It’s a Ford Transit 2021, AWD, 3.5L Ecoboost, same size as our previous van (high roof, extended length). Finding a new van is mission impossible these days, but we got lucky and found one in Calgary during our drive across Canada.
Pause Van Life
We’ve been on the move since 2017 and it’s been quite an adventure:
We still fully enjoy Van Life and we want more, but after a while, it became our “new normal”. So to spice things up and get out of our comfort zone, we decided to rent an apartment in Squamish, build a van, and explore our new amazing backyard.
Build The Van
This is going to be a slow build, we expect to be working on the van for at least one year. Here’s why:
- As opposed to our previous Transit van build, we don’t have a specific deadline this time, so no rush. We’re pretty excited by the idea of living like “locals” here and have our own place for some time.
- We want to keep a healthy life balance between building the van, working on the website, and enjoying the outdoors (skiing and mountain biking).
- Finding an interior garage in Squamish to build the van is proving much more challenging than we anticipated. Actually we’ve been looking for weeks with no success…
- The supply chains are still affected by the pandemic and it’s challenging to source parts.
Resume Van life
Once the build is completed, we will hopefully be moving in our new van and resume our travels. It’s a long shot, who knows what will happen until then, but we’re dreaming of shipping the new van to Europe and explore new horizons…
We’re back into “build mode”, so more frequent van-related updates will follow: build journal, product reviews, etc.!
All the best,
Isabelle and Antoine