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@rainbowsontheroad: Wood Burning Stove

Not many people think to put a wood burning stove inside of a van (or any kind of vehicle), but that’s exactly what @rainbowsontheroad did in their unique Ford Transit conversion! Read their write up to figure out where they got it, how they installed it, and how they (safely) use it on the road…

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@vanished.adventures: Top 9 Strategies to Remember During Your Van Build

Namoi and Julian finished building out their 2005 Sprinter van just a couple of months ago, and have been full-timing it ever since. We asked them to share any of their recently acquired build knowledge, and they had TONS of awesome tips, strategies, and advice for the build itself, on-the-fly solutions to classic build problems, and even some insider knowledge on how to maintain your sanity while bringing your van dreams to life! Read on below, and be sure to check out their instagram, @vanished.adventures!

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@van_gossamer: DIY Sink

"When our initial idea for a sink set up turned out to be way pricier than we'd bargained for (expensive wooden slabs and small sinks that started at $80), we opted to research more inexpensive routes. We stumbled across our idea for a sink on YouTube, which is how we ended up with a sink that is actually a $6 salad bowl from Walmart..."

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@advanture.buddy: Bathroom & Toilet

After debating on whether or not to have a bathroom and a shower, we opted for a bathroom only (we heard from other vanlifers that it tends to become a storage closet instead, we plan on spending winter in the van and plumbing would have been a pain, etc). The framing itself was pretty simple: We decided to keep the wall between the front bench and the bathroom thin (to save on space) and the wall between the bed and the bathroom is framed with 1x3's, which enabled us to put some cutouts in...

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@s0weboughtavan: Solar Panels

When we started talking about installing solar panels, we knew that we wanted to be able of be off the grid for days at a time and not worry about having enough power. After figuring out all the detailed calculations of our electrical system based on the things we needed to power and the electrical specs of each item, we decided that we wanted roughly 300 watts of solar power, give or take...

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Our First Van: Dreaming Big in a Small Rig

Our first "van" only looks like a 2005 Ford Escape XLT because...it is. While we were saving serious money for our actual van, Angie (named after Angela Montenegro, thanks to Renee's obsession with Bones) was our main mode of transportation to all things camping and nature related, and though she's no longer used as a regular camping vehicle, we still love her.

However, we did start The Van Lifers when Angie was all we had. It was nerve-wracking at first: could we be "vanlifers" if all we had was an SUV?...

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