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!Read More
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...Read More
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?...Read More
During a particularly bad week at work, I attempted to keep myself centered by taking big deep breaths and thinking back to all of the camping adventures I'd taken with Nick and how calming, soothing, and freeing those trips felt. I knew I needed this job to save up money to fund our big, fluffy van life dreams, and I reminded myself that this week, this confusion, this lack-of-ability-to-allocate-my-own-time-to-activities-of-my-choosing would not last forever. And I suddenly knew which project to channel my irritation into...Read More