"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..."Read More
After climbing upwards of 13,000ft in Yosemite, we quite literally took an opposite turn and headed to the lowest point below sea level in Death Valley...Read More
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...Read More
Now, considering that Yosemite is magnificent and awe-inspiring and mythical and jaw-dropping, we could go on about it all day (and night, and week, and month). But, in an effort to save you (and ourselves) from miniature novels, we're just going to share our favorite memories (The Highs), our most memorable challenges (The Not-So-Highs), and the best tips, tricks, & lessons we picked up along the way (What We Learned)…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