van life

The Van life-Converting a Van

I’ve been obsessed with tiny houses, vans, and of course skoolies for a while now. Love instagram. Maybe I have to much time for my mind to run now that I’m not elbow on the bar at the pub half the week. So I bought this book, SKOOLIE! HOW TO CONVERT A SCHOOL BUS OR VAN INTO A TINY HOME OR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE, an excellent resource full of useful information. But I came to the realization that a Skoolie would mean I had to drive all the time. So in order to split driving time, or at least make it possible for my wife to willingly drive I’ve changed my thinking. I’m now full time studying THE VAN LIFE-CONVERTING A VAN. The same concept simply on a smaller scale.

Since we have an opportunity to work while on the road, remotely, for at least part of the year. We are fortunate that our work place and schedules are permanently changed, by choice and in a very positive way. This pandemic is pushing or allowing us to take the leap and while we are taking it slow and steady- we’re looking forward to some time on the road. Of course the pandemic is interfering with that part, so hopefully by the time we are ready. When we have a van decked out and ready for the road, we will be able to travel.

Some resources I’m looking at

Van Build: A complete DIY guide to designing, converting and self-building your campervan or motorhome 


A guide to building your dream van. Create and live in your home on wheels without giving up comfort or modern amenities. This book takes you through step by step. Providing guidance on choosing a van, designing the layout, plumbing and electrical systems. Helping you to build your new dream home/van, all by yourself, on a 21 day schedule. Apparently with zero experience required. This part I hope is true. Because while I can do almost anything with the right book or YouTube. My carpentry skills are not to be admired. A link to their website.

How to Live the Dream: Things Every Van Lifer Needs to Know Paperback – March 19, 2020

From the publisher “Are you bored with living in the city, going to work, and never seeing anything outside of your house or office?  Do you feel like the walls are closing in on you?  Do you finally want to say “goodbye” to the city streets and “hello” to the open road?” I know I do. I’m ready to go. Just need a van, 21 days to convert it, and an end to travel restrictions.

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