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DIY Camper Van Build

We built our Sprinter Camper Van from the Ground up. Here are the steps we took and the projects we tackled:

Solar Panels – Series vs Parallel

Solar Panels in Series vs Parallel: The great debate. Well… not really a debate as there is a clear choice for 90% of camper builds:

How-To Add Shore Power to a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This guide will teach you how to add shore power to your camper to charge batteries & power devices when you’ve got access to on-the-grid power.

How-to Choose an Inverter for a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This blog post & calculator will teach you how to properly size an inverter for your camper based on YOUR needs.

How-To Wire Lights & Switches in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

These wiring diagrams will show you how to wire 12v lights & switches into your campervan. 2-way switches too!

How-to Wire 12v Accessories in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This tutorial will teach you how to wire 12v accessories & plugs in your camper electrical build.

How-to Size Fuses in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This guide will instruct you how to accurately size fuses for your camper electrical build.

How-to Choose Wire Sizes DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This blog post will teach you how to choose the proper wire sizes for your camper electrical build.

How-to Install a Battery Monitor in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This article will teach you why you need & how to wire a battery monitor in your camper electrical build.

How-to Charge a Camper Van Electrical System with the Alternator

This guide will teach you how to charge your camper house batteries with your engine alternator.

How-to Choose a Battery Isolator for a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This blog post will teach you how to choose the proper battery isolator for your camper electrical system.

How-to Choose a Solar Charge Controller for a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This guide & calculator will help you accurate select the proper solar charge controller for your campers electrical build.

How Many Batteries are needed in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This blog post will teach you how to size the battery bank in your camper according to YOUR needs.

How Many Solar Panels are Needed to Power a DIY Camper Van Electrical System

This tutorial will instruct you on how many solar panels you need for your camper electrical system based on YOUR needs.

36 Things to do in Steamboat Springs in Winter

There’s more to Steamboat Springs than just skiing. Here’s some ideas you may have not thought of:

How to Design and Install Solar on a Camper Van

Learn EVERYTHING you need to know about designing and installing a solar setup on your camper van, RV, or truck camper.

RV Parks & Campgrounds near Ski Resorts

Camping in the ski resort parking lot is generally a thing of the past. Here are some known, legal places to park the RV nearby and set up camp.

Interactive DIY Solar Wiring Diagrams for Campers, Van’s & RV’s

These interactive solar wiring diagrams are a complete A-Z solution for a DIY camper electrical build.

Goal Zero vs Kodiak vs DIY Camper Van Solar

Here a 5 questions to ask yourself when trying to decide on a DIY vs Solar Generator solution for your camper electrical build.

Basic Parts of a DIY Camper Solar Setup

This post outlines all of the main parts and components of a DIY Camper Solar setup.

How Much Does Van Life Cost?

The price of Van Life varies DRAMATICALLY from person to person, but this blog post shows OUR actual average cost per month from the last 12 months.

Books to Read for Travel Inspiration

Looking for a new read to spark some travel inspiration? Check these out:

Body Glove Dynamo Ribcage Water Shoe Review

We tested the Body Glove Ribcage water shoes. We travel light. When space is a premium means multi-purpose, high-performing gear is a priority.

GoPro HERO 7 vs HERO 6 Stabilization Comparison

The GoPro HERO 7 is labled as the Gimbal Killer. Is it? Here is our side by side comparison so you can see for yourself.

Apps to Save you Money while Traveling

Traveling can be expensive. These apps can help you find savings around every corner so you can travel longer and spend your money on things that ACTUALLY matter.

Is Nomadic Life for You?

Living a Nomadic Lifestyle isn’t all sprinkles and unicorns. Can you give make these sacrifices for a life of “Freedom”?

Ideas About How to Make Money on the Road

Not having a job tie us to physical locations gives us the flexibility to work from anywhere. Here are some of our best ideas for making money while traveling:

Goodbye Adventure in a Backpack – Hello

Looking for Adventure in a Backpack? You’re in the right spot. We’ve just got a new name that doesn’t make people think we sell backpacks.

The Hardest Part of Building a DIY Camper Van

Insulation? Solar? Heating? Maybe not. THIS is what we think is the hardest part of building a DIY Camper Van Conversion.

Choosing a Solar Battery Bank for a DIY Camper Van Conversion

Lithium vs AGM. As technology gets better, the prices get higher. Is the added cost worth it? Here’s our thoughts:

How-To Change The Oil in a 2007 Sprinter Van

Changing the oil in a Sprinter is a straightforward process. Save some $$$ and do it yourself. Here’s how:

What’s included in a Sprinter Service A and Service B

Sprinter Service A? Sprinter Service B? What is included in those? This blog post will outline what’s what so you can take it in to the dealer or do it yourself.

Hiking Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons in Escalante Utah

One of our favorite adventures of all time. This one is quite out of the way, but the effort is rewarded with the COOLEST hike in one of the more remote areas of the country.

How to Replace the Shocks on a Sprinter Camper Van

Rock and roll. Good on the radio. Not so good for camper van handling. Here’s how to replace the shocks on a Sprinter Camper Van:

Things to do at Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park is a geologic playground just outside Las Vegas. It’s a dog friendly state park with some awesome hiking trails. Here are our recommendations:

Plasti Dip Review after One Year on the Road

Plasti Dip is essentially a spray on vinyl wrap. Here’s how it’s held up after a year of abuse on the road:

The Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina

North Carolina is home to many outdoor gear companies. We spent a weekend in Asheville to tell their story of “Extraordinary Gear made Here”. (This is one of our favorites)

How to Get Mail While Traveling Full Time

Getting mail while traveling isn’t as simple as a post office visit. Here are the hoops we have to jump through to get mail and packages while on the road:

Winter Van Life at Mammoth Mountain

Season 1, Episode 8 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Mammoth Mountain to ski prime spring conditions and find campsites with hot springs just steps from our door.

Installing a 4g Cell Signal Booster on our DIY Camper Van Conversion

Since we work from the road, having a strong cell signal is vital. Here’s how we get faste enough 4g to upload videos, have skype calls, and all the other business logistics:

Winter Van Life in Squaw Valley

Season 1, Episode 7 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us back into the US where we visited skied at Squaw Valley and Hiked at Lake Tahoe.

2WD vs 4×4 Camper Van – Which is Necessary?

Nobody is questioning if 4×4 is more capable than 2WD… but is the added cost absolutely necessary to have an adventure camper van? We say no, and here’s why:

Winter Van Life at Revelstoke, British Columbia

Season 1, Episode 6 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Revelstoke BC to ski the 5,000ft vertical this INCREDIBLE mountain has to offer.

Dometic Origo 3000 Camper Van Alcohol Stove Review

The Dometic Origo 3000 Alcohol stove is an alcohol fueled stove that doesn’t have pressurized containers which makes is a good option for cooking in a camper van.

Winter Van Life in Lake Louise, Alberta

Season 1, Episode 5 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Lake Louise where we skied beautiful terrain and walked across frozen Lake Louise to frozen waterfalls.

How to Get Insurance on a DIY Camper Van

Getting insurance for a camper van is a pain and it varies from state to state, but here are some tips to get your DIY camper van conversion insured Properly

Winter Van Life in Banff, Alberta

Season 1, Episode 4 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Banff to ski at Sunshine Village and Soak up the sights in this beautiful town.

Winter Van Life in Bozeman, Montana

Season 1, Episode 3 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Bozeman where we batted van breakdowns, getting stuck, and awesome skiing at Bridger Bowl

How to Read and Clear the Check Engine Light on a Sprinter

Check engine lights are part of #Vanlife. Here is how to read and clear a check engine light on a Sprinter.

Winter Van Life in Sun Valley, Idaho

Season 1, Episode 8 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to

Espar D2 Diesel Heater Review

As temps plummeted to sub-zero temps with wind forcing it’s way into every seam, we were ultimately impressed with it’s performance.

7 Can’t Miss Winter Activities in Jackson Hole

There’s more to Jackson Hole Wyoming in the winter than just skiing. Here are a few extra ideas if you decide to take a ‘day off’.

Backcountry Skiing near Park City, Utah

We met up with some of our friends (who just happen to be Backcountry ski guides) for an awesome day of walking uphill and skiing back down. (1st time backcountry skiing!)

How to Prepare a Camper Van for Winter Living

Our camper van wasn’t 100% ready for winter time living when we ‘finished’ it, so we had some adjustments to make. Here’s what we changed:

Winter Vanlife in Park City, Utah

If you need a day off from skiing in Park City, here are a few suggestions for fun things to do in Park City in the winter:

Espar D2 Diesel Heater Installation

The Espar D2 heater is the diesel powered heater we use to heat our van in frigid winter conditions. Here’s how to install one:

Best Things About Living in a Van

Living in a van provides extreme flexibility. Here is our list of the things we like best about living in a van.

Surf Trip to the Baja California

This is the story abou the time we took a guided trip down into the Baja California into mexico in search of tacos, surfing, adventure, and tacos.

Why You Should Visit Sequoia National Park in the Fall

Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. These two reasons and more are why you should visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in the Fall.

Beginner Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of climbing available in Joshua Tree. Here are some of our ‘Beginner Friendly’ areas:

Why we “Sold it All” to Live in a Van

Everbody has their own reasons for moving into a van. Here’s ours:

Top 7 Things to Do when Driving Hwy 1; The Pacific Coast HWY

Sure, hwy 1 has beautiful views… but it’s still a LONG road that needs to be broken up. Here are some things to do to get out and stretch your legs.

GoPro Hero6 Black Review: Initial Impressions

The Gopro 6 introduced the highest frame rates available in the Gopro Line. Here are our initial thoughts:

Top 10 Van Life Must Haves

We aren’t talking about “Lights” or “Insulation”. These are the items that turned our DIY Camper Van into a Home.

Van Life Safety – 6 Tips for Protecting Yourself and Your Stuff

Safety & Living on the Road. Do these go hand in hand? Maybe not, but here are some considerations to stay safe while living in a van in the middle of nowhere.

The 6 Ways We Make Money While Traveling Full-Time

There are literally hundreds (thousands?) of ways to make money while traveling. Here are our 6 income streams we have for life on the road:

12 Money Saving Tips to Help you Travel Longer for Cheaper

For life on the road, you don’t have to earn as much if you can spend less. Here are our money saving tips for traveling longer and more often.

PCT Days – Pacific Crest Trail Celebration

PCT Days is an awesome event every summer that’s a celebration of one of the premiere long hikes in the US. The Pacific Crest Trail.

Cave Hikes at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Craters of the Moon is an out-of-the-way National Monument that has one of the most interesting landscapes in the world. Here are some caves to explore on a day trip:

CamelBak Pursuit Series Review

A summer camp for adults led by pro adventure guides and athletes where you can learn that new activity you’ve been wanting to try and hone skills on your favorites.

Top 10 Things to do in Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa is a great city with something always going on. Here are 10 ideas for adventure in and around Ottawa.

Free Dispersed Camping near Lake Ontario in the Winona State Forest, New York

This free camp site is a great stop if you are headed north through New York before entering Canada. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Van Tour of Our Complete DIY Campervan Conversion

Our custom DIY camper van features 800+ watts of solar, a composting toilet, full size bed, custom cabinets, fully insulated and much more. Read more about the nitty gritty details here:

Free Dispersed Camping in Cherokee National Forest near Asheville, North Carolina

This free campsite features an awesome swimming hole with natural rock waterslide within walking distance. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Free Dispersed Camping Near Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

This free dispersed camp site near Taos features a snow fed creek and close proximity to the town of Taos and the ski resort. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Installing Full-Body Plasti Dip on our DIY Camper Van Conversion

Plasti-dip is essentially a spray on vinyl wrap but is 10x cheaper. It’s was a big job, but here’s how we did it:

Free Dispersed Camping Near the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

This free camp site is great spot near the Great Sand Dunes National Park at the foot of the 14,344 ft tall Blanca Peak. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Building DIY Camper Van Cabinets

Building the cabinets & storage in our Camper Van was a huge challenge, especially since it was our first time. Although, not necessarily a in-depth tutorial, here is how we built them:

How to Build a Ceiling in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

The Ceiling in our van is made from an old fence, sealed, and attached to furring strips. Here’s how we made and installed it:

How to Install Walls in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

The walls in our van is made from dry erase board so we ALWAYS have something to keep notes on. Here’s how we installed it:

How to Install Insulation a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We insulated our van for both hot and cold weather with rigid foam and expanding foam insulation. Here’s how we did it and why we chose what we did:

How to Install a Maxxair Roof Vent Fan in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We have two Maxxair vent fans on our roof which can exchange all the air inside the van once every 20 seconds to keep us cool. Here’s how we installed them:

How to Soundproof DIY Camper Van Conversion

Without soundproofing material, our van was like a tin can driving down the road. After… it was like a much quieter tin can. Here’s how we installed it:

How to Remove the Door Panels in a Mercedes Sprinter

If you need to access the inner workings of your sprinter door for speaker installation or insulation, you’ll have to remove the door panel. Here’s how to do it:

How to Remove the Headliner in a Mercedes Sprinter

There is a huge open space behind the sprinter headliner that needs to have sound deadening applied and insulation attached. Here’s how to remove the headliner:

How to Remove the Seats in a Mercedes Sprinter

You’ll need to remove the seats in your sprinter to install swivel seats or acess the nice hidden ‘storage’ area for, perhaps, a heater install. Here’s how to remove them:

How to Prep the Floor for a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We took the stock floor of our van since it used to be a plumbing truck (that floor = gross). Here’s how to remove it:

5 Reasons We Traded Our RV to Build a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We sold our 40 foot class-A motorhome to build a MUCH smaller camper van. Here are a few reasons we downsized:

Eco Hostel in San Juan del Sur Nicaragua – Casa Oro

Walls made from trash and food scraps used to grow more food. This hostel in Nicaragua aims to be a totally closed loop of sustainable business practices:

Mango Rosa Nicaragua Adventure & Surf Resort Review

Finding an ‘Adventure Resort’ that can keep up with us is a tall task, but on our visit, we were met with more hiking, surfing, volcano viewing, and cultural submursion than we could ask for.

6 Things To Do in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur in southern Nicaragua is one of our favorite places we’ve EVER been. Here’s a few things to do there that makes this place an explorers dream:

Hotel Camino Real – Best Hotel near the Airport in Managua, Nicaragua

Flying to Nicaragua is typically an all day ordeal. This hotel is directly across the street from the hotel and makes for a great first and last night pit stop before exploring the rest of the country:

An Adventure in Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaragua is filled with adventure. This trip with some friends was one of the best weeks of our lives. This video is the story:

5 Things to Do during 24 Hours in Seattle

Seattle is home to some iconic landmarks. Here are 5 things to do on a short stop-over in Seattle:

Free Boondocking Campsite near Lillooet, British Columbia

Lillooet is just north of the pass from Whistler. It’s a rugged canyon with a beautiful lake and frigid stream and a free, established campground:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Seward, Alaska

Seward Alaska is home of Exit Glacier. Here is a free campsite in the area. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Exit Glacier Trail Hiking near Seward, Alaska

Need to see the results of climate change for yourself? Exit Glacier is a great demonstration with year markers noting where the glacier was in past years: