We bought a van.
A 2005 Dodge Sprinter 3500 in fact, from a local electrician here in S. California.
Here’s the plan:
Convert this van into a livable camper in the next 2-3 months, then hit the road heading north. We plan to go all the way to Vancouver Island, then across Banff to Calgary, and back down the eastern slopes of the Rockies.
We have our first date on the calendar, July 31st in Yosemite Valley (which is akin to getting 50-yard line seats at the Super Bowl).
We anticipate being gone around 3 months. And we’re bringing the dog.
We recently shot this video tour of both the exterior and interior of the van pre-conversion (note – the podcast audio and show notes follow below the video):
Our fascination with mobile living goes back at least 5 years, maybe longer. We’ve looked into RV living (largely inspired by our pal, Tynan) and building our own Tiny House. We settled on a Sprinter van because it’s larger than a typical van, giving us enough room inside to have some sense of “home” while also not being too much of a DIY project to overwhelm us.
So…WHY are we doing this?
How did we choose this van?
What is our basic design plan for the interior?
Where do we plan to go?
WHY are we doing this?
We’ve been thinking about something like this for at least a year or more, mainly to quench our wanderlust and never ending hunger for adventure. But, the real reasons why emerged on a recent trip to Sedona. We were out on a hike, walking with our baby, when it hit us…and we knew exactly what we needed to do.
This is exactly what we discuss on this episode of the Ownstream Podcast: how we manifested the perfect Sprinter van for us, our plans for converting it into a home, but mainly why we felt the urgent need to do something radical, big, and adventurous.
What are we looking for, and what are we leaving behind?
Selected Links from this Episode
- Follow our build on Instagram
- #vanlife on Instagram
- Foster Huntington on Instagram (creator the #vanlife hashtag)
- Our Sprinter Conversion Pinterest Page
- Bill Plotkin’s “Soulcraft” book
- The Vanual – great (free) online guide to van conversion
- Van Dog Traveller
- MegaWats Van Conversion (cool conversion, inspired our bed/booth combo)
- Bearfoot Theory Van (another cool conversion, not DIY, but very nice)
Also, as we post additional content related to our Sprinter conversion, we will post links below. So, feel free to bookmark this page, or check back periodically. For now, best to follow us on Instagram to track the conversion process.