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Couple refurbish 1980 Mercedes 307D van into their tiny home


This is the story of Ody, a 39-year-old Mercedes 307D van conversion that the couple originally bought in Germany. The couple, Dana and Lou, taught themselves how to convert the van thanks to videos on YouTube.

It took them 6 months to complete, and now they’re traveling Europe and living out their van life dream. Dana and Lou named their van Ody and outfitted it with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and plenty of smart storage. What do you think? Could you see yourself living and traveling in a van like this?

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Couple’s 1980 Mercedes 307D Van Life in Europe (And How They Did It)

Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

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Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

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Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

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Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

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Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

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Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

Image © Wild We Roam via YouTube

I really appreciate the way they built their storage cubbies with latches so when they’re on the move, their stuff isn’t.😊

Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

Image © Wild We Roam via YouTube

Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

Image © Wild We Roam via YouTube

Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

Image © Wild We Roam via YouTube

Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

Image © Wild We Roam via YouTube

Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

Image © Wild We Roam via YouTube

Dana and Lous Refurbished 1980 Mercedes 370D Van Conversioin – Wild We Roam

Image © Wild We Roam via YouTube

Image © Wild We Roam via YouTube

I really appreciate the way they built their storage cubbies with latches so when they’re on the move, their stuff isn’t.😊

Video Tour of Dana and Lou’s Mercedes 307D Van Conversion

Construction Videos: Before and During the Renovation

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Wild We Roam/YouTube | Van Tour Video | How they built their van | WildWeRoam.com

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Avatar Teri P
    October 25, 2019, 4:42 pm

    I love the way she thinks. I am always wondering how anyone can live without a bathroom? In fact if I see there’s no bathroom or at least a toilet I don’t finish looking at it because it’s not a real home (imho). Love what they made.

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    March 26, 2021, 4:57 pm

    I really like this van! It is well organized, and just being a Mercedes in the first place is worth the effort to renovate. I like the way the cabinets are done, and the fact that there is a potty for use when you can’t leave the van, like in the middle of the night. I agree about having a bed ready to fall into when the need arises. It’s just a great job! One tiny suggestion. . . a 1″ deep, 6″ wide board the full length of the kitchen to act as a shelf over the kitchen counter, under the storage door, hinged to that strip of wood just above the tile. It can flip up and hold plates, small bowls, containers with cut-up veggies, etc. when you are cooking. Then flip it back down against the wall out of the way when you are done. It would just give you a little prep space and a place to sit or lay things down that you need when cooking. Wonderful van! Happy travels!

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