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How This Couple Transformed Their Van into the Ultimate Adventure Rig in Italy

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This awesome couple enjoys extreme sports and wanted a way to get closer to the activities they loved. They spent four months converting this van into a gorgeous adventure rig to take them around Italy.

Their van includes a nifty hidden kitchen and a corner wet bath at the front of the van. At the back, they have a convertible bed that’s set up as a dinette during the day. On top, they have a cool roof deck and solar set-up. Be sure to read our Q&A with the couple below!

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Van Life Allows This Couple To Enjoy Extreme Sports

The interior has a beautiful beachy feel.

They chose a convertible bed set-up. And they have a bathroom!

You can see they have a skylight here.

There’s also a rooftop deck!

They have metal arms to hold up his and hers hammock swings.

The cabinet by the door is actually their hidden kitchen!

Their Sportyvan Life in Italy 5

Images © @thesportyvan/Instagram

They can also hang the hammocks from the side of the van.

Cheers to an amazing lifestyle.

Their dinette becomes a cozy bed.

They can chase the sunshine in this rig!

Another look at the van in “bed” mode.

30-Second Van Tour


What got you into tiny living?

Sport… We do a lot of extreme sports and staying in a van permits us to sleep near the sport spot… So it’s a way to live the places…

Did you build your home or buy it? How long did the process take?

We built our van entirely by ourselves in 4 long months of work… But the result is so rewarding…

How has tiny living changed your life (for better or worse)?

For sure, it’s a way to travel at a very low cost so we can travel more with the same money…

How do you make money on the road?

We have two full-time shift jobs… We travel in our free day off

What’s the hardest part of tiny living?

To find the better places to sleep… Yes, we can sleep everywhere but stay in a beautiful place with a beautiful view is important for us…

What’s the most rewarding part?

Wake up… Open the Windows… And see every day a different sunrise…

Any advice for people looking to go tiny?


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • kim
    March 5, 2023, 11:32 am

    Nice van. The rest of the pics are tiresome.

  • kim
    March 5, 2023, 4:07 pm

    Liz, well said.

  • Anna Wendt
    March 6, 2023, 1:47 am

    Amen, Liz!! I am glad you said that. I could care less about her boobs. I’m only looking at the van. If she feels the need to pose like that, I think she should check out Only Fans or other sites like it.

  • Michael
    May 8, 2023, 8:39 pm

    Nice build with plenty of great ideas. Unfortunately for short people only because bed length at the vans today isn’t suitable for guys above 6 feet.

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