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Engineer’s Sprinter Van Life with Floor Storage


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Keko’s nomadic life started when so many others did — in 2020. His job went remote, and he escaped the US and went to Mexico to wait out the lockdowns. When it was time to come home, he decided to do something different and chose to purchase a van. But he actually lived in the van during the conversion process, starting out with just a couple of totes and an air mattress.

Today his stealthy rig boasts a unique floor storage system. He built up the floor using extruded aluminum — 12 inches in the living room space and 18 inches back in the kitchen area — to allow him to keep all his goods tucked underneath him. A convertible couch/bed provides him a spot to sleep and a single skylight lets light in. What do you think of this fascinating design?

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Amazing Storage System in His Stealthy Sprinter

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His skylight and solar panels are the only indication that someone lives here.

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He’s been in the van for two years now.

Chemical Engineer’s Self-Built Sprinter w Incredible Floor Storage

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Here’s a look at the storage he built into the floor.

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Highlights:

  • Keko got a van after returning to States when 2020 lockdowns eased up. He had left for Mexico during the height of the chaos, since his job as a chemical engineer went remote.
  • For the first year he spent in the van, he was sleeping on an air mattress with two totes of belongings and converting the rig as he traveled.
  • Keko converted the van while living in, which was a rewarding challenge!
  • He kept the exterior of his Sprinter pretty stealthy. The solar panels on the roof are the only indication that this van is for more than cargo.
  • While most people want maximum headroom so they can stand up in their rig, Keko chose to reduce the standing height inside in order to install floor storage built from extruded aluminum.
  • He has one giant pull-out drawer in the garage so he can store his longboard.
  • Right now he spends between 6 and 8 months a year in his van and rest of the year traveling internationally and leaving the van with a friend back home.

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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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