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Evan’s DIY Conversion Van Tiny Home

This is Evan Jordan’s DIY conversion van tiny home.

He bought the van on Craigslist, and spent 4 months of nights and weekends converting it after work.

This is one of the best van conversions I’ve seen. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Related: Woman’s Home-Built Van Conversion

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  • Sondra June 30, 2016, 3:54 pm

    I think it is awesome, what a lot of work and great craftmanship…love everything – solar especially. Great job!

  • Susan June 30, 2016, 4:02 pm

    Really well done. Thanks for the detailed pix. I’m planning my van conversion and this gives me some great ideas. There is nothing like customizing your space to exactly what you want and need. To me an RV is too much stuff and maintenance and gas and a solar powered van is perfect. Who needs a bathroom and shower and all the associated crap when you live in America? I’m even debating a kitchen and whether it’s necessary. To each their own but I’m looking for a clean, safe hotel room on wheels.

    • Harold August 26, 2016, 2:22 pm

      > Who needs a bathroom and shower and all the associated crap when you live in America? I’m even debating a kitchen and whether it’s necessary.

      Absolutely! This guy has done a great job but just how big does a bed have to be in such a tiny space? He’s used up about 1/3 of his floorspace unnecessarily. One of the points of going mobile is having an active life; an enormous, space wasting bed is insane. As for the kitchen, more wasted space. All you need is a small sink and counter. Really, the answer is a grid like shelving system that each user customizes as to their needs. I have yet to see this offered by manufacturers. Maybe one day they will wake up. Look at the typical RV. Just a space wasting nightmare packed with low quality crap. Maybe some people go camping for the sole reason of eating and sleeping and relaxing watching movies. I think you can do that at home. It should be about what you are going to do and how much stuff will it accommodate for you.

  • Large Marge June 30, 2016, 7:34 pm

    Is that a Coleman stove recessed in the counter? I dig it!

    Remember, burning fuels such as propane generates enormous amounts of water vapor, so avoid mold by ventilating aggressively.

    Freedom. Ahhh, sweet freedom!

  • Kurt June 30, 2016, 7:39 pm

    Very nice. I like the idea of cutting out the lower exterior to store the propane in. Don’t care for the yellow color. High-top is definitely the way to go, at least for me (tall). Polyurethane foam insulation…I’ve read that that stuff will off-gas, which should be a concern for such a confined area and the fact that you would spend a bit of time there.

  • Paul Larsen July 2, 2016, 7:33 pm

    A most excellent job Evan!! regarding the stove and the foam insulation giving off gas or water vapor, it looks like Evan has a powered roof vent in the top of the van , so if that is running , it should not be an issue. The foam insulation is the same that is used in home construction for sealing around windows. I would like to know about the fridge. It looks like a small 120 Volt one running off an inverter. Much better than the traditonal RV ones that run off propane and need to be vented outside. I put a small 12 volt DC compressor fridge in my travel trailer , when I did some serious renovations to it.

  • Brian July 28, 2016, 4:32 am

    Nice job. The solar is a excellent feature. Van homes are getting bigger amongst the younger people these days…the American Dream is changing!

  • Malik October 11, 2016, 5:22 am

    Hi all,
    Yes very good job.
    For the size bed some one who say its to big… but you spend 1/3 of your time there so 1/3 of the space is not so bad ;-).
    The only concern I have is the not very aerodynamic shape of the extra roof.
    it will dramaticly increase the fuel consumption.
    Have a good trip.

  • Theo October 18, 2016, 6:46 pm

    Concept is good, work looks well done. He did a lot of things tho that I would never do. For one, I would never have covered the rear windows, or the window in the sliding door. I would leave those in for safety reasons, sometimes you’re pretty well lost unless you can look out of those areas. And that’s what curtains are for. I don’t know if the toilet is hidden, or just none – a toilet is a necessity, not a luxury. A shower is a luxury, you can always stand in a large pan, and wash with a cloth, not my first choice, but works sufficiently well.

    Well, it’s his rig, up to him what he wants. But what really irked me is, all the photos, and no explanation of any of what he was doing, or why.

    • Natalie Natalie October 19, 2016, 8:58 am

      He could have a compost bucket :) Not luxurious, but doable! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Theo October 19, 2016, 5:08 pm

    He could also have just one of those seats, with plastic bags, not luxurious, but doable. The point is, he doesn’t say. Now that I look again, I don’t see anything for heat. And does that propane go to just the cook stove, or what? Like I said, tons of info not passed along. Good idea, he just didn’t run with it.

  • Glen December 5, 2016, 3:12 am

    No way to find out how he did certain things? Like the roof? Cost of everything? Etc etc. Details would be great. I really like the way he did this.

    • Natalie Natalie December 5, 2016, 9:44 am

      You could try and message him via his Instagram — You could comment on a picture and say you’d love to pick his brain. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Carol Perry December 9, 2016, 6:59 am

    Awesome job! Great way to travel! Almost all the comforts of home! You don’t have to pay hotel fee’s! Hats off to you! Job well done!!🎉🍷

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