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He Built A Tiny House In A Van For Only $3,500


This is the story of how a 1989 Ford camper van has been modified and modernized into an off-grid solar motor camper. Or as Sharrieff Fareed of the DualEx/YouTube Channel calls it, an off-grid solar tiny house in a van.

So he acquired the van and used his DIY skills to carefully convert it into a modern tiny home (in a van) for a total of only $3,500 (including the cost of buying the van) and then turned around and sold it for $12,000 (after several months). You can always see what he’s up to next on his YouTube, Instagram, and website where he offers his Campervan Conversion Guide eBook.

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Modernized 1989 Ford Camper Van Tiny House Built For $3,500

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Like many rehabs, it started out, well, not-so-great. Not bad, but not great. So DualEx started the project by ripping everything out of the van so that he can have a fresh slate to work with.

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Pretty awesome, right? He turned what would be an ever-aging camper van, and modernized it with new technology as well as a complete interior rehab!

VIDEO: How It Was Built For Only $3,500

VIDEO: Urban Stealth Camping With The Finished Van

Highlights

  • He bought a used 1989 camper van
  • He spent a total of $3,500 to buy the van and materials to convert it
  • He used his own labor to convert the van and flip it for $12,000, making an $8,500 profit for all of his time and expertise
  • The van has high tech features like wireless phone charging built into the furniture, security camera system, and more…

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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 Theresa Perdue
    May 11, 2020, 4:50 pm

    very nice now all it needs is some kind of composting toilet so when that bear scares the p*ss outta you you can stay in your van.🙂

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      May 13, 2020, 5:58 am

      LOL

  • Avatar Carol
    May 11, 2020, 7:02 pm

    That is so cool!! You did a fantastic job.
    Good luck when you embark on your travels 🙂

  • Avatar Kat
    May 11, 2020, 7:08 pm

    Fantastic!

  • Avatar Mark
    May 12, 2020, 12:51 am

    Nice job but confused as to how he made an $8500 profit as the price of the van is how much? Is this the new accounting technique?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      May 13, 2020, 5:55 am

      He spent $3,500 on the van and fixing the van, and then sold it for $12,000.

  • Avatar Conchita Congo
    May 12, 2020, 8:45 am

    Amazing job! Your ideas & execution are flawless. 💯

  • Avatar Landa
    May 12, 2020, 9:12 am

    I’m a huge fan! I’ve been following him for quite a while. The main reason I enjoy his builds, is due to his skills, patience, passion, and reliability. I hope he continues to do well.

  • Avatar Marie Sears
    May 12, 2020, 11:13 pm

    If he had made a table and put one inch edges on the seats, he could use the table as part of the bed and put the cushions on top of the table.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      May 13, 2020, 5:48 am

      Oh clever!

  • Avatar Don
    May 15, 2020, 1:58 am

    Madd, Cool, Sick Love it! Aloha

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    May 15, 2020, 4:54 pm

    Great job!! Looks pretty comfy and organized. Hope you have some great adventures in it.

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