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His Sleek DIY Van w/ a Surfboard Tunnel

This van is so sleek and well-crafted and bursting with fun features. While this is only the third van Ikey has built all on his own, he has experience working on nearly 30 rigs with several van conversion companies. He got started right out of high school and those years of hard work show in his van, Patience.

She has a flip-down back deck, “green” wall, Murphy bed, surfboard tunnel, hidden toilet, and a gorgeous tile backsplash Ikey meticulously put together. The vertical garage in the back makes it easy for Ikey to store and see all his adventure gear when he needs it. Tell us which feature you’d want in your van in the comments!

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He’s Been Building Vans Since Age 18

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During the day he has a nice L-shaped dinette space.

His Sleek Van w: a Surfboard Tunnel

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And at night, his bed easily folds out in 30 seconds.

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He’s especially proud of this awesome backsplash.

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  • Ikey started converting vans right out of highschool, first with a number of companies and now on his own.
  • This van named Patience he built for himself, to meet his own unique needs.
  • There’s a Murphy bed that folds down over the L-shaped dinette.
  • His kitchen has a two-burner propane cook top, a deep sink, and an efficient mini fridge.
  • Because the Murphy bed created dead space against the wall, he was able to craft a “surfboard tunnel” inside the van.

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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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