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Kyle and Stephanie first got into vanlife to escape the city. It was more of a weekend van that they built out on the fly. But that experience equipped them to create this amazing second rig, which they worked on tirelessly for 8 months. Kyle’s previous work in sculpture prepared him to make some of the most gorgeous DIY cabinets we’ve seen!

They store all their gear on the back of the van with lockers and racks because they chose to use the “garage” space as a dinette. Their DIY elevator bed system makes getting ready for bedtime easy. In the bathroom, you’ll find a shower and composting toilet, and they have more counterspace than nearly any van we’ve featured. Enjoy the tour!

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Biking, Skiing, Cooking, and Loving Life w/ their Sprinter!

Couple’s Second DIY Van Conversion Elevator Bed 2

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Like so many others, Nigel and Sue had travel plans for 2020 that were upended by lockdowns — and they shifted their focus to a van conversion! With no prior building experience, they learned how to do everything via YouTube and trial and error. But you’d really never know they were novices based on the final result!

We got to interview Sue about what made them go tiny, what they love about it, and what’s a struggle. Enjoy the tour of their DIY build and their story below. Then be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel for updates on their awesome Australian tour.

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3.5 Years on the Road in Australia

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Here’s a lovely van conversion with a boho-chic aesthetic and a bathroom with a hot shower and dry-flush toilet (no tanks!). It’s built out of a 2019 Ram Promaster and has been used as a rental van most recently, but could easily become your full-time home.

The van has a dinette in the back that converts to a queen-sized bed at night, and there’s a large projector so you can watch movies at night. The kitchen is split with the sink on one side and the burners and chest refrigerator on the other side. It’s for sale in Pasadena, California for $96,000.

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$96K Professional & Gorgeous Van Conversion

Boutique Hotel 2019 Ram Promaster Van Conversion. 11

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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

Chemical Engineer’s Self-Built Sprinter w Incredible Floor Storage. 2

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Cat had wanted to live on the road for a while, but decided getting a professional conversion was the way to go! She designed the interior and made sure to include everything that would make full-time life comfortable — then she paid Shane at Dogwood Conversions to bring it to life.

Her conversion includes amazing touches like glass turquoise tiles, a hidden toilet, and a fixed bed. She also has tons of closed storage to keep the place looking minimal and crisp. What do you think?

  • Cat’s dream of a mobile lifestyle comes true through a collaboration with a professional van conversion expert.
  • Unique features like turquoise tiles, a hidden toilet, and a fixed bed elevate the interior design.
  • Explore Cat’s journey from concept to comfortable van life, with practicality and aesthetics in perfect balance.

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Getting the Van of Her Dreams!

Her Amazing Professional Van Conversion Bowie 2

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Ray had always been fascinated by the concept of van life, so when it started gaining popularity on YouTube, he started showing his wife Nancy videos to see if she was interested. When she fully retired, she jumped on board with the idea. While they have two stationary homes (one in Hawaii and one in Idaho), they love using this luxury van to travel.

It took about 3 years to DIY their rig, and all told they spent $220K including the cost of the van. They spared no expense and have the best of the best inside — and it shows! Check out this amazing rig below.

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Their Wookievan with Incredible Awning & Upgrades

DIY Luxury Sprinter $220K for Retirees 2

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Eloise and her van are proof that you don’t need a high-end Sprinter van with a professional conversion to be happy and fulfilled in van life. In fact, she test-drove a brand-new Sprinter and says she’d still prefer her rig to one of them! She actually test-drove dozens of vans over the course of a few years, and every time the van life itch would start. However, she always found a reason to stick to normal life until she finally gave herself an ultimatum in 2018.

Either she was doing van life, or she was never allowed to think about it and research it again. Once she found the perfect van, she spent about 6 months renovating it, thinking she’d use it in its rustic state for a year and then get a new van or upgrade her set-up. Turns out, she doesn’t mind the simpler design with limited electricity and plumbing! And she’s kept the same van this whole time. See it below…

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Mindset Coach & Pets Hit the Road

Five Years on the Road in Her Simple, Awesome Rig 3 – Copy

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While pop-top campers are nothing new, adding your own to a regular Sprinter van is quite remarkable. That’s what Stu did! He had a low-top Sprinter and wanted more headroom and amenities, and he was able to get that with his innovative DIY.

The downstairs of the rig is equally impressive, with great storage, a couch that folds into a second bed, and space for a mini microwave and a one-burner cooktop. He’s been nomadic now for 6 years and recently began doing van conversion or upgrades for others.

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His Sprinter with a Second Floor Bedroom

He Added a Pop Top to His Sprinter Van 2

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Johnny’s van life began in 2019 in a VW Bus which he loved, but ultimately he wanted some more space. So he upgraded to a Ford Transit with an incredible convertible system that can be set up in a number of wild combinations (bed, desk, dinette, and more!).

He does have a storage unit where he keeps his seasonal toys, so he only carries the adventure gear he needs for the season at hand. That’s a great option for an outdoor enthusiast like Johnny! What do you think of his rig?

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Check Out His Amazing Convertible Set-Up!

Upgrading from a VW to an Awesome Sprinter 3

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