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Roman & Ioana Travel Europe in Their 1990 VW Van

These days Roman and Ioana use their 1990 VW Van for weekend trips around their home country of Switzerland, but they previously used the van — named Leni — for a full year of travel around Europe.

One of the coolest features of this van is the back bathroom. It’s accessible by the garage doors and makes it easy to use the bathroom or shower — if you pick a secluded spot you can even leave the doors open!

Additionally the van has a self-built bike rack and a super cool folding bed that allows for extra headroom in the snug living quarters. Check out the awesome video tour and interview with Tiny Home Tours below.

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Leni the 1990 VW Van Travels Europe

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Here’s the compact main living area

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The table folds down for meal time

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The cozy bunk folds down as well for sleeping

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One compact kitchen! Ioana still says she manages to cook quite a lot

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Bathroom in the back. Great set-up!

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VIDEO: Ingenious Camper Van Bathroom & Shower


  • 1990 VW Van
  • Named “Leni”
  • Couple spent year traveling Europe in the van
  • Now based in Switzerland
  • Couple takes weekend trips
  • Fold-down bed allows for head room
  • Custom-built bike rack on back of van
  • Garage doors open to bathroom
  • Nature’s Head composting toilet
  • Indoor & Outdoor shower options
  • Fold-down table
  • Cab chairs turn around for additional seating

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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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  • Theresa Perdue
    July 14, 2020, 7:16 am

    Now that’s the way to travel. I love how they put their bathroom in the back. It makes it easier to empty the composting and if you don’t want to set up your outdoor shower you can just open the door. It looks like a lot of thought and care went into this build.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 14, 2020, 1:06 pm

      Yes I thought that was the best! I haven’t seen a back shower like that before in a van.

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