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Shaiden’s Ultimate DIY Van Build: The Mothership

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Shaiden has lived in several DIY vans over the years, but his “Mothership” is the best, most incredible van he’s created to date! A lover of all things futuristic/SpaceX/innovative, Shaiden has added luxury features throughout the rig using the latest technology.

While it would be hard to get this level of perfection from your first van conversion, Shaiden’s former DIY experience has served him well! He has an elevator bed, pop-up shower stall, nifty water-heating system and front bumper winch. Check it out below.

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Futuristic Luxury Van Conversion w/ All The Bells & Whistles

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The swivel chairs and bench seating can seat up to 8 people!

Ultimate DIY Van Build Shaiden

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Here’s the design with his bed all the way down.

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This is the pop-up shower in the kitchen!

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  • His kitchen is well-equipped, with a microwave, dual induction stove, and deep storage.
  • The kitchen turns into his shower when needed, with a fun pop-up shower stall.
  • He has a built-in espresso station that comes out on a slid, as well as a vertical pantry/wine cellar.
  • His lounge area seats up to eight people with swivel seats and integrated storage, and it turns into a lower bed at night.
  • His bed comes down from the ceiling, so he can sleep guests below him.
  • Instead of a “below the bed” garage, he has a vertical garage at the back of the van to carefully store his gear.

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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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