VAN TOUR | solo 65 year old moves into DIY sprinter van conversion


hello everybody welcome back to our channel we’re Eamon and Bec and for the last year and a half we’ve been living in our own self converted Sprinter van if you know us you might be thinking that this is our van that that is not the case this is actually my dad’s van and we spent about 30 days a few months ago converting it from nothing so today is the day you’ve all been waiting for we’re gonna give you a full tour of bob’s van all right without further ado let’s introduce Bob hi I’m Bob and I’m 65 years old I now live in a van that’s 60 square feet and what inspired me was my son and his fiancee they’ve been doing it now for about a year and I’ve seen their community and what life has been like living in a van and it’s actually fantastic so now I’ve been doing it for I think about three months now before I give you a tour of my van what I’d like to do is introduce you to my roommates this is Batty/ Batman and this is Lucy and finally we’ve got the granddaddy of them all Barkley and by the way Barkley happens to be 18 years old or 106 human years so now what we would like to do is give you a little tour of the van so Bob’s van is a 2008 Sprinter van and we chose that because that’s the same year and van that we have ourselves we’re super comfortable with layout we thought we’d build something very similar for my dad so you’ll notice even a lot of the design aesthetics are really similar to what we already have this is the captains area here and this here is what I call the perch or the copilot’s area we’ve got two co-pilots on staff today of course Batman and Lucy so I thought that this had to be built up high enough we can take it apart in two seconds if there’s a human passenger with us how I built this is just it’s just a platform we’ve got two sides that fold down right so this part comes apart there’s a bolt here that comes apart and then there’s a wire that I’ve got hooked here to the frame that comes here so that holds it up here that can’t fall down and then I can just take it apart put it behind the seat and take this pole out and it’s now the seats ready for a human passenger so it’s important to keep a nice clean van so I’ve got my I got a special on some dishwashing detergent so I’ve got my three pack container here and of course it’s always important to have a little treat for the pups this is my kitchen I think it’s five square feet thanks to Eamon and Bec and their experience they have a small stove *fridge in their van and they suggested to get a much bigger one hundred and ten liter I believe and a big thanks to the Dometic for hooking that up because I love it it’s just fantastic is it two burner stove right here works great I’d have to turn on the fuel but it’s not on right now I felt that the counterspace being used to living in the house the counterspace was a little tight and at my 10 square feet kitchen so I thought we would build this little thing which is a cutting board and I could use that if I wasn’t cooking anything I can use that to add to the counter space so and that seems to work out very well and I can cut things up here and make sandwiches or whatever propane tank is housed underneath here this just slides over it covers off the fridge rather than have something come out like that I thought that would be more convenient I’ve got a grey water container here a normal barbecue propane tank and then we happen to have just a grey water and going directly through the van and onto the ground if it’s just like dishes or something like that water system is that I think a 12-volt pump and has to switch you on here safety switch to turn it on and off you know I don’t think you want to leave your pump on all the time in case there’s a problem with the water it’s used to work well and then you’ve got a filtration system here for pure water so the water filter he’s talking about is the same one that we have it’s a two-stage water purification so it’s a carbon and sediment filter because you can fill up from any hose it just adds a little bit of extra purification and safe to drink out of when you live in this environment you really are grateful for you know for what you have because you realize how much waste you go through when you’re not living in this kind of because you’re bringing all the water and the first time I was here I sort of filled up the sink and realized that I just got rid of like a hundred pound jug of water that I had to go and get and bring back into the van so after that you put a little bit of water in a bowl and you put a little soap in there and you end up doing the dishes and it’s a little weird in the beginning but eventually it’s becomes normal got this magnetic knife holder which is why find fantastic you know exactly where your scissors are all the time or your fancy knives and then this is our cupboard worth of food we got lots of room here how about that light oh yeah the light Rodeo Drive man yeah we got a we’re gonna put a shout-out to Eric for that Eric is is a friend of ours that helped us out putting in the electrical stuff in cupboard lighting as soon as you open the door there’s a little switch right here and it turns it on automatically which is super handy Thank You energy do you have that no I’ve just got my my pantry here got some oatmeal some rice some nuts and spices and then some cereal stuff I’ve got you know a one pot and one ball and one cup that makes it easy for storage I think I have more more tea towels than I have posting cups oh and also I didn’t tell you about my fan here it’s a maxi fan with a remote control now this thing what if you’re not careful it could zoom you up Scotty okay be like suck it I’ll just give it to where you just turn it on and then it goes in reverse to so it could suck the air out of the cabin and a hot day you would do that on a cold day if you wanted it if you wanted some air come in think Avenue and turn like turn it around and have the air I’m not really a carpenter but I you know I’m willing to try something so it took me a while but we finally got this drawer and it’s a cutlery drawer and it works extremely well it works for a bachelor I’ve got one plate actually I got two plates here and I think a fork in a knife so that works very well how it locks into place so it doesn’t roll when you turns I’ve got a like a male/female kind of adapter underneath here so the male fits into the female and it said it locks into place six LED lights and that’s more than enough to light up this cabin and it hardly takes any energy on a dimmer switch and you turn it on you turn it off and you can get like a romantic mood at night and stuff if you’re inclined and the last overhead compartment is clothing right now and you can see that I probably need to get that a little more organized but in time I’ll have that specifically span something that I picked up or anything is pretty cool it’s a paper towel thing that doesn’t unravel the towels it’s on some kind of suspension here clips and then you can just take one sheet at a time and I think it looks neat it’s out of the way and you’ve got lots of paper towels so now we’ll jump into a little bit more information about the electrical so for this van layout we actually partnered with go power they’re a Canadian company based out of BC but have international shipping to a number of different countries and the reason why we are so excited about this partnership is because of their customer service so I’m not a professional when it comes to electrical by any means but having a company that you can actually pick up the phone and call and ask them questions was incredibly useful so to run you through what we’ve done all of the electrical is actually house right in here and this is where the design starts to change a little bit compared to our van we made this box a little bit bigger and a little bit taller we fit our 250 amp hours worth of batteries we’ve got a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter and charger and display so I don’t think we’re going to be needing to access this because I think it’s very reliable but if we do we can just take out these six screws here and this whole panel slides out and we can access the front of it if you have to just look put your arm in and make a and do something minor you can come in from the top and that’s why we built this we almost forgot to tell you about the heater because it is still so hot beautiful here in Canada but we did install a s bar d2 heater and just like our van we mounted the heater underneath the passenger seat so it just blows the hot air directly into the back of the cab we briefly touched on the electrical cabinet here where we’re going to open it from the top there’s two other sections one being the laundry which you can see the laundry is here and it’s not cleaned and it’s not folded next one being the dog compartment which we must have all the doggie stuff and that consists of the dog bowls and their food and toys and a lot of kind of stuff so there’s a couple other areas in the van I haven’t showed you one is really really important to me and enter my roommates and that’s that we call that the Batcave and it’s underneath the bed there it seems to work out very well at night everybody sort of scuttles under there and goes to sleep alright guys so now we’re in the bedroom there’s one other section that we’re missing from the mattress so we actually bought a full double size mattress and we cut it in half so that extra piece is just at the seamstress we’re getting them to put like a nice cushion on the back so once that in that’s in place you’ll be able to sit back here a little bit nicer more like a couch more like a couch and then we also designed this van to be able to sleep two people in case you do get a boyfriend or girlfriend whatever you decide never no we actually did allow for the pulled out slot design very similar to what we did so he’s got this just on logs and then we broke it into two sections so it’s much easier to do as a single bachelor and the couch back support will come over here in the daytime and that’s exactly or in the night time that’s 17 inches so it’s a full to finish this side of the bed we put a track below and a track above put these inexpensive panels on that are slidable that just you can close them up or open them up however you want you can even take them all the way out so you can access whatever you want a bit I just got my water and that’s that’s where my water we ran a line because of my back I don’t have a grade back we thought Amon and BEC have their water underneath the sink and it’s a little more difficult to bend over and unhook it and put it back in so because of my back Amon had an idea to run the line back here and I can just take the tanks out from the ground position that was brilliant and that works fantastic and I agree that was brilliant one other thing that we did just like on our belt guys is we did these on quick disconnects so a lot of people ask us where you can get these we bought these at Home Depot but we’ll also put a link in the description below they’re actually just gardening hoes quick disconnects I found a nice little place to have tools I think that when you have a fan you need your tool bag and there’s always little things you need to fix there’s things you need to tighten up and all that kind of stuff so my tool bag that Siri got this from the side of the road which is a great place to pick up some stuff if you want to save some money and it’ll be a little creative so just I’ll hook that up on the side similar to Amanat backs I’m started copying everything that they do why not they’re good and that just comes down like that and then I have a little thing that will hold it up here so it’ll be level and then I can sit here and type or eat breakfast or just use the table as I wish so I think my dad’s biggest concern before he moved in the van was AC he’s a big AC guy he likes it nice and cool so how was the summer summer was great and I think the main reason mid summer was great because we have two ways to get the air in and out of the van without AC so that’s a big thing that I think we might actually try and figure out another solution is another air intake two vents right in the roof so this one is just a manual roof vent with screen there’s no fan on that but that really helps create a nice draft in this space now this was a little bit more tricky to configure because we wanted the two vents we had to configure the solar around there so on the roof we’ve got 100 watt flexible go power solar panels and those are amazing because we just literally tape them down around this fan figured out there’s three of them there’s three of them and it was super easy to connect we just got the extra connectors yeah and it was just female male area here is our control panel area and it consists of the Espar heater remote control dimmer switch for the LED lights up top it also houses the fully functional informational gold power station that tells me that the batteries are 90 percent charged apparently that’s as high as you can get batteries charged as ninety percent and it tells me how much voltage is is being used at any time and where the low-voltage is and it gives you everything you really need to know it’s really so easy and I also have a place to charge my cell phone I guess a USB port my laptop and a DC power outlet here and AC double AC outlet so on this end here is these is the control for the inverter which is that big box here and what that does is that changes from terms of electricity into AC and it also charges the batteries with shore power so once I plug in shore power this little box here is charging the batteries then if I want to plug in my toaster it turns the DC power into AC power allows me to do my toaster and I also happen to have and this is how you control it here it’s real simple it automatically turns on when you put on shore power but you can control it here with the on and off switch and I also have a beautiful recycling box well thank you everyone for touring around my van I hope you enjoyed the tour so guys we completed this van in just over 30 days we have a full build series if you’re interested in learning how we actually built the van and we have lots more information on our channel about fan life and that kind of content we’re also linking below all of the items that we purchased for Bob’s build so if you guys have any specifics that you’re interested in checking out it’ll all be linked below also if you have any specific questions for Bob you know send him your questions we all know you love Bob so send him your question and we’ll try and do another video answering some of those questions so once again guys thanks for sticking around be sure to subscribe to our channel like this video if you like more stuff like this and we will see you in the next one hey guys Bob here hey Bob after a bunch of all that’s a rock

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